SFEI is seeking a candidate with a unique combination of geospatial management experience and scientific expertise to lead the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. Due to the special nature of SFEI’s work, this position must demonstrate both a mastery of GIS techniques and strong capability in an environmental science field. A successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and passionate about effective environmental resource management. You will serve as an intellectual leader of GIS and an effective mentor to a talented team of GIS professionals. Working with esteemed leaders in the Institute and beyond, you must pursue an optimum relationship between science and management. Precision, innovation, and creativity will be critical resources to deploy in your approach to information collection, display, and analysis. The GIS Manager is a full-time position under the supervision of the Program Director.
GIS Focus Area Description
The GIS Focus Area is responsible for serving the Institute’s and external user community’s spatial information needs through collaborative and innovative projects. The GIS Manager will serve as a bridge between the technology and science teams to develop GIS methods, advanced tools, and web delivery applications to support local and statewide environmental management. GIS and four other vital Focus Areas – Application Development, IT Systems, Data Services, and Design & Communications – together comprise the Environmental Informatics program, which focuses on providing clients and partners with the most current, most effective technology tools available to meet the Institute’s mission.
SFEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides science to support environmental decision making and management. Our science informs policy-makers, resource managers, stakeholders, scientists, and the broader public. SFEI typically engages with organizations and individuals of diverse perspectives, priorities, and backgrounds to understand their information needs and how best to meet those needs.
Technology is integral to how SFEI disseminates data and communicates information. SFEI is a California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) partner and serves as a one of California’s four Regional Data Centers for management of surface water quality, wetlands and spatial data. SFEI hosts multiple online tools that provide access to environmental data and information. The Institute has a strong history of GIS expertise including publication of spatial data, development of GIS tools and spatial analyses. We strive to help natural resource managers and scientists do more with the products the Institute generates. We have the hardware, tools and, most importantly, staff to ensure that results, findings, and other relevant information are broadly accessible to a range of technical and non-technical users.
At least 6 years progressively responsible management experience including:
- Project development from origination to implementation
- Grant-writing and program development to expand a burgeoning field
- Budget development and tracking
- Staff work flow management to ensure projects are completed on time and within budget
- Deliverable tracking
- Work-plan development and tracking
- Communication with funders as needed
- Exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving skills
- Ability to track progress and manage time effectively on multiple projects
- Capability to thrive in a collaborative team setting
- Ability to work independently and follow through with tasks under general guidance from supervising staff
- Ability to partner with scientists to define and meet their GIS needs
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills—ability to communicate technical information to scientists and non-technical clients
- Demonstrated use of project management tools e.g. project tracking, staff tracking, budget software
- Knowledge of GIS theory and core methods including relational database design
- Understanding of GIS technical challenges and ability to scope projects accordingly
- Ability to recommend effective GIS solutions and workflows
- Background in or experience using GIS for natural resource management
Strongly Desired Skills:
- At least 6 years of experience with ESRI GIS software, e.g. ArcGIS 10.x, ArcGIS Server, spatial analysis and raster analysis toolboxes
- At least 4 years of experience with the complete tool development lifecycle from conceptualization through requirements definition, design, development, testing implementation, maintenance, and user training as it applies to GIS technology
- Knowledge of environmental sciences and technology (e.g., hydrology, geology, landscape ecology, and remote sensing) for spatial analyses of sea-level rise effects, predictive analyses for landscape change, or remote sensing of natural resources
- Fluency with GIS tool development using Python and arcpy or advanced GIS tool development using Java, C++, or .NET programming language(s)
- Experience with open-source technologies such as R, PostGIS, GDAL, OGR, and QGIS
Duties will be diverse and will require a leader with strong enthusiasm, vision, and team-building skills. Typical duties will include:
- Project Development—Collaborate with Environmental Informatics team and science staff to develop new projects to serve a pressing environmental need
- Writing Grants—Build your vision for the role of GIS in science-based decision-making
- Project Coordination—Track the status of multiple GIS projects and work with the GIS Project Manager to manage resource allocation or timeline adjustments
- Budget Tracking—Using project management software, track a project’s financial resources against project progress
- Resource Allocation—Assign appropriate staff to tasks/projects, with guidance
- Workplan Development—Identify and articulate workflow for completion of project milestones
- Personnel Management—Foster continued excellence through the professional development of your staff
- Report Writing—Draft progress and final report documentation for ongoing projects
Advancement Opportunity: The GIS Manager is a senior position with opportunities for increased salary through effective development of the GIS Focus Area.
The Institute offers a generous benefit package (http://sfei.org/jobs/#benefits).
To apply, send your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the requisition number you are applying for. No phone calls please.SFEI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute web site www.sfei.org.
Deadline: open until July 17, 2015