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Director of Information Technology

Location: San Francisco, CA
Job Code: NC-060616-AC-01
# of openings: 1


About the Company:

Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is an environmental science, planning, and design consulting firm committed to the principles of sound science, technical excellence, integrity, and the promotion of outstanding decision making and sustainability. As a 100-percent employee-owned company with offices located in California, Washington, Oregon and Florida, continuing to meet the needs of our clients as well as the strategic aspirations of our employee-owners requires that we look to add the very best professional talent throughout our practices and offices. Specializing in project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural and cultural resources management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance, ESA’s scientists, historians, planners, designers, and technical specialists provide critical thinking and in-depth analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and the creation of enduring multi-objective solutions. Joining ESA means becoming part of a family of environmental professionals for whom every day involves growing your career, learning, creativity, fun, and the satisfaction knowing that you’ve contributed to outstanding iconic projects, improved environmental stewardship, and a more sustainable future for our communities and wild places.


About the Position:

ESA is seeking a Director of Information Technology to provide the vision and leadership necessary to insure that the organization makes appropriate and efficient use of information systems technology to maximize work productivity as well as effectively serve its clients and markets.  The incumbent will oversee and direct the Information Technology group, develop policy initiatives and implement system design changes as necessary to maintain a strong position in a dynamic information technology environment and a constantly changing and intensely competitive environmental consulting marketplace.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish strategic partnerships with key IT suppliers and consultants.
  • Supervise IT department staff to implement the IT Plan and ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the department’s services throughout the Company.
  • Create and execute the Corporate IT plan for the Company’s merger and acquisition activity.
  • Plan, budget, and manage the purchase, implementation, and support of all computer resources.  Make the in-house vs. outsourcing decisions with respect to the provision of IT equipment, skills, and services.
  • Plan and manage all IT processes relating to the relocation of physical offices.
  • Interact directly with clients and/or be actively involved with applications/systems development in project-specific areas.
  • Participate in regular company management meetings as well as strategic and business planning as appropriate.
  • Proactively coordinate with all ESA business group directors, regional directors and other operating unit managers to determine opportunities and implement strategies for enhancing ESA’s effective use of existing and potential computer-dependent functions.
  • Analyze, evaluate and improve applications development and IT infrastructure and architecture.
  • Recommend an integrated set of information system management plans and procedures for all ESA offices and remote users.  The management plans shall include a system for promptly and efficiently responding to all end-user inquiries and requests concerning their individual computer resources, procedures for effective daily backup and documentation of backup and contingency procedures for potential system upset.
  • Ensure that all information system procedures, hardware and software set-up, use instructions and network configurations are regularly and consistently documented and made easily accessible to end-users and technical managers.
  • Establish and effectively communicate to all staff standards for all computer resource networks, individual workstations, laptops and mobile devices.
  • Interact with internal staff to ensure continuous “customer” satisfaction as well as with external clients on project specific assignments.
  • Ensure effective training for all IT users to maximize their productive use of computer resources and their ability to serve ESA’s clients in a responsive and cost-effective manner.
  • Prepare and update annual Information Technology Plan as a component of the Companywide Business Plan. 
  • Work closely with the CFO on budget and purchasing matters. 
  • Stay current with the latest technology trends and provide insight into the trends for non-technical executive staff.
  • Mentor IT staff to increase the technical knowledge of the department.



The successful candidate must poses a Bachelor’s degree and/or pertinent technical training in computer science, information systems or closely related field plus at least 10 years of relevant information systems work experience, including at least 6 years of network management and support as well as personnel management and administration experience.  Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related database management for “data rich” enterprises or projects.  The ability to handle multiple tasks, be highly organized, and exhibit strong communication and interpersonal skills is essential.  An M.B.A. or equivalent higher level degree and experience working for a mid-sized (250 – 500 employees), multiple office company with a mobile work force is highly desirable.



ESA has many systems in operation both for production and development. It is the responsibility of the Director of IT to set the strategic technology vision for ESA and to bring forth innovation that addresses business needs as it relates to Corporate Information Technology.

The core systems currently utilized at ESA are:



Corporate IT Software

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – 2014
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2012
  • Microsoft System Center 2012
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Services 2012 R2
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Citrix XenServer 6.1
  • Citrix XenApp 6.5
  • Nagios
  • Cacti
  • Snort

Technical Software Used By Staff

  • Esri ArcGIS
  • AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Lakes Environmental
  • DHI
  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Teams


  • HP c7000 Blade Center
  • HP/3Par StoreServ 7200
  • Dell PowerEdge servers
  • Dell/Compellent SAN
  • Barracuda
  • Cisco
  • Riverbed Steelhead
  • ShoreTel
  • Ruckus Wireless
  • APC



ESA is owned entirely by its employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence and professional development.  ESA’s comprehensive compensation and benefits program reflects our commitment to our employees. Our benefits include: 401(k) Salary Deferral Plan with company match program, Employee Stock Ownership Plan, medical and dental insurance vision care, paid vacation, sick leave, 9 paid holidays, group term life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance, commuter/transit incentives, healthcare and daycare Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), tuition reimbursement assistance, performance bonus plan, and employee referral bonus program.

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


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