Geospatial Data Analyst
UBC Sauder
Vancouver, BC
Job Posting

Job ID:

Vancouver - Point Grey Campus

Employment Group:
Management&Professional (AAPS)

Job Category:
Information Systems & Tech

Classification Title:
Info.Sytems&Technlgy, Level A

Business Title:
Geospatial Data Analyst

VP External Relations

C+CP Strategic Policy

Salary Range:
$53,019.00 (minimum) - $63,647.00 (midpoint) - $76,374.00 (maximum)

Full/Part Time:

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Funding Type:
Budget Funded

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Guiding principle: "Midpoint" of the hiring salary range means the individual possesses full job knowledge, qualifications and experience.

Job Summary

UBC's Campus and Community Planning (C+CP) is responsible for the long-range campus planning, land use regulations, transportation planning, licensing and permits, and campus and landscape design. As part of the Data Governance Program, UBC is currently evaluating the state of its Geospatial Data and will establish governance principles to create a geospatial data model and standards. High quality accessible geospatial data enables more efficient strategic and tactical uses of spatial information for campus planning, decision making, operations, emergency response and sustainability purposes. Mapping and the use of GIS data and applications play an integral role in the planning and development work undertaken by C+CP, including the creation of a new campus map website for UBC Vancouver that will be the face of UBC and one of the first points of contact for students, visitors, faculty and staff.

Organizational Status

The Geospatial Data Analyst will report directly to the Manager, GIS and Data Systems who oversees the development and maintenance of key Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and resources that support the planning and development functions of C+CP as well as the broader use of GIS at an enterprise level.

Work Performed

The following tasks have been identified for this position:
Identify and analyze discrepancies in geospatial data and to recommend improvements to ensure the quality of the geospatial data is maintained at a high level.
Evaluate dataset for quality and accuracy and identify areas of improvement to achieve quality.
Develop and manage enterprise geodatabases and perform data extract, transfer and load processes between related databases and various data formats, including LiDAR.
Assist with the development and maintenance of scripts and queries to import, manipulate and clean data from different sources.
Perform quality assurance on generated results to ensure the data adheres to data quality standards and definitions.
Documents Metadata, Field definitions.
Analyze, query and manipulate data according to defined business rules and procedures.
Develop a method to provide accurate wayfinding routes that include accessibility information to building entrances.
Coordinate with stakeholders to implement brand/design decisions
Develop a method to provide current information regarding road, sidewalk or building closures for construction.

Supervision Received

Works under the direction of the Manager, GIS and Data Systems; receives specific instructions on assignments and work is reviewed in terms of completeness, accuracy and timeliness. May receive direction from other professional staff.

Supervision Given

No supervision is given.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Current, accurate and comprehensive geospatial data is vital for an improved student experience and to support academic research and strategic planning efforts. Having stale, inconsistent and disconnected data will obstruct collaboration and increases organizational, reputational and physical risks for UBC.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Minimum of one year experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have experience with ESRI ArcGIS products (including ArcPro) and MS Office
Experience developing Map Services for web mapping applications
Knowledge with database programming languages such as SQL
Knowledge of scripting with Python
Experience with FME would be an asset
Knowledge of cartography and map design principle
Excellent organizational and analytical skills
Ability to research and assemble required information and data from a variety of sources

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.