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Senior Architectural Historian

  • Job reference: NA-002315
  • Sector: Information Communications, Programme Management, Support Services, Transportation
  • Location: Tampa
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Tampa, Florida office as a Senior Architectural Historian.


Under the direction of the Sciences Practice Director, supervises staff of 2-3 and work production of the Tampa cultural resources technical work unit. Provides leadership, direction and technical guidance to staff to ensure that quality cultural resource technical services are provided to clients and that the technical work unit meets its operating performance targets. Manages project production, project acquisition/client relations, and financial management of the work unit to ensure quality, client satisfaction, continued production backlog, and profitability of all projects within the work unit.

Projects primarily relate to transportation and development for clients in the public sector. Includes managing, conducting and reviewing desktop analysis and cultural resource surveys for a wide range of project types and scale.


Staff Administration: Manages staff workload to meet client needs and productivity levels. Conducts semi-annual performance reviews and annual career planning sessions with direct reports. Provides staff with ongoing performance feedback and counsel to promote improved performance and career development. Helps staff identify and pursue technical and professional development activities consistent with their career development goals and work unit objectives/company needs. Ensures staff compliance with company policies and procedures.

Project Production and Management: Ensures appropriate staff allocation to projects in consideration of project schedules, budgets, key milestone dates and work products. Monitors and enforces compliance with established safety and quality control standards, ensuring that appropriate safety and quality assurance activities are being performed throughout the operating unit. Reviews project QC plans and periodic QA compliance audits on current or recently completed projects. Assists staff in resolving problems concerning work with the various business units.

Technical Excellence: Maintains visibility and professional currency by actively participating in professional and civic organizations and encourages staff to do the same.

Marketing and Client Maintenance: May participate in pursuing new project opportunities for firm by maintaining contacts with current and prospective clients.

Contracts and Financial: May assist sales leads and project managers to staff new pursuits and contract negotiations. Approves purchase requests for capital items as specified in the Authorization Matrix.

Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.

Candidates must be willing and prepared to spend time in the field and travel to project sites. Assignments may be out of town and candidates are expected to travel to where the work is as necessary. Projects will generally be in Florida but could also be located outside of the state, as needed.


At minimum, must meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for History or Architectural History including a graduate degree in History or Architectural History or a closely related field. Also have at least ten years of full-time professional CRM experience conducting historical research and non-archeological historic resource surveys plus demonstrated ability to carry research to completion, with at least three of these years in positions with project management or supervisory responsibilities.


Excellent technical and interpersonal skills. Proven ability to manage individuals and teams, provide leadership, and manage project production. Must have business vision, excellent communication skills, and be able to represent the firm effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general.


Professional certification or registration in field of practice may be required, if available, e.g., A.I.C.P., or R.A.


Candidates must have at least 10 years’ experience with the following activities: historical research, non-archeological historic resource surveys and cultural resource management services.

Candidates must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards and must qualify as a Historian or Architectural Historian on federal, state, and local cultural resource permits.

Candidates must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with National Historic Preservation Act regulations (including Section 106) and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements pertinent to cultural resources.

Candidates must have experience coordinating with SHPOs, THPOs, federal and state agency representatives, and land owners/managers regarding cultural resources. Experience with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the Florida SHPO are preferred but experience with DOT and SHPO offices in other states instead of Florida would be acceptable.

Excellent technical and interpersonal skills required.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.

Familiarity with reading transportation engineering plans is a benefit but not required.

Experience with HABS/HAER/HALS

Experience nominating resources for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places

It is desirable that candidates have experience with NEPA studies including cultural resource components of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (EIS/EAs).

Eligible for project management training.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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