Spatial Database Analyst

Spatial Database Analyst
Department:  Facilities Services
Date:  01/24/2019


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 58 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 2,000 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

In a period of fast-paced progress, Colby is building on its strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes the creation of innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics. Colby invites applicants to apply for the position of:


Facilities Services Department

Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried, Administrative Staff Appointment

The spatial database analyst is responsible for the oversight of spatial data and the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of Colby’s building space database and geographic information system (GIS). The individual oversees the use of building space and GIS data to increase effectiveness of strategic planning, improve the efficiency of project management and operations, and to communicate with students, faculty, staff, and others to provide an educational resource. The analyst is responsible for system and web integration of disparate data sets. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

  • In coordination with Facilities Services and the office of Information Technology Services (ITS), create, implement, upgrade, and maintain campus spatial and physical databases, including drafting a strategic space-data plan, defining requirements, developing policies for access and security, evaluating solutions, and testing
  • Compile and maintain a wide range of data in campus-wide GIS and other systems including campus infrastructure, buildings and landownership, georeferenced computer aided design (CAD) utilities map, LiDAR elevation data, sub-sets for public use, and other data that may be relevant for campus planning and operations
  • Maintain files manually for backup when integrated system interfaces are not available
  • Coordinate with Facilities Services and others ensuring CAD files, metadata, and building space data are regularly updated and archived
  • Collaborate with others in the department to establish filing protocols and procedures for all spatial information
  • Incorporate and regularly update data from external sources including federal, state, local, and private entities
  • Coordinate consultant services hired for related spatial data survey or reporting work
  • Validate and maintain space data through field survey inspections, photographs including aerial and satellite imagery, and any other means
  • Implement an annual space survey and respond to data requests including routine ad hoc queries, projects, space and GIS reports for cross-campus use, updates to the campus map, presentations and reports, and support of surveys for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and others
  • Provide training and support for database users to perform queries, reporting, and basic functions; facilitate use by staff, faculty, students, and others
  • Ensure ongoing data transfer between integrated systems and other campus tracking systems
  • Support infrastructure to integrate GIS with other departments or technologies including web services for mobile map, networked services for cable inventory, and blue light phones
  • Attend conferences and trainings to stay current on the latest developments in spatial databases, GIS, and related technology
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice
  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience, advanced training or degree in GIS or related discipline preferred
  • 5 years of experience managing data systems required
  • Experience in building, integrating, and managing a variety of complex data systems
  • Advanced knowledge of CAD, GIS and LiDAR including GIS standards and principles
  • Experience in training users on complex data systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, training, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation
  • Must be able to work independently, exercise judgment, manage projects with minimal supervision, and adjust as new projects are assigned
  • Demonstrated commitment to sustainability
  • Ability to make an impact through work as a member of a team and diverse community
  • Valid driver’s license required and must meet the College’s Fleet Safety Policy requirements
Reporting to the director of administrative and business services, this position has significant interaction with faculty, staff, students, ITS staff, peers, outside constituencies, contractors and consultants, and colleagues within the Facilities Services Department.

The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those encountered while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to perform the essential functions.

Position involves some sitting, although frequent movement and physical efforts may be required i.e., walking, standing, bending, twisting, reaching, climbing, and lifting. Computer usage involving repetitive hand and wrist motion is also necessary. General outdoor and indoor campus environment. The normal schedule is Monday through Friday during College office hours.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply Now" button on the Colby College website. Please submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Spatial Database Analyst - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


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Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran’s status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution’s education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby’s Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the cultural and ethnic diversity of our college.

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