Posted on
April 1, 2021
Company: SWCA Environmental Consultants
Type: Full Time


The Cultural Resources Lead—San Diego is responsible for providing leadership within the Cultural and Paleontological Resources Program by managing clients, projects, and staff in the San Diego office, within the Southern California region. The Cultural Resources Lead will develop new business, manage large-scale projects, meet financial goals, and mentor others to do the same. The Cultural Resources Lead reports to the San Diego Director and will work closely with the Cultural and Paleontological Resources Director and leads across California, Arizona, Nevada, and beyond, to accomplish goals. The successful candidate will have a depth of experience and familiarity with the business environment and cultural resources of Southern California.

The ideal candidate will be experienced with a variety of clients and business lines in the southern California region, particularly with utilities and experience with renewables, infrastructure, and/or state and local governments. This position will require close coordination between SWCA's southern California offices in San Diego and Pasadena.


Client leadership

  • Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients.
  • Identify and evaluate sales opportunities (prospects and proposals) and make recommendations to the Directors, lead proposal efforts.
  • Network within industry organizations to expand the regional client base in line with the region's strategic goals.
  • Develop and foster teaming relationships that lead to business development.
  • Take a leading role in the effort to diversify sales in the San Diego market, specifically by developing business in the cultural resources discipline, also contributing to natural resource, restoration, and multi-region and multidisciplinary pursuits.
  • Participate in and lead strategic client capture efforts, in collaboration with Business Development Resources team and local/regional 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.
  • Identify and mitigate project challenges to avoid overruns and ensure profitability.

People Leadership

  • Supervise, mentor, and provide project-specific direction to cultural resources project managers, technical staff, and field personnel.
  • Mentor and coach junior team members in business development and client services. Supervise, mentor, and provide project specific direction to cultural resources project managers, technical staff, and field personnel.
  • Advise the Director on staff supervision, advancement, and course correction, as needed.
  • Provide general support to the team relating to safety, equipment, subject matter resources, training opportunities, regulatory and research updates, etc.
  • Take a leading role in managing the schedule for the cultural resources group, ensuring adequate coverage of project needs, ensuring appropriate assignments of staff to specific tasks, and identifying staffing shortfalls so that additional support can be sought either through subconsultants, staff from other offices, or hiring.
  • Serve as the lead hiring manager for project- and staff-level positions. Take a leading role in identify staffing needs, screening job candidates, conducting interviews, and making hiring recommendations to the Director.
  • Ensure team compliance with performance management (P4P) and training requirements, support Director in tracking progress and follow-up with individual supervisors and staff members.

Technical Leadership

  • Direct field and laboratory teams, in coordination with project managers, assistant project managers, and principal investigator, and prepare and review cultural resources reports and other related documents, providing direction and quality assurance.
  • Develop recommendations for mitigation measures, monitoring, and permitting specific to cultural resources.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor's (B.A. or B.S.) degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, History, or related field required; graduate degree preferred.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively more responsible experience in cultural resources fieldwork, consulting, and project management, including developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work from pre-field tasks to final report preparation is required. A minimum of one year of experience must be in California.
  • Previous experience with regulated utilities, particularly SDG&E, is preferred.Previous experience with federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations in California is required, including Section 106 of the NHPA, NEPA, NAGPRA, ARPA, CEQA, and California Public Resources Code.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring, and providing leadership for other professionals.
  • Demonstrated business development success and consulting acumen, including established credibility with federal and state reviewing agencies and clients, as well as success in proposal writing.
  • Ability to take initiative, resolve problems, and ensure that tasks are completed in the most effective manner.
  • Flexibility and willingness to learn company procedures, and ability to try new, improved techniques.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

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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