Assistant Project Manager

Michael Baker International

Seattle, WA, US

Michael Baker International seeks an Assistant Project Manager with experience in community engagement, building local partnerships and who has a working knowledge of the flood mapping, floodplain management and risk analysis activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to serve our client, FEMA Region 10.   Our Community Engagement and Risk Communication contract assists FEMA in collaborating with state, local, and tribal entities to increase the public’s risk awareness, drive action to reduce risk, and help communities become more resilient when confronting natural disasters.  This is an exciting opportunity to work with a national network of risk communications, community outreach, partnership building, hazard mitigation, and engineering experts to tackle multiple hazards, including flood, tsunami, earthquake, landslide, drought, and wildfire. This position will work approximately 2 days a week in Seattle and 3 days remotely/from home.
Who is Michael Baker International? Why would I want to work there?
Michael Baker International provides engineering, planning and consulting services for government, private and commercial partners, assisting in planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. Our employees demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems. As a company, We Make a Difference.
Why do we do what we do; why is it important?
For most of us, our work enables us to have a direct and meaningful impact on the communities and environment in which we live and serve. Across the continuum of our expertise and projects, our work: transforms the world; enables economies; creates healthier and more engaging cities and neighborhoods; and engineers, plans and designs the very infrastructure that sustains and improves our world. Simply stated, the work we do everyday matters. We Make a Difference every day with every engagement.
So what does an Assistant Project Manager at Michael Baker International do?
Responsibilities include:
  • Manage and execute FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)  projects, such as the Discovery and Resilience phases of the Risk MAP lifecycle, in direct coordination with the client, FEMA Region 10, and our Seattle and DC based-teams;
  • Assist with the development of scopes of work for Risk MAP projects, including project descriptions, budgets, and schedules;
  • Support the development and coordination of localized strategic communications plans and content related to community resilience;
  • Research, develop and manage existing and new partnerships with local influencers; consumer, non-profit, and business organizations; and professional organizations through project execution;
  • Prepare a variety of written materials including communication plans, partnership agreements, locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and reports;
  • Identify opportunities for more creative and comprehensive outreach and communication materials that visually describe State/Federal processes/partnerships;
  • Work in collaboration with floodplain managers, topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, and State and local officials;
  • Provide support to special projects, as needed; and
  • Travel, on a moderate basis, for community engagement within the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in addition to one to two annual trips to Washington, D.C.
What can I expect for a career path, and where might this role take me?
We are committed to the growth of our internal personnel and we support this with world class learning.
Could you be the Assistant Project Manager we are looking for?
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public policy, planning, geography, or related field required; advanced degree a plus.
  • 5-years of post-Bachelor’s related work experience (a related graduate degree may substitute for 3 years of experience)
  • 2-3 years of experience in project or task management.
  • Experience successfully managing projects and tasks with minimal oversight, and a proven ability to prioritize multiple projects while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability maintaining excellent client relations.
  • Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is required.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with our local team and other teams across the nation is essential.
  • Willingness to work remotely, absent a local Michael Baker International office;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential. 
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the previously mentioned geographic area.
  • Advanced ability to manipulate Word/Excel documents, including layout, content, and formatting.
  • Experience in multi-cultural outreach, primarily Hispanic and tribal, are also a plus but not essential.
  • Previous experience working with FEMA programs.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).