Business Group Director - Water
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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:
Environmental Science Associates (ESA) seeks a Water Business Group Director to lead and grow our position in the Northwest Region’s water market. We are looking for an experienced environmental consultant who has successfully managed and implemented a wide range of environmental projects involving water and wastewater infrastructure, water supply and delivery, stormwater management, and floodplain management in the Pacific Northwest.
The selected candidate will be an environmental scientist or planner who can oversee and guide a growing team of planners and scientists in ESA’s water business unit. The Director will work within a multi-disciplinary, multi-office region of natural resources scientists, environmental and community planners, archaeologists, water resources engineers, and landscape architects. This individual will be responsible for growing and advancing the water practice through successful marketing and business development, and be able to demonstrate a successful track record in identifying, pursuing, and delivering SEPA/NEPA, environmental, and permitting services to water clients. The selected candidate will have a strong professional network and excellent reputation among private, municipal, state, and federal water agencies, providers, regulators, and managers.
Management responsibilities will include oversight, strategic direction, quality assurance, and technical oversight of ESA’s Northwest water business group. The group delivers a range of products and services such as environmental impact statements, environmental assessments, checklists, floodplain management studies, alternatives analyses, and permit application documents for water-related projects. Some recent examples include the Programmatic EIS for Seattle Public Utilities’ CSO Program, the Chehalis River Floodplain EIS, the Midlakes Pump Station Replacement Project for City of Bellevue, the Kachess Reservoir Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance NEPA/SEPA EIS, and Pierce County’s Farming in the Floodplain project.
The ideal candidate will have successfully managed complex, large-scale (>$1M) EISs for major water infrastructure projects. This candidate also must have a history of successful team-building, vision setting, strategy development and business plan implementation. The position will have profit-loss responsibility for the business unit, will report to ESA’s Northwest Regional Director and ESA’s Water Practice Leader, and will participate as a member of ESA’s Northwest Region Leadership Team.
This position provides a tremendous opportunity for a senior water professional to lead strategic growth and development within the Puget Sound / Northwest Region. The selected candidate will join an extensive team of environmental professionals at ESA working along the West Coast and be part of a focused companywide strategic initiative to expand ESA’s position in this important area of work.
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ESA is owned entirely by its our employees, creating a unique ownership culture rooted in a commitment to do work that matters, technical excellence, and outstanding client service, professional development, and life-long learning. 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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