Azavea | Project Manager - Technical.ly

Project Manager

  • Location

    Philadelphia

  • Category

    Ops / PM

Azavea is looking for a Project Manager who is passionate about delivering projects with a positive impact to join the Urban Applications Team. You will work closely with the Urban Applications Tech Lead and your manager, the Vice President of Professional Services, to manage your colleagues on the Urban Application Team and execute high quality projects on time and on budget. You are a strong communicator with a talent for working through competing priorities to identify the best solution for everyone. You have an entrepreneurial energy, a strong technical background, and an interest in geospatial data analysis, visualization, and software.
About Azavea
As a B Corporation, we’re committed to working on projects that have positive civic, social, and environmental impact.  Azavea builds custom web and mobile applications; perform geospatial analysis; and manage several open source civic software projects (DistrictBuilder, OpenTreeMap, GeoTrellis and others).
 
We have several software teams, which differ in terms of the specific projects they develop and whether they are primarily product teams or professional services teams.  The Urban Applications team is primarily a professional services team that implements a range of custom web applications for municipal government, non-profit, and international organization projects.  These projects include:  legislative advocacy tools, climate change adaptation planning, drinking water source protection, and sustainable transportation planning.

What you’ll do
  • Prepare budgets and proposals for projects
  • Create and revise project plans to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of a project’s scope, implementation, and budget: work with software engineers, designers, users, and clients to set expectations and remove impediments
  • Write and edit reports for research grants and projects
  • Collaborate with the Cicero Product Manager to deliver features and functionality according to the product roadmap
  • Communicate relevant project information with management and executive teams to address company workload balance
  • Work with executive and business development staff to cultivate customer and partner relationships to win new business
  • Identify areas for improvement in internal processes and develop solutions that improve outcomes for your team and clients
  • Collaborate with the Tech Lead on people management tasks such as hiring, onboarding, performance feedback, defining and supporting individual/team goals
You should
  • Possess strong writing skills, preferably with experience in proposal or technical writing
  • Clearly communicate technical topics to audiences of broad levels of technical expertise
  • Have experience managing complex projects or programs with multiple dependencies and occasional conflicting priorities
  • Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail
  • Be willing to develop (or already have) a general understanding in the areas of application programming, database and system design and geospatial analysis
  • Enjoy working with a small, collaborative team on meaningful projects
  • Approach new challenges with resourcefulness, humility, and curiosity
You get extra points for
  • Knowledge of basic web technology concepts (e.g. JavaScript, HTML, CSS, etc.)
  • Familiarity with or an interest in mapping technology, or geographic data and relational databases
  • Experience with agile software development processes
  • Experience managing or mentoring engineers, designers, and other colleagues in how to work together to complete great projects
  • Business development experience, especially in cultivating existing relationships or developing referral based leads
What you can expect
 
Our Philadelphia office is located in a brightly lit office on the 5th floor of a converted factory building in the Callowhill neighborhood, a short walk from Center City, the Reading Terminal Market and SEPTA subway and regional rail stations. For bicyclists, we have in-house bike parking, showers and lockers.  It’s an open office plan with lots of smaller rooms for team meetings, private space and concentration time. We have flex-time to deal with personal stuff, and most people work a 40 – 45 hour week on a regular schedule.  After the first six months, we encourage employees to spend up to 10% of their time on learning, professional development, open source, or a research project. For example, some of our colleagues allocate their time to training or online courses while others attend a professional conference or develop tools to improve automation of our systems.  Learning projects can take many forms, but the important thing is that we want to see people pushing their professional skills forward in a meaningful way.
We offer a salary commensurate with skills and experience and a benefits package that includes:
  • Fully subsidized health care, dental, prescription plan, including for spouse/partner and children
  • Fully subsidized life and long term disability insurance, plus voluntary short term disability insurance
  • Medical reimbursement plan to cover what the health insurance does not
  • Retirement plan with company match
  • Almost 4 weeks paid vacation plus additional sick/personal time off
  • Family and medical leave
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Child care subsidy
  • Paid time off for voting and volunteering
  • Education assistance plan
  • Student loan assistance
  • Public transit and biking reimbursement plans
  • Monthly lunches and guest speaker series
  • 10% time for Research or Training Projects
  • Profit-sharing bonus plan
  • Financial transparency through an open book policy
  • Kind, capable and thoughtful colleagues
We welcome qualified candidates from all walks of life and value diversity in our company, and we prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, military service, disability unrelated to job requirements, marital status, or domestic partner status.

About Us

Azavea is on the map for the company’s mobile and web geospatial data applications. Employees say the client-based and internal projects are the most challenging they’ve ever taken on. It’s not surprising; Azavea has taken on projects with the U.S. Department of EnergyThe World Bank and NASA.

The 65-person company doesn’t view “company culture” as ping pong tables and happy hours, though both have a place in its office in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Instead, “culture” is a reflection of the values the company already has. When the company was established in 2001, founders Robert Cheetham and Rachel Cheetham-Richard considered forming a nonprofit company but came to the conclusion that it’s possible to be a for profit company that’s not only for profit. B Corp certified, Azavea is committed to improving the world. The commitment is reflected in projects like NYC TreesCount! for NYC Parks, GoPhillyGo for the Clean Air Council or OpenDataPhilly. If it harms communities or the environment, they’ll pass, even when evaluating new business opportunities.

The growing company treats its employees with the same respect. In addition to a generous set of benefits, team members successfully balance hobbies, family and friends — and take their vacation days. Azavea’s culture is democratic throughout the hiring process and allocation of profits — at least 2 percent a year — to nonprofit organizations. Every team member has a voice at the table.

The office itself is as open-minded and inclusive as the company. Meetings are held in the expansive kitchen or smaller rooms named after cities. Visitors may find Azaveans tucked in the library nook or collaborating in the open floor plan. Employees often stop to talk around the healthy snacks selection (an idea submitted during Azavea’s annual meeting to solicit feedback from employees) on the kitchen island.

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