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Manager of Data Systems (GIS)

Central Park Conservancy

Job detailsSalary$79,700 – $102,200 a yearJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description
Reports to: Director of Operational Planning & Administration
Department: Operational Planning and Administration
Status: Full-Time/Exempt

About Central Park Conservancy

Central Park is one of the most famous and beloved urban public spaces in the world. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in 1857, the 843-acre park was the first purpose-built public park in the country and is a National Historic Landmark. The Central Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit organization, was founded in 1980 to rescue the Park which had fallen into serious disrepair. Since that time, the Conservancy has overseen the investment of approximately $1 billion in the restoration of the Park, and now hosts over 40 million visitors a year.

The Conservancys mission is to preserve and celebrate Central Park as a sanctuary from the pace and pressures of city life, enhancing the enjoyment and wellbeing of all. The City of New York has formally entrusted the care of the Park to the Conservancy which is responsible for every aspect of the Parks care, including landscape maintenance, capital improvements, and the visitor experience. Committed to sharing the best practices in urban park management, the Conservancy also serves as a resource for other NYC parks and for public-private partnerships around the world. The Conservancy employs 325 people and has an operating budget of $80 million.

The Conservancy recently completed a seven-year plan, Central Park Conservancy, A Plan for the Stewardship of Central Park: 2020-2027, which focuses on the ongoing capital investment of the last four decades investment of more than $1 billion into Central Park.

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of Operational Planning & Administration, the Manager of Data Systems leads the Data Systems team and manages the Central Park Conservancys GIS and related data system operations. The Data Systems team is dedicated to improving, standardizing, and aligning all park-based GIS and Operations data management functions to meet organizational goals and objectives. The Manager of Data Systems is responsible for the overall performance of this unit, supervising and mentoring the Data System team directly, managing the Conservancys GIS portfolio, and ensuring GIS related needs are being fulfilled for internal stakeholders and project teams. The Manager of Data Systems will develop strategies to move Conservancy initiatives forward including that of Cartegraph, the Enterprise Asset Management program. They will develop and ensure compliance with GIS technical policies, best practices, and established governance standards. This position will also act as a subject matter expert for their business unit for projects and applications that connect to and leverage GIS and data systems such as workforce management, asset management, customer service, and other business systems.


Team Management

Manages all functions of the Data Systems department, including data collection and maintenance, analytics, project management, and team performance.
Manages Data Systems staff and sets relevant and impactful priorities for team members based on the needs of the organization while optimizing overall quality and timeliness of team output.

Recruit, train talent, and manage staff; conduct performance reviews, and attend to performance related issues as needed, collaborating with People & Culture.
Responsible for mentoring and identifying skills gaps to encourage effective growth and advancement of the Data System team.
Provide leadership and vision to direct the Data Systems team and effectively communicates strategies to meet organizational objectives for the effective stewardship and management of the Parks physical resources.
In collaboration with leadership, create and maintain the Data Systems budget. Monitoring costs, timelines, and working with the Finance team as needed.

Data Systems Management

Effectively coordinates the alignment, aggregation, and utilization of geospatial data in a common data environment for information related to all the Parks physical assets and functional groups.
Provides innovative uses of the GIS systems to improve workforce efficiency and optimize the management of information.
Designs, develops and manages geodatabases in support of mapping activities relative to projects, programs, assets, and other physical park features.
Administer GIS resources and processes to ensure consistency and promote best practices.

Defines, tracks, and reports meaningful departmental metrics to leadership and external stakeholders.
Develop and adhere to the GIS/data processes based on established data standards and best practices.
Drives operational efficiencies of GIS workflows through continuous evaluation and improvement processes.
Utilizes GIS applications and techniques to effectively analyze and visualize complex geospatial data for short-term and long-term project management and program support.
Prepares visually appealing, accurate maps to represent Park basemaps, data analyses, forest distribution, park asset conditions, IPM applications, and other spatial data related to ongoing programs of Park Operations work.

Regularly assess existing technology and processes against available technology to optimize efficiencies.
Oversee implementation plans for new technologies.


Builds relationships and engages key stakeholders in cross-functional projects and departments.

Builds and maintains relationships with external contractors to promote GIS solutions and optimizing workflows to ensure data integrity.
Support day-to-day operations for the Conservancys Operations managers, senior leaders, and project teams, maintaining regular communication, assessing needs, coordinating staffing and resources, and fulfilling those needs in a timely, quality fashion.
Assist with building out, maintaining, and strengthening the Conservancys data strategic objectives.
Provides coaching, training, and encourages engagement and collaboration opportunities for CPC data stakeholders.
Perform other duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

Bachelors Degree from an accredited college in a related field; 5+ years of demonstrated proficiency with the ESRI GIS product suite; 3+ years of progressive leadership/management experience; or
Education and/or experience equivalent to 1 above. However, all candidates must possess the requisite management experience.
Knowledge of the use of ArcGIS Enterprise in a SQL Server environment.

Preferred Skills
Ideal candidates will possess the following skills and experiences:

Expertise in ESRIs suite of products including ArcGIS, ArcPro, enterprise geodatabases, ArcGIS Portal, ArcGIS Web App Builder, Operations Dashboards, Mobile Apps such as Field Maps, Commercial grade GPS units (ie. Trimble).
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Enterprise Asset Management Software (EAM) or Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) (ie. Cartegraph) for maintenance management and enterprise asset management business functions including mobile/spatial data collection, condition assessment, work order management, asset data management, analysis and integration, establishment of performance targets and measures, life cycle modeling, and executive level reporting and dashboarding.

Proven ability to successfully interact with all levels of staff and management and collaborate with others inside and outside of their business unit.
Strong leadership and team building skills with the ability to build effective teams, motivate others, delegate effectively, and foster inclusion.
Proven ability to develop program and project strategies to achieve business goals, understand their impact on various stakeholders, and coordinate GIS activities between and across multi-disciplinary teams.
Demonstrated superior decision-making, problem solving, conflict resolution, and interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills; professional poise and presentation skills.

Proficiency with any or all of the following applications and technologies: MS Office 365, MS Power Apps, Smartsheet
Experience with, or a desire to learn MS SQL, Python or a related language for data management and scripting purposes
Experience in one of the following or another related field: urban forestry, turf management, park management, natural resource or environmental management, municipal asset management, or public policy

Note: The qualified candidate may work a hybrid schedule

Salary Range: 79,700 to 102,200 (based on level of experience)

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Central Park Conservancys work is guided by the belief that Central Park, and all public parks, must be managed and actively protected as an inclusive and democratic space for all.

Working closely with our New York City partners, we will always strive towards creating and sustaining a sense of belonging for all visitors and advocating for equitable and accessible public use of the Park.

In service of this belief, we are committed to fostering a workforce and organizational culture that is as diverse as Central Park itself and the dynamic city it serves.

Safety Requirements
Establishment and maintenance of a safe work environment is the shared responsibility of this organization and employees at every level. The Conservancy will make every effort to assure a safe environment and be in compliance with federal, state, and local safety regulations. Employees are expected to obey safety rules and to exercise caution in all their work activities. Accordingly, employees should be aware of any hazards, which could cause an injury or accident (e.g., spills, obstacles in walkways, etc.). If an employee discovers a potentially dangerous condition, he/she should alert other employees and notify his/her supervisor immediately.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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