Senior Manager, GIS Systems

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 2 months ago(8/3/2023 12:10 PM)
Job Locations
US-NY-New York | US-DC | US-NY | US-DC
Regular, Full-Time
Job Category
Information Technology
New York
Additional Location : State/Province


The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary

The Senior Manager of GIS Systems leads the implementation of Audubon’s geographic information systems (GIS) infrastructure to enable users across the organization to develop and implement data-driven approaches to delivering our mission for hemispheric level bird conservation. This role is responsible for ensuring the health and reliability of GIS servers, the development and maintenance of spatial databases, and the production of integrations and queries across GIS and internal data warehouses. A successful candidate will have the requisite technical skills as well as strengths in project management and communication with stakeholders regarding requirements and expectations for successful delivery. This position reports to the Director of Enterprise GIS on the Data & Analytics team within the Audubon Technology team, and will work alongside the Senior Manager of GIS Products and in an advisory capacity to Audubon’s Dangermond Fellows.


This position can sit in NYC or Washington, DC, or can be remote within the United States.


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


Examples of initiatives that the position will support are:

  • Maintain, update and evaluate opportunities to further automate and optimize spatial data that undergirds the Bird Migration Explorer and other signature geospatial products from Audubon.
  • Diagram, generate, analyze, and publish database views of internal and third-party data to localize global datasets for regional conservation planning and decision support.
  • Develop the backend processes to increase audience engagement by integrating local events and offline engagement opportunities on geographic-specific Audubon websites, targeted emails, and the Audubon app experience.


Salary range based on geo-differentials:

  • $105,000-$115,000/year = National
  • $115,000-$125,000/year = Alaska, CA (not San Francisco), Connecticut, D.C., Chicago, Oyster Bay, NY
  • $120,000-$130,000/year = NYC, San Francisco, Seattle

Essential Functions

  • Act as the primary manager of Audubon’s hybrid ArcGIS Enterprise-Online deployment, to include:
    • Maintain, develop, deploy and manage Enterprise GIS infrastructure and servers.
    • Manage technical implementation and management of Audubon assets in ArcGIS Online.
    • Administer user accounts and access permissions.
    • Develop data extract, transform, load (ETL) processes between GIS and other internal data systems, including the enhancement of the ArcGIS-Snowflake integration.
    • Plan and support the upgrade, back-up, disaster recovery, health and maintenance, and database administration tasks related to ArcGIS Enterprise.
    • Advise on ArcGIS Enterprise-Online strategy balancing functionality, maintainability, and Esri product roadmaps.
  • Lead acquisition, curation, processing, management, storage, and publishing workflows for authoritative spatial data, including imagery and other raster-based data, for hemispheric conservation projects.
  • Implement GIS content and services clean-up and maintenance, enhance and implement metadata standards, and prepare data for compliance with open data platforms.
  • Contribute to the support and administration of the GIS user community at Audubon including but not limited to activities such as consulting for GIS power users to streamline complex requirements and workflows and responding to inquiries from the GIS Help Desk.
  • Contribute to the development of technology roadmaps and data governance strategy alongside Engineering and Data Science leads, including standards, guidelines, and continuous improvement of information systems architecture and data management processes with a GIS focus.
  • Support Director with managing contracts for software and professional services, as well as budget planning and tracking. Evaluate and optimize server architecture, data storage, and associated costs to increase efficiency across GIS user communities and projects.
  • Represent Audubon as a leader in Enterprise GIS in professional meetings, conferences, and with partners and other parties.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or commensurate degree and 8+ years of experience working with an enterprise-scale GIS. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Extensive experience in ArcGIS Enterprise (ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Image Server, ArcGIS Portal)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of enterprise GIS best practices (metadata, users, roles, GDB rules and SDE management).
  • Experience managing large datasets and web services including map, feature, image, tile cache, and geoprocessing services from development through production.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Developer resources such as .Net SDK, ArcGIS APIs, and open-source libraries and basic skills in programming (e.g., Python, JavaScript, HTML).
  • Experience with Amazon EC2 cloud and S3 instances specifically in support of ESRI’s ArcGIS Enterprise Suite.
  • Experience with Snowflake, Sigma (or other equivalent BI platforms), and Ovaledge preferred.
  • Clear track record of success taking ideas from concept to design to execution and linking objectives and outcomes to strategic goals.
  • Genuine passion for conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society and its equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB) aims.

This position is represented by the Communication Workers of America (CWA).

EEO Statement

The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.

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