Hazard Mitigation Planner | Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute

Posted on Apr 15, 2022

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is seeking to hire a Hazard Mitigation Planner (Official Titles:  Senior Scientific Specialist, Hazard Mitigation Planning [lower level], or Assistant Research Scientist, Hazard Mitigation Planning [higher level] to conduct research related to hazard mitigation projects as well as perform outreach for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) grants and other projects as assigned within the Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP). Produce and prepare technical reports for FEMA regulatory and Risk MAP products and other projects and communicate and disseminate technical reports and research data.

 

The ISWS CHAMP group has many funded projects that assess local flood hazards, identify high-risk areas, and engage community partners to inform, educate, and empower others to take action in preventing losses from natural hazards. CHAMP is a Cooperating Technical Partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency creating https://illinoisfloodmaps.org/.

 

ISWS is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/PRIjobs.

 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


 

Major Duties and Responsibilities Senior Scientific Specialist [lower level]:

  • Lead and/or assist with mitigation related projects and outreach for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) grants and other projects as assigned.
  • Supervise student & hourly employees and delegate their tasks within projects 
  • Perform community and stakeholder engagement activities associated with various planning projects including identifying and gathering contacts for project stakeholders, drafting stakeholder communication and outreach materials, developing and delivering presentations, and project reporting. 
  • Engage fellow Professional Planners at the local, state, and federal level to develop initiatives to inform government officials and the general public about flood hazards and alternatives for mitigating risk.
  • Lead and/or assisting with planning and facilitating meetings and workshops 
  • Preparing written technical documents pertaining to hazard risk and vulnerability, land use, and demographics, among others.

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities Assistant Research Scientist [higher level]:

  • Lead and/or assist with mitigation related projects and outreach for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) grants and other projects as assigned.
  • Supervise student & hourly employees and delegate their tasks within projects
  • Perform community and stakeholder engagement activities associated with various planning projects including identifying and gathering contacts for project stakeholders, drafting stakeholder communication and outreach materials, developing and delivering presentations, and project reporting.
  • Engage fellow Professional Planners at the local, state, and federal level to develop initiatives to inform government officials and the general public about flood hazards and alternatives for mitigating risk.
  • Lead and/or assisting with planning and facilitating meetings and workshops
  • Preparing written technical documents pertaining to hazard risk and vulnerability, land use, and demographics, among others.
  • Review and Edit section technical documents

 

Major Duties and Responsibilities at both levels:

  • Communicate and disseminate technical reports and research data regarding floodplain management and mitigation for the purpose of educating the general public and local officials.
  • Technical report production including background research and data review.
  • Creating and maintaining databases in Excel and GIS formats.
  • Developing maps, graphics and templates associated with written plans and reports.
  • Monitor updates to FEMA standards, technical references, and guidance documents
  • Collect, gather, and analyze floodplain management and mitigation data
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.
  • Moderate travel required in non-pandemic situations to support community meetings.

Requirements

Required Qualifications Senior Scientific Specialist [lower level]

 

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Emergency Management, Natural Resource Management, Public Policy, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.

 

Experience: Minimum of 2 years’ experience (BS/BA) or 0 years (MA/MS) of work in public engagement. Professional planning experience. Experience with communications related to floodplain management and mitigation. Project management experience. Technical writing experience.

 

Valid Driver’s License.

 

Knowledge requirements: Proficiency with GIS ArcMap. Solid understanding of overall plan development processes and ability to lead diverse team through the process. Proficiency with commonly employed software (e.g. MS Word, Excel). Demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to perform detail oriented functions. Effective personal relations, communication, organizational, and leadership skills. Preferred - Understanding of hazard mitigation plan processes and federal review requirements. Familiarity with FEMA Standards, Guidance, and Technical References for development of Flood Insurance Rate Map geospatial databases and Flood Risk products.

 

Preferred:  MA/MS degree in Planning or related field. Professional planning experience with a focus on hazard mitigation, community resilience, climate change, or watershed planning. Public sector experience, working for local government. Training or teaching experience. Proficiency with FEMA Hazus software.  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

 

Required Qualifications Senior Assistant Research Scientist [higher level]:

 

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Emergency Management, Natural Resource Management, Public Policy, or related field. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.

 

Experience: A minimum of three years (MS/MA) or five years (BS/BA) of progressive work in public engagement. Two years of professional planning experience. Experience with communications related to floodplain management and mitigation. Project management experience. Technical writing experience.

 

Valid Driver’s License.

 

Knowledge requirements: Proficiency with GIS ArcMap. Solid understanding of overall plan development processes and ability to lead diverse team through the process. Proficiency with commonly employed software (e.g. MS Word, Excel). Demonstrated ability to perform with a professional demeanor in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities, under minimal supervision. Demonstrated ability to perform detail-oriented functions. Effective personal relations, communication, organizational, and leadership skills. Preferred - Understanding of hazard mitigation plan processes and federal review requirements. Familiarity with FEMA Standards, Guidance, and Technical References for development of Flood Insurance Rate Map geospatial databases and Flood Risk products.

 

Preferred:  MA/MS degree in Planning or related field.  Professional planning experience with a focus on hazard mitigation, community resilience, climate change, or watershed planning. Public sector experience, working for local government. Training or teaching experience. Proficiency with FEMA Hazus software.  American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Location

Champaign, IL 61820
United States

How to apply

Appointment: 

This is a regular full-time academic professional appointment, renewable annually based upon satisfactory progress in the position and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable, and salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

 

Application: 

Please complete your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and the contact information for three professional references must be received by April 29th 2022.  Interviews may be conducted before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. 

 

For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact Jon Freiman at jcf@illinois.edu or 217-244-2687. 

 

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

 

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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