Community Engagement and Risk Communications Specialist

Ogilvy Public Relations seeks a Senior Flood Hazard

Communications Professional with specialized experience in local partnership

development and boots-on-the-ground community engagement to join a new project

team in Ogilvy's Public & Risk Communications group. This is an exciting

opportunity to work with a network of risk communications, issues management,

community outreach, partnership building, and engineering experts to tackle one

of the nation's greatest hazards: flooding. Anywhere it can rain it can

flood. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United

States. As a part of this team, you will help communities reduce their

vulnerability to flooding, save lives, and protect their financial stability.

Based in Chicago, this full-time position will work

collaboratively with colleagues in Washington DC and 10 regional offices

nationwide, to accomplish significant results in the areas of raising

understanding of local flooding vulnerabilities and transforming that knowledge

into action to reduce risks at the local level. Among stakeholder

audiences are Federal officials, State and local officials, community planners,

emergency managers, professional groups, businesses, and local residents.

The position will require frequent travel within a four to five state region.

For nearly two decades, Ogilvy Public Relations has been at

the forefront of social marketing—advancing personal and public health and

safety via communication initiatives. We have developed numerous social

marketing campaigns to successfully raise awareness, educate and prompt action

regarding some of today's largest and most complex issues, ranging from

homeland security to income taxes, emergency preparedness to heart disease,

violence prevention to substance abuse—the list is extensive. We take

great pride in deploying solutions that improve and save lives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead day to day regional strategic communications and

outreach operations of a large Federal Emergency Management Agency


  • Provide expertise in the development and coordination of

localized strategic communications plans and content related to community


  • Coordinate and strategize with the Washington, DC based leadership

team and FEMA Regional offices on floodplain mapping and community resiliency


  • Research, develop and manage existing and new partnerships

with local influencers; consumer, non-profit, and business organizations;

professional organizations;

  • Manage relationships with partners and assist with the

development of locally tailored programs involving campaign assets and

promotional extensions;

  • Prepare a variety of written materials including

communication plans, partnership agreements, locally tailored outreach tools

and materials, and reports; and

  • Work in collaboration with floodplain managers,

topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, State and local officials.

  • Partner to the other contractors/providers who are working

with the Region.

  • Able to take broad/framework direction from the client and

translate it into action by coordinating with others. Make strong connections

and jump in and take initiative with minimum supervision

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years' experience in strategic communications, including

experience developing and managing partnerships; preferably in an agency


  • Previous Risk MAP program experience highly desired.
  • Communications background who has an innate ability to pick

up technical information.

  • Proactive, problem solver, team player.
  • Ability to provide a strategic perspective on projects that

require an understanding of public policy, emergency management, issues

management, natural hazards, and community outreach.

  • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions, foster local and

regional partnerships, and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of

audiences from Federal, State, and local officials to thought leaders, business

leaders, and local residents in communities located within FEMA Region V

(Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin).

  • Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate

adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is preferred.

  • Proven ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around

projects quickly and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to work both independently managing a regional team

and collaboratively with other teams across the nation is essential.

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are


  • Bachelor's degree required; advanced degree a plus.
  • Willingness to travel and work on client site.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus but not essential. Experience in multi-cultural outreach, primarily Hispanic and tribal, are also

a plus but not essential.

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