Resilience Communications Specialist

Fairfax, Virginia
Mar 18, 2021
Apr 22, 2021
Full Time
Dewberry is currently seeking a Resilience Communications Specialist for our Fairfax, VA office. This position will support Dewberry's Resilience Solutions Group (RSG) with communicating technical concepts to a variety of audiences, including federal agencies, state and local governments, and other stakeholders. In this role, you will work with a team of technical experts to develop materials that communicate information about natural hazard and climate change risk and vulnerability, hazard mitigation, and community resilience planning and policy. Using a consultative approach, you will conduct strategic communications planning; utilize design thinking and conceptual design; tailor and deliver messages for diverse audiences through a variety of channels; and support stakeholder engagement.

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.


  • Performs analysis of data and information and develops conceptual visualizations and communication materials for presentation.
  • Represents Dewberry in meetings with clients to develop outreach strategies and to plan and coordinate work.
  • Prepares written and visual content to support studies, reports and other technical documentation and guidance documents.
  • Applies intensive and diversified knowledge of technical principles related to behavioral science and communications to projects.
  • Supports outreach and stakeholder engagement efforts for community resilience projects.
  • 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 Environmental/Science/Climate Change Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Planning, Environmental Studies, or other related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience.
  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written formats technical information related to natural hazards risk, climate change, and resilience in projects, presentations and papers.
  • 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, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop), and other data processing, visualization, and design tools.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance

*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.

*All 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.