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.
- 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;
- Manage relationships with partners and assist with the
development of locally tailored programs involving campaign assets and
- 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
- 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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