• Director, Enterprise GIS

    Job Locations
    US-NY-New York | US-IL-Chicago | US-CA-Winters
    Type
    Regular, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Science
    ID
    2019-4113
    City
    New York
    State/Province
    NY
    Additional Location : City
    Chicago
    Additional Location : State/Province
    IL
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

     


     

    Position Summary

    The Director, Enterprise Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applies an interdisciplinary approach to manage and support priority projects, initiatives, and staff across National Audubon Society and its network.  Reporting to the VP & Chief Scientist, s/he is responsible for managing an enterprise GIS consisting of server, desktop, cloud, and mobile infrastructure. The Director will also work to develop standards for GIS deployment and use, as well as provide oversight to enterprise GIS staff and fellows through Audubon’s Dangermond fund, ensuring they receive guidance and mentoring while accomplishing the duties of their roles. Additionally, s/he acts as the interface between Audubon, partners, and other parties in GIS-related interests and represents the Science Division at a variety of meetings, trainings and important events to further enterprise GIS projects and initiatives. 

     

    This position has opportunity to sit in NYC, DC, CA or IL.  

     

    Interested candidates should attach a cover letter to be considered for this opportunity.  

     

     

    Essential Functions

     

    • Along with the Chief Scientist and Director of Geospatial Science, provide strategic thinking on priority projects to utilize appropriate GIS solutions to maximize conservation impact.
    • Represent Audubon as a leader in Enterprise GIS in professional meetings, conferences, and with partners and other parties.
    • Act as the subject matter expert for the organization on GIS-related topics and provide vision for GIS-related applications and solutions.
    • Effectively manage enterprise GIS staff to ensure objectives and time lines are met; provide mentoring and supervision to the Dangermond fellow cohort each year.
    • Assist in the development and management of GIS project plans including defining requirements, tasks, and resource assignments.
    • Manages coordination with other entities both internal and external on GIS-related matters.
    • Develop and manage an enterprise GIS, to include:
      • Utilize commercial-of-the-shelf solutions for GIS.
      • Oversee licensing agreements with vendor(s) and license distribution system.
      • Administer user accounts and access permissions.
      • Act as lead on the database management system administration tasks.
      • Maintain, develop, deploy and manage the server.
      • Cloud and server hardware management and utilization.
    • Develop standards and best practices for the organization’s GIS data, systems, and staff.
    • Develop and maintain authoritative datasets in enterprise database management systems (versioning, replicas, backup, permissions).
    • Create and maintain workflows for GIS user and software management (including desktop deployment, AGOL user group, publishers).
    • Serve as primary liaison between Audubon and ESRI.
    • Assist all users in developing and maintaining content that meets organization standards (FGDC compliant metadata etc.).
    • Manage a help desk issue tracking system and streamline services to create greater efficiency across Audubon’s network.
    • Provide training standards, support, and administration in GIS for end users.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • Master or advanced degree in GIS, as well as 7-10 years of progressive experience working in an Enterprise GIS containing the full suite of Esri products is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
    • GISP and/or Esri technical certifications for server or database systems. Certification in MS SQL Server is a plus.
    • Expert level aptitude in ArcGIS Enterprise (ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Portal, ArcGIS Image Server, ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server), MS SQL Server, and ArcGIS desktop products.
    • Experience managing large datasets and web services including map, feature, image, tile cache, and geoprocessing services from development through production.
    • Experience with Amazon EC2 cloud and S3 instances specifically in support of ESRI’s ArcGIS Enterprise Suite.
    • Basic skills in application development a must (extending COTS templates, HTML, Javascript, Flex, & Python).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of enterprise GIS best practices (metadata, users, roles, GDB rules and SDE management).
    • Familiarity with mobile solutions (Android, iOS, and Trimble GPS hardware).
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage teams with both science and information technology professionals and also discuss technical information to non-technical audiences. Strong public speaking and writing skills are critical for success.
    • Clear track record of success in operational roles – taking ideas from concept to design to execution, and linking objectives and outcomes to strategic goals.
    • Willingness to travel out of state and work occasional nights and weekends (as needed).
    • Genuine passion for conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.

     

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