NC GIS Manager (Sacramento preferably, but also SF, OAK, SJ)

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 21:03 -- exf107

NC GIS Manager (Sacramento preferably, but also SF, OAK, SJ)


Job Details
Job Location
Northern California - , CA
Position Type
Full Time
Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
About the Company:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.

About the Position:

The NorCal GIS Manager is responsible for providing leadership, management and technical oversight of geospatial services in the region. Expectations of the position include a high-level of client engagement, excellent problem solving skills, support with marketing geospatial technologies and ability to deliver high-quality products and services to clients and project teams. The GIS Manager will lead and grow a team of geospatial professionals to support the business demands for the region. The GIS Manager will be responsible for distributing work assignments throughout the region in an efficient and effective manner and will promote communication amongst all GIS staff in the group. The Group Manager will also work towards the professional growth and advancement of all members and will dedicate himself/herself to a collaborative work environment. Below are the specific duties of the GIS Manager.


Project Delivery and Technical Excellence

Supports the day-to-day delivery of geospatial products and services including Trimble and tablet-based data collection, information management, spatial analysis, modeling, cartographic and web-based applications.
Promotes, plans and executes drone field work for NorCal projects with support from ESA’s UAS Coordinator.
Provides senior interface with external and internal clients to ensure that quality project delivery is occurring across the region.
Promotes a region-wide and firm-wide collaborative approach delivering the best teams and products to our clients regardless of office location.
Provides input to business development, including pre-RFQ/RFP positioning, scope of work and budget development, interviews, etc. This duty will be implemented in partnership with the company-wide Director of Geospatial Services and other NorCal leadership.
Identifies new business and technical opportunities to support the advancement of the group.

Employee Development and Leadership

Promotes and ensures collaboration across the disciplines and the firm – is proactive and collaborates with the NorCal regional leadership, project managers, and GIS team members in order to support the growth of the team, both individually and as a group.
Provides mentorship and professional development support to all GIS team members both directly and through other internal or external resources, as needed.
Conducts performance reviews of direct reports consistent with ESA protocols.
Provides input to salary increases and other compensation to the Regional Director.
Addresses performance issues within the GIS team in collaboration with, and with the support of, the Regional Director (e.g., performance plans, corrective actions).
Leads the hiring process for new staff (including the on-going identification of candidates).
Contributes to development and implementation of the annual business plan and budget for the business group and region. This includes providing projections of staffing, equipment, technology and training needs for the group, and key strategic initiatives that might involve geospatial technologies.

Finance and Accounting

Disseminates, reinforces and ensures accounting policies and procedures (accurate timekeeping, budgets, etc.) are being followed by all NorCal team members.
Responsible for overall group and individual staff utilization performance, including tracking and responding to soft spots in individual performance; the primary tool for managing individual utilization performance is effective workload distribution.


ESA is owned entirely by our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning. ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.


At ESA, we value diversity and inclusion. Collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique. ESA's culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.


Qualified candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Geography, Earth Science, Engineering, Computer Science or related field from an accredited college or university plus a minimum of 5-7 years’ relevant experience (may include coursework in GIS, geography, environmental planning, or related studies). The position requires skills and demonstrated experience with managing large geospatial implementations. Demonstrated high standards for cartographic design, visual communication, and attention to detail are essential. The candidate must be an independent, self-directed, problem solver capable of working under tight deadlines and responding to the immediate needs of clients.


ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)