GENERAL PURPOSE: The Program Manager of Cultural Resources oversees all aspects of historic and archaeological resource compliance for Sound Transit projects.. The successful candidate will manage a variety of compliance issues for complex projects related to the identification, documentation, evaluation, treatment, and preservation of cultural resources. This includes leading agency consultation with tribal governments and the state historic preservation office in coordination with the Federal Transit Administration; evaluation of capital and maintenance projects for potential cultural resources and developing recommendations; managing cultural resource consultants; coordination with construction management teams; preparing schedules and scopes of work for cultural resource regulatory compliance; planning, coordination, and oversight of cultural resource surveys; development, implementation, and oversight of treatment plans; report preparation; and technical/quality control reviews.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Prepares and/or manages preparation and completion of cultural resource and environmental documentation for a variety of projects to ensure that Sound Transit complies with all local, state, and federal environmental regulations related to cultural resources.
Leads consultation efforts with environmental, historic, archaeological, transit and other agencies, tribes, and jurisdictions for cultural resource projects and plans.
Monitor and oversee archaeological fieldwork associated with environmental studies, project construction and maintenance projects.
Make recommendations on the ‘Area of Potential Effect’, eligibility of historic properties for federal, state, and local preservation registers and adverse effect determinations for Sound Transit projects.
Develop cultural resource mitigation strategies and negotiate agreements to resolve adverse effects on cultural resources for Sound Transit projects.
Ensures implementation of cultural resource mitigation commitments based on environmental review, such as review of contract documents to ensure project is environmentally compliant and through coordinating with project managers, other agencies and local jurisdictions.
Leads trainings and develops curriculum for inadvertent discovery procedures and communication protocols. Works closely with Sound Transit construction management teams to ensure compliance during construction.
Manages consultants and consultant contracts for environmental and cultural resource services. Contract management includes participation in consultant procurement processes; reviewing and approving invoices; securing contract change orders, coordinating communications among agency staff and contractors and assuring contract compliance on projects. Manages and develops scope of work, schedules, budgets and develops recommendations on consultant services. Advises project managers of project conflicts and proposes resolution.
Develop strong working relationships with federal, state, and local agencies, tribal governments, interested parties, and other governmental agencies and organizations.
Represent the Agency in inter-jurisdictional meetings. Leads or coordinates inter-jurisdictional or multi-agency cultural resource policy development and training.
Evaluates proposed agency actions and reviews actions by other agencies affecting Sound Transit facilities and determines the need and level of appropriate environmental review and documentation for compliance.
Identifies opportunities for the agency to integrate sustainability principles into local, state, and federal environmental documentation and planning processes.
Engagement with Sound Transit's Environmental Sustainability Management System (ESMS) entailing participation with the Steering Committee or other technical working groups, management of various ESMS initiatives, developing and helping to achieve annual sustainability targets and educating staff about the ESMS.
Provides support to the Office/Department and serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, committees and attends and participates in professional group meetings. Prepares and presents staff reports and correspondence.
Ensures processes, policies, and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively and ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state, federal laws and Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
Follow Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
Integrates sustainability into everyday business practices.
Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: Master’s Degree in archaeology, anthropology, or closely related field. Six years of experience in area of assignment which includes cultural resource field work, analysis, and report writing; compliance with federal, state, and local environmental and cultural resource laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; preferably for large infrastructure or transportation projects and/or in public sector agencies; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Required Licenses or Certifications:
Meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards for Archaeologists.
Valid state driver’s license.
Required Knowledge of:
Federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies, and procedures as they relate to cultural resource issues most relevant in transportation planning such as compliance with NEPA, SEPA, Section 106 of the NHPA, Section 4(f)/6(f), and state and local cultural resource regulations.
Other relevant agencies and governments, including tribal, local, state, and federal agencies.
Federal, state, and local transportation planning requirements.
Current archaeological research methods.
The operations, services, and activities of a cultural resources program.
Current trends and professional literature in the area of cultural resources.
Environmental impact analysis methods and issues.
Project management techniques and principles.
Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
Interpreting and applying state and federal environmental laws, regulations, and industry practices, policies, and procedures as they relate to cultural resource issues.
Analysis of problems and identifying alternative solutions.
Ability to resolve a variety of environmental issues.
Proficiency in contract management and administration.
Ability to prepare and analyze complex data and comprehensive reports.
Ability to research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
Proficiency in the preparation and review of consultant scopes, budget, and schedules.
Effective use of the English language in both verbal and written communications.
Use of computer software programs to compile and prepare reports, presentations and spreadsheets; MS Office
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
Work is performed in a standard office environment and on active construction project sites.
Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, and stooping. Ability to conduct archaeological fieldwork, including, but not limited to: Walking over rough terrain, digging holes with a shovel, and lifting/carrying equipment up to 50 pounds. Depending on area of assignment, may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, hazardous chemicals, and extreme noise when working in the field.
The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.
About Sound Transit
Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit service throughout the urban region of Seattle. Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily.We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.