Open Positions

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GIS and Data Visualization Specialist


Position:  Full time multi-year position as a Geoprocessing and Data Visualization Specialist starting July 2017.  This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of extension for two or more years.

Description:  The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT is seeking a full-time staff person to assist with various GIS, data visualization and graphics training needs of the department.  The staff/specialist will assist faculty and students across the department with GIS, Data Visualization, graphics and media related projects. The Specialist will provide teaching support which includes: developing materials and exercises for online tutorials and exercises on the Department’s DUSPviz website; coordination of workshops; extensive involvement in GIS instruction and development of visualization and related media and graphic representation skills; assisting with the development of GIS courses, and coordinating data for teaching and research.  The Specialist will also work closely with the School’s Computer Resource Organization (CRON) and the MIT Library GIS lab to ensure coordination and compatibility with School and Institute software, hardware, and geo-processing services. 

Minimum Qualifications:  A graduate (master’s) degree in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, geography or related fields is required. Minimum 2 years of professional experience using GIS in a professional or research environment. We are especially interested in candidates that can demonstrate familiarity with the connection between design and social sciences. Candidates should be able to create compelling visuals while also understanding the statistical underpinnings of the data. Candidates should be familiar with database systems, such as MS-Access, PostgreSQL, and PostGIS, and comfortable working with statistical packages such as R. While the main focus of the work will be using ESRI products, we are also looking for candidates that have familiarity with open source geospatial software and mapping tools, such as QGIS, Mapbox, Leaflet, and CARTO.  Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite and knowledge of web site development is also essential. Also desired but not mandatory, knowledge of architecture programs such as CAD or Rhino. 

Applications should be submitted through the interfolio website:

A complete application package includes a cover letter, c.v., a statement of prior experience including a few paragraphs describing your work, a digital portfolio (not to exceed 20 pages or 15MB max), and names, affiliations, and email addresses of two references. 

Review of applications will begin on June 12, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please do not send materials by email.

For technical issues, please contact Interfolio staff at 877-997-8807 or Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott:

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. EEO.

Planning and Knowledge Capture Coordinator


Temporary, hourly paid position through June 2018. This position will be full-time (40 hours/week). The candidate must be based in New York City (the work will be based in the Bronx) or must be willing to relocate for the duration of the position.

Job Description
MIT Community Innovators Lab is seeking a Planning and Knowledge Capture Coordinator with strong GIS skills to work as part of a team coordinating anti-displacement and equitable development efforts in the Bronx, New York, with the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI). BCDI is a network of grassroots leaders, anchor institutions, elected officials, and finance partners who are working together to achieve a sustainable, equitable, and democratic economy in the Bronx.

MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. CoLab joined BCDI in 2011 following a yearlong community engagement process led by Bronx-based institutions, grassroots organizations, and civic leaders.

CoLab is seeking an individual with relevant interests and expertise to spearhead knowledge capture and production, including mapping and analysis, with respect to development without displacement work in the Bronx, as part of a yearlong Equitable Development project. As part of the BCDI team, this person will explore, document, and synthesize: current work happening across the Bronx to resist and organize around gentrification; new processes that include coordinating and strategizing with community partners and others engaged in anti-displacement and equitable development work; and developing knowledge and other products that will situate anti-displacement work in the Bronx as a model for other cities and communities in the United States dealing with similar development pressures.

This position will help build the foundation for BCDI’s broader economic development strategy in the borough. Additional responsibilities will include documentation and synthesis of lessons learned and their implications for broader application in the movement for economic democracy. 

The person will work closely with BCDI staff leading coordination and implementation, as well as with a coalition of community partners, non-profit developers, and other stakeholders engaged in this work.

Applicants should be self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest in knowledge capture and learning, as well as planning and development. Responsibilities include observing and documenting BCDI partner activities and convenings; documenting and synthesizing key lessons and insights learned; and developing knowledge products, including producing maps and conducting analysis on an ongoing basis.

Candidates with the following skills and areas of expertise are encouraged to apply:

  • City Planning
  • Familiarity with debates and research in the areas of real estate development, community economic development, and gentrification
  • Experience working in underserved communities
  • Excellent written, verbal, and analytical skills
  • Experienced with GIS (or similar) software and technology
  • Experience with design software (Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Experience with knowledge capture and synthesis work
  • Deep listening skills
  • Reflective Practice
  • Facilitation

Master’s Degree preferred or equivalent work experience.

This is a temporary, full-time, hourly paid position. The candidate must be based in New York City or must be willing to relocate for the duration of the position.

MIT CoLab is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Process:
To apply for this position, send a resume, cover letter, and examples of relevant work, including writing samples, maps, and formatted reports, to Katherine Mella at We are actively receiving applications and will invite selected applicants to interview on a rolling basis.