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Position Title/Overview

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries seeks applications for Data Visualization and GIS Specialist [SN 18300] to join a newly-formed department dedicated to facilitating innovative knowledge creation through curricular integration, community-driven learning spaces, and specialized technology. The individual hired will have an opportunity to contribute to this new enterprise and gain valuable experience a fast-paced and emerging area at the UNLV Libraries. Professionals at all stages in their career are encouraged to apply.

Profile of the University

Located in one of the most exciting cities in the nation, UNLV is a comprehensive research university of approximately 29,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, research, and service. Founded in 1957, UNLV is a growing urban research institution. Major areas of strategic focus for the campus are: attaining a Carnegie Foundation designation as Tier One "Research University/Very High" (RU/VH) and entering the top 100 American research universities; and developing a public medical school in Southern Nevada that will boost the regional economy and provide the community with more access to quality health care.
UNLV faculty and staff are diverse, talented, and passionate people that contribute to UNLV’s mission of teaching, research, and service. On a vibrant campus you will find a supportive workplace, and tools to help you achieve professional and personal growth. For more information, visit us on-line at:

Profile of the
University Libraries and Research and Education Division

As a strong partner in student learning, University Libraries’ fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning with innovative services, entrepreneurial staff, outstanding digital collections, up-to- date technology and internationally renowned Special Collections.
In support of the University Libraries' mission and shared values, the Research and Education Division fosters collaborations that contribute to our users' academic success, research, and lifelong learning. The Division positively impacts student learning and supports the research and scholarly agenda of the University. This mission is realized through instruction of learners using a variety of methods and tools; partnerships with faculty to create an integrated, assessable, information literacy-focused curriculum; provision of targeted information resources; expert, point-of need research assistance; expert-facilitation for the creation of new knowledge, and a commitment to fostering competencies for lifelong inquiry including data literacy.


The successful candidate will demonstrate  ?support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in  ?maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

Role of the Position

As a key member of the newly-formed Department of Knowledge Production, the Data Visualization & GIS Specialist will design and deliver individual and group instruction related to information visualization through face-to-face and virtual learning experiences. Through outreach to faculty, students, and interdisciplinary campus groups, the Specialist exercises leadership and expertise in developing and evolving data visualization as a key aspect of information literacy and knowledge creation across disciplinary boundaries. Additionally, the Specialist will identify, investigate, evaluate, and implement emerging hardware, software, and technologies related to data visualization and GIS capabilities in order to connect the Libraries with the emerging data needs of the University.

Required Qualifications

?     A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
?     Demonstrated skill, and capacity to teach and engage students in ways that contribute to student success
?     Working knowledge and/or experience with data visualization and GIS technology and practices
?     Interest in developing infrastructure for geospatial and data visualization projects in libraries
?     Knowledge of the intersections of spatial and non-spatial data in disciplinary and interdisciplinary spaces such as GeoHumanities
?     Current experience with and/or working knowledge of data analyzation packages such as SPSS, STATA, R, and atlas.ti
?     Proficiency in at least one of the following applications for facilitating data research: Python, Ruby, SQL, R, or Make
?     Working knowledge and/or experience with Adobe Creative Cloud products and an interest in creating compelling visuals based on quantitative and qualitative data
?     Ability to explore, test, and recommend emerging technologies for exploration in data and GIS services using evidence-based research and design principles
?     Aptitude for developing and supporting community-driven learning experiences
?     Ability to educate faculty, staff, and students in individual and group settings
?     Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus
?     Excellent oral and written communication skills including the ability to describe relatively complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience

Preferred Qualifications

?     Demonstrated aptitude for quickly learning new tools and technologies
?     Current experience with and/or working knowledge of geospatial data and GIS software packages including ArcGIS, ESRI Storymaps, and other ESRI products
?     Understanding of data research lifecycle and specific aspects such as data identification, management, analyzation, and visualization
?     Demonstrated proficiency with any combination of contemporary operating systems (Windows, macOS, etc.) and productivity software (Microsoft Office, Google Apps, etc.). Working knowledge of library-related software (Springshare, LSPs, etc.)
?     Knowledge of information literacy principles as they apply to the creation of new knowledge is preferred
?     Degree in statistics, data science, or geography

Salary Range

This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative faculty position. Salaries are competitive and commensurate with labor market. The salary range for this position starts at $40,000. Position is contingent upon funding. The University Libraries offers attractive professional development opportunities. 

Application Details

Application materials must include: 1) cover letter; 2) current resume; and 3) names, email addresses, and phone numbers for 3 professional references, including a current or previous supervisor. Applicants should fully describe qualifications and experience in cover letter; initial review will evaluate applicants based on documented, relevant qualifications and professional work experience.

Review of applications will begin September 25th, and will continue until the position is filled. Materials should be addressed to the Data Visualization and GIS Specialist Search Committee Chair, and submitted via on-line application at For assistance with UNLV’s on-line applicant portal, contact UNLV Employment Services at (702) 895-3504 or


Where cost is a material factor, the abbreviated statement can be used in lieu of the preferred complete statement.

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Department Name: University Libraries
Contact Person for Invoice Receipt: Kim Kaplan, Director, Human Resources
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