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Posted: 10/11/2018

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Research & Policy Lab

The National Trust protects significant places representing our diverse cultural experience by taking direct action and inspiring broad public support.

GIS Project Manager
Professional Opportunity
Washington, DC
Open Until


The GIS Project Managers primary role will be to provide expert consultation and direct GIS support to the National Trusts signature programs and initiatives. This includes producing GIS-related deliverables for key programs like National Treasures, Historic Tax Credit advocacy efforts, and the Trusts ReUrbanism initiative. Deliverables will vary and include the development of geodatabases, the design and implementation of cultural resource surveys using mobile applications like Survey123 and Collector, the production of print and web map applications, as well as spatial analysis and research. This position will administer the National Trusts organizational instance of ArcGIS Online (AGOL), manage and grow the National Trusts geospatial data, and manage the organizations enterprise license agreement with ESRI. 

The GIS Project Manager will work with teams, collaborate across divisions, and support the growth of the National Trusts technical capacity over time. She/he will facilitate usage of GIS across the organization by consulting with each division of the National Trust to identify needs, develop solutions, build staff capacity and help design workflows and best practices related to GIS applications and geospatial data.  

This position also serves as the GIS liason between the National Trust and key partners. She/he will be responsible for developing and providing trainings to staff and preservation partners on geospatial tools such as story maps. The GIS Project Manager will also lead initiatives to form partnerships with relevant stakeholders and design pilot projects that demonstrate applications of GIS to historic preservation.  


  • Serve as internal GIS expert and consult and provide direct GIS technical support to NTHP programs, departments subsidiaries.
  • Work with Research & Policy Lab staff on spatial analysis and cartographic research products.
  • Ensure users across all subsidiaries of the National Trust receive timely, effective technical support , including facilitating connections to external service providers for resolution as appropriate.
  • Lead initiatives to form partnerships and design pilot projects that demonstrate applications of GIS to historic preservation.
  • Manage NTHPs enterprise license agreement, including administration of the organizations 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 grow NTHPs geodatabases and core geospatial datasets.
  • Manage and cultivate effective partnerships with GIS-vendors and content partners, such as Esri, Googles Geo for Good, etc.
  • Oversee implementation of NTHPs GIS strategy including budget recommendations, vendor interactions, definition of partner roles, and project planning.
  • Deliver and provide training to staff on basic uses of ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online and related platforms.
  • Seek out and assist in writing proposals for grant funding to support GIS-related work.
  • Develop training content for preservation partners on GIS applications to historic preservation. 


  • Five or more years of professional level experience required, particularly in a matrixed and geographically dispersed organization, and including a minimum of 2-3 years of GIS experience.
  • Experience in acquisition and management of spatial data, including editing workflows.
  • Experience in map production and geospatial analysis using ArcGIS for Desktop.
  • Familiarity with the Esri platform, including ArcMap 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Community Analyst, Survey123, Collector for ArcGIS (the ideal candidate will also have familiarity with ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Portal).
  • Knowledge of coordinate systems/map projections, and temporal properties of data.
  • Familiarity with overhead imagery, resolution, types, and uses.
  • Familiarity with FGDC and metadata standards.
  • Ability to produce professional, high quality, GIS-based cartographic products.
  • Knowledge of geospatial databases, such as ArcGIS geodatabases, postgresql, etc.
  • Proven ability to collaborate across departments and participate in teams to implement processes and achieve results. Track record of building and maintaining productive 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.).
  • Intermediate project-management skills, including project budgeting and planning, with ability to achieve results with only moderate supervision.
  • Experience successfully managing internal stakeholders and relationships.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability to continually develop skills related to use of rapidly changing technology and communications best practices.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with effective presentation skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and skill set essential.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging culturally diverse audiences, partners and colleagues.
  • Regular and reliable attendance required.
  • Some travel required. 
  • Bachelors or Masters degree in geography, geographic information systems, or related field.  


  • Familiarity with open-source GIS tools and packages such as QGIS, GRASS, Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, PostgreSQL, etc.
  • Advanced analytical and problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization. 
  • Knowledge of python and python-based tools.
  •  Understanding and experience with historic preservation, conservation, archaeology, architecture, and/or related fields preferred. 

How to apply
Please email cover letter and resume to 886126-CS-1121@nthp.hrmdirect.com
David Field
Phone: 2025886124
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW #1100
Washington, DC 20037

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