MassDEP seeks applicants for the position of GIS Director. This position is assigned to the Boston office located at One Winter Street, Boston, MA and reports to the Director of the MassDEP Enterprise Information Office. The GIS Director will evaluate effective business policies and leads the development and implementation of robust and effective geographic information system (GIS) applications at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). Expanding the quality capacity of geo-spatial data and tools into the daily workflows of program implementation and expanding the accessibility of geo-spatial data to the general public is a high priority agency objective as MassDEP relies on geo-spatial data to most effectively execute its core mission. This position will closely coordinate with EEA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) IT and MassGIS on all GIS-related matters.
Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leads a GIS unit that develops and implements agency-wide GIS standards and processes for quality assurance and quality control of geospatial data. Coordinate GIS activities in order to implement a well-managed, full-functional geographic information system serving the diverse needs of the agency and its many programs;
Analyze current business processes, documents business requirements for development and maintenance of web-based and other GIS application, in collaboration with the MassDEP Enterprise Information Office, EEA IT, and MassGIS, to facilitate access to environmental data and analytical/planning tools by MassDEP staff and the public;
Regularly conduct user needs assessments and research pertaining to training, software tools, and system design in order to translate user needs into GIS applications and services;
Serve as the primary MassDEP contact for government agencies and officials, colleges and universities, businesses, environmental and citizen groups, and individuals on all matters related to MassDEP’s GIS activities;
Continually seek to improve practices to add quality and value in support of the Department’s mission and GIS Program goals while identifying and eliminating unnecessary and redundant actions;
Collaborating frequently and effectively with EIO and EEA IT, research and develop GIS system and application design requirements and functional specifications, the development of models/prototypes of system components including screen forms and reports, automated solutions for user-identified needs, and resource estimates for identified workflow improvements;
Coordinate with the MassDEP Enterprise Information Office to integrate and implement information technology systems with the Department’s goals for expanding GIS information and data set capabilities functionality and capacity to access environmental information and data sets;
Develop the evolving business requirements for and manages the upgrading, maintenance and expansion of geospatial data sets on MassDEP’s portals;
Regularly coordinates and collaborates with EEA IT on the budgeting, purchase, installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of MassDEP’s GIS hardware and software in order to provide effective and reliable technology that meets the wide range of needs across MassDEP;
Assume responsibility for project goals, timelines, and assigned staff. Coordinate with all appropriate user groups, internal and external partners and stakeholders, and monitor progress during the definition , development testing, documentation quality assurance, and implementation of GIS applications and major/strategic projects;
Communicates effectively with internal and external stakeholders to promote the importance and added business value that GIS data and analytic features bring in environmental analysis and regulatory activities;
Continually gather feedback on current GIS systems looking for opportunities for improvement;
Provide input and participate in all MassDEP procurements and grant solicitations that have a GIS component; and
Directly supervise a staff of five.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
A minimum of ten (10) years of full-time, or equivalent, technical skills experience in geographic information systems, at least six (6) of those should be in a management role overseeing a GIS program.
Specific work experience with ESRI products, including but not limited to ESRI Arc Desktop and Servers.
Demonstrated ability to manage and develop technical staff.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Ability to communicate effectively in both writing and oral presentation.
Ability to work with all levels of employees within an organization, in particular high-level state officials and other interested parties.
Highly skilled in problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, and team building.
The Department of Environmental Protection - MassDEP - is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.