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GIS Specialist 4

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CDM Smith
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Chicago, IL 60684
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Job Description:

CDM Smith is currently seeking a GIS professional in various geographical locations to serve as flood risk study manager and quality reviewer in support of FEMA Risk MAP (Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning) activities nationwide.

On a daily basis, the selected candidate will lead teams of GIS, engineering, and administrative professionals, both locally and nationally, towards the successful completion of a variety of FEMA Risk MAP projects. Additionally, as CDM Smith provides service at all stages of Risk MAP, the selected candidate can expect opportunity for involvement in studies throughout the project life cycle, from discovery to flood study effective date.

Project related responsibilities include:

-Independently lead and coordinate tasks within a Risk MAP flood study lifecycle, such as basemap, terrain, FIRM database development, floodplain mapping, preliminary issuance, and post-preliminary processing through map effective, and delegate tasks to multiple supporting staff across diverse geographies;

-Training capability around the key Risk MAP work types noted above.

-Leading FEMA MIP deliverable compilation and review within a flood risk study lifecycle.

-Leading and supporting internal QA/QC, which may include QC of base map, terrain, flood risk database, summary of map actions, and floodplain mapping, as well as FEMA Quality Reviews 3, 5, and 7.

-Strict adherence to project documentation and storage requirements.

-Strict adherence to FEMA standards and technical references.

-Occasionally facilitating/presenting/participation at FEMA Risk MAP meetings and support of community engagement activities related to flood risk study lifecycle.

-Estimating resource needs and scheduling and assigning work to meet milestone completion dates

-Monitoring and maintaining Risk MAP study schedules and budgets, including providing input to Earned Value Management reporting.

-Informing and working with Project Managers on project risks and mitigation actions.

-Providing support as a technical lead and/or Subject Matter Expert for FEMA Risk MAP programmatic working groups.

Job Title:

GIS Specialist 4



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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Geography, Science, Engineering, Planning, Mathematics or Government or related discipline. 4 years progressively responsible experience applying GIS technology 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

-5-7 years of progressively responsible professional technical experience related FEMA’s Risk MAP program or other flood-related work, including floodplain mapping.

-Familiarity with most of the following tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, GPS devices, scripting languages including Python and JavaScript

-Past experience in Risk MAP study production, including base map, terrain, FIRM database, preliminary product development (including summary of map actions), flood risk product development, FIS development, and H&H general knowledge.

-Familiarity with FEMA’s MIP submittal requirements and strong knowledge of FEMA guidance, standards, and technical references.

-Comfortable with client-facing role, providing updates and presenting issues to FEMA PM directly and on a regular basis

-Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)

-GISP or ESRI (Desktop, Developer or Enterprise) Certification

-Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

-M.S. / M.A. in geography, computer science, geology, planning, mathematics, engineering, or a related field

-Familiarity with ArcHydro, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HAZUS

-Basic programming/scripting in HTML5, Python, XML, JavaScript, FME, SQL

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?:

CDM Smith provides lasting and integrated solutions in water, environment, transportation, energy and facilities to public and private clients worldwide. As a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm, we deliver exceptional client service, quality results and enduring value across the entire project life cycle.

Job Site Location:

Illinois – Chicago

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:

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Familiar with Microsoft SQL Server Software. Advanced knowledge of Esri ArcGIS 10.x and extensions, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, GPS technology, UML Tools, model builder, Python for ArcGIS, and related geospatial software tools.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

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.

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