SWCA Environmental Consultants

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About the opportunity:

SWCA Environmental Consultants, a 40+ year-old, employee-owned, environmental and cultural compliance firm, seeks a Vice President for our Rocky Mountain Plains sub-region, reporting to our Senior Vice President for our Rockies region.

Primary duties include leading the strategic direction of the offices, financial performance, business and client development, staff management, scientific and technical quality, while ensuring the cross-collaboration and alignment needed to support the achievement of SWCA goals for our Rocky Mountain Plains sub-region, which includes offices in Denver, CO; Fort Collins, CO; Sheridan, WY; Bismarck, ND; and a growing presence in Minneapolis, MN.


The successful candidate will embody SWCA’s core competencies: Be action oriented, ensure accountability, instill trust, be client focused, be able to adapt in different situations, make quality decisions, and collaborate with other SWCA professionals throughout the company.

In addition, we are looking for strong business acumen – being able to apply knowledge of our business and the marketplace to advance the organization’s goals, to develop our people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals, and to create a climate where people are motivated to bring their best work to help the organization to grow and prosper.


SWCA’s Vision (the North Star):
 Make SWCA to be the best workplace and industry leader in sustainability, bringing sound science and creative solutions to global environmental challenges while maintaining a dedication to employee-ownership.


We are #OneSWCA. We collaborate, we are #AlwaysLearning, we #NeverSettle and we #GiveBack. We are 100% employee-owned, and we build our success together. It is imperative for the successful candidate to fit SWCA’s unique culture. Do you appreciate sustainability and environmental awareness? Is giving back to your community a priority? SWCA is a team of scientists, planners, technical experts, and corporate services professionals that are committed to our culture.


Our company purpose is to preserve natural and cultural resources for tomorrow while enabling projects that benefit people today. You are invited to be a part of our success story.


Please provide a resume and cover letter to be considered for this position.


Applicants will be considered until July 25, 2022. At that point, the position will be closed to new applicants.

What you will accomplish:

Planning and Problem Solving

  • Proposes objectives for their area and ensures alignment with other parts of the business to contribute to overall SWCA goals and objectives.
  • Builds, communicates, and cascades the business plan throughout their area to ensure coordination of efforts.
  • Drives the achievement of long-term (e.g., 3+ years) strategic and policy decisions impacting SWCA.
  • Provides oversight, guidance, and high-level course correction on complex and risk-laden issues related to projects, finances, and operations.
  • Manages effectively through a variety of issues, exceptions, and crises.

Financial Accountabilities

  • Develops and manages operational budgets across multiple areas; coordinates the budgets of their directors and/or managers (e.g., capital expenditures, hiring activities, etc.).
  • Leads the organization through the business planning cycle.
  • Conducts regular forecasts for their area of responsibility.
  • Manages the P&L for their area of responsibility, making decisions that positively impact overall P&L health.
  • Ensures own team understands their utilization goals and their importance to the organization’s performance.

Technical Accountabilities

  • Serves as a mentor and role model for client-focused, effective project leadership at SWCA.
  • Serves as a seasoned expert, leveraging experience to counsel and advise executive leadership on relevant strategies and policies relevant to their area.
  • Seeks out and synthesizes broad trends (e.g., scientific, market, industry) that impact the business, integrating these insights into the organization to ensure alignment up, down, and across SWCA.
  • Engages in strategic workforce planning to ensure a robust leadership pipeline.
  • Partners with peers and executive leaders to build and maintain the organizational structure needed to deploy talent optimally.

People Accountabilities

  • Builds and nurtures an environment of performance and engagement.
  • Serves as a steward of the organization’s culture by accelerating the development of others through coaching, mentorship, and skill-building.
  • Partners with HR and other senior leaders to ensure strong bench strength (i.e., succession and strategic workforce planning).
  • Develops and implements strategies to attract, retain, motivate, and develop talent, including leading strategic recruitment efforts.
  • Implements strategies to continually raise performance expectations in the organization.
  • Steps up to address difficult issues related to people leadership (e.g., performance management, termination, etc.) in compliance with applicable HR and labor laws.

Client and Market Accountabilities

  • Identifies opportunities for expansion, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and pivotal hires.
  • Contributes to the growth and maintenance of client relationships.
  • Anticipates changes in the marketplace and identifies opportunities for SWCA to expand services and offerings.
  • Proposes new directions to leadership and/or executes them within their areas of responsibility.
  • Serves as an externally facing representative of the organization for their geographic area of responsibility.
  • Is aware of emerging market trends and aligns the business plan accordingly.

Experience and qualifications for success:

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to the environmental services that SWCA generally provides, including (but not limited to) biology, archaeology, anthropology, planning, environmental regulatory compliance, GIS, hydrology, and other environmental and planning fields.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience providing environmental consulting services and/or management of professional services operations with increasing responsibility.
  • Proven track record of implementing innovative solutions to obtain necessary critical resources to drive business success (i.e., personnel, budget, thought leadership, etc.).
  • Solid understanding of the corporate structure and office/business financials.
  • Proven experience contributing to the development and execution of business plans.
  • Extensive experience working across regions or markets, showing an enterprise-wide perspective.
  • Demonstrated track record of setting and monitoring individual and team performance metrics.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or above in a field related to the environmental services that SWCA generally provides, including (but not limited to) the disciplines of biology, archaeology, anthropology, planning, environmental regulatory compliance, GIS, hydrology, and other environmental and planning fields; and/or a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on strategic planning and operations management.
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience providing environmental consulting services and/or management of professional services operations with increasing responsibility.
  • Consistent track record of making tough business decisions that result in positive outcomes.
  • Experience leading a team through a successful transformation or substantial organizational change.
  • Consistent track record of generating productive outcomes amid conflict.
  • Leadership experience of diverse teams of people to achieve goals in a fast-paced, multidisciplinary, and highly complex environment.
  • Demonstrated success directing and/or managing large projects as a project or contract manager.
  • Experience recognizing and capitalizing on market trends to achieve business growth.
  • Prior support in the creation and implementation of strategic plans.
  • Experience effectively helping the organization to manage risk in agreements and projects.
  • Proven track record of recruiting strategic staff, and developing high-performing individuals and addressing under-performance.

Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel as needed, for an estimated 30% of the time.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please email accomodations@swca.com or call 480-581-5378. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

In accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), we are disclosing a good faith estimate of the compensation range for roles that will be, or could be, performed in Colorado.

In Colorado, an employee in this position can expect salaries starting at $160,000/year plus a performance bonus, depending on experience, geographic locations, client requirements where applicable, and other factors permitted by law. Employees in this position are eligible for consideration for SWCA’s annual bonus program, which provides awards based on individual and organizational performance.

SWCA’s benefits summary can be found here: https://www.swca.com/careers/totalrewards/benefits


EOE – women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Seniority Level: Executive

From $160,000 a year

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