Position Title:  Associate Director – Center for Geospatial Solutions

Supervisor Title:  Director of Geospatial Solutions

Date:  January 2021 

FLSA Status:  Full Time / Exempt

Location:  Depending on the successful candidate’s requirements, the position will be located remotely or at one of the Lincoln Institute’s offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Phoenix, Arizona; or other locations in North America.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's Center for Geospatial Solutions (CGS) is looking for an Associate Director to join its team. The center generates data insights that help partners design and implement equitable land, water, and climate solutions. Reporting to the Director of Geospatial Technology, the Associate Director manages client relationships, oversees project execution, ensures that deliverables are produced to the highest standard, and contributes to business development and technology innovation.

What You’ll Do:

  • Relationship Management
    • Build and maintain effective relationships with clients/donors for the duration of specific projects. Understand and manage their needs and expectations throughout the process, including checking in on them periodically and cultivating new business opportunities.
    • Envision creative ways to better meet each client’s/donor’s requirements and, where indicated, suggest and develop innovative solutions for different market segments.
    • Be an active listener and promptly address client/donor concerns where reasonable and feasible.
    • Lead technical discussions among stakeholders and capacity-building activities with external organizations, teams, and individuals.
    • Contribute to collective impact where relevant, while building the reputation of CGS within wider geospatial and environmental sectors in which CGS and the Lincoln Institute work.
  • Grants/Contracts Delivery
    • Manage the execution of projects and contracts when assigned and oversee grant objectives and contract deliverables.
    • Use established or co-develop appropriate project management software and systems to manage sequenced activities and complete projects on time and within budget.
    • Produce high quality presentations, visualizations, reports and other products or documents to communicate project results to clients and internal and external audiences.
    • Work collaboratively within partner networks and identify potential project partners to extend the capabilities of CGS when appropriate.
  • Technology Innovation and Development
    • Act as portfolio lead to bring knowledge of what funders, partners, and/or clients want and need. This will require close collaboration with the Director of Geospatial Technology and the Director of Partnerships and Strategy.
    • Track geospatial tools and technology development, scanning for new applications and data integration and analysis opportunities that reflect the state of the field.
    • Identify investment opportunities for innovation and development of geospatial technology or data applications and decision-making tools.
    • Recommend opportunities to strengthen CGS and/or the Lincoln Institute’s program areas.
    • Contribute to technology innovation through managing selected projects in this area, or by participating in a research and development team.
    • Stay abreast of what other GIS providers and related providers are able to offer, seeking opportunities to integrate these offerings into CGS’ portfolio.

What You’ll Need:

  • Master’s degree and 5+ years of experience in bringing geospatial technology, data, and analysis services to partners or clients.
  • Strong customer service orientation, relationship management, business development, and strategic partnership skills.
  • Be an accomplished and mature project manager with a demonstrated track record in meeting complex objectives.
  • Ability to manage analysts, data scientists, and other experts to effectively execute projects.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and an appetite to develop new solutions.
  • Knowledge of the geospatial field as applied to environmental, conservation, and/or climate outcomes.
  • A team player who also cooperates well within wider networks.
  • Proven ability to gain the confidence and trust of partners, clients, and donors.
  • Strong oral, visual, and written communication skills with the ability to deliver highly technical information to audiences with varying levels of technical understanding.
  • Legal authorization to work in the United States.

Application Guidelines:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Anne Scott (ascott@lincolninst.edu). The cover letter should succinctly describe (1) your interest in joining the CGS team; (2) why you think you are a good fit for the role; and (3) relevant expertise and experience you offer. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.



About the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land. A nonprofit private operating foundation whose origins date to 1946, the Lincoln Institute researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Through education, training, publications, and events, we integrate theory and practice to inform public policy decisions worldwide. With locations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Washington, DC, Phoenix, and Beijing, we organize our work in seven major areas: Planning and Urban Form, Valuation and Taxation, International and Institute-Wide Initiatives, Latin America and the Caribbean, People’s Republic of China, The Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, and the Center for Community Investment.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is dedicated to creating an inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Individuals seeking employment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by law.