Overview / Responsibilities:
Wood's Environmental Planning Group has built strong relationships with local agencies in Southern California and the Central Coast with a robust backlog of projects. In response to this success, Wood is seeking a CEQA Program Manager to serve as a key member of our California-based Environmental Planning Group, headquartered in Santa Barbara.
Our team specializes in high-profile urban development, long-range planning, coastal planning, recreation and trails, climate change adaptation, resiliency, agricultural land use, renewable energy, and hazard mitigation projects. Our in-house staff provides planning and permitting services, high-quality environmental documentation compliant with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and mitigation monitoring and reporting services. Our award-winning documents showcase our team's commitment to excellence in both technical analysis and presentation. We have also been particularly successful with grant preparation and management services for our agency customers. This success supports a growing environmental planning practice and a need for talented and driven project management, environmental analysis, and business development roles on our team.
This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who has 15+ years of project management within California, who is motivated by managing a team of technical experts and is excited about leading our program into the future.
In this role, you will:
Manage and/or review preparation of CEQA documents for municipal customers in the central coast and Southern California
Provide leadership in technical, business development, financial and administrative aspects of the consulting business to sustain and expand a successful environmental practice while growing additional, related disciplines
Directly interact with agency customers, provide technical direction and editing of environmental impact analyses, and manage and mentor technical teams to complete projects within budget and schedule expectations
Serve as senior project manager and/or project expert on specific tasks or projects
Manage a variety of professional consulting assignments in one or more specialized areas of environmental and facilities projects
Coordination with other units across the West U.S. and the Company
Develop strategic plan and financial budgets for group
Lead business development for group
Communicate effectively with clients, staff and Wood leadership
Develop existing staff and identify and recruit new prospects for future growth
Facilitate project meetings, hearings, and workshops, including some regional travel
Help grow the practice with proposal support and strategic marketing outreach
Will be a member of a small, collaborative leadership team for a dedicated and hard-working group of environmental planners, technical specialists, and professional writers
Skills / Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:
A BS/BA with at least 15 years of experience in environmental planning, urban planning, natural resources, or related field
Expert knowledge of CEQA and California planning
Significant experience project management experience
Exceptional technical writing and editing skills, demonstrated by writing samples
A demonstrated commitment to high quality technical analysis and critical thinking in the environmental review process
A tenacious interest in business development with new and existing clients, including experience and/or interest in writing proposals
Initiative and confidence working in a collaborative and communicative team
Leadership qualities, including interest in mentoring junior staff
Ability to maintain client and team relationships and identify risks/liabilities early and often
Preferably, experience working with public and private clients in a private consulting firm and/or local agency work experience
Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world's most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people.
We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, color, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.