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CDM Smith Emergency Management Discipline Lead in Boston, Massachusetts


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Job Description:

CDM Smith has an exciting, immediate opening for an experienced and driven client-focused Emergency Management Discipline Leader to support our Program Services team in growing our Emergency Management business. In this position, you will manage and lead multi-discipline planning, disaster recovery, and grant administration teams for federal, state and local government agencies and public utilities. As a strategic member of this team, you will have direct access to engineering and construction leaders across the organization and will be empowered to deliver innovative solutions while interacting effectively with clients, company management, administrators, project engineers, and vendors, and the industry’s best emergency services providers. Assignments range from execution of projects to client relationship building, and supporting or leading proposal efforts.

Successful candidate will be responsible for:

• As a subject matter expert, be responsible for performing technical tasks including, but not limited to, preparing emergency action plans, procedures, federal and local policy documents; developing and organize short- and long-term recovery strategies and execution plans and programs pre- and post-disaster; initiating and maintaining relationships with funding recipients and potential recipients; initiating and maintaining relationships with potential subcontractors or industry partners; assisting clients with strategizing on the approaches and best practices to meet their recovery goals and creating funding action plans

• Under limited guidance from the Practice Leader, work effectively with client sales leaders, technical strategy leaders, regional team leaders and project managers to position, secure, and deliver quality projects. Identify opportunities, lead marketing and proposal efforts, and lead project delivery teams.

• Prepare, update and maintain the business strategy/business plan for growth in the Emergency Management market. Promote and champion the business line services of emergency preparedness planning, short- and long-term disaster recovery, grant and funding application, compliance and closeout. Identify staffing and hiring needs for current backlog and future opportunities.

• Work effectively with key technical specialists, project team members, delivery managers, and subcontractors. Assist with the coordination and development of plans, procedures, emergency action plans and related documents. Plan and prepare project budgets and schedules as a technical leader. Facilitate effective communication between technical team members and project leadership.

• Responsible for leading the Emergency Management Community of Practice (CoP), mentoring staff, staff technical development and engagement in industry organizations.

• Contributing to the firm's stature by actively participating in leadership roles in the community and/or relevant industry organizations (such as International Association of Emergency Managers)

• Approximately 25% travel domestically and internationally

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Emergency Management Discipline Lead



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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.

  • 15 years of related experience.

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required.

  • The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

  • Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with FEMA or FEMA grant programs is strongly preferred.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

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Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Massachusetts - Boston

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Expert knowledge of corporate governance practices, organization design principles, accounting principles, finance, supply chain management, and organization management. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to understand highly complex technical, professional and business materials.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Successful candidate will be required to work in office and field locations as needed.

Driver's License Requirements:

An appropriate and valid driver's license is required.