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ADOT - Historic Preservation Team Leader

05/22/2023 21:00 | AAC Board Admin (Administrator)

Address:  205 S 17th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Salary: $72,351.87 - $85,000.00; Grade: 25

The Historic Preservation Team Leader is responsible for the approval of documents under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Section 4(f) and other Federal and State archaeological laws. Provide staff coaching and implementation guidance for environmental compliance for ADOT construction projects and operations. Conduct training of Historic Preservation Team staff and others. Manage contracts and consultants. This position meets the requirements of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and the ADOT CE and NEPA Assignment MOUs. Model ADOT values through leading, coaching and developing problem solvers to implement and sustain a continuous improvement culture. Lead in an accountable, transparent and communicative way.

The State of Arizona strives for a work culture that affords employees flexibility, autonomy, and trust. Across our many agencies, boards, commissions, many State employees participate in the State’s Remote Work Program and are able to work remotely in their homes, in offices, and in hoteling spaces. All work, including remote work, should be performed within Arizona, unless an exception is properly authorized in advance.


  • Manage the Historic Preservation Team staff. Assign projects and manage workload of Historic Preservation Team staff. Assist HPT staff with problem solving on critical project issues. Lead HPT team meetings and project meetings. Coach HPT staff on standard ADOT practices for consistency in consultation process with all HPT staff. Coach staff on continuous improvement.
  • Approve complex cultural resources surveys, Section 106 consultation letters; memos; Historic Properties Treatment Plans (HPTP), Memorandums of Agreements (MOA), Programmatic Agreements (PAs) and cultural resources sections of NEPA Documents (EA/EISs). Develop lead and lag metrics for project delivery performance.
  • Manage contracts and consultants. Manage major projects as needed. Acts as Manager when Section Manager is absent and AMS goals.
  • Manage relations with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Tribal and local governments and FHWA.
  • Manage and Oversee staff training and prepare and conduct training for cultural resources and Environmental Planning and Project Management staff. Attend training. May drive State Vehicle during the course and scope of duties.
  • Meeting with the Cultural Resources Program Manager to discuss critical project issues and staffing challenges.

Knowledge of:

Federal, state, and local environmental laws, rules, regulations and policies, including, but not limited to the National Historic Preservation Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979, Executive Order No. 13007 (Indian Sacred Sites}, Executive Order No. 13175 (Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments), the Arizona Historic Preservation Act, the Arizona Antiquities Act, and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966.

Skills in:
  • Analytical and interpretive skills to formulate and identify effective solutions.
  • Negotiation and conflict resolution and motivational skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and good public speaking skills are needed to Influence community groups, Tribes, or other stakeholders to positive response and cooperation.
  • Interpersonal skills to establish trust and positive perceptions at all levels both Internally and externally. 
  • Organizational skills to manage time effectively, set priorities for self and for staff, and perform under pressure

Ability to:

  • Requires the ability to effectively plan, organize, and perform complex analytical environmental research involving multiple technical and professional disciplines and processes Requires the ability to understand and integrate with other technical disciplines.
  • Interpret engineering plans, maps, aerial photo.
  • Effectively communicate with employees, stakeholders, and management: the ability to manage people and technical programs.
  • Coach and develop employees including continuous improvement practices and principles.
  • Travel and overnight lodging as required.

Preference for:

Three years of progressively responsible experience in the transportation development or environmental planning including the direct supervision/management of staff.

Masters Degree in Anthropology with a specialty in North American archaeology and experience in the archaeology and prehistory of the American Southwest or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Meet the Secretary of the Interior's Qualifications Standards in archaeology or closely related field.

This position requires possession of a valid Arizona Class D Driver License. Candidates for this position must complete page 7 and sign the Driver Form on page 8 of the State of Arizona Application for Employment at the time of interview, which will allow ADOT to obtain the candidate's motor vehicle record (MVR). The most recent 39-month period shown on the MVR will be reviewed in accordance with A.A.C. R2-10-207.11 (H) and (I). The review must show an acceptable driving record prior to any offer of employment being made by ADOT. Employment is contingent upon an acceptable MVR.


  • Sick leave
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

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