Floodplain Program Specialist
Virginia Tech - Virginia

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This position will work directly with the Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation ( DCR ), Division of Dam Safety & Floodplain Management ( DSFM ) as a Floodplain Program Specialist for its Floodplain Management Program. This position is responsible for assisting with completing the objectives of DCR’s annual CAPSSSE agreement with FEMA by performing reviews of local floodplain programs and ordinances for compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program ( NFIP ), conducting workshops, coordinating local official’s requests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ), assisting with the Virginia Flood Risk Information System, promoting the Community Rating System, generating outreach materials for flood awareness, assisting with declared flood disasters in Virginia, viewing spatial data, generating basic maps (for field and presentation use), running simple queries/calculations, and performing basic spatial/tabular editing tasks and other duties as assigned. Frequent and overnight travel is required, as is working in a physical field environment while conducting community floodplain inspections. This position reports directly to the Division Director of Dam Safety and Floodplain Management at DCR . The successful candidate may be required to work from the Richmond central office for at least the first 3 months after hiring.

Required Qualifications:
A master’s degree in Planning, Civil Engineering or related discipline or a combination of training and experience necessary to perform the job tasks with a high level of proficiency is required. Basic computer proficiency is a must, to include mastery of the Windows file system and above average skill with the Microsoft Office suite (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint). Must be able to navigate and filter web resources to obtain pertinent results and answers. Basic GIS software proficiency is required. Working well with minimal supervision and interacting professionally with others is a must. Candidates must have strong communication skills and be able to convey technical program details and policies to a diverse array of stakeholders (e.g. local officials, FEMA staff, other state entities and homeowners).

Preferred Qualifications:
Preference will be given to individuals with detailed NFIP and/or International Building Code ( IBC ) understanding, floodplains modeling experience, more advanced GIS capabilities, knowledge of ArcGIS software and intermediate SQL database knowledge. Certified Floodplain Manager or licensed Professional Engineer would be beneficial.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check, Other (Describe Below)

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Describe Other:
The successful candidate may be required to work from the Richmond central office for at least the first 3 months after hiring.

Virginia driver’s license and a safe driving record are required.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:
For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit www.jobs.vt.edu and search for posting #________. Review of applications will begin on January 2, 2013.

Employee Category:
Special Research Faculty

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renewable annually

FLSA Status:
Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

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Non-Tenure Track

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Calendar Year

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Pay Range:
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Other - Virginia

Location, if not Blacksburg:
Richmond, VA

Work Schedule:
M-F, 8-5 (flexible)

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Restricted to university employees only?

Diversity Statement:
Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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