Senior CEQA Project Manager
Job Details
Experienced
Sacramento Office - Sacramento, CA
Full-Time
Bachelor's Degree

ESA seeks a highly motivated Senior CEQA Project Manager to join us in Sacramento. We are looking for a team member with 10 or more years of experience, who has the intellectual curiosity and proactivity to lead a variety of analyses and evaluations related to the environmental review of a wide range of development and planning projects throughout Northern California. This is a senior-level opportunity in our ever-growing team of professionals focusing on CEQA-related projects. This opportunity places a high value on collaboration, delivery, leadership, and desire to grow.

 

Who We Are

 

ESA is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm delivering work that matters.

 

We plan, design, review, permit, mitigate, and restore—for projects across our communities, infrastructure systems, open spaces, and wildlands.

 

Our scientists, planners, historians, archaeologists, engineers, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking, in-depth analyses, and are committed follow-through to guide successful policy development and project planning, and to deliver enduring multi-objective solutions.

 

At ESA, we believe every employee has a unique combination of knowledge, skills and experience that contributes to our success. We value diversity and inclusion and celebrate the differences that make each of us unique. Our culture is built on mutual respect, recognizing that the collective sum of our individual differences and life experiences fosters our continued success and achievement, for our employee-owners and our clients.

 

We believe that collaborating with colleagues from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives leads to better solutions and opportunities for everyone. We celebrate the differences—age, color, physical ability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, language, national origin, race, religion, veteran status, and other characteristics—that make each of us unique.

 

Who You Are

 

You are senior-level professional with a strong desire to grow and advance your career and to further develop your leadership skills. 

 

You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with major course work in environmental planning, policy, and/or science; urban planning; geography; or a related interdisciplinary field.

 

You have a minimum of 10 years of professional experience working in a consulting environment, which includes managing projects, leading teams, conducting research and preparing environmental compliance evaluations and assessments. A strong understanding of the California Environmental Quality Act, similar state/federal regulations, or resource-related permit applications is required.

 

You are competent leading or directing the development of high-quality environmental analyses including CEQA and NEPA documentation and client deliverables for both public agency and private sector clients. You have prepared and have comprehensive knowledge of policy planning, regulatory permitting, and relevant regulatory and environmental regulations and processes in California.

 

You are an effective leader, team member and communicator who proactively identifies and contributes constructively to address broad project or team issues, providing mentoring and coaching to more junior staff to foster teamwork.

 

You possess excellent oral and presentation skills and have lead and directed marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies, and leading proposals, interviews and presentations.

 

What You Will Do for ESA

 

You will lead or direct the environmental review of a broad range of larger and more complex development and planning projects in collaboration with scientists, engineers, community planners and other specialists.

 

You will demonstrate a clear understanding of project management principles and practices and be responsible for the development of environmental analysis and review in accordance with applicable guidelines and requirements, while delivering assignments within budget and schedule.

 

You will serve as an environmental specialist, preparing and managing complex environmental analyses and coordinating with key team members, including senior staff, subconsultants, and clients. You will produce technical work and written products that are clear, concise, and well‐supported.

 

You will consistently demonstrate your solid writing skills and attentive listening skills, and participate in and/or lead client meetings, present at or provide support at community workshops and public hearings effectively presenting complex technical information clearly and concisely.

 

You will lead the preparation of proposals for mid‐to-large -sized projects, providing technical input, contributing to proposal writing, identifying opportunities, and engaging with proposal/interview teams. These efforts will include having the responsibility for preparing scopes of work and budgets. You may also lead and direct marketing and business development pursuits including developing capture strategies.

 

You will provide supervision, mentorship and support for junior staff, including reviewing their work for accuracy and clarity and providing constructive feedback and career development guidance while working on projects together.

 

You will thrive in a fast-paced, challenging environment and be able to manage multiple responsibilities and deadlines, while working on a team or independently.

 

What ESA Will Do for You

 

Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals knowing that you have contributed to outstanding projects, improved environmental stewardship, and advanced a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places.

 

We will present the opportunity for you to work on and manage a variety development related projects, including some of the highest profile projects in the region, and provide you the chance to collaborate with coworkers that are recognized as the leading experts in their fields.

 

At ESA, we spend our days helping to keep the environment in balance, and we want to help keep your life in balance, too by providing medical, dental & vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, a performance bonus program, an employee stock ownership program, paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays to name a few.

At every stage in your career, we provide opportunities for continued growth, development, and recognition. Whether you want to further your technical expertise, sharpen your business acumen, or help lead the next generation of employee-owners, we want to support you in reaching your career goals. We believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs include Tuition Reimbursement, Professional Development Bonuses, and attendance at Conferences.

 

What’s Special About Our Community Development Team in Northern California

 

Our Community Development team has built a legacy of success providing environmental compliance, clearance, and advancement; community planning; sustainable and resilient communities; air quality and noise; and transportation services. We combine our firm’s technical depth in natural resources science and environmental planning with deep knowledge of local regulatory practices and procedures, including the most current legislation and case law, to create value-added, cost-effective, and legally defensible solutions for our clients.

 

ESA is unique in that we have a deep scientific, technical, and regulatory expertise, which we apply to our planning and environmental review projects. We keep project approval and implementation at the forefront, balancing long-term planning, community attributes, stakeholder objectives, and cost. Our focus is on comprehensiveness and clarity, and the result is that our planning, CEQA, and NEPA documents are frequently recognized by professional organizations with awards for creative approach and quality.

 

Our recent and ongoing work includes projects for public agencies such as the cities of Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, and Richmond; entities such as San Francisco International Airport and UCSF; and private sector clients such as the Sacramento Kings, Google, the Oakland A’s, and Downtown Sacramento Railyard Ventures.

 

In accordance with ESA’s duty and responsibility to provide and maintain a safe workplace that is free of known hazards and to minimize the exposure to potential hazards, any employee who works from an ESA office or conducts any other in-person ESA work-related activity is required to submit their proof of vaccination status or have received an approved exemption and accommodation.

 

ESA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. (EOE M/V/F/D)

 

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