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Cultural Resources Team Lead

Swca Inc
Superior, Colorado
Closing date
Jul 22, 2024

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Position Type
Cultural Resource Management
Cultural Anthropology
Full Time
Organization Type
About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants has an exciting opportunity for a Cultural Resources Team Lead for our Front Range (Denver, Ft. Collins) Team. The Cultural Resources Team Lead is responsible for providing highly effective, dynamic management and leadership within the Front Range Cultural 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 Rocky Mountain-Plains Cultural Resources Director and will work closely with other Front Range Team Leads, the Senior Front Range Office Director, the Rocky Mountain Plains Vice President, and other regional leadership as appropriate. The Front Range offices offer a collaborative and supportive work environment, and specialize in natural, cultural, and paleontological resource management, environmental planning, permitting, and regulatory compliance. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position that will be based out of Broomfield, Colorado, or Fort Collins, Colorado. Remote candidates may be considered. Salary will be based on individual qualifications and experience.

Qualified candidates must submit a letter of interest along with a current resume in order to be considered for the position.

Application deadline: July 31, 2024. Our team will begin reviewing applications immediately, and interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates.

Our Vision (the North Star), Core Values, and Purpose: Help drive SWCA to be the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership.

We are #OneSWCA and collaborate across all our offices, programs, and disciplines. We are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle and we #GiveBack. We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. It is imperative for the successful candidate to fit SWCA's unique culture. Do you appreciate sustainability and environmental awareness? Is giving back to your community a priority? SWCA is a team of scientists, planners, technical experts, and corporate services professionals that are committed to our culture.

Our company purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. You are invited to be a part of our success story.

What you will accomplish

The Cultural Resources Team Lead will manage current projects and contracts while participating in the development of a forward-looking plan for the team. This position will require highly developed critical thinking skills to recognize and solve problems proactively and independently, as well as identify and mitigate risks and impediments through persistence, creative thinking, and a focus on client satisfaction. This will include working with the Rocky Mountain-Plains Cultural Resources Director, the Senior Front Range Office Director, other team leads, and professional staff throughout the Colorado Front Range to further our team and regional goals by contributing to the following:

Organizational leadership
  • Provide highly effective, dynamic management and leadership to SWCA's cultural resources program and staff. Help align employees to their annual career development goals and build teams to support program and individual employee development.
  • Supervise and mentor cultural resources project managers, technical staff, and field personnel, while promoting a culture of teamwork, engagement, quality service, and customer satisfaction.
  • Work closely with the Directors to hire Cultural Resources staff. Take the leading role in identifying staffing needs, screening job candidates, conducting interviews, and making hiring recommendations to the Director.
  • Proactively monitor the productivity and development of your Cultural Resources Team, set clear expectations, and foster an environment of teamwork.
  • Provide general support to the team relating to subject matter resources, training opportunities, regulatory and research updates.

Technical leadership
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality technical work throughout the cultural resources program, including project and data management, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Provide quality assurance/quality control reviews of deliverables prepared by other team members.
  • Maintain SWCA's high standard of quality control and take initiative to resolve problems and create improved procedures.
  • Participate in SWCA's Innovation initiative by considering new technology or other methods to improve efficiency and improve our company's competitive advantage.

Client leadership
  • Develop strong relationships with existing clients while executing strategic analysis, marketing, and sales for new clients.
  • 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.
  • Engage with the office business development team to evaluate changing market conditions and strategic sales opportunities at a regional and sub-regional level (new clients and geographies).
  • Lead proposal efforts and internal business development groups, drive accountability for participation in business development and help mentor seller-doer mentality in all employees.
  • Take lead role in the go/no go decisions in concert with the office Directors and drive accountability for efficient proposal and marketing pursuits.
  • Develop strong and productive relationships within industry organizations and with agency staff to expand the regional client base in line with the region's strategic goals.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Bachelor's degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, or a related field.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in cultural resources management (CRM) on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in CRM in a staff supervisory capacity.
  • A minimum of two (2) years of cultural resources project management experience, including developing and implementing budgets, schedules, and scopes of work from pre-field tasks to final report preparation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with federal and state preservation laws and regulations including, but not limited to the National Environmental Policy Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • 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.
  • Drives compliance of safety policies and reporting requirements to ensure overall team safety.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Preferred Master's degree in anthropology, archaeology, historic preservation, or a related field.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in cultural resources management (CRM) on a variety of project types and sizes, regions, and agencies.
  • Meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualifications Standards in archaeology, anthropology, or historic preservation or related field.
  • Experience in the archaeology of the Rocky Mountain-Plains region, with experience in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and/or Wyoming preferred.
  • Demonstrated business development success and consulting acumen, including established credibility with federal and state agencies and clients, as well as success in proposal writing.
  • An in-office presence (Broomfield or Fort Collins, Colorado) is preferred.

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.

If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response.

SWCA is committed to salary equity and salary transparency for all its employees. In alignment with this commitment, SWCA posts good faith pay ranges in all its advertised job postings to promote pay equity and transparency.

An employee in this Denver or Ft. Collins, Colorado - based position can expect a salary of: Cultural Resources Team Lead -- $79,170/year to $103,194/year. Actual pay within this range may depend on experience, qualifications, geographic location, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Regular-status employees are also eligible for performance bonuses. Candidates are also encouraged to consider SWCA's Total Rewards package, which includes a competitive Benefits package, forward-thinking workplace flexibility, outstanding corporate culture, award-winning career development, and more.

EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. At SWCA Environmental Consultants, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds, including those with diverse experiences and veterans, to apply. We believe that a diverse and inclusive workforce enhances creativity, innovation, and overall organizational success.

SWCA continues to invest deeply in career development programs, delivering our award-winning Career Landscape support resources to accelerate the growth of our staff. We recognize the valuable skills and experiences our internal team members bring to SWCA's continued success. Qualified internal candidates are encouraged to apply and will be seriously considered for this position. We believe in promoting from within, where possible, providing our existing employees with compelling opportunities to advance their careers.

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