Principal Project Manager - Environmental Planning

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Job Description:

PROJECT MANAGER, PRINCIPAL   - Environmental Planning  - Pasadena, California


Job Profile Summary:


Our Parsons Pasadena office in the Los Angeles area is now hiring for an experienced Principal Project Manager to oversee and manage various environmental planning projects in Southern California. This role requires a strong working knowledge of CEQA, NEPA and Caltrans requirements for environmental studies.


Provides direction and management for medium to large-sized projects and ensures on-schedule completion within or below budget in accordance with contractual obligations. Responsible for the scope development, scope management, and performance of the project to meet project goals and objectives. Plans and defines project goals and devises methods to accomplish them; develops in-depth knowledge of client objectives and meets contract terms in accordance with corporate policies. Typically manages projects up to $250 million in contract value.

This role offers hybrid remote working flexibility ( meaning ability to work from home 2-3 days per week).

Specific Responsibilities
- Plans, directs, supervises, and controls the execution of all technical, fiscal, and administrative functions of the assigned project.
- Oversees establishment of Project Execution Plan, Health and Safety Plan, Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan, and other documents as required.
- Establishes program requirements for all areas of the project and monitors the draft and final deliverables for adherence to these criteria.
- Assigns responsibility for executing tasks to key subordinates after careful assessment of how to utilize their qualifications and strengths.
- Negotiates changes to the scope of work with the client and subcontractors.
- Markets and secures additional environmental study work with clients and identifies new opportunities for environmental studies.  Serves as lead proposal manager for environmental proposals and cost estimates, as needed.
- Responsible for following up on instructions and commitments associated with the project.

- Responsible for the development and distribution of a project description to all members of the project team for reference. Assists in the development of project assumptions, when needed, for environmental analysis.
- Provides input on personnel performance reviews and development plans for subordinates.
- Mobilizes company resources, through liaison with support departments, other offices, or subsidiaries, to create project teams capable of completing effective, quality environmental studies.
- Discusses the qualifications required of the key project positions in specific detail with the profit center and department managers.
- Works with other managers, project engineers, and discipline leads to develop budgets, schedules, and plans for environmental elements of a project.
- Works with the key project staff to devise and execute actions plans to rectify potential cost overruns or delays, or to accommodate significant changes to the scope of work; advises the client and company management of any such changes.
- Responsible for maintaining current and timely change orders.
- Promotes technical excellence on environmental projects through application of Quality Assurance processes.
- Monitors and reports to management on the progress of all project activity, including significant milestones, and any conditions which would affect project cost or schedule.
- Acts as the Company representative with the client and selected subcontractors during project execution.
- May participate in negotiations with regulatory agencies and in public meetings in support of clients.
- Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.


Skills and Competencies

- Ability to meet Parsons’ project management certification requirements
- Strong working knowledge of CEQA, NEPA and Caltrans requirements for environmental studies

-Familiarity with the integration of engineering/technical aspects with environmental analyses and standards

-Demonstrated understanding of environmental analysis as related to municipal and infrastructure projects in Southern California
- Advanced leadership skills with ability to perform in a management capacity
- Excellent written and oral communications skills
- Thorough knowledge of environmental practices and regulations

Education and Typical Experience

- Bachelor's Degree in an environmental related  discipline
- 15  years or more of  related environmental work experience

- previous project management experience on environmental study projects, and
- broad environmental and scientific background preferably in a consulting capacity

Licenses and Certifications

Professional registration is not required.  Project Manager certification is desired.


What You'll Be Doing:

·     Serve as a Principal Project Manager on medium to large environmental study projects.

·     Manage environmental study teams on multiple projects in Southern California and other locations.

·     Lead marketing and proposal efforts to win new environmental projects within existing on-call contracts as well as with new clients.

·     Have a leading role in marketing direction and efforts.


What Required Skills You'll Bring:

·         Analytical skills for a wide range of environmental investigations and studies.

·         Team building skills to achieve project goals and objectives.

·         Competence with contract schedules and budgets.

·         Prior experience on proposals and marketing of environmental projects.

What Desired Skills You'll Bring:

·         Project manager training and experience with environmental projects

·         Familiarity and experience with environmental permitting processes across federal, state and local agencies

·         Familiarity with and understanding of Environmental Site Assessments and Phase 1 Site Investigations



Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

This position is part of our Critical Infrastructure team.

For more than 75 years, our experts have designed and delivered the critical infrastructure that connects and protects communities around the world. We work in diverse, collaborative teams, both within the company and with our partners and customers, to plan, design, build, and modernize infrastructure. We take special pride in projects and solutions that improve communities as well as people’s quality of life by promoting economic growth, enhancing mobility, and increasing sustainability and resiliency. Powered by our people, we provide the imagination necessary to support our customers’ visions—and to help them see new possibilities.

Salary Range: 

$140,700.00 - $253,300.00

We value our employees and want our employees to take care of their overall wellbeing, which is why we offer best-in-class benefits such as medical, dental, vision, paid time off, Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), 401(k), life insurance, flexible work schedules, and holidays to fit your busy lifestyle!

Parsons is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace. Diversity is ingrained in who we are, how we do business, and is one of our company’s core values. Parsons equally employs representation at all job levels for minority, female, disabled, protected veteran and LGBTQ+.

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