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Director - Air Quality

Location: Northern California Regional Offices (San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and Petaluma)
Job Code: NC-021217-DD-01
# of openings: 1


Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is a dynamic, growing, 100% employee owned environmental planning, science, and design consulting firm with a reputation for leading complex, innovative and rewarding projects. Our unique employee-ownership culture forms the foundation of our commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, outstanding client service, and relentless professional development. With more than 500 professionals located in offices across the western United States and Florida, ESA has over 45 years of experience providing meaningful solutions and products that raise industry standards. At ESA we specialize in all aspects of project planning, environmental analysis and assessment, natural resource management, environmental restoration and design, and regulatory compliance. Our scientists and technical specialists have provided critical thinking and measured analysis to guide successful policy development, project planning, and enduring solutions. The successful candidate will join a team of exceptional professionals who have built a legacy and reputation for outstanding work on the most exciting, high-profile, and challenging projects in Northern California

About the Position:

ESA is seeking a Director level Air Quality and/or Climate Science scientist/engineer to participate in building and leading ESA’s Air Quality practice within the Northern California region. The ideal candidate will have at least 12-15 years of experience with increasing responsibility related to selling and managing air quality and greenhouse gas (GHG) services; providing outstanding client services; supervising and training assigned staff; and contributing to a supportive, collegial, and fun work environment. The successful candidate shall be a recognized expert in the field of air quality impact assessments (AQIAs) for CEQA and NEPA projects, permitting/compliance under various California air quality management districts, and/or GHG Reduction/Climate Action Plans.  Professional Engineer (PE) or LEED AP registration highly desirable.  Although not required, we also desire candidates with noise modeling experience (FHWA Noise Prediction Model, INM, and/or Cadna).


As Air Quality Director:

  • Lead a dynamic and growing team of scientists and engineers in performing AQIAs, GHG analyses, and Health Risk Assessments (HRAs) for highly visible and/or challenging projects.
  • Lead or manage compliance tasks such as permitting, emissions inventories, audits, etc.
  • Serve as Project Manager (PM), Project Director (PD) or subject matter expert overseeing technical assignments for adherence to quality, schedule, and budget objectives.
  • Grow ESA’s regional air, noise, and climate change markets for public and private clients; identify trends and pursue leads.
  • Lead and contribute to winning proposal/interview efforts.
  • Coordinate with other internal groups to leverage, expand and to help cross sell ESA services.
  • Represent ESA at presentations, conferences and professional events.
  • Build and maintain strong and responsive client relationships.
  • Mentor and supervise qualified staff across multiple offices and technical disciplines.
  • Uphold and ensure compliance with company policies and best practices regarding health and safety, ethics, financial responsibilities, innovation and quality service.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Deep and broad experience with air quality and greenhouse gas policies and regulations.

  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading complex air quality, noise, or GHG projects.

  • Excellent written, presentation, problem-solving and analytical skills.

  • Established relationships and demonstrated success in winning air quality, noise, or GHG projects for wide array of client types (development, industrial, municipal, etc.).

  • Proven experience in successful leadership and growth of a team of professionals, with the ability to develop the skills and talents of others.

  • Experience and ability to drive positive financial results.

  • A focus on continual growth and improvement, and the ability to succeed in a team-oriented culture.


Qualified candidates should have a BA/BS in a related discipline and a minimum of 15 years’ experience; or a Masters and a minimum of 12 years’ experience. Other attributes that are desired, but not required, include: recent profit and loss responsibility for a sizable air/GHG practice; expertise in preparing Climate Action Plans, or other sustainability services; expertise in dispersion modeling and/or HRA; and a Professional Engineer registration.


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.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please visit the ESA Careers page at or follow the link below:

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

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