Entry Level Resilience Planner

Fairfax, Virginia
May 19, 2022
May 26, 2022
Full Time
Dewberry is currently seeking an Entry Level Resilience Planner for its Fairfax, VA location.

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you're an experienced professional or a new graduate, you'll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call "Dewberry at Work," that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


  • Supports the execution of technical studies and analytical processes relating to resilience strategy and plan development; hazard mitigation plan development; hazard, vulnerability, and risk modeling; and economic and demographic analysis.
  • Supports the application and dissemination of technical scientific research, data analytics, and engineering products in the fields of urban planning, public policy, and strategic decision making.
  • Employs a mix of written, visual, and verbal communication techniques to craft compelling narratives and explain complex technical topics to various audiences.
  • Researches, analyzes, and develops effective hazard mitigation policy solutions for local, state, and federal clients.
  • Conceptualizes and supports the development of digital communication and decision-making tools, including data analytics dashboards (Tableau and PowerBI), map viewers, StoryMaps, and custom web applications. Leads the design of front-end user interfaces and experiences, employing user testing and user-centric design principles.
  • Performs data analysis and information and develops conceptual visualizations and communication materials for presentation.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of technical principles related to resilience to projects.
  • Develops and conducts outreach for community resilience projects.
  • Prepares studies, reports and other technical documentation and guidance documents.
  • Represents Dewberry in meetings with clients to resolve complex issues and to plan and coordinate work.
  • Represents Dewberry at professional conferences and meetings, presenting results of work within Dewberry, when appropriate.
  • Assists Project Managers with the development of technical and business proposals for new projects.
  • Works on other related projects within The Resilience Solutions Group to acquire supplementary technical and programmatic knowledge/skills.

Required Skills & Required Experience

Required Skills & Required Experience
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written and visual formats technical information related to natural hazards and resilience in projects, presentations, and papers, as well as facilitate community meetings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in the research, planning and development of operational and tactical plans, policies, procedures, and guidance to promote resilience to and mitigation of the full range of natural hazards.
  • 0-2 years of experience.
  • Bachelor's in Planning, Environmental Science, Architecture, Data Science or Analytics, or other related field.
  • Ability to work independently and in team settings; well-developed time management skills, especially the ability to complete high-quality, detail-oriented deliverables on tight timelines amid competing deadlines within a diverse work group.
  • Ability to perform an expanded array of tasks assigned by senior-level staff, designed to broaden experience and familiarization with methods, practices, and programs applicable to the department.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and tact in obtaining and analyzing information related to resilience planning.
  • Ability to get along with coworkers and superiors.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and function in a team environment.

Desired Skills
  • Knowledge and ability to use the following computer applications: Tableau, Power BI, ArcMAP/ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, Adobe InDesign, and other data processing, visualization, and design tools.
  • Experience with client interactions, task management, and business development.
  • Interest in issues related to transportation, environmental sustainability, equitable development, and social vulnerability.
  • Ability to speak Spanish.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager or AICP.

Must have a valid driver's license, good driving record and ability to pass a driving record background check.

*In accordance with applicable Executive Order 14042 and related requirements, all prospective hires for this position, performing work for the federal government, will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or qualify for an exemption to this vaccination requirement. Such proof of vaccination, or written request for exemption, will be required, following receipt of written offer.

*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry's background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.

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