Seeking GIS Fellow


GIS Fellow


Remote or Hybrid @ BUILD

3264 Larimer St. Unit D

Denver, Colorado 80205



This fellowship is a 6-month position for 20+ hours per week. 

About Radian

Radian is a nonprofit architecture and urban design group with the mission to advance social equity in the built environment. Radian envisions a world where residents, who have been traditionally excluded  in design and planning, have the agency, power, and resources they need to shape their own communities and neighborhoods. 

Radian’s work is based on the acknowledgement that discriminatory policies and institutionalized racism, woven throughout the built environment, have created gross inequities in health, wealth, and power that have compounded over time. To confront this reality, we center residents’ expertise and lived experiences through community partnerships and design processes that are inclusive, collaborative, and responsive.

We are currently seeking a passionate and self-motivated GIS Fellow to join us in our design justice work. We are a small, versatile team of designers who make a big impact through architecture, urban planning, and community advocacy. We work on a diverse range of projects that use design in the built environment as a tool to advance social equity. These project types include affordable housing, housing solutions, education, equitable development, advocacy and policy, community space, equitable transit, social justice, healthy food access, and land use & real estate.

About the GIS Fellowship

Radian is seeking a motivated and skilled GIS Fellow with experience in data collection, organization, and mapping with a passion for urban planning and equitable development.The GIS Fellow will play a critical role in analyzing spatial data, developing interactive maps, and supporting existing Radian projects including The Colorado Zoning Atlas and our Land Use and Real Estate Framework. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to meaningful projects that advance social equity in the built environment.

We are looking for a fellow who is committed to:

  • Using design and other technical skills as tools to advance social equity 
  • Developing strong community relationships and partnerships
  • Centering community and collaborating with compassion, creativity, and humility
  • Advancing anti-racism and social justice advocacy 
  • Embracing the complexities that are inherent in community-centered design
  • Integrating design justice principles into all work processes

Our ideal GIS Fellow is reliable, adaptable, nimble, and proactive. We are a small, scrappy team who are resolute in collaboratively advancing social equity, and we bring joy, partnership, and connection into everything we do.  


Data Collection and Management:

  • Curate and manage geospatial datasets, ensuring data accuracy, quality, and relevance for various projects.
  • Collaborate with data teams to integrate external datasets into GIS platforms for comprehensive analysis.

Spatial Analysis and Mapping:

  • Conduct spatial analysis using GIS tools to identify patterns, trends, and relationships related to urban development and equity.
  • Create visually compelling maps and visualizations that effectively communicate complex spatial data to diverse audiences.
  • Utilize geospatial data to support decision-making processes in urban planning and equitable development projects.

Urban Planning Support:

  • Collaborate with urban planners, architects, and development teams to integrate geospatial insights into urban planning initiatives.
  • Assist in the development of land use plans, transportation plans, and urban design proposals that prioritize equitable distribution of resources and services.

Research and Innovation:

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest GIS trends, urban planning strategies, and equitable development principles.
  • Identify opportunities to innovate and leverage GIS technology to address urban challenges and social disparities.

Qualifications + Preferences

  • Expertise in GIS, Urban Planning, or a related field 
  • Strong proficiency in GIS software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS) and geospatial analysis techniques.
  • Experience in urban planning concepts and strategies, particularly those related to equity, social justice, and community engagement.
  • Familiarity with geodatabases, data formats, and data manipulation techniques.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to draw insights from complex spatial datasets.
  • Excellent communication skills to convey technical information to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and independently on specific tasks.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: 

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Don’t worry if you don’t match every single qualification and preference. If this job description speaks to you, we encourage you to apply. We are looking for a versatile individual who is uniquely qualified to support our mission, and we value the full breadth of education and/or experience that advancing social equity includes.

Radian is committed to promoting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and we are actively working to make sure these values are wholly integrated throughout our organization and work. We value and welcome diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us different. 

Interested in applying? 

To apply for the GIS Fellow position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and a portfolio of relevant GIS and urban planning projects to with the subject line GIS Fellow. In your cover letter, please highlight your passion for equitable urban development and explain how your background aligns with our organization’s mission.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.