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Cultural Resource Technical Team Lead

at SWCA Environmental Consultants

Posted: 9/26/2019
Job Reference #: 10768
Keywords: technical

Job Description

  • Requisition Number
    # of Openings
    Office Location
    Cultural Resources/Archaeology
    Hire Type
  • About the opportunity

    The Cultural Resources Technical Team Lead/Principal Investigator is responsible for providing leadership within the Pasadena Cultural and Paleontological Resources Program by managing staff, projects, and clients. The successful candidate will possess a proven track record of developing new business, managing large-scale projects, meeting financial goals, and mentoring others to do the same. The Cultural Resources Team Lead reports to the Cultural and Paleontological Resources Director and will work closely with other Pasadena team leads, the Southern California-Pacific Vice President, and other West regional leadership as appropriate.

    The Pasadena office offers a unique work environment and specializes in cultural and natural resources management, environmental planning, permitting, and compliance. The successful candidate will have a depth of experience and familiarity with the business environment of Southern California.

    What you will accomplish

    The Cultural Resources Technical Team Lead will help manage the current workload while participating in the development of a forward-looking plan for the team. This will include working with the Cultural and Paleontological Resources Director, other team leads, and professional staff in Pasadena and throughout the West region to further our team and regional goals by contributing to the following:

    Technical leadership

    · Direct field and laboratory teams and prepare and review cultural resources reports and other related documents, providing direction and coaching.

    · Provide quality assurance/quality control reviews of deliverables prepared by other team members. This includes ensuring deliverables follow all permit requirements, conform to the SWCA style manual, and meet applicable professional standards.

    · Manage permits for conducting archaeological research on federal lands and take a leading role in managing agency relationships.

    · Ensure the delivery of high-quality technical work throughout the cultural resources program. This includes auditing and proposing strategies for improving field, lab and reporting procedures, developing training tools and SOPs, leading brown bags, and working one-on-one with staff.

    · Collaborate across the region and company to identify best practices and opportunities from inter-office collaboration.

    Staff leadership

    · Supervise, mentor, and provide project specific direction to cultural resources project managers, technical staff, and field personnel.

    · Advise the Director on staff hires, advancement, and course correction, as needed.

    · Identify training needs and assist Director in prioritizing and connecting staff with specific training opportunities .

    · Provide general support to the team relating to safety, equipment, subject matter resources, regulatory and research updates, etc.

    Client/Project Leadership

    · Manage the performance of individual projects and effectively coordinate with clients and agencies to produce technically excellent work that is on time and on budget. Coach team members to do the same

    · Identify and mitigate project challenges to avoid overruns and ensure profitability. Coach team members to do the same.

    Experience and qualifications for success

    • Preferred Master’s degree in anthropology or archaeology.
    • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in cultural resources management (CRM) on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in CRM in a staff supervisory capacity
    • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing CRM projects, including budgets, scheduling, and scopes of work
    • Meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology
    • Experience with NHPA Section 106, NEPA and CEQA
    • Experience and aptitude with all aspects of cultural resources projects, from pre-field tasks to final report preparation for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • Excellent technical writing skills with a record of completing technical reports in a timely fashion. Must include experience with primary report authorship in a CRM context for a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies
    • A track record of business development including client development, marketing, and proposal preparation
    • Adapt rapidly to changes in project needs, agency requests, etc. and be able to work independently and collaborate with a variety of colleagues, clients, and agency representatives.

    SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.

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