Hazard Mitigation Technical Services Specialist

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 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 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
  • 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 Skills & Abilities

  • 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)

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

  • 2+ years of experience and/or training with technical review and development of hazard mitigation proposals and applications
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong team player skills
  • 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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