Job Detail

Organization: The National Audubon Society
Title: Product Manager, GIS Strategy
Location: remote

Posted: 2020-12-07
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

This is a remote position and reports to the VP of Data and Analytics. The Product Manager, GIS Strategy and Innovation will be charged with setting Geographic Information Systems (GIS) strategy for the National Audubon Society, acting as product manager on key Audubon GIS projects, owning strategic internal and external partner relationships and continually looking forward to keep Audubon on the forefront of GIS technologies and practices. As a part of the Data and Analytics team, this person will use modern-day GIS tools and platforms and will support the technology strategy and services that enable data-powered work and maximize Audubonís mission impact. Data science, analytics, geographic mapping, and business intelligence are essential to how Audubon does its work across business teams including conservation, science, advocacy, marketing, fundraising, and finance. The Data and Analytics team plays a key role in empowering that work and needs a GIS leader who will own GIS strategy and products that enable this mission.

Examples of products and initiatives that this position will support are:

Migratory Bird Initiative, a multi-year project to track and aggregate varied data sources about migratory bird species, where they go, and the threats they face
Audubon Net 0 climate campaign
Integrating ďAudubon events near youĒ into the website and/or mobile app
Productizing conservation tools for general state and chapter use
Enterprise GIS Education Program
Using geospatial capabilities to advance equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Essential Functions
Define Audubon GIS Strategy with CTO, VP of Data and Analytics, Director of Enterprise GIS, Chief Scientist and conservation leads, to maximize the value of Audubonís investment in geospatial technologies and integrate GIS in Audubonís organization-wide business practices.
Act as Product Manager on key projects that involve geospatial capabilities. This includes working with users and stakeholders to create product strategy and identify what the productís defining features will be, as well as overseeing the product lifecycle in order to deliver a product that conforms to user-driven requirements. Develop and manage partnerships with geospatial technology and imagery providers such as Esri, Microsoft, Google, and Planet Labs.
Act as a technology-ambivalent advisor to ensure the selection of the appropriate GIS tools for key projects, applying a breadth of knowledge of GIS technologies and working with the Director of Enterprise GIS to drive technology decisions based on user-driven requirements.
Ensure Audubon has a deliberate GIS communication strategy to report on mapping and geospatial decision-making accomplishments and wins, internally and externally. This includes managing communications within Audubon to build excitement about GIS and its potential to change the way we do our work.
Identify and support fundraising opportunities: Work with National and Flyway leadership to identify GIS opportunities and secure federal-and state-driven funding.
Promote the use of GIS technology and Audubon GIS products across the Audubon network in state offices, centers, the campus program and chapters
Collaborate with the Audubon Digital Products, Enterprise GIS, and Science teams to leverage enterprise GIS and mapping technologies as part of project implementations.
Coordinate with the Science and Digital Products teams to design and select appropriate technologies for geospatially-enabled products.

Qualifications and Experience
5 years of progressive professional experience in GIS field with demonstrated ability in GIS strategy and communications.
B.A./B.S. degree in Geography, Information Technology, GIS, or similar discipline preferred. Relevant work experience in GIS and product management disciplines will be considered in lieu of a degree.
Proven ability or desire to lead. This position will require having a strong voice in executing product management, owning partner relationships, and communicating with Audubon leadership.
Experience in conservation analysis and decision-making.
Proven success as a Product Manager for geospatial products.
Experience transforming how GIS delivers business value in large federated organizations preferred.
Wide experience with the ecosystem of different GIS, geospatial, and mapping tools and software products, such as Esri, Google, MapBox, QGIS, Geoserver,, OpenStreetMap, Open Layers, Leaflet, and CARTO.
Strong detail-oriented execution skills, and the ability to lead teams on the ground to move projects from conception to completion.
Excellent collaboration skills, with the ability to understand and apply product needs and requirements from a diverse set of organizational stakeholders, and to communicate effectively with non-technical collaborators.
The ability to manage and maintain healthy vendor relationships, and the ability to seek and evaluate new high-quality vendors to supplement internal staff on a project-by-project basis.
Curiosity to stay on the cusp of software and product trends in the greater industry beyond non-profits.
Existing strategic relationships in the GIS community.
Proven evangelist and public speaker for GIS-related topics.
Proven success in business development and/or fundraising around GIS.
Success in leading/sponsoring large GIS initiatives in matrixed organizations.
Genuine passion for conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.

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