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San Francisco, California, United States of America
JOB #R2203818

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist 

San Francisco/Bay Area (or NorCal)

The 2020 pandemic inspired many people to seek new jobs where they could turn their passion projects into a full-time career. Here at ICF we work on passion projects all the time, from helping convert America to clean energy such as solar and offshore wind to helping ensure California’s water supply reliability for the next century. In Northern California some of our local passion projects include working with the Port of San Francisco to address the effects of sea level rise on the Embarcadero, developing evaluation contexts for PG&E’s historic-era electrical infrastructure, or working with BART to reimagine what transit looks like across the entire Bay Area. One thing is for sure, being part of ICF’s cultural resources team is #neverboring.

ICF is currently seeking a Senior Historic Preservation Specialist to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment on complex environmental compliance projects. This position can be fully or partially remote, and will be based out of our San Francisco, CA or Sacramento, CA office depending on the location of the ideal candidate. The senior HP specialist will work closely with our practice leaders to identify areas of growth for the team, as well as leading project work and directing and mentoring mid-level and junior architectural history team members.

Job Description

The Historic Preservation Specialist will provide cultural resource management services as a client-facing technical lead, with capabilities that include project management and senior-level technical expertise. The Senior Historic Preservation Specialist will also assist on or lead the preparation of proposals, communication with clients, and tracking project budgets and schedules. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in architectural history and regulatory compliance, and a capacity for managing projects and client relationships.

What You Will Do

  • Provide technical leadership in architectural history, including technical approach development, task delegation, and QA/QC for technical reports or documents prepared in collaboration with junior staff.

  • Evaluate resources for National Register of Historic Places or California Register of Historical Resources eligibility, develop resource management recommendations, assess project effects on resources, and provide high level support to address complex management challenges that require advanced technical or regulatory knowledge.

  • Manage projects related to environmental compliance and cultural resource management, including client contact, task order management, budget control, invoicing, schedule, personnel allocation/planning, and subcontractor involvement.

  • Collaborate in integrated teams with planners, archaeologists, ecologists, and other environmental specialists to deliver projects for a range of clients including the energy, transportation, water, and local planning market sectors.

  • Integrate with clients to achieve long-term objectives and efficiencies, from programmatic strategies and feasibility studies through implementation, operations, and maintenance.

What You Will Need to Have

  • Master’s degree in Architectural History or related field.

  • 8+ years of professional experience in cultural resources management.

  • 5+ years of experience with CEQA, NEPA, and Section 106 regulatory requirements.

  • 5+ years of experience working with private sector and public sector clients, as well as regulatory agencies.

  • 5+ years of experience with the history and architectural history of California; knowledge of Washington, Oregon, and other regions of the United States is a plus.

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and empathy.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically.

  • Predisposed to continued professional growth.

  • Problem-solving ability, creativity, analytical skills.

  • Orientation toward fulfilling client objectives.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment.

  • Use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

  • Leadership and mentoring skills to contribute to a progressive work environment for employee development and career fulfillment.

  • A desire to excel and passion for rewarding work on complex environmental challenges in a team environment.

  • Use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.



Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

San Francisco, CA (CA78)


Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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