Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Research Assistant - GIS Mapping

Graduate Research Assistant for GIS Mapping – After School Programs

Department: Human Services Policy Center, Evans School of Public Affairs
Date Available: June 16, 2008
Application Deadline: June 23, 2008
About Us: The Human Services Policy Center (HSPC) is a research center at the Evans School of Public Affairs. The Center pairs applied analytic research with the promotion of policies that improve the lives of children, families, and communities. The Center addresses issues that matter to families, with special attention to the needs of those who are disadvantaged and focuses on policies affecting health, education, safety and economic well-being. Learn more about us by visiting our website at www.hspc.org

General Duties/Description:
This position will work on developing maps using ArcGIS for a project analyzing the supply & demand of after-school programs in Washington State. The purpose of this initiative is to identify the current supply of after-school programs, detail the characteristics of the families and communities which they serve, and detail the unmet demand for these programs through visual representations of survey and census data. The RA will work with the HSPC project lead and other staff, along with non-HSPC project partners. Tasks will include defining the appropriate scope of work given data availability and project goals, identifying appropriate indicators, data preparation and geo-coding, and map generation. The RA will also assist with the editing of final project deliverables. The position is available June 16, 2008. This position is twenty hours a week and is anticipated to last approximately 6-7 weeks; this may be adjusted as project demands dictate.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with academic standing. Compensation includes a tuition waiver and graduate appointee insurance, if appointee is taking classes during summer quarter.

How to Apply: Please email, fax, or send by postal mail both resume and cover letter to:
T.J. Stutman
Human Services Policy Center
1107 NE 45th St. Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98105
tstutman@u.washington.edu or 206-616-1553 (fax)

Applications will be reviewed in order received. Early applications are encouraged.

Notes: This job classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit: http://www.washington.edu/admin/hr/jobs/apl/union-info.html


  • Graduate student in a relevant discipline such as geography, urban planning, public affairs, or sociology.
    Fluency in ArcGIS 9, including geo-coding and map generation.
  • Experience with developing appropriate research questions and indicators, reviewing available data, and determining appropriate deliverables in collaboration with project leads and external funders.
  • Experience working with online geographic-data, including Census and WAGDA data.

Condition of Employment: Must be UW Graduate Student The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 / 206.543.6452 (tty) or dso@u.washington.edu.