Project Manager - Technical.ly

Project Manager

Azavea |  Philadelphia | PM

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Overview

Azavea is a mission-driven technology firm based in Philadelphia that uses geospatial data to build software and data analytics for the web. As a B Corporation, our mission is to use advanced geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact. Most of our work serves local and federal government agencies, non-profit organizations, and impact-related projects for commercial companies.  We build custom web applications, perform geospatial analysis, and contribute to open-source projects. We have particular expertise in climate change, water, conservation, elections, and infrastructure, and we are engaged in a wide range of other interesting projects. Check out our career website for more about Azavea.
Azavea is looking for a Project Manager who is passionate about delivering projects with a positive impact to join the Civic Applications Team. You will work closely with the Engineering Lead to manage and support your colleagues on the Civic Applications Team and execute high-quality projects on time and on budget. We are seeking a strong communicator with a talent for working through competing priorities to identify the best solution for everyone. If you are detail-oriented and have an interest in geospatial data analysis, visualization, and software, we encourage you to apply.
Azavea has 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 Civic Applications team is primarily a professional services team that implements a range of custom web mapping applications for analysis and visualization for municipal government, non-profit, and international organizations.  These projects include things like:  watershed modeling and stormwater runoff tools, nonprofit aid visualization, bee pollination modeling, and the Open Apparel Registry, an open-source map, and database of global apparel facilities. The projects may range from short-term work of a few months to longer multi-year initiatives.

What you will do:

  • Work with the team to execute high-quality projects on time and under budget
  • Prepare budgets, scopes, and proposals for projects
  • Create and revise project plans to meet changing needs and requirements
  • Write and edit reports for grants and other projects
  • Manage day-to-day operational aspects of a project and scope: work with software engineers, designers, users, and clients to set expectations and remove impediments
  • Complete budget and task-based time tracking and reporting for clients based on individual project needs
  • Communicate relevant project information with management and executive teams
  • Work with the business development team 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 Engineering Lead on people management tasks such as hiring, onboarding, performance feedback, defining and supporting individual/team goals
  • Support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) objectives and initiatives through people decisions, management practice, and other activities.

You should:

  • Possess strong writing skills, preferably with some experience in proposal or technical writing
  • Clearly communicate technical topics to colleagues and audiences of broad levels of technical expertise
  • Have experience managing complex endeavors with multiple dependencies and occasional conflicting priorities
  • Demonstrate meticulous attention to detail
  • Be able to switch between multiple projects within the same day and balance short-term work on a project with long-term strategic planning
  • Be willing to develop (or already have) a general understanding in the areas of application development, database and system design, and data analysis Enjoy working with a small, collaborative team on meaningful projects
  • Approach new challenges with curiosity, resourcefulness, and resilience

You get extra points for:

  • Knowledge of basic web technology concepts
  • Familiarity with or an interest in mapping technology or geospatial data
  • Experience with agile software development processes
  • Experience collaborating with engineers, designers, and other colleagues  to complete great projects
  • Business development experience, especially in cultivating existing relationships or developing referral-based leads
You’ll notice that we don’t cite N years of experience, a PMP certification, or a specific degree as requirements. Formal credentials like these are valuable, but we are primarily looking for people who have gained real-world experience successfully building sophisticated web applications. If you think this description fits you, even if your experience doesn’t match up perfectly with the technologies we’ve listed, we encourage you to apply. We do not use automated resume screening technology, and our employees review all applications that we receive.

A note on hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Due to regulations in Philadelphia and our concern for the health and safety of our team, we expect to conduct most of the candidate interviews remotely. The majority of our colleagues generally work out of our Philadelphia office, but while our office has re-opened, most of us aren’t in the office full-time. Depending on the circumstances at the time of hiring, we are able to support remote onboarding, including shipping relevant materials and a laptop to your home. We are fortunate to have invested in meaningful work-from-home tools and processes over the years, and have been able to continue providing a secure, flexible, and safe work environment for all of our colleagues. We ask for your patience as we adapt our hiring process as well, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns about the process.

Office and Benefits

Our Philadelphia headquarters 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. The office itself is assembled as an open office plan with several smaller rooms for team meetings and concentration time. You get your own desk with a high-end Linux workstation or Apple laptop and extra monitors. 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, our staff can also spend up to 10% of their time on an open-source, professional development, or R&D project. Recent 10% time projects include a product development learning group, developing scripts to automate processes, testing workload estimation tools, and developing improvements to our internal tools.
We offer a salary commensurate with skills and experience. We are seeking a mid-level to senior-level project manager, but will consider people with relevant backgrounds with comparable experience. Azavea’s salaries for mid-level or senior PM range from $84,000 – 116,000 range. Our benefits package includes:
  • Fully subsidized health care, dental care, 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
  • 401k retirement plan with company match
  • Almost 4 weeks paid vacation plus additional paid sick/personal time off
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Family and medical leave
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave
  • Child care subsidy
  • Paid time off for voting and volunteering
  • Education and training assistance plan
  • Student loan assistance
  • Public transit and biking reimbursement plans
  • Monthly guest lectures with lunches on the company
  • 10% time for research or learning 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. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, military service, disability unrelated to job requirements, marital status, or domestic partner status. 
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Health & Wellness
  • Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Onsite Gym
  • Short Term Disability
  • Vision Insurance
Other
  • Public Transportation Assistance
  • Relocation Assistance
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
  • Nursing Room
  • Parental Leave
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Lunch Provided
  • Snacks Provided
  • Special Discounts
Professional Development
  • Tuition Reimbursement
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days
  • PTO

Describe the people who work at your company. 

Azavea is a community of learners and our colleagues have varied backgrounds and interests. People at Azavea have previously taught, studied classical music, learned to fly a plane, and picked up various languages. We encourage everyone to learn about their coworkers through our regular company events and impromptu chats on Slack.

With flexible hours and trust in our colleagues’ abilities, several Azaveans work remotely full-time and even use that as an opportunity to travel around the world. Azavea is here to enrich your life, so you can put your best foot forward while clocked in and on your own time.

 

How is your company structured? 

Azavea has a team-based structure. Our software engineering teams, which are made up of several full-stack engineers and a project manager, build out our tools and services. These teams collaborate with functional teams made up of operations engineers, designers, marketers, business development professionals, and administrators. Team members check in with one another via daily and weekly stand-ups or critiques.

While onboarding, we find one-on-ones or two-on-ones as a helpful tool for supporting a new hire’s learning process. Questions are always encouraged at Azavea.

 

What does the learning and development process at your company look like? 

We’re the type of workplace that wants to lift up colleagues so the mentees can become mentors. We aim to not only build apps, but also the careers of our team members. For example, we provide opportunities for mentorship through our apprenticeship programs.

For skills development, Azavea has a “10% time” policy that allows every employee to use 10% of their work hours to pursue an original project. Not only does this enhance your resume, but it makes you an all-the-more confident technologist. Past 10% time projects at Azavea have included experiments with machine learning, building internal project management tools, reading groups, Coursera courses, and trying various forms of serverless processing with Amazon Lambda.

 

What drives your work?

Azavea is driven by the desire to do good for the public. A lot of the applications we build are designed with a specific audience in mind, and for those people, the tools we create affect their lives in a big way.

Above all, we seek applicants that align with our core values, which are:

Ownership mentality

Kindness, humility and respect

Create more value than you capture

Default to transparency

Focus on learning & growth

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