The Director of Cultural Resources Management will lead the growth and expansion of our teams across Arizona, New Mexico and Washington State. This position requires technical expertise in Archaeology and Cultural Resources Management across the Western United States, along with the ability to lead experts and team members across the discipline to consistently produce work of superior quality. This position also requires excellent leadership skills to successfully manage the execution of project work, cultivate and expand existing business development and marketing processes, deliver quality and timely projects for our clients, and build an exceptional cultural resources management team. Working in collaboration with other leads at Tierra and with sector leads at CLS and affiliated businesses, the Director will help plan, develop and grow regions outside of Arizona, New Mexico and Washington State in concurrence with the prevailing strategies for these groups.
Essential Functions and Requirements:
Provide strategic leadership and work direction to a cultural resources team with the diverse responsibilities of CRM (Cultural and Resources Management) requirements.
Identify gaps in CRM expertise, identify and attract top talent, and advocate for strategic hires when needed.
Support career mobility and growth within Tierra through active coaching and mentorship of team members.
Promote a culture of leadership, teamwork, engagement, high-quality service, and client satisfaction.
Directly manage principal and mid-level staff.
Approve and review, when needed, proposals for new and existing client work.
Drive engagement of the team by recognizing high performance and implementing approaches that build and sustain high levels of motivation.
Connect with staff, peers, and senior management by leading regular planning program meetings, brown bags, and trainings and contributing to regular regional and national leadership meetings.
Take ultimate responsibility for adherence to Tierra’s Quality Control Procedures; ensure that the program meets its commitments to quality and create an environment of accountability for meeting agreed-upon expectations through controls, such as quality audits.
Create and ensure the use of a process to systematically gather and apply lessons learned on technical performance across projects.
Create a culture where experimenting to find new solutions is valued and supported.
Support the execution of work by managing projects and contracts, as well as providing senior-level technical leadership and support; develop and approve research designs.
Leverage experts effectively, engaging the right talent to achieve project objectives.
Ensure the program has the space, tools, and research aids that it needs, including reference libraries, subscriptions, technology, and field gear.
Stay current on relevant regulations and communicate changes and trends to staff and clients.
Represent Tierra in local, regional and national conversations concerning CRM policy.
Maintain and generate awareness of market and industry trends, particularly the latest regulatory changes or technical advances, which impact the business through news sources, event attendance, and use of professional networks.
Identify new technically focused opportunities to diversify the business, contribute to go/no-go analyses and lead teams (or function as leading technical contributor) in their pursuit. Provide senior review of proposals.
Contribute to the growth and maintenance of client relationships, both locally and regionally.
Contribute to the development and management of the operational budget, particularly with regards to tools and trainings needed to accomplish program goals and ensure that budget objectives are achieved throughout the year through tracking and sound financial decision making.
Conduct quality audits of projects within area of responsibility to ensure that projects are on track, risks are mitigated, and issues are escalated and resolved.
Facilitate communication between project managers, project controls, and accounts receivable.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Maintain an in-depth knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and guidelines regarding the preservation and protection of cultural resources
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Strong communication skills
Experience managing biological resources projects
Strong people skills, including the ability to interact and collaborate with all levels of management and staff
Ability to work as a collaborator
Attention to organization, detail, and accuracy
Ability to maintain regular attendance and be punctual.
Knowledge of utilizing MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and GIS applications
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
Mental and Physical Requirements:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Mental requirements include the ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the department's credibility, operations and services. The Director has the authority to commit Tierra in matters that have significant financial impact and is involved in planning long or short-term business objectives. He or she has authority to make an independent choice, free from immediate direction or supervision, even if their decisions are reviewed at a higher level. The ability to formulate complex and comprehensive materials and formal presentations is imperative.
Physical requirements include the ability to remaining in a stationary position, often standing or sitting for prolonged periods. The Director must be able to operate a computer and other office equipment, move objects or equipment weighing up to 20 pounds (such as a box of paper), and use repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
Travel in and out of state for extended periods of time may be required (up to 5 days at a time) for conferences, client/agency meetings and business development. Travel will be subject to budgetary approval.
Masters degree in Cultural Resources Management, Archaeology, Historic Preservation or a related field.
Ten (10) years related experience.
Qualifications outlined in the Secretary of Interior Guidelines and Standards for Archaeology and Historic preservation.
Strong working knowledge of Federal, State, and local government cultural resources regulations.
A valid state-issued drivers license.
Demonstrated success mentoring, developing, and coaching staff.