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FEMA Water Resources Engineer/Project Manager

Chantilly, Virginia, US
Closing date
Dec 8, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Informatics / GIS
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
FEMA Water Resources Engineer/Project Manager

Req ID 7848

FEMA Water Resources Engineer/Project Manager

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. Were looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Woods Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change. As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently seeking a motivated Project Manager/Water Resources Engineer with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experience to join our team. The successful candidate will be an experienced project manager and exceptional communicator who can oversee the management of a portfolio of projects executed by multi-disciplinary teams across various geographic locations. This position will be an integral member supporting contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including FEMA Headquarters and Regions 1, 2, 3, and/or 5 and may be asked to support other contracts as needs arise. This position offers potential for development in a great working environment and the opportunity to apply the latest technology to help our clients solve their most challenging problems. WSP seeks a leader that can directly support the RSC and navigate a fast-paced environment.

Your Impact

Responsibilities include
  • Coordinates activities of multi-disciplinary staff to ensure project delivery per schedule, on budget, and within scope parameters
  • Works with team members and clients to prepare scopes, schedules, budgets, assumptions, and constraints for projects
  • Upon approval of individual projects, provides oversight for the development of project plans for efficient and successful delivery across the full project lifecycle
  • Oversees adherence to project plans and established business processes, including quality and project management and standards
  • Participate in client meetings and follow through on assigned action items directly with clients and communities
  • Provides guidance to team members related successful delivery across the full project lifecycle, including developing forecasts and estimates
  • Proactively strategizes and anticipates risks and issues
  • Accountable for completeness and accuracy of project status reports and invoices
  • Coordinate with other managers to balance workload and staffing needs
  • Personnel management including team building, staff mentorship and professional development
  • Confers with team members to provide advice, counsel, and resolve problems
  • Cultivate and manage client relationships and guide application of services to best serve the interests of the client and WSP
  • Accountable for compliance with contract requirements, including quality and security requirements
  • Engage other Subject Matter Experts and technical support staff as needed to support FEMA Regions
  • Support hydrologic and hydraulic model inquiries and evaluations
  • Provide flood risk management and mitigation recommendations
  • Collaborate with other RSC Staff to share best practices

Who You Are

Required Qualifications
  • Creative problem-solving, organizational skills, financial project management skills, including earn value management, strong production management capabilities, and a proven understanding of project management methodologies
  • The ideal candidate will have an aptitude for leadership, a strong sense of ownership, and natural communication skills
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in the coordination and management
  • Four-year Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Planning, Business, Communications, or related discipline
  • Ability to obtain a Public Trust Clearance, U.S. Citizenship preferred due to contract requirements
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, proactive communicator and problem-solver
  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ownership and accountability for work
  • Capability to work in a dynamic environment, including a demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds, including engineers; planners; GIS professionals; federal, tribal, and state government officials; and the public - Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Ability to manage scope, schedule, and budget requirements, working with multi-disciplinary teams under limited supervision
  • Strong track record of overseeing successful project delivery with a drive for quality product and financial excellence
  • Must be able to build rapport and establish positive relationships with existing and prospective WSP clients to ensure client-focused performance
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and SharePoint
  • Solid work ethic and have the drive to be a leader in the company and in the professional community

Preferred Qualifications
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)
  • Water Resources Engineering background
  • Experience with the NFIP and FEMAs Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (MAP) Program
  • Ability to travel periodically, as needed (less than 20% and once travel restrictions are lifted)
  • Traditional and agile project management proficiency
  • Industry involvement (e.g. Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), Project Management Institute (PMI), etc.)


Additional Requirements
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details
  • Travel Required: 20%
  • Job Status: Regular
  • Employee Type: Full
  • Primary Location: CHANTILLY - MEADOWS WOOD LN
  • All locations: US-VA-Chantilly

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible, agile and hybrid workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employees career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

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