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Posted: 05/18/2017

SWCA Environmental Consultants
Cultural Resources

SWCA - We are the problem solvers. We are the scientists, the planners, the technical specialists, and the creative thinkers. In the face of rapid environmental, economic, and societal changes, our purpose is simple: to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. We do that by offering a suite of environmental consulting services combined with local knowledge, regulatory expertise, and high-quality service. We build long-term, trusting relationships with our clients and guide their projects to successful completion. With a nationwide presence, we're able to rapidly pool resources and respond to our clients' needs.

Architectural History Team Lead
Professional Opportunity
Pasadena, CA

The Architectural History Team Lead for these 6 offices will be a core member of the California and Pacific Islands Regions Cultural Resources Program, and will be responsible for finding and winning work, managing large projects, mentoring and managing staff, growing the team throughout the region, and upholding our companys standards of excellence. The selected candidate will report to the Cultural Resources Director. This is a regular, full-time, salaried position located in our Pasadena office.†

The Team Lead is responsible for growing and leading†the California and Pacific Islands Architectural History Team.

  • Recruit new†Architectural History staff to support the region, and supervise and mentor current team members in Pasadena and San Francisco. Manage the workload to ensure that productivity goals and the staffing needs of projects are met.
  • Manage projects; coordinate with clients; supervise, direct, and instruct subcontractors.
  • Collaborate with SWCAs managers and directors throughout the company. Work closely with the Cultural Resource Directors,†Office Directors, and Project Managers†to effectively staff projects and load level within the Southwest Region offices.
  • Conduct historic resource assessments/evaluations according to local, state, and federal criteria of significance, as well as archival research, focusing on primary and secondary sources and utilizing online and local resources.
  • Research and write historic context statements, which identify significant context, themes, and property types. Preparation of defensible compliance documentation in support of CEQA/NEPA/Section 106 review.
  • Planning and carrying out historic resource surveys of a variety of residential, commercial, and institutional properties. Document survey results in reports and record historic resources on California DPR 523 forms. Register historic properties and districts to local, state, and federal registers.
  • Carry out project-level review for compliance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards. Assist local governments with creating and revising planning regulations, including historic preservation ordinances.†
  • Manage client relationships and conduct business development with new and existing clients.Develop and manage project budgets and project staff, and contributing to proposal and marketing efforts.
  • Maintain SWCAs high standard of quality control and takes initiative to resolve problems and create improved procedures
  • Participate in SWCAs Innovation initiative by considering new technology or other methods to improve efficiency and improve our companys competitive advantages.
  • Assist in the continuing development of SWCAs Cultural Resource practice and expand SWCAs professional reputation in cultural resources and historic preservation†consulting throughout California and the Pacific Islands.


  • A Master's Degree in architectural history, historic preservation, or a closely related field required.
  • Meets Secretary of the Interiors Professional Qualifications Standards in Architectural History (36 CFR Part 61)
  • A working knowledge of federal and state cultural resource and historic preservation laws and practices, including NEPA, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and CEQA.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience conducting research, writing, and consulting in American architectural history with a consulting firm, agency, or other professional organization; preferred experience includes working on a variety of project types and sizes, on all project aspects (from pre-field tasks through final report preparation), in multiple regions, and with a variety of regulatory agencies.
  • Experience recording and evaluating architectural resources on California DPR 523 forms.
  • Excellent technical writing skills with a record of completing technical reports in a timely fashion.Primary report authorship in a CRM context and experience providing quality control review of field documents, site forms and reports required.
  • Knowledge of the history and architectural history of California is required; knowledge of the history and architectural history of Hawaii is desired.
  • Experience conducting architectural history work in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area strongly desired.
  • Experience with application of The Secretary of the Interiors Standards for Rehabilitation (36 CFR Part 67) and Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record documentation and procedures are preferred
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in CRM or historic preservation†in a staff supervisory capacity
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience managing CRM or historic preservation†projects, including budgets, scheduling, and scopes of work
  • A track record of business development incl
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How to apply
https://careers-swca.icims.com/jobs/9848/architectural-history-team-lead/job 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-Recordís 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 accommodations@swca.com or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Yvonne Schuelke
Phone: 602-274-3831

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