GIS Analyst

University of British Columbia

Staff – Non Union

Job Category
Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants

Job Profile
Non Union Salaried – Research Assistant /Technician 3

Job Title
GIS Analyst

Grzybowski Laboratory Department of Family Practice Faculty of Medicine

Compensation Range
$3,982.67 – $4,703.83 CAD Monthly

Posting End Date
December 2, 2022

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above.

Job End Date

Dec 1, 2023

This position is located within a health-care facility, therefore, the successful candidate will be required to provide verification of full vaccination against Covid-19 provided prior to the start date, as required by a provincial health mandate.

Job Summary

The Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst works within the UBC Department of Family Practice through the Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc). The GIS Analyst collaborates with a team to work towards building a system of data and information to support better rural health service planning and supportive programming at the rural service population catchment level. This includes mapping population catchments for each RSA (Rural Subsidiary Agreement) community facility in British Columbia, linking residents’ location to the closest appropriate service catchment facility based on surface travel time (access); describing each catchment’s population demographically and ecologically (vulnerability), and linking each service site and associated catchment with utilization outcomes, interventions, and health outcomes across a range of services (e.g., primary care, emergency services, emergency transfers, maternity care). These catchments will provide appropriate information on rural communities to help inform their health care decision-making process. The GIS Analyst will also support the ongoing work through the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc).
Organizational Status

The Rural Health Services Research Network of BC (RHSRNbc) is funded by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and is located within the UBC Department of Family Practice.  The primary goal of RHSRNbc is to support capacity building in rural health services research through providing funding opportunities, online resources, and fostering partnerships among health authorities, students, various rural health professionals, and universities to better support rural health services research.
Work Performed

  • Community Catchment Mapping for over 200 RSA communities including most up to date Census data (using GIS technology, collecting, harmonizing, processing, and integrating geographic datasets to the community catchment profiles)

  • Sets up and links each catchment to 6-digit postal codes to provide the foundation for further linkage to utilization, intervention, and outcome data (postal codes, demographic profiles for each catchment)

  • Defines core service indicators focusing on rural services that are important to JSC decision making

  • Describes existing service levels and validating service sustainability through site visits data

  • Graphs retrospective utilization data for index services as a foundation for prospective innovation and QI

  • Coordinates project scopes and expansions to adapt the catchments to enhanced skills present in the larger rural communities (e.g., maternity care, surgical care) and to secondary catchments

  • Builds service profiles for each community by linking with RCCbc community data. This includes following up with local administration at sites when required to provide clarification on service details

  • Designs comprehensive dataset with interactive functionality on Power BI in collaboration with RCCBC to support information sharing and decision making

  • Maintains geospatial information in an easily assessable format on a comprehensive dataset on Power BI including over 200 catchment maps.

  • Sets up, tests, operates and ensures the platform reflects user needs while expanding engagements with internal and external stakeholders, as required

  • Creates and analyzes interactive catchments maps and use it as evidence to support the catchment approach

  • Writes reports, including publications that demonstrates the methods and potential applications of the catchment approach

  • Documents and researches applications of population catchments to build climate resilience in rural BC

  • Assists and supports with the development of a standardized framework to improve decision making of primary care services within rural BC communities

Consequence of Error/Judgement

The RHSRNbc Team is an interdisciplinary research network of faculty, researchers, and graduate students from major universities in Canada. Errors made could influence the ability of research staff to meet critical deadlines, as well as compromise the results of research projects, and therefore impact the credibility of the Investigators.  Poor decisions and errors in judgment could result in delayed completion of projects or inappropriate planning, result in financial loss, and damage the reputation of the research team.
Supervision Received
Reports to the Principal Investigator of the Research Team.

Supervision Given

May provide guidance and mentorship to graduate student(s), under the general supervision from the Principal Investigator.
Minimum Qualifications
Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute.

  • Minimum of 2 year of related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven ability to work effectively independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to innovate and have a keen eye for detail

  • Keen desire to grow professionally, develop new skills and willingness to work outside of comfort zone

  • Interest in rural health research and building resilient rural communities

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