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AECOM Special Projects Manager in Seattle, Washington

Company Description

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Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Special Projects Manager to be based in Seattle, Washington. This is a part-time position which is open to remote work.


The Special Projects Manager works in the program delivery group, which is part of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Project’s Environmental Services Branch and reports directly to the assistant Environmental Services Manager. They will work closely with and advise client staff, legal counsel, and other team members throughout projects’ environmental clearance under NEPA and CEQA. This position requires excellent writing and analytical skills. This individual provides a wide portfolio of responsibilities specific to environmental review documents including working with client regarding project delivery, schedule and budget issues, technical review of environmental documents prepared by the regional consultant teams, compilation and delivery of the administrative record for each environmental document, and revising the client’s environmental methods as needed. This individual must have extensive expertise in CEQA and NEPA.


  • Direct senior and mid-level staff in coordination with regional consultants.

  • Manage scheduling and budgeting for special projects. This includes keeping regional consultants on schedule.

  • Provide oversight and technical review of environmental documents (EIR/EIS, ISMND/EAFONSI) prepared by the regional consultant or PDS teams.

  • Participate in Outreach activities with project stakeholders.

  • Oversee compilation and delivery of the administrative record for each environmental document, and revising, as needed, the Authority’s environmental methods.

  • Provide project oversight for specific projects, such as the Heavy Maintenance Facility CEQA/NEPA document and Authority’s regional solar project.

  • Coordinate/communicate with various branches of the CHSR Authority, including environmental, strategic delivery, infrastructure delivery, engineering, land acquisition and legal branches.

  • Develop strategic plans and schedules.



  • BA/BS + 10 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education


  • A Master’s degree in environmental planning or a closely related field.

  • At least 15 years of experience delivering California environmental clearances for complex infrastructure projects and programs, leading broad teams/efforts of senior specialists and managerial staff, and a strong working knowledge of program stand-up and management.

  • Expertise in federal (NEPA) and state (CEQA) environmental law and processes as well as other relevant state and federal laws and regulations. Understanding of federal and state regulatory permitting requirements.

  • Experience in large multi-regional linear transportation projects.

  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve through creative processes and establish partnerships with project management, client representatives, government agencies, and other organizations.

  • This person must be able to function well in a fast-paced, changing environment under demanding deadlines.

  • Excellent analytical, verbal, and written communication skills.

  • Ability to analyze and inspire innovative solutions to unique or complex challenges.

  • Ability to liaise with senior executives, officials, and officers.

  • Able to demonstrate a high level of organizational ability.

  • Capable of pivoting and re-prioritizing to meet changing program needs and deadlines.

Additional Information

  • Travel may required for this position.

  • Sponsorship is available for this position

  • Relocation is not available for this position.

  • Offered rate of compensation (Washington locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $123,000 - $227,000.

  • AECOM is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our employees. Depending on your employment status, AECOM benefits may include medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absences, voluntary benefits, perks, U.S and global well-being programs, employee assistance program, business travel insurance, service recognition awards, retirement savings plan, and employee stock purchase plan

  • All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.


AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from advisory, planning, design and engineering to program and construction management. On projects spanning transportation, buildings, water, new energy and the environment, our public- and private-sector clients trust us to solve their most complex challenges. Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivaled technical and digital expertise, a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities. AECOM is a Fortune 500 firm and its Professional Services business had revenue of $14.4 billion in fiscal year 2023. See how we are delivering sustainable legacies for generations to come at and @AECOM.

Freedom to Grow in a World of Opportunity

You will have the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

ReqID: J10103066

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Remote