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Hazard Mitigation Specialist Planner II

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Michael Baker International

Chicago, IL

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Michael Baker International is a global leader in Engineering, Architecture and Consulting services dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the world’s infrastructure and environmental challenges. Supported by more than 6,000 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, Green Infrastructure, security management and intelligence solutions.


We create, integrate, visualize and communicate planning concepts as they move from the initial vision through implementation. Our planning professionals build strong client partnerships, working with residents, businesses, developers, educational and medical organizations, state and local governments, the military and other federal agencies to successfully plan the future of their communities or institutions. At Michael Baker International, we focus on people and places, improving communities and creating more sustainable, convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places.


Michael Baker International is looking for a Hazard Mitigation Specialist to join our team who has experience in hazard mitigation and local community planning who can perform in a leadership role for our Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 5 client. FEMA’s Community Engagement and Risk Communication (CERC) contract includes collaboration with state, local, and tribal entities to increase the public’s risk awareness, drive action to reduce risk, and help communities become more resilient when confronting natural disasters. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a regional and national network of experts in both the public/private sector in the fields of risk communication, community outreach, community planning, and engineering to tackle multiple hazards, including flood, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and severe storms.

•       Review local, state and/or tribal hazard mitigation plans and assess plan deficiencies to determine mitigation planning technical assistance and training needs. Analyze components of the plan – risk assessment, capability assessment and mitigation strategy – to identify areas of community interest in mitigation actions, and work with internal team members as well as other FEMA branches to develop a strategy for advancing mitigation action.

•       Provide planning and community engagement support in a variety of FEMA Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) community meetings, specifically Discovery and Resilience, where multi-hazard mapping products and risk assessment tools are updated to accurately show multi-hazard risk based on existing and future development. Develop Areas of Mitigation Interest sections of Risk Reports

•       Collaborate with internal team members and other FEMA branches to establish mitigation program vision and goals. Track progress against established goals and proactively recommend modifications to program approaches that enhance products and client service. Provide thought leadership and problem solving to FEMA to provide innovative strategies and solutions for programmatic needs.

•       Travel on a moderate basis to each of the six states that make up FEMA Region 5 (MI, WI, MN, IL, OH, and IN) for community meetings and other outreach needs

•       Conduct mitigation planning training (in person and via webinar) to state, tribal and local governments. Conduct presentations and lead meetings involving external stakeholders

•       Assist with the development of scopes of work for Risk MAP projects, including project descriptions, budgets, and schedules. In addition to regional projects, contribute to national projects as required (and special projects as needed) in coordination with other FEMA Regions and Michael Baker International staff


•       Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Engineering, Public Policy, Emergency Management, Natural Resource Management or related discipline

•       7-10 years of related experience in community planning, natural resource management, community development, emergency management, public policy, or other related field

•       Experience in hazard resiliency, climate change or floodplain management and/or knowledge of hazard mitigation actions that reduce flood risk in communities

•       Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Competent public speaker and ability to plan for and facilitate meetings.

•       Possess a demonstrated ability to collect and organize input from various community stakeholders and strong organizational and communications skills, including the ability to work with the public and facilitate meetings.

•       American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) or Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is desirable

•       Experience with FEMA hazard mitigation programs, ex. Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP), National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Mitigation Planning Program, and Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)

•       Preparation of and/or review of community plans – comprehensive, master, resource management, stormwater management, hazard mitigation, recovery, etc.

•       Ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds, including: engineers, planners, GIS professionals, federal, tribal, state government officials, and the public

•       Experience building and sustaining new partnerships and identifying areas for partner engagement to leverage resources for whole-community service delivery

•       Ability to travel as needed

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Baker (NYSE Amex: BKR), founded in 1940, provides professional engineering and consulting services for public and private sector clients worldwide.

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