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AECOM Ministerial Permitting Manager in San Diego, California

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Ministerial Permitting Manager to be a key member of an exciting and transformative new program that AECOM is leading for a major Southern California utility client involving undergrounding of electrical infrastructure. We are seeking an experienced and motivated candidate to take on this career-defining opportunity. As part of this important role, you will oversee a small team of ministerial permitting specialists responsible for developing permitting strategies, and preparing and submitting documentation for required permits, right of ways, easements, and land use for large scale infrastructure projects. The position is located in San Diego, California.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience obtaining and managing ministerial permits for large, complex, linear projects in multiple locations.

  • Understanding of critical path issues associated with permitting for large and complex construction projects covering multiple jurisdictions.

  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, creative problem-solving, collaboration and leadership skills.

  • Demonstrated success obtaining permits and authorizations from San Diego County and/or Caltrans.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Plan and manage complex permitting strategies, including development of permit efficiencies for repeat permit attainment.

  • Collaborate successfully with a larger team focused on design and environment; collaborate to obtain permits in timely fashion.

  • Coordinate with project managers to ensure engineering plans meet requirements of agencies.

  • Oversee preparation of permit application packages that meet the requirements of local governments and jurisdictions, governing agencies or any other relevant entities, including developing and implementing strategies for streamlining permit authorizations.

  • Serve as subject matter expert on matters related to local municipal codes.

  • Inform other internal functional groups about requirements and regulations of government entities and municipalities to assist with compliance with general conditions of approvals at permit and construction stages of the project, and to meet project timelines.

  • Participate as a key contributor in project and team meetings.

  • Manage internal and external reporting.

About AECOM’s Environment Business Line

Join AECOM to be part of an expert global team who is connected through a well-developed, worldwide, internal technical practice network through which you can learn from and brainstorm with the best in the world. AECOM is an industry-leading, world class environmental firm, and we want you to succeed within it. We respect and encourage your own pathway to excellence via our Freedom to Grow initiative.

AECOM is known for our award-winning technical excellence, leading-edge science and innovative project delivery. We provide sustainable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging issues. Our global clients and their projects are diverse and interesting. They span market sectors and geographies and require innovative technical solutions to solve wide-ranging environmental problems within diverse community profiles.

AECOM’s Sustainable Legacies program describes our approach to the environment, social equity and governance (ESG.) We embed sustainability throughout our business and help clients embed sustainable practices into their work. We help clients reduce their impact on the environment, achieve compliance and reduce risks.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, Business Administration, Law, Environmental Science, Land Use Planning, or another relevant field.

  • 6 years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education in acquiring land use permits, site acquisitions and permitting projects for utility or related industry.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience

  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.

  • Strong people skills/soft skills and presentation and negotiation skills.

  • Must be resourceful, flexible and maintain the ability to react and respond quickly with a focus on accuracy.

  • Project and client management experience including management of multiple projects of significant scope and complexity.

  • Master’s degree in technical or business discipline

  • Ability to thrive in quickly changing environment and manage multiple priorities simultaneously.

Additional Information

  • Sponsorship is not available for this role.

  • Offered rate of compensation (California locations only) will be based on individual education, qualifications, experience, and work location. The salary range for this position is $80,000.00 - $120,000.00.

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 and disability benefits, paid time off, leaves of absence, voluntary benefits, perks, wellness and global well-being, and global EAP, Business Travel and Service Awards programs.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! 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.

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.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10087273

Business Line: Environment

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Planning

Work Location Model: Hybrid