Director, Aerial Photography


: $159,190.00 - $159,190.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Entertainment

Director, Aerial Photography

Job Description


CoStar delivers real-time, verified commercial real estate data that helps clients confidently spot great opportunities and make smart choices ahead of competitors. By combining the power of CoStar s independent research organization the industry s largest with global data delivery, software, and application solutions, clients can act on opportunities with confidence.

The Marketing Research team is the heart of CoStar, capturing market-critical information that enables our commercial real estate clients to make informed, high impact business decisions daily. CoStar Group s research contributes to the most important segment of our economy, helping businesses open offices, retail stores, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. CoStar Group is seeking a Director of Aerial Research to join our growing research organization.

As a CoStar Director of Aerial Research, you will be responsible for strong and effective leadership as well as innovation to a growing team of Aerial Researchers. The Aerial Research team operates marketing research operations from CoStar Group s owned aircraft throughout North America. Manned and unmanned aircraft are used to capture beautiful media for the CoStar Group marketplaces and comprehensive data coverage.


  • Create and implement a strategic plan for optimized collection, transfer, and publication of data and media.
  • Lead team of Aerial Researchers to capture media and data for submarkets as well as properties.
  • Liaise with CoStar Group data scientists and analysts to process vast amounts of data and imagery.
  • Utilize automated resources to ingest collected content to replicate across thousands of records.
  • Coordinate with network team to create and optimize data storage and transfer of files.
  • Establish strong partner relationships with vendors to ensure content is processed in optimal fashion meeting departmental objectives.
  • Manage plane exploration schedule based on data needs, staff availability, weather, and aircraft service requirements.
  • Develop strong relationship with plane management and pilots to ensure successful missions.
  • Plan improvements to the safety, coverage, accuracy, depth of market/region data and encourage the application of innovative research approaches. Includes meaningful interactions, relationship building, effective questioning, listening, probing, building rapport, tracking relevant publications and sharing information.
  • Identify opportunities to establish or enhance client relationships through engagement with the aircraft during routine and specialized missions.
  • Travel to different markets in North America to support the team and the aircraft missions.
  • Recruit, mentor and develop a team of high-performing Aerial Researchers with exceptional communication skills, proven customer service, and the highest level of integrity.


  • Bachelor s degree; ideally in aviation, videography, or photography
  • 7+ years of management experience
  • 5+ years of experience outfitting aircraft with high-resolution camera equipment for complex media shoots
  • 5+ years of experience working with and processing large data files
  • Flexibility to travel multiple weeks at a time each month


  • Excellent problem solving, research and analytical skills; attention to detail, objectivity and the ability to think strategically
  • Experience coaching and mentoring others in their professional growth and development
  • Confident personality with the ability to interact at all levels with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience in change management as well as experience in a dynamic work environment
  • Experience managing remote workers or field team a plus


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

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

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