Job Detail

Organization: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Title: GIS Project Manager
Location: Washington, DC

Posted: 2021-03-26
Application Deadline: 2021-04-30

Position Description:


Help save places that matter! The National Trust for Historic Preservation protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direction action and inspiring broad public support. Through programs like our African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, our Where Women Made History initiative, and partnerships with organizations like Latinos in Heritage Conservation, among others, we aim to help tell the full American story by saving the places where generations of trailblazers raised their voices, took their stands, and found the courage to change the world. The GIS Project Manager helps us achieve these goals by producing innovative research, analysis, and deliverables in support of the National Trust’s programmatic priorities and initiatives. This includes producing GIS-related analysis and products to advance a collaborative, organizational research agenda focused on equity, social justice, and other pressing issues in historic preservation today.

The GIS Project Manager’s primary role will be to provide expert consultation and direct GIS support across the programmatic work of the National Trust. This role will also focus on expanding the impact of data-based tools, platforms, and products as well as the tech infrastructure to support these activities. The ideal candidate will be highly technically proficient, but also a “storyteller” with the ability to communicate technical information to lay audiences and colleagues and to help create engaging messages for the public.

The GIS Project Manager will support key programs including but not limited to those similar to the National Trust’s Equity Study, Chesapeake Bay Mapping Initiative, ongoing Historic Tax Credit Advocacy. Deliverables will vary and include the development of geodatabases and geospatial tools such as story maps, cultural asset mapping, the design and implementation of cultural resource surveys using mobile applications like Survey123 and Collector, the production of custom print and web map applications, as well as spatial analysis and research. This position will administer the National Trust’s organizational instance of ArcGIS Online (AGOL), manage and grow the National Trust’s geospatial data, and manage the organization’s enterprise license agreement with ESRI.

The GIS Project Manager will work with teams in the Preservation, Marketing, and Law divisions and manage the comprehensive growth of the National Trust’s technical capacity over time. She/he will manage usage of GIS across the organization by consulting with colleagues to identify needs, develop solutions, and help design workflows and best practices related to GIS applications. This position also serves as the GIS liaison between the National Trust and key partners. The GIS Project Manager will also lead initiatives to form partnerships with relevant stakeholders and design and manage pilot projects that demonstrate applications of GIS to historic preservation.

This position is posted out of our Washington, DC, office. Proximity to this or another National Trust office is a plus, but strong candidates from other locations may be considered for remote work, with an expectation of periodic travel to the DC office.

•Serve as internal GIS expert, consult and provide direct GIS technical support to NTHP programs, departments, and on a limited basis, National Trust subsidiaries (e.g. National Main Street Center and National Trust Community Investment Corporation)
•Work with programmatic staff on spatial analysis and cartographic research products on projects
•Design and deliver innovative web-based GIS products that expand the application of GIS in delivering preservation-based tools and resources to advance the Trust’s strategic priorities, including “telling the full American story” and preserving places and stories associated with under-represented communities.
•Lead initiatives to form partnerships and design pilot projects that demonstrate applications of GIS to historic preservation, including using GIS as a tool to translate data into material and messaging that helps to engage a broader, more diverse audience in preservation.
•Manage and grow NTHP’s geodatabases and core geospatial datasets.
•Ensure GIS users across all subsidiaries of the National Trust receive timely, effective technical support, including facilitating connections to external service providers for resolution as appropriate.
•Manage NTHP’s enterprise license agreement, including administration of the organization’s ArcGIS desktop and ArcGIS Online systems, including: managing individual user licenses, managing ArcGIS Online credits, setting groups and permissions, defining the gallery content, and developing policies on data quality and publication.
•Manage and cultivate effective partnerships with GIS-vendors and content partners, such as Esri, Google’s Geo for Good, etc.
•Oversee implementation of NTHP’s GIS strategy including budget recommendations, vendor interactions, definition of partner roles, and project planning.
•Identify potential funding sources and develop proposals to support GIS-related work.
•Deliver and provide training to staff on basic uses of ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and related platforms. Develop training content for preservation partners on GIS applications to historic preservation.


GIS Technical Qualifications
•Minimum of 5 years of GIS experience in both geospatial desktop software and geospatial web applications, in the context of 8+ years of total professional experience.
•Applied knowledge and proficiency in the full Esri suite of desktop software and web-based applications. The ideal candidate is familiar with the Esri platform, including ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS API for Javascript, ArcGIS Online, Community Analyst, Survey123, Collector for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Portal.
•Experience in map production and geospatial analysis, demonstrated ability to produce professional, high quality, GIS-based cartographic products.
•Knowledge of geospatial databases, such as ArcGIS geodatabases, postgresql, etc.
•Track record of building and maintaining relationships with multiple stakeholders; ability to facilitate a group discussion, capture and document user needs, and translate them into usable artifacts (documents, drawings, prototype maps, etc.).
•Familiarity and experience working with range of geospatial data types, both vector and raster required.
•Familiarity with FGDC and metadata standards.
•Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in geography, geographic information systems, or related field, or equivalent years of experience.

Overall Project Management Qualifications
•Experience managing large, complex projects and providing technical and strategic support. Experience leading project teams to generate measurable results preferred.
•Advanced analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization.
•Ability to communicate highly technical work to a lay-audience in clear and compelling ways.
•Proven ability to collaborate across departments and participate in as well as lead teams to implement processes and achieve results.
•Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and best practices.
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with effective presentation skills.
•Entrepreneurial spirit, solutions-oriented, team-player mindset, is essential.
•Ability to prioritize, multi-task efficiently and respond to a high volume of ongoing requests in a timely fashion, along with ability to adapt and be flexible in a dynamic work environment. Ability to work effectively with frequent interruptions required.
•Able to handle frequently changing and/or unscheduled tasks with accuracy. Advanced project-management skills, including project budgeting and planning, with ability to achieve results with only limited supervision.
•Demonstrated success in engaging culturally diverse audiences, partners and colleagues required. Understanding of, studies in, and/or experience relating to the histories and cultural experiences of communities of color and under-represented communities is a plus.
•Some travel may be required (<30%) pending safety regulations and anticipated transition back from a 100% virtual environment.

Preferred Qualifications
•Familiarity with open-source GIS tools, packages and APIs such as QGIS, GRASS, Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, PostgreSQL, etc.
•Interest and familiarity in historic preservation, history, and related work in digital humanities.
•Knowledge of python and python-based tools.
•Some knowledge and experience with Git and Github.


This is a full-time, exempt level position, eligible for full benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits, and 3+ weeks of vacation, plus sick time and holidays.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this and most other National Trust positions will continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future (currently projected through August 2021). Long term location is flexible.

Hiring Range: $70,000-78,000 per year based on experience

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