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Senior Water Resources Project Manager (FEMA)

  1. Oakland
  1. Water
Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. Atkins has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

Atkins has the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Oakland, CA Water Resources Group as a Senior Water Resources Project Manager (FEMA).

In this role you will be part of our team that supports FEMA Region IX as it administers the Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada. To fulfill this role, you will apply your knowledge of water resources, floodplain mapping, emergency management, and disaster-related services. Our ideal candidate has experience supporting the Risk MAP program, applying and interpreting FEMA’s guidance documents, and managing multi-disciplinary teams on Risk MAP projects.

  • Work face-to-face with FEMA Region IX to support its goals and interests in advancing the Risk MAP program.
  • Act as a liaison among FEMA, its contracting teams, state and local governments, and other stakeholders.
  • Facilitate the resolution of challenging technical and political floodplain mapping issues.
  • Oversee the development of risk assessment products to support FEMA’s data-driven decision making.
  • Manage teams of engineers and GIS analysts in the production of DFIRMs and other floodplain mapping products.
  • Prepare man-hour, cost, and material quantity estimates.
  • Mentor junior staff.
  • Support marketing efforts for water resource pursuits.

  • Bachelor's degree in field(s) of practice, preferable with a specialization in Water Resources. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus. This level may be achieved with ten years of experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.

  • Experience with ArcGIS is required
  • Project management experience is required
  • Registration as a Certified Floodplain Manager is a plus
  • Experience with hydrologic and hydraulic analysis software is preferred
  • Experience with the Risk MAP program is preferred
  • Excellent technical writing and communication skills

  • Professional Registration in field(s) of practice required, if available. Certification as a “Project Management Professional” (PMP) or “Certified Construction Manager” (CCM) required within one year of assuming this position.

  • General Competencies expected of all Professionals and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.
  • Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to visit project sites if necessary. Job also requires ability to assemble and analyze data.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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