HELIX Environmental Planning, Inc. (HELIX), a growing, employee-owned California-based environmental consulting and planning firm, is seeking an experienced Environmental Planning Group Manager to lead staff within our Environmental Planning group in our San Diego County (La Mesa) office location. HELIX offers environmental, biological, landscape architecture, regulatory permitting, cultural resources, acoustical, air quality, habitat restoration, and GIS services to both the public and private sectors. Our environmental planning staff prepare California Environmental Quality Act/National Environmental Policy Act (CEQA/NEPA) compliance and related environmental documents for a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, and industrial development; water/wastewater, transportation, storm water, and energy/utilities facilities; public plans and programs; educational facilities; and military facilities. Our Environmental Planning Groups also encompass our noise and air quality/greenhouse gas specialists.
The Environmental Planning Group Manager will be a member of the HELIX Environmental Planning (HELIX) leadership team, reporting to the Southern California Planning Division Manager and with direct responsibility for managing members of HELIX's Environmental Planning Group within the La Mesa office. This includes responsibility for business development, staff recruitment, and financial performance for the group, working with the firm's Environmental Planning Discipline Leader, senior leadership, other group managers, technical specialists, and Operations Division staff. The ideal candidate will be a true collaborator and team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build internal and external relationships.
Why work for HELIX? We are an employee-owned firm, hard-working with a casual and collaborative work environment. Our employees describe us as Client-focused, Caring, Team-oriented, Focused on Integrity, and Flexible. We offer a competitive benefit package, engaging wellness and community volunteer programs and much more!
HELIX is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, family status, or veteran status.
General scope of responsibilities for the Environmental Planning Group Manager:
• Manage Environmental Planning Group staff, which includes environmental planners, project managers, and noise and air quality/greenhouse gas specialists.
• Prepare proposals/qualifications submittals as applicable, and manage or participate in interviews to help your group, our San Diego County offices, and the company win contracts and meet sales and profit goals.
• Build relationships with key clients. Identify, target, and develop preferred new clients with significant opportunities. Play an active role in strengthening key client relationships. Participate in negotiations and closing of high-priority contracts.
• Manage large projects and on-call contracts, completing high-quality work products on time and within budget, to HELIX standards and to the satisfaction of our clients.
• Ensure that HELIX's high quality standards are maintained on all work products managed by you or your staff.
• Successfully represent HELIX in communications and meetings with existing/prospective clients and public agencies in support of project, proposal, and business development efforts.
• Work with Human Resources and other members of the Planning Division management team to address personnel matters within the group. Complete/perform annual performance reviews for direct reports.
• Bachelor's degree or equivalent in environmental studies, environmental science, environmental engineering, public planning, or a related field
• Minimum of ten years of experience managing CEQA and NEPA compliance programs and preparing high-quality CEQA and NEPA documents, including at least five years of experience as a CEQA/NEPA consultant
• Strong business development experience; existing productive client relationships in Southern California, with an emphasis on the San Diego area
• Knowledge of Southern California environmental and regulatory settings, with related environmental/planning work experience within that setting
• Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, and presentation skills
• Ability to complete projects within time and budget constraints
Additional qualifications considered a plus:
• Experience in a leadership role, including managing direct reports, as well as identifying, recruiting, developing and motivating staff
• Master's degree or higher in environmental studies, environmental science, environmental engineering, public planning, or a related field
• Certified Environmental Planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or the Academy of Board Certified Environmental Professionals (CEP)
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