Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers.
"Great data informs great decisions." Metro, a regional government in Portland, Oregon works with local governments, communities, businesses and residents in the Portland metropolitan area to chart a wise course for the future while protecting the things we love about this place. Metro serves the nearly 1.7 million people of the region by providing services for land use and transportation planning, housing, natural areas, parks and trails, solid waste and recycling and visitor venues like the Oregon Convention Center and Oregon Zoo.
The Data Stewardship Manager will be part of the leadership team of the Planning, Development and Research Department of Metro. The Department is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the region and also includes many other functions and programs, including but not limited to: modeling and forecasting, data development, land use transportation planning, transportation resources, investments areas, affordable housing, supportive housing services and economic development.
Data plays an important role in understanding and guiding policies, programs and decisions that our community members make. In recognition of this, Metro’s data team collaborates with local partners to develop and deliver the Regional Land Information System (RLIS). RLIS provides more than 150 layers of spatial data that support strategic decision-making for governments, businesses and organizations across our region. RLIS is a valuable public asset that provides a foundation for regional planning decisions.
We are looking for someone who can be both a visionary and lead a team. This manager will be a visionary that will have an idea of what the future looks like for GIS and a pathway. This position will provide an opportunity to leverage recent innovations in the GIS field like HUB, availability of RLIS layers in AGOL. At the same time, the person must lead with values that align with the organization based on the 6 outcomes of Metro: equity, vibrant communities, climate change, economic prosperity, safe and reliable transportation, and health ecosystem. A visionary will lead in the field of GIS, while upholding and demonstrating Metro’s core values.
In terms of management, this position will oversee the RLIS program and related data programs, and the professional staff, approximately 3-5 GIS analyst positions. As manager, this person will oversee the department’s GIS infrastructure (hardware, software and resource allocation), and configuration and support of databases related to GIS. They will have to also manage staff, budget and resources related to the maintenance of RLIS. This position will also be responsible overseeing the Regional Photo Consortium, a partnership of jurisdictions and non-profit organizations that jointly acquire annual aerial photos. The position carries out responsibilities for critical programs and projects that require independence, project management skills, cultural competence and best practices in data management.
Lastly, this position requires communication and relationship-building skills. We are looking for a leader who has the ability to communicate and maintain constructive working relationships internal and external to the agency on an on-going basis, either as a partner on a project/program or in a client-provider relationship.
As the Data Stewardship Manager you will:
Diversity and inclusion: At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.