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Job Ref:  31234
Employer:  WSP Group
Country:  United States
City:  Los Angeles
21/10/2016 05:10
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, provides services designed to transform the built environment and restore the natural one. The firm's expertise ranges from environmental remediation and urban planning, to engineering iconic buildings and designing sustainable transport networks, to developing the energy sources of the future and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources. Approximately 34,000 employees, including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors, program and construction management professionals, as well as various environmental experts, work for this dynamic organization in more than 500 offices across 40 countries worldwide. NA

We are seeking a Senior Environmental Planning Manager (Environmental Planner/Project Manager) for major transit and rail projects in our Los Angeles, CA office. This ideal candidate will bring relevant experience in the Transportation and Rail Transit industry. Strong client relationships in the LA Metro area are preferred. The ideal candidate must demonstrate a high degree of creativity, foresight, and judgment in planning, analyzing and influencing complex projects and programs of significant size and importance. The person must be a self-starter, who can execute strategy and achieve results. Experience with large transit projects, preferably with tunneling components and Alternative Delivery, including P3/Design-Build experience is desired.

The Senior Planning Manager (Environmental Planner/Project Manager) position requires:
      • Bachelor's Degree or Master's degree in Urban Planning, Environmental Sciences or a closely-related field
      • A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in transportation planning, design, construction, design-build delivery, planning, and/or project and program management with specific experience in major rail transit, highways, elevated structures, and/or intercity/high-speed rail projects, including preparing work plans, maintaining schedules and budgets, managing resources on assigned projects, preparing and reviewing proposals and presentations, and working with clients.
      • Strong knowledge of NEPA/CEQA to develop and direct a team in the preparation of required environmental documentation in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and key environmental regulations.
      • Experience working on Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and Categorical Exclusions.
      • Knowledge of the various phases and functional responsibilities of project delivery and the principles of project management.
      • Knowledge of Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, and Federal Highway Administration, FRA, and state project development processes.
      • Proven ability to demonstrate leadership, team-building, and collaboration skills, including a proven track record for meeting established project and/or business goals and objectives.
      • Strong communication and coordination skills, given the strong matrix organization assembled for the program delivery team.
      • Excellent communication and negotiating skills (both written and oral), and the ability to speak knowledgeably with other consultants, stakeholders, other governmental agencies and individual citizens.
      • Ability to analyze situations and data accurately; lead the development of effective solutions and strategies for difficult planning, environmental, technical and logistical problems related to delivery of high capacity transit projects; and collaboratively engage the services of other parties necessary to achieve results.
      • Ability to negotiate, analyze and/or assist in the preparation of agreements with consultants or public entities is a key requirement of this position.

Job Requirements
The following qualifications are highly desired:
      • Professional registration or certification - AICP, PE, ASLA or other
      • A minimum of 15 years of relevant experience in the delivery environmental documents of rail transit projects
      • Experience assembling and directing large multi-disciplinary teamsExperience with 3 rd Party participation (including Utility Owners, Railroad, and other transportation agencies as well as state and local agencies)
      • Experience working with regional and federal transportation, transit and/or rail agencies
      • Familiarity with state and local multimodal transportation systems in the LA region
      • A working knowledge of state contracting procedures including those for Professional Services, Construction, Design-Build, and Maintenance Agreements

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