Technical Project Manager

World Resources Institute
Washington DC (Remote possible)
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
How to Apply
Please submit a resume with cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
Where to Apply

As the Technical Project Manager, you will support the shared backend infrastructure that powers Global Forest Watch, Resource Watch, and other industry-leading sustainability data platforms. You will coordinate between the Data Lab engineering team and relevant internal product teams to manage technology work streams and ensure effective delivery of key functionality to support our most important product initiatives. In this position, you will play a critical role in understanding and documenting requirements from product teams, managing the backlog, coordinating releases, and resolving production issues across a growing suite of technology products.

Job Responsibilities:

Maintain an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of product needs, dependencies, and key deliverables; Currently these products include Global Forest Watch, GFW Pro, Map Builder, Forest Watcher, and Resource Watch
Prepare functional and non-functional requirements documents for product features that require support from the Data Lab engineering team
Assist with coordination of technical projects from start to finish, including work planning, coordination of engineering and product teams in project execution, ongoing identification and mitigation of risks, documentation of process and outputs, and timely delivery of results
Lead the QC process for all backend features, including defining end-to-end test and data quality assurance requirements, criteria, performance thresholds, roll outs, and roll backs
Assist in the development of RFPs and Work Orders for technical projects and manage vendor relationships to ensure successful completion of vendor agreements
Operate as a Scrum Master for the Data Lab engineering team, maintaining the product backlog and running bi-weekly sprints, daily standups, and sprint retrospectives
Job Qualifications:

Bachelors’ degree in related field such as Computer Science
Minimum of 3 years of relevant full-time work experience
Demonstrated experience working with team members and project stakeholders from different fields (data specialists, information designers, technology developers, business development managers, funders, etc) to develop sound technology products for the private and public sectors
Deep knowledge of software product development lifecycle and best practices; experience working in an agile development environment
Familiarity with web GIS (Esri, CARTO etc.), cloud services (AWS, GCP etc.), and API development
Ability to work effectively across diverse teams, uniting team members with complementary expertise to achieve common goals
Excellent communication and organizational skills
High proficiency in English
Willingness to work during US Eastern Time core office hours (approximately 9am-5pm Eastern Time, but flexibility is permitted
US work authorization is required for this position
Potential Salary:

$71,000 – $93,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

Additional Information

Program Overview:

WRI’s Data Lab works throughout the institute to help our researchers harness the full power of the data revolution and use modern technology to solve today’s most pressing issues. The Data Lab upholds WRI’s rigorous data standards and commitment to open data and knowledge-sharing.

Over time, we will scale up the use of innovative analytical methods, combined with delivery of high-quality technology products, to build tools that help partners and users advance impactful solutions for sustainable development. The Data Lab engineering team is responsible for developing and maintaining the shared backend infrastructure – namely the GFW Data API and the Resource Watch API – which supports WRI’s suite of industry-leading sustainability data platforms, such as Global Forest Watch and Resource Watch.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.