Vice President, GIS

CoStar Group, US-VA Richmond

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Vice President, GIS

Job Description


CoStar Group is the world’s leading provider of information and marketing solutions for the commercial real estate industry. Since 1987, we’ve been on a mission to create efficiency and transparency within commercial real estate. From our earliest days, as the first company to offer real estate firms comprehensive, objective, reliable information, to our expansion into operating the most active Internet marketplaces for buying and selling commercial real estate, apartments, businesses, and land, we’ve been committed to excellence and creating the most innovative and insight company in our industry. As a technology company, we are the trusted partner for all commercial real estate professionals empowering many of the most well-respected landlords, development companies, brokerage firms, banks, lenders, investors, and government agencies.

The Vice President of GIS will oversee a group of GIS Directors and Specialists whose focus is discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping, developing mapping applications and tools and managing a digital library of geographic maps in various files type.

In this role you will work closely with senior leadership by explaining geographic trends and finds from your analysis to support the ongoing maintenance and dissemination of data and applications in the GIS environment. They will be responsible for the supervision of all Senior & GIS Analysts assigned to them.


  • Manage the on-going spatial data maintenance and dissemination, end-user support and the generation of maps and other GIS reports and information product.

  • Oversee the compiling and organizing GIS data from maps, databases and other sources.

  • Lead the collection and conversion of mapping resources and data.

  • Conduct programmatic and manual analysis and create reports and thematic maps on the data within the GIS.

  • Ensure that quality assurance on new or revised data conforms to standards laid out in the GeoDatabase, or any other applicable standard or policy.

  • Oversee the conversion, import and export data in and out of the GIS system.

  • Direct the preparation of regular status reports, highlighting GIS issues requiring attention.

  • Recommend and establish standards and procedures to deal with production of high priority data, maps and services.

  • Manage and administrate the GIS computing infrastructure, as well as develop and maintain online mapping applications and databases for internal and external use.

  • Create and document procedures and metadata definitions.

  • Ability to hire, develop, coach, mentor, and empower GIS team.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with product team and technology.


  • Minimum of 5+ years in a leadership role

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters preferred

  • 10+ years of direct management and responsibility for a team of GIS analyst

  • 10+ years’ experience and knowledge with GIS databases and editing using software such as ArcGIS and MapInfo


  • Manage and mentor team members, ensuring that they have the necessary skills, resources, and support

  • Drives the development, coaching, and training of team members by setting goals and deadlines

  • Must have permanent authorization to work in the United States

  • Ability to travel-primarily domestic with the possibility of international travel

  • Proven ability to develop and execute a GIS strategy that aligns with business objectives

  • Strong project management skills to ensure that all GIS projects and initiatives are delivered on time, within budget, and meet business requirements

  • Manage relationships with key partners, vendors, and other stakeholders to ensure seamless integration of GIS data and technologies across the organization


Founded in 1987, CoStar Group is the leading provider of commercial real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces. Our suite of online services enables clients to analyze, interpret and gain unmatched insight on commercial property values, market conditions and current availability. Behind some of the most well-known brands in the industry, CoStar Group includes CoStar, the largest provider of CRE research and real-time data; LoopNet, the most heavily trafficked mobile and online real estate marketplace;, the premier rental home resource for renters, property managers and owners; STR, the leading provider of performance benchmarking and comparative analytics to the hotel industry; BizBuySell, the largest online marketplace for businesses-for-sales; and Lands of America, the leading operator of online marketplaces for rural real estate.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, CoStar Group maintains offices throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Canada, and Asia with a staff of over 4,300 worldwide.


Working at CoStar Group means you'll enjoy a culture of collaboration and innovation that attracts the best and brightest across a broad range of disciplines. In addition to generous compensation and performance-based incentives, you'll be supported in both your professional and academic growth with internal training, tuition reimbursement, and an inter-office exchange program.

Our benefits package includes (but is not limited to):

  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage: Medical / Vision / Dental / Prescription Drug

  • Life, legal, and supplementary insurance

  • Commuter and parking benefits

  • 401(K) retirement plan with matching contributions

  • Employee stock purchase plan

  • Paid time off

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • On-site fitness center and/or reimbursed fitness center membership costs (location dependent)

  • Complimentary gourmet coffee, tea, hot chocolate, prepared foods, fresh fruit, and other healthy snacks

Be part of a team of professionals enjoying the opportunity to learn, do, and grow in a rewarding atmosphere. But don't just take our word for it -- see why our team chose to work at and stay at CoStar Group:

We welcome all qualified candidates who are currently eligible to work full-time in the United States to apply.  However, please note that CoStar is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

CoStar Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer; we maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing

About CoStar Group

CoStar Group is the leading provider of online real estate marketplaces, information, and analytics in the commercial and residential property markets.

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