Open Positions

Job Opportunity: Coordinator of the Chronic Disease GIS Network

Position Description:
The Coordinator of the Chronic Disease GIS Network is a contractor position focused on managing a community of GIS users from state, local and tribal health organizations. Major activities are centered on supporting, informing, and connecting members of the Chronic Disease GIS Network and promoting their work.

The work is expected to be completed independently but with significant collaboration and coordination with the CDC and CEHI teams.

Key Collaborators/Terms:

  • CDC – Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CEHI –The Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at the University of Notre Dame
  • Chronic Disease GIS Network - Network of staff in state, local and tribal organizations that are using GIS to address chronic disease.
  • NACDD – National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • ND Comms - University of Notre Dame, Communications Team

Term: 1 year with the possibility of year-to-year extension.


  • Fee/Expenses: Notre Dame will pay contractor fee(s) an amount of $45 per hour NOT to exceed $46,800 USD or 20 hours per week for 52 weeks for the performance of all services set forth in this contract
  • Invoicing: Contractor will provide CEHI with an invoice monthly supporting any request for fee payment.


  • Administrative duties include: moderating monthly meetings with staff from CDCCEHI and ND Comms; serving as liaison with NACDD; coordinating presentations at the annual conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and other virtual and in-person conferences; coordinating meetings with partner organizations, and periodic progress reporting.
  • Serve as moderator on a virtual platform (i.e. Basecamp) for participants to share GIS-related ideas, news, and questions. Responsibilities will include: prompting conversations, sharing information, and responding to queries. The overarching goal is to create an active, curated space where Chronic Disease GIS Network members can share GIS-related thoughts, ideas, questions, and more.
  • Coordination and facilitation of phone and video meetings among Chronic Disease GIS Network members for various facilitated peer exchange activities, detailed below.
  • Targeted outreach to staff in state and local health departments and Tribal public health organizations to make sure people are aware of the Chronic Disease GIS Network and invite interested staff to participate in the GIS Network.



  • Basecamp deliverables
    • Log in to Basecamp Daily and record activity
    • Respond to questions on Basecamp within 1 business day
    • Work with CEHI to manage Chronic Disease GIS Network members


  • Support the communication of ‘Chronic Disease GIS Stories’ – examples of how GIS is being used for chronic disease surveillance, prevention, and program and policy development.
    • Collaboratively review story content developed by ND Comms;
    • Assist with the review and approval processes for the Chronic Disease GIS Stories; and
    • Work with CEHI and ND Comms to share story content with relevant CDC team members for distribution, as well as other partners.
  • Develop, share, and execute plans for promoting GIS-related information/resources with CDC, CEHI and ND Comms. Examples of information/resources include:
    • Resources (GIS Hallmarks, geo-coded data, On-line GIS Tools, etc.);
    • Opportunities (training, conferences, funding opportunities, etc.); and
    • Promising work (projects, publications, programs, etc.).


  • Support Chronic Disease GIS Network members in their efforts to post maps to the Chronic Disease GIS Map Gallery (1-2 per quarter; at least 5 maps annually).
  • Support Chronic Disease GIS Network member utilization of the range of GIS and Chronic Disease tools that are available (e.g. Atlas, Quick Maps, RST, PopHeart Resource Center, Widget, Local Trends Report, GIS Hallmarks, Chronic Disease Map Gallery, Chronic Disease GIS Snapshots, etc.) in the context of existing work that the network member is funded to do. For example, by helping a Chronic Disease GIS Network member to fill in a template for a Chronic Disease GIS snapshot, or fill in an outline for a brief report; this may go through a couple of iterations before it is final. (at least 1 successful uptake example per quarter)
  • Submit a descriptive report of the composition of the Chronic Disease GIS Network members and all tasks completed at 4 intervals: November (fall), February (winter), May (spring), August (summer) of the performance period.


  • Facilitation of at least two (2) facilitated peer exchange activities (amongst Chronic Disease GIS Network members) focused on sharing ideas and information related to the use of GIS for chronic disease surveillance, prevention, program and policy development such as but not limited to:
    • Focus group Discussions
    • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Round Table Discussions
    • Affinity group meetings
    • Joint Publications
  • Develop a recruitment plan to expand the Chronic Disease GIS Network to new members. Submit a draft of the plan by spring 2022, to receive feedback, and finalize plan by summer 2022.

CEHI at University of Notre Dame is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume or Curriculum Vitae to: applycehi-list@nd.edu.

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