GIS Researcher, MLP
(Temporary Contracted Position)

TLSC Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) are integrative services delivery collaborations that produce better health outcomes by embedding attorneys and paralegals within healthcare teams to detect, address, and prevent health-harming legal needs of families and communities. For example, such partnerships can force landlords to remediate poor housing conditions that aggravate a patient’s asthma, increase access to care by helping patients establish eligibility for Medicaid, improve educational services for children with special needs, or help patients escape violent domestic situations. The MLP partners are established nonprofit, clinical organizations dedicated to providing high-quality assistance to underserved Texans, as well as other organizations across the region. A national leader in practice in community health centers, TLSC MLPs are part of a movement that includes over four hundred healthcare facilities nationwide.




Under this Request for Proposal, the MLP is inviting entity applicants for a GIS Researcher position. This is a temporary contracted position that will be responsible for helping to design, implement, and analyze an innovative exploratory study. The MLP desires to analyze the health-harming legal needs of Texans while helping promote the mission of the MLP, which allows clients to receive holistic, one-stop-shop services that meet their medical and legal needs in a coordinated approach. We are seeking an applicant that is not only technically skilled, but also experienced in the challenges of innovative collaborative efforts, participates as a team player, and is able to adapt as circumstances change, within the defined scope of the project. Though this RFP is for a single limited study, if successful, there is the possibility of a periodic point-in time replication in a few years to inform an understanding of change over time. The applicant should consider this in proposal design.


The successful applicant will create, maintain, and display legal case data from a GIS application. The ESRI ArcGIS platform is preferred. Applicants should specify their capacity for and experience in data management including database management, data modeling, and SQL/data querying skills. Applicants are encouraged to include a sampling of recent similar work. A description of the secure data environment is required in the proposal, including specification of whether the data environment is HIPAA-compliant. Scripting and programming skills are a plus (Python, R, Java, .NET, C++) and should be specified. Applicants should also specify their bond and insurance status, and ability to add TLSC as an additional insured to their liability policy for this specific project.


Under the supervision of and in coordination with the Principal Investigator, the successful applicant will:

  • Work collaboratively with a scientific advisory group to assess and define data sets, methods to be used for this novel study, and to identify limitations of the data which can guide interpretation of the findings.

  • Comply with all requirements put forth by an Institutional Review Board, if determined necessary.

  • Maintain the highest standards of privacy and security.

  • Ensure all data are produced, stored, transmitted, and maintained in accordance with attorney professional responsibility and disciplinary rules as well as IT standards/governance and any other applicable laws, rules, policies, and standards.

  • Design, implement, and perform data management activities, such as modifying elements.

  • Provide design, development, testing, debugging, documentation, and modification of geospatial applications related to data production.

  • Incorporate data from various sources, including our internal legal case management system, to produce data sets, cartographic layouts, and reports in accordance with specifications and standards.

  • Perform business process analysis, develop alternatives, and make recommendations to the team.



Eligibility and Requirements

  • ​Background in health research.

  • Some prior experience in designing, developing, and coordinating research projects.

  • Proficiency with (or the ability to quickly learn) LegalServer or a similar case management system, Adobe, Microsoft Office products, and other software applications as appropriate.

  • Familiarity with (or demonstrated ability to quickly learn) health, medical, and legal terminology.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

  • Outstanding interpersonal and collaboration skills.

Details and Instructions

Project begins October 1, 2021 | Hours are TBD

Proposals will be accepted via email to, and will be processed on a rolling basis. Selection criteria are based on meeting the position requirements stated in this RFP.