Job no: 232998-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Madison
Categories: Geology/Cartography, Instructional, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences

Position Summary:

Lead the development, implementation, and ongoing operations of the GIS Professional Programs (GISPP) unit to ensure effectiveness in meeting strategic, departmental, and student development goals. Direct administrative oversight and curriculum development ensuring optimal integration of student and instructor activities. Ensure resource allocation supports the program's primary objectives. Manage a small team of professionals who support the programs.


The UW Madison GIS Professional Programs (GISPP) is looking for an innovative, hardworking, and experienced leader who will support the continued growth of our programs through their understanding and interest in innovative forms of online GIS education. The successful candidate will have a broad knowledge of the cartography and GIS industry, experience with online learning in higher education, established professional networks, and demonstrated leadership. Our ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial and sociable attitude for an innovative and dynamic workplace and the enthusiasm to help us continue to build student-focused professional GIS programs and our professional community for years to come. Please note that this is not a tenure track or research faculty position. More information about our current program offerings can be found at .

The GIS Professional Programs Director will report directly to the Geography Department Chair and will also work closely with the GISPP Oversight Committee and the GISPP Coordinator. This position is based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus located in Madison, WI. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.

Please note that the University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles for current job postings may change, but job duties, responsibilities, and compensation will remain the same. For more information, please visit: .

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

MS in Geography or a field related to the position required. PhD in Geography or a field related to the position preferred.

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

Minimum number of years of relevant work experience: 3 years required, 5+ years preferred.
3 years required work experience includes:
- Experience in a higher education academic setting
- Experience in formal or informal student advising
- Experience with online/distance learning
- Experience in GIS/Cartography curriculum development and instruction
- Experience leading and supervising a small team
- Technical experience and knowledge in GIS and Cartography concepts, software, tools, and applications related to programming, cartographic design, web and mobile app development, database design and administration.
- Technical experience and knowledge in online Learning Management Systems such as Canvas and tools for team communication and collaboration such as Slack and Microsoft Teams
5+ years preferred work experience:
- Industry experience in GIS and/or cartography
- Formal training (minor, or degree) in GIS and/or cartography
- Experience with strategic planning in academic setting
- Technical experience and knowledge experience in the following: ArcGIS, ArcPro, Adobe CC, Python, R, HTML/ CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, Leaflet.js, D3, Java, PostgresSQL/ PostGIS, Mapbox Studio, Android Studio, Mobile App Design, Github



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $59,973 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must upload the following five items:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum vitae
3. Vision statement for the directorship of the GIS Professional Programs (up to 2-pages)
4. Statement describing past efforts and future plans to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (up to 1 page)
5. Applicants should provide contact information for three references.

Questions about the position can be directed to Jacqueline Wild, Geography Department Administrator, or Dr. Joseph Mason, Geography Department Chair, .


Jacqueline Wild
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

Applications Open: Apr 6 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: May 2 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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