Geospatial Manager Position

Salary range $80,000 to $90,000, depending on qualifications.

TITLE: Geospatial Manager
STATUS: Permanent, full-time
ORGANIZATION: Stanford University, Branner Earth Sciences Library
REPORTS TO: Assistant Director of Geospatial, Cartographic and Scientific Data & Services, Branner Earth Sciences Library (Assistant Director)

TO APPLY: To apply for this position, please go to and search for job number 63118.

General description

The Geospatial Manager is the head of the Stanford Geospatial Center. Together with the Assistant Director, the Geospatial Manager sustains and strengthens the GIS program as the primary provider of GIS-based services, research consultation, and user education to Stanford University (SU) students, faculty and staff from all departments across campus.

This position is based in the Branner Earth Sciences Library, but the Geospatial Manager collaborates with and provides high-level technical support to other resource groups on campus in an effort to establish coordinated geospatial technology support to the entire campus. S/he provides geospatial support to users from a wide-range of academic disciplines (Earth Sciences to History to Epidemiology) applying GIS methods to a variety of disciplines.

In support of campus research and instructional needs, the Geospatial Manager designs and delivers instruction to geospatial users, assisting the integration of geospatial skills into the curriculum. S/he also leads an ongoing outreach program to expand understanding and utilization of GIS throughout all appropriate departments at Stanford. The program supports nearly 1,000 students and faculty with over 100 workshops, class lectures, and presentations per year. In the past year nearly 6,000 one-on-one reference consultations via email, phone and in-person.

The Geospatial Manager oversees the work of the Geospatial Reference and Instruction Specialist as well as numerous hourly and student workers.

The Geospatial Manager collaborates with library staff and faculty members to develop and implement new directions and long-range plans for improving the provision of geospatial services.   This long-range planning includes creation of curriculum-specific teaching materials and workshops for different disciplines, providing outreach and support services to the main and branch libraries, and providing GIS support specifically for the upcoming David Rumsey Map Center. The Manager works in collaboration with the programmers of the Digital Library Systems and Services group (DLSS) and the Scientific Metadata Librarian on the development of the Library’s geospatial discovery environment, GeoBlacklight.

The Geospatial Manager supports the geospatial operations in Branner Library, which include: selecting GIS software, data, hardware and peripherals; training and supervising a student staff person to assist with geospatial services and Website maintenance; managing campus-wide GIS software licenses; and maintaining nine networked public PCs, dedicated to GIS.

The Geospatial Manager is expected participate in national initiatives including joint projects with other universities, attending national and international meetings to discuss the program, and to work collaboratively with colleagues around the world as appropriate to support the program.

The Geospatial Manager is a member of the Science and Engineering Resource Group (SERG) of the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provides expert geospatial technology consultation services to users with varying needs and abilities ranging from basic GIS skills to research level analysis involving manipulating, customizing, querying, or modeling of data. This may at times be in greater depth for patrons needing special assistance for courses or projects heavily using GIS.
  2. Works with Assistant Director on all aspects of the program from outreach, data acquisition, and collection management to future planning for services in the campus user community.
  3. Designs, creates and delivers geospatial training and documentation to patrons and staff.  Content of the training varies from group to group, ranging from accessing geospatial imagery and data to teaching a specific GIS software application.
  4. Manages the work of the Geospatial Instruction and Reference Specialist.
  5. Assesses ongoing campus user needs for GIS. Maintains current awareness of geospatial data and imagery availability (including Internet resources), software, and hardware.
  6. Continually builds and maintains campus-wide access to over three terabytes of geospatial data and imagery. Work closely with the Assistant Director, the Digital Library Systems and Services team, and the Scientific Metadata Librarian to create an infrastructure, interface, metadata, and protocols for search/display/retention of the content.
  7. Designs and manages the Branner library GIS web site, including access for users to download GIS software programs.
  8. With the Geospatial Instruction and Reference Specialist, hires and trains students and hourlies who assists with geospatial reference, workshops, and project work.
  9. Serves as a software license administrator for the ESRI software suite. Serves as Stanford’s primary contact to ESRI, our most heavily-used GIS software company, and is authorized to contact their technical support.
  10. Maintains awareness of current trends in GIS & related technologies by attending user conferences and regional meetings, communicating with staff and faculty from geospatial labs at other universities, and through communication with the Stanford campus administrative units using GIS, such as the Planning and Facilities Offices.


  1. Required technical qualifications:
    • Minimum three years work experience or academic background with ESRI and Google geospatial products.   This includes the ability to use, test, analyze (at an advanced level), document and provide training for geographic information systems software
    • The ability to manage geospatial projects from start to finish a must.
    • Knowledge of spatial data formats and metadata issues.
    • Working knowledge of web mapping applications such as Google Map Engine, ArcGIS Online, and ArcGIS Server.
  2. Desired technical qualifications:
    • Familiarity with other GIS (QGIS, Grass, GeoDa) or GES (Google Earth Pro, Google Maps Engine) products.
    • Some GIS programming/scripting experience (Python).
    • Knowledge of geospatial technologies such as GPS (Garmin/Trimble) and remote sensing software (ENVI/Erdas).
  3. Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in Geography, or a related Engineering, Physical, Social or Computer science discipline.
  4. Demonstrated experience with planning and executing significant improvements in programs, showing initiative, independence and sound judgment in problem-solving.
  5. Experience in teaching and working in a public service unit where training others is necessary.
  6. Experience in managing and scaling a program that is experiencing rapid growth now and in the future.
  7. Desired experience with web page creation, preferably using Drupal software and having knowledge of HTML and/or JavaScript.
  8. High degree of computer literacy and interest in current advances in new technologies. Experience with Windows operating systems, including installation and configuration of hardware & software in a networked computing environment, and in applying diagnostic techniques for troubleshooting.
  9. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff.
  10. Ability to multi-task at a variety of levels in a fast-paced environment from creating an overall strategy for the program to day-to-day logistical management of the Center.
  11. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.       Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a diverse clientele.

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