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Research Project Coordinator II

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Please attach a work sample that illustrates cartographic skills to the Portfolio field.

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Research Project Coordinator II
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department Institutional Planning & Ops

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick took root more than 250 years ago. We are the state’s most comprehensive intellectual resource—the flagship campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as designated by the Association of American Universities. We are the region’s most high-profile public research institution and a leading national research center with a global impact.

Posting Summary

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Research Project Coordinator II to specialize in Geographic Information System (GIS) implementation and work under the guidance and direction of the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development. This position is responsible for a variety of tasks including the improvement, update, development and implementation of the Geographic Information System (GIS) servicing the Division of Institutional Planning and Operations. The Research Coordinator II assists in the maintenance and update of the GIS database, including, updating existing datasets, creating new data and providing the initial QA/QC of the data.

Among the key duties of this position are the following:

  • Builds and collects Geographical Information System (GIS) data for incorporation into the enterprise GIS system.
  • Enters data into GIS databases using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors or conversion of other sources of digital data.
  • Reviews existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation as well as building geospatial data, modeling and analysis using advanced spatial analysis and/or data manipulation.
  • Interprets aerial or ortho photographs, transfer or rescale information from its original documentation onto maps or data and compare field and office mapping to resolve incongruous information issues as well as other duties as assigned.
  • Provides technical and support and analysis to the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development on projects supporting the Division of Institutional Planning and Operations strategic initiatives ranging in scope, focus, and duration as per the needs of the Division.
  • Supports the organization by conducting research and preparing effective graphics, maps and presentations requested by the University and its assigns, assisting in providing technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development or operation of GIS databases, equipment or applications and recommending procedures or equipment or software upgrades to increase data accessibility or ease of use.
  • Assists in data collection and utilizes global positioning system (GPS) to collect or verify the accuracy of the GIS and consultant produced survey data to update multiple data sets using planimetric and thematic mapping techniques, aerial and satellite data and ground truthing.
  • Performs other duties as required by departmental and division needs, as assigned by the Assistant Director of University Planning and Development.
Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Nonexempt
Grade 04
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary 45854.000
Annual Mid Range Salary 57059.500
Annual Maximum Salary 68265.000
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description URA-AFT Administrative
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Information about the benefits provided to Rutgers employees can be found at:

Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility ABP


Minimum Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Two years of relevant experience that can be substituted with a master’s degree
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Strong communication skills
  • Cartographic skills as illustrated through provided work samples
  • Must be proficient in using the ESRI suite of products, the Microsoft suite of products, Trimble GPS, TerraSync and GPS pathfinder software as well as AutoCAD
Preferred Qualifications
  • Degree in urban planning or city and regional planning or geography, geographic information systems, cartography or remote sensing
  • Experience in Geographic Information System (GIS) software for spatial analysis and/or data manipulation
  • Knowledge and experience in using Adobe Creative Suite for the purposes of graphic communications for the purposes of data display is strongly preferred.
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • The position is expected to function in a professional office work environment as well as serve as a representative of the university at various meetings and activities that may be indoors or outdoors.
Special Conditions

Posting Details

Posting Number 18ST0781
Posting Open Date 03/13/2018
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please attach a work sample that illustrates cartographic skills to the Portfolio field.

Regional Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details 33 Knightsbridge Road, Piscataway, NJ

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you currently employed at Rutgers University?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you currently employed within the division of Institutional Planning and Operations?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience in Geographic Information System (GIS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * How many years of experience do you have in Geographic Information System (GIS)?
    • 0 years
    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4+ years

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Portfolio
Optional Documents
  1. List of References