Reporting to a Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer will be expected to provide exceptional strategic, financial, operational and administrative leadership and skills to one of the world’s largest and most active geospatial and standards consortia.  

As the ideal candidate, you are an inspiring, trusted and respected leader with a superb ability to bridge the ongoing technical and operational activities of the organization and engage leading public, private, academic and not-for-profit sector organizations to sustain, grow and transform the consortium. 

You will have a bold vision for the organization and communicate strong values and an unrelenting commitment to working with a global community of technical experts and stakeholders who make funding decisions. You will also develop new partnerships with innovators in the global data and technology environment and be a gifted communicator and negotiator that is able to arrive at win-win solutions.    

You will be an inspiring leader with sophisticated management abilities that are needed to sustain, grow and modernize the consortium.  You will have demonstrated executive leadership experience that enable you to lead a team of highly accomplished technological, geospatial, interoperability experts that are geographically located around the world.   To achieve the OGC’s global vision, you will be expected to work with an active and engaged Board of Directors, whose networks, knowledge and regional and global presence will help you achieve your expected outcomes.

Required skills, competencies, and experience.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ideal candidate will:

  1. Provide thoughtful and visionary executive leadership that is inclusive, transparent, and empowering in a manner that supports and guides the OGC’s global mission.
  2. Develop and execute annual assessments of the global geospatial landscape and responsive business plans, annual budgets, and clear employee outcomes that support overall Consortium outcomes that drive high levels of member satisfaction.   
  3. Institute efficient and innovative programs and clear communications that demonstrate the value and return-on-investment associated with membership in the OGC community, and identify and implement strategic initiatives for growth of the organization.  
  4. Implement and employ:  rigorous financial systems and reporting processes to demonstrate effective stewardship of the organization; risk management controls and transparent reporting to ensure OGC operations are characterized by the hallmarks of financial integrity, accuracy and transparency.
  5. Provide effective leadership and management of a professional, highly motivated staff through clear outcomes based strategic and operational planning, employee perform plans, assessments, and appropriate incentive remuneration decisions.  
  6. Development of strategic plans and programs to lead and prioritize OGC’s approach to changing market and technology trends, and to maintain the Consortium’s focus on serving current market needs while investing or finding funding to develop the capabilities and resources needed to evolve and remain relevant.  Experience with change management and leading an organization through growth and maturation is also critical.  
  7. Act as a trusted advisor and supporter of the Board of Directors, especially in modernizing a consortium governance processes, bylaws, and related organizational policies and procedures.  The CEO will also reflect the Board’s vision and views to staff, partners and key stakeholders with integrity and shared commitment to the long-term sustainability and success of the OGC. 
  8. Serve as senior most spokesperson for the Consortium, employing exemplary communication and public relations skills to elevate the visibility, value and reputation of the organization and its work among members, partners and external audiences; including enterprises, governments, academia, standards organizations, and the ecosystem of developers, entrepreneurs, early-stage companies/projects, and funders/investors.
  9. Be a recognized leader with a superlative track record in the data, not-for-profit, geospatial or standards community.  A premium will be placed on your proven ability to maintain, establish new, and bring together a global consortium of diverse views and interests to create win-win situations.  In this capacity, you must possess highly attuned political and regional sensitivities reflecting your professionally mature judgment.   
  10. Required to travel up to 25% of the time to support consortium functions, in support of activities such as Consortium member meetings, member and alliance partner interaction, membership recruitment, and program business development.  In your travels, you will be expected to draw upon the networks, advice and support of Board Members and Consortium membership to support your business and partnership development efforts.

Submission Process

All candidates interested in the position should send a CV & letter of interest to by midnight GMT on 31 October, 2023. Only candidates that make it to the next stage of interviews will be contacted.  For unsuccessful candidates, any feedback on your application will occur after all the final interviews have been conducted, and a successful candidate has been named.

Please note that once you have submitted your application any lobbying of Board Members will not be seen as an acceptable practice.  Should you or a potential advocate wish to provide a reference, the selection committee will objectively consider and weight the reference.  Should you have any questions, please send them to, and you will get a response within 48 hours. 

The OGC is a non-profit, international, voluntary consensus standards organization that is leading the development of standards and associated best practices to ensure wide-spread use of geospatial and location-based information and services.  Established in 1994, the OGC provides a global forum for representatives from industry, government, academia, not for profit and research interests to identify, agree upon, prioritize and advance new levels of location interoperability and capability to meet the needs of decision makers.   

OGC is registered as a 501(c)(6) not for profit trade association in the US with registered operations in Europe, UK and the US and a membership of over 500 organizations worldwide, and 32 staff located across N. America, Europe and Asia, 

OGC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, OGC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Company Summary

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is a not-for-profit, international membership organization driven to make geospatial and location information and services FAIR – Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. OGC’s member-driven collaborative process creates royalty-free, publicly available geospatial standards through  practical innovations based on real world challenges  related to  climate change, disasters, health, the marine environment and much more.

Our 500+ members making a global impact are  from  Industry, government, and academia and includes the world’s leading  organizations. Working at the cutting edge of information with technologies like Cloud, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and more, OGC conducts a combination of in-person,  virtual and innovative pilots for our diverse community of location experts. 

OGC is the ideal organization for those wanting to help make an impact to improve the world’s ability to make better evidence based decisions.