Risk Communication Specialist

Fairfax, Virginia
Oct 08, 2019
Nov 23, 2019
Full Time
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.

Dewberry is currently seeking a Risk Communication Specialist for our Fairfax office. This position will support Dewberry's Resilience Solutions Group (RSG) with stakeholder and public engagement efforts across a variety of Federal, state, and local contracts. In this role, you will work with a team of passionate marketing and communications experts to create risk awareness related to natural hazards. Using a consultative approach, you will develop outreach strategies; tailor and deliver messages for diverse audiences through a variety of channels; build and maintain partnerships with stakeholders; deliver presentations and facilitate meetings and focus groups. This position is based in the Washington DC area.


  • Performs outreach related to natural hazards and community resilience.
  • Represents Dewberry in meetings with clients to develop outreach strategies and to plan and coordinate work.
  • Prepares studies, reports and other technical documentation and guidance documents.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of technical principles related to behavioral science and community resilience to projects.
  • 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 RSG in order to acquire supplementary technical and programmatic knowledge/skills.

Required Skills & Required Experience

  • Bachelor's in Public Relations, Communications, Planning, Environmental Science, or other related field
  • 3-8 years' of experience
  • Certified Floodplain Manager a plus but not required
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written formats technical information related to flood hazards and resilience in projects, presentations and papers, as well as facilitate community meetings with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently; 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 higher level staff, designed to broaden experience and familiarization with methods, practices, and programs applicable to the department.
  • Experience with client interactions, task management, and business development. No project management or staff management experience required.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, resourcefulness, and tact in obtaining and analyzing information related to resilience planning.
  • Knowledge and ability to use the following computer applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and databases.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance

*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor new applicants 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, or protected veteran status.

* Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate 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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