Hazard Mitigation Project Specialist

The team member is responsible for supporting, overseeing, and advising clients on the full spectrum of hazard mitigation project issues. This position reports to the Project/Program Manager or their designee. Position assignments are expected to be full-time with the possibility of deployment, remote work, or a combination.

General Duties & Responsibilities

  • Aid client in the identification, development, and documentation of cost-effective hazard mitigation measures, in accordance with applicable funding program requirements
  • Perform and document eligibility determinations of application packages
  • Determine and document how proposed projects benefit the project area, the greater area, and applicable community lifelines
  • Assist with funding agency submission, review, and final determination of application packages
  • Maintain project application files, and track progress through review process
  • Write reports, determinations, detailed correspondence, and other documentation related to program parameters and proposals
  • Respond to Project Manager and client to ensure timely delivery of service
  • Facilitate or participate in meetings with federal and state agencies, client personnel, and other stakeholders, including site visits and community/public meetings
  • Assist with sub-grant management and project implementation
  • Provide program compliance assistance to clients, including development of compliance programs and processes
  • Provide problem resolution strategies and solutions to resolve client issues and concerns

General Skills & Abilities Required

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, remote meeting applications, and data management tools
  • Ability to organize and write clear and concise reports, opinions, and other documents
  • Ability to work independently within a team, under stressful conditions and/or tight deadlines
  • Ability to work with limited direct supervision, and to provide real-time progress updates
  • Willingness to travel to project sites and work in recovery environments
  • Knowledge of federal mitigation funding programs, including:
    • FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
    • FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program (BRIC)
    • FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA)
    • FEMA’s Section 406 Mitigation Program (406)
    • HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR)
    • HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation Program (CDBG-MIT)

Skills & Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated prior experience with hazard mitigation application review and eligibility determinations
  • Demonstrated prior experience with federal review and RFI processes
  • Demonstrated prior experience with appeals
  • Demonstrated prior experience with hazard mitigation grant/sub-grant reporting, monitoring, and data tracking/management
  • Demonstrated prior experience with applicable federal requirements and regulations, including the Uniform Relocation Act (URA)
  • Demonstrated prior experience with audits and program accountability
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and providing training modules/programs

Experience & Education Required

  • 3+ years of experience in application development, application review, and eligibility determinations for hazard mitigation programs
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong team building and team management skills
  • Ability to be credentialed by a federal agency

Certifications & Skills Desired

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English), both oral and written
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
  • Experience with federal hazard mitigation systems, including NEMIS and FEMA Go
  • Familiarity with HUD Exchange
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