CITY & COUNTY OF HONOLULU
OFFICE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCY

Position:
Hazard Mitigation & Long-Term Disaster Recovery Program Manager

Organization description:
The City and County of Honolulu (“City”) Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR) was established by a City Charter amendment in 2016 with overwhelming approval by Oʻahu voters. As mandated by Charter, CCSR is tasked with seeking local information from scientists and tracking climate change science and potential impacts on City facilities, coordinating actions and policies of departments within the City to increase community preparedness, protecting economic activity, protect the coastal areas and beaches, and developing resilient infrastructure in response to the effects from climate change. Additionally, CCSR is responsible for integrating sustainable and environmental values into City plans, programs, and policies. CCSR also administratively supports the City’s Climate Change Commission.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serves as the the executive lead of the City’s Hazard Mitigation Program

  • Responsible for the development, implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the City’s long-term disaster recovery plan

  • Serves at the Departmental Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for CCSR and the Mayor/Managing Director's Office

  • In coordination with the City’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM), works with the executive leadership to develop a clear vision for how hazard mitigation and long-term disaster recovery plans and policies help the City become more resilient in an era of increased storms and climate change

  • Integrates hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate change policy and plans in the City to enhance resilience

  • Conducts research on best practices among U.S. and international cities regarding the integration of disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, and climate change adaptation and incorporates these lessons into City policy and plans

  • Identifies and builds partnerships with Federal, State, non-profit, and community agencies/organizations to better align hazard mitigation and long-term disaster recovery planning among various levels of government and NGOs

  • Represents CCSR and the City, in coordination with DEM, on topics surrounding hazard mitigation and disaster recovery planning, including at various stakeholder and community meetings throughout Oʻahu

  • Creates and manages the City Disaster Recovery Planning Committee

  • Other related duties as may be assigned

Minimum qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience in natural hazards planning and policy, to include hazard mitigation and/or disaster recovery

  • Bachelor's degree in planning or other relevant field from an accredited university

  • Ability to synthesize technical information from diverse sources and to convey this information in written and verbal forms (i.e., plans, policies, public meetings)

  • Familiarity with Federal and State hazards risk management policy, including the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act

  • Familiarity with the National Disaster Recovery Framework, including how it can be operationalized in the City’s Long-Term Disaster Recovery Plan in a manner that benefits Oʻahu

  • Familiarity with the National Mitigation Framework

  • Basic knowledge of the land use planning process, including how it applies to hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation

  • Ability to build coalitions to advance City policy and plans surrounding long-term disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, and climate change resilience

  • Experience with natural hazards and resilience public policy, research, and analysis

  • Excellent writing and public presentation skills, with a strong attention to detail

  • Ability to communicate complex policy issues clearly and concisely to members of the public in both written and verbal forms

  • Comfortable working independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to multi-task and organize projects in a professional and concise manner, sometimes with short deadlines

  • Strong background using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Desired qualifications:

  • At least four years of experience in natural hazards planning and policy, to include hazard mitigation and disaster recovery

  • Master's degree in planning or other relevant field from an accredited university

  • Previous experience working in government, including in pre- and post-disaster settings

  • Deep understanding of how the concept of resilience can be operationalized in government planning and policy

  • Strong knowledge of the land use planning process, including how it applies to hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and climate change adaptation

  • Experience in policy formation, research, and analysis and familiarity with the implications and economic impacts of climate and sustainability policies

  • Background in mapping, GIS, and spatial analysis

  • Experience with program planning and management

  • Familiarity with infrastructure planning, debris management, and damage assessment

  • Familiarity with the State of Hawaiʻi Public Safety and Internal Security Law, HRS Chapter 127A

  • Familiarity with FEMA HMGP and PDM grant programs

  • Familiarity with CDBG-DR and other Federal, State, and local programs which support disaster recovery

To apply:
To apply, please send a 1-2 page cover letter, current resume, a minimum of two writing samples, and at least three current references to resilientoahu@honolulu.gov. Please highlight aspects of your experience that are relevant for this position and explain why you are interested in working with the City and County of Honolulu and CCSR.

Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but at least until December 17, 2018.