Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisor

The team member is responsible for supporting, overseeing, and advising clients on the full spectrum of hazard mitigation technical issues. This position reports to the Project/Program Manager. 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 and development of cost-effective hazard mitigation measures, in accordance with applicable funding program requirements
  • Maintain project application files, and track progress through development and review processes
  • Write reports, scopes of work, detailed correspondence, and other documentation related to program parameters and proposals
  • Perform documented quality assurance/quality control reviews of application packages
  • Respond to Project/Program 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
  • Provide problem resolution strategies and solutions to resolve client issues and concerns

General Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, remote meeting applications, and data management tools
  • Ability to organize and write clear and concise technical 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)
  • Working knowledge in the following areas:
    • 44 CFR, Parts 9, 10, and 60
    • Environmental and Historic Preservation laws, regulations, and Executive Orders
    • Applicability and relationship of the PA Program to the HMGP program

Technical Skills & Abilities Required

  • Demonstrated prior experience with FEMA’s BCA Tool (v 6.0)
  • Demonstrated prior experience with technical documentation review and assessment
  • Demonstrated prior experience with development of technical data and documentation, including engineering documents and environmental assessments
  • Demonstrated prior experience with development of cost-effective determination methodologies
  • Demonstrated prior experience with construction management practices
  • Ability to extract and distill information from existing plans and documents
  • Subject matter expertise in the following areas:
    • NFIP Technical Bulletins
    • Building science publications and best practices (eg – P-361, P-804, etc.)
    • Civil and structural engineering principles and practices
    • Construction best practices and industry standards
    • Cost-effectiveness methodologies and requirements
    • Codes and standards

Experience & Education Required

  • 5+ years of experience and/or training with technical review of hazard mitigation proposals and applications
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong team building and team management skills (3-7 team members)
  • Ability to be credentialed by a federal agency

Certifications & Skills Desired

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English), both oral and written
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) status
  • Appropriate professional licensure or credentials
  • Experience with federal hazard mitigation systems, including NEMIS and FEMA Go
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