Environmental Sciences Project Director
Atkins 121 reviews - San Diego, CA

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Project Management



Environmental Sciences and Planning

Primary Location


United States-California-San Diego

Employment Category



Employment Type


Full Time

Job Summary


has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years. Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide.



, we offer our employees more than just a job; we offer an opportunity to shape the world for generations to come through innovative and sound environmental solutions. This work is frequently recognized in our local communities. The Atkins’ San Diego environmental team has won 20 awards in the past 10 years from the state and local chapters of the Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP), including the “Outstanding Environmental Analysis Document” award for the San Diego County General Plan Update EIR (2012) and the Escondido General Plan Update, Downtown Specific Plan Update and Climate Action Plan EIR (2012). We were also winners of the “Outstanding Environmental Resource Document” award for the Escondido Climate Action Plan at the 2012 San Diego AEP awards program.


is currently seeking an Environmental Sciences Project Director to join this team of award-winning professionals. In this role you will manage complex projects and project teams focusing on California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document compliance, supporting environmental technical studies and permitting. These projects may include high levels of regulatory agency involvement or very complex technical requirements.

Typical duties and responsibilities of this position are:


Assists management team in identifying staffing needs based on future workload and manpower projections for project staffing. Reviews managers’ recommendations to recruit, hire, transfer, or terminate project staff; approves/disapproves or endorses recommendations, and presents to senior management for approval as required by established authorization guidelines.


Assists project staff in developing work plans; reviews and approves schedules, budgets, project milestone dates, and work products. Oversees financial performance of projects; assists project staff in identifying potential problems to ensure remedial actions are promptly taken to avoid financial losses and client dissatisfaction. Monitors and enforces compliance with established quality control standards, ensuring that appropriate quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the project. Reviews QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits. Assists assigned project staff in facilitating work sharing with other operating units. Secures resource support from other operating units. Establishes work sharing commitments and negotiates outsourcing budgets with technical managers.


Actively pursues, investigates, and evaluates new or expanded environmental (specifically CEQA/NEPA) opportunities for associated projects and services within the firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective client decision makers; identifies and works toward the resolution of client relations problems. Maintains visibility and professional courtesy by actively participating in civic and professional organizations and encourages project staff to do the same. Maintains regional/national prominence and recognition through published technical work and/or presentation of papers at national or regional technical conferences.


Conducts contract negotiations with clients and sub-consultants. Manages the project as a profit center; controls G&A costs; reviews and manages revenue stream. Manages accounts receivables and client billings; reviews and makes decision concerning final write-offs and past due accounts receivables as specified in the Atkins Authorization Matrix.

  • Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.
Job Details

The appropriately qualified candidate will have the following core competencies and required experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources or a related discipline is required. A Master’s degree is preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.
  • A minimum of twelve years of experience is required.
  • Understanding of CEQA and NEPA at the expert level is required.
  • Extensive experience preparing and reviewing environment documents in conformance with CEQA or NEPA is required. Experience must include the entire process from project scoping through agency hearings.
  • Proposal and business development experience is required.
  • The successful candidate will possess excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking skills and persuasive ability. Strong financial management, team management and leadership skills are required.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office software is required (Word, Excel, and Outlook).
  • California environmental consulting experience is strongly desired.
  • Energy project experience is desirable.

offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace.

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Atkins is one of the world's leading engineering, design and project management consultancies. We have the breadth and depth of expertise to...