Mapping Prejudice is mobilizing people of all ages and
backgrounds to map racial covenants, legal clauses in property
deeds that barred people who were not white from occupying land.
The project is leading a collective examination of these “unjust
deeds” in order to open the door for systems-level change.
Volunteers read historical property deeds in search of racial
covenants, generating data that can be mapped. This process
nurtures a constituency for transformative change, empowering
participants to demand data-driven and community-engaged efforts to
build more sustainable and equitable communities.
Mapping Prejudice is seeking a geospatial researcher and data
manager to join our highly-collaborative, trans-disciplinary team.
Mapping Prejudice is building a long-term program of
community-embedded research related to the history of structural
racism in housing policy and practice, as well as the legacies of
these practices for the built environment and the people who
inhabit them. This person will curate the datasets for Mapping
Prejudice, integrating data on racial covenants with archival
research and geospatial data on other indicators of well-being.
This researcher will lead new data collection efforts and will
collaborate with other members of the Mapping Prejudice team as
well as its scholarly and community partners.
The Geospatial, Technology, and Data Lead is responsible for
creating and maintaining geospatial databases of racial covenants,
managing the workflow for covenant transcriptions, creating maps,
delivering presentations and responding to community inquiries, and
overseeing research related to the covenants data sets, as well as
maintenance of the project website and training interns in these
areas. The Geospatial, Technology, and Data Lead modifies practices
and procedures to improve efficiency and quality, searches for
better ways to effectively achieve end results, supports the
project mission by addressing information management needs of
diverse teams working with diverse data sets, and works under
general supervision, but has the discretion to make daily
operational decisions. The Geospatial, Technology, and Data Lead is
both a project manager and a data manager. Project management
responsibilities include developing work plans, tracking tasks and
overall progress, generating documentation, and communicating
project status to stakeholders.
This position works closely with the Project Director, the
Project Co-Director (Head, Borchert Map Library), and the Volunteer
Property Research Specialist and jointly directs the work of
Graduate Research Assistants.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Oversee and manage spatial data infrastructure for the project
- Join normalized Zooniverse data to existing parcels
- Manually map covenants parcels where appropriate using
historical plat maps.
- Create maps of covenants and/or related data as needed.
- Create, manage, and maintain the spatial databases of racial
covenants for each partner geography.
- Manage and maintain a time-enabled web map of the racial
covenants for use on the web page.
- Oversee and manage OCR and deed processing protocols (15%)
- Facilitate transfer for deed images from partner
- Deed image pre-processing.
- Adjust and run OCR scripts.
- Flag deed images containing racial language.
- Upload batches of flagged images to Zooniverse.
- Oversee and manage crowd-sourced data collection (15%)
- Maintain existing transcription workflows.
- Create new workflows in Zooniverse to facilitate low-barrier,
crowdsourced transcription of deeds identified with racial language
and adapt as necessary for new geographies.
- Export and normalize transcription data.
- Community Engagement & Outreach (15%)
- Coordinate and deliver presentations to build community
relationships, mobilize volunteers, and share goals and findings of
- Write materials for academic and general audiences to convey
the insights and methodologies of Mapping Prejudice.
- Research (15%)
- Oversee and coordinate research data collection
- Oversee research activities to ensure ethical conduct.
- Perform research planning and implementation; interpret and
develop policies and carry out policy analysis, etc. requiring
- Develop relationships with community partners to craft research
questions and geospatial analysis and visualizations.
- Develop relationships with academic and policy collaborators to
develop research agenda and outputs.
- Web Development (10%)
- Oversee and coordinate the management and maintenance of the
Mapping Prejudice website.
- Leadership (10%)
- Develop and implement comprehensive timelines, project plans,
and identify resources to manage and meet grant deadlines.
- Set goals and design strategies for meeting goals.
- Coordinate project work across disparate geographies.
- Train, oversees, and directs the work of project interns.
- Requires BA/BS in GIS, Geography, Urban Planning, Public
Policy, History, or a related field with at least 6 years of
experience or advanced degree with 4 years of
- Demonstrated experience with GIS.
- Experience managing and maintaining geospatial data sets.
- Experience designing and managing geospatial data
- Demonstrated programming experience, preferably with
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to the benefits of
diversity and inclusion throughout an organization.
- Experience working both independently and in cooperation with
colleagues in a service-oriented, collaborative environment.
- Master’s degree or advanced degree in GIS, Geography, Urban
Planning, Public Policy, History, or a related field.
- Willingness to learn, or demonstrated understanding of,
community-based research methods.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The salary range for this
position is $60,000-$70,000 and has a primarily onsite work
location designation, with the opportunity for some remote work.
This is a full-time, two-year, academic/professional position, with
the possibility of extension. The Libraries offer a competitive
salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.
TO APPLY: Position available immediately.
Applications will be accepted until filled. Submit a letter
of application; a resume; and the names, addresses, telephone
numbers and email addresses of three current professional
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