Cultural Resources Practice Leader

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We are seeking a highly experienced Cultural Resources Practice Leader to lead our growing team of more than seventy cultural resource experts across offices in California and the Pacific Northwest. Within ESA, Practice Leaders are the most senior position leading company-wide strategy, strategic business development, and technical excellence for their respective practice. This role requires someone with exceptional leadership skills and a demonstrated record of business success and growth as evidences by at least 10 years of experience creating and delivering successful business development and marketing strategies.  


Who We Are 


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


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


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


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 


An exceptional leader with 15+ years of relevant experience developing and delivering consulting services related to cultural resources across various markets, including leadership roles on hallmark projects. 


You are a cultural resource specialist who has significant experience and a demonstrated record of business success and growth as evidenced by at least 10 years of creating and delivering successful business development and marketing strategies. 


You hold a Bachelor’s degree and professional experience meeting the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Standards and are able to pass a federal and state background check for project-based assignments.  


You are an effective team member and communicator with demonstrated experience working collaboratively and effectively with clients, agencies, tribal representatives, corporate executives, and staff at all levels. 


You have deep experience regarding Section 106/NHPA/NEPA/CEQA/SEPA/Tribal consultation documents on multi-disciplinary projects types, such as infrastructure, natural and cultural resource management, and development. Work with public infrastructure (transportation, water, and energy), private development, airports and seaports, recreation and parks, general and specific plans, and adaptation/resiliency is helpful.  


What You Will Do for ESA 


Leverage market knowledge, industry insight, and business acumen to develop the Cultural Resource strategic business plan then achieve annual plan goals for the practice across all regions, including contract acquisition targets. 


Maintain and grow an extensive professional network including decision-makers within client organizations and regulatory agencies to result in expansion of portfolio across regions.  Identify appropriate areas of investment and balance operational requirements with mid- and long-term responsible growth.  


Optimize project performance by ensuring technical veracity, principles and practices of proactive project management, risk management and quality control are implemented. Demonstrate solution-oriented and collaborative communication, ensuring practice issues are addressed in a timely and constructive manner.  


Lead practice talent acquisition and development, including continual assessment of market and service needs to ensure best in class talent are recruited, supported, and developed to achieve exceptional industry recognition of ESA as consultant and employer of choice.  


Establish and implement technical and methodological standards for the Cultural Resources Practice and ensure that QA/QC standards that meet or exceed professional standards are consistently met. 


Be an accountable and collaborative team player who values diversity and inclusion and recognizes that our differences contribute to our success, an empathetic mentor and coach, and a hard worker who maintains high standards and sets a positive example. 


What ESA Will Do for You 


Joining ESA means becoming part of a close-knit team of environmental professionals who contribute to outstanding projects, improve environmental stewardship, and advance a more sustainable and resilient future for our communities and wild places. 


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 benefits such as medical, dental, and vision insurance (paid at 70% for you AND your family), a 401(k) plan with company match, an employee stock ownership program, and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays, to name a few. 


No matter what stage you are at 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, and we believe these efforts will not only benefit you, but will also benefit all ESA colleagues and clients. Specific programs we offer include tuition reimbursement, professional development bonuses, and attendance at conferences. 


What’s Special About Our Cultural Resources Team 


Our Cultural Resources Team includes prehistoric and historical archaeologists, geoarchaeological specialists, and tribal consultation specialists that provide expertise for many local, state, and federal agencies throughout the west coast and southeast. Our work matters because we assist agencies in ensuring that our nation’s history and that of the tribal communities we worked with are protected where possible and treated with respect when projects encroach on resources. We value creative thinking, teamwork, and multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary engagement and integration. 


To read about some of the exciting projects we have recently completed check out these links: Oroville Spillways Emergency ResponseNorth Fork Issaquah Creek Restoration and Bridge Replacement, and the RMS Queen Mary Conservation Plan 


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

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