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Resiliency Officer

Company: City of Hampton, VA
Location: Hampton
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


Supports the City of Hampton in the planning, development, coordination and implementation of resilience efforts geared toward effectively and proactively managing a wide array of community risks with potentially far reaching impacts to our community's economic, cultural and environmental health. Enhances and coordinates multi-departmental and multi-agency efforts to implement the Resilient Hampton policy initiative throughout City operations.

Examples of Work

  • Serves as the lead staff person in maintaining and updating the Resilient Hampton policies, goals and objective to ensure they are current and relevant and represent state-of -the art thinking around community resilience. Effectively and proactively manages multiple high visibility projects.
  • Develops resilience strategies for consideration by identifying issues, performing research and collaboration, and preparing proposals.
  • Serves as a facilitator to insure that the recommendations and policies adopted in the Resilient Hampton Initiative are understood and implemented in the day-to-day operations of the City of Hampton organization.
  • Enhances the understanding of flood plain management and the mitigation of flood hazards in relation to the values, goals and strategies found in the Resilient Hampton Initiatives. Understands the vulnerability of coastal communities and establishes resilience initiatives by working with departments and the community to maximize innovation and minimize the impact of unforeseen events.
  • Serves as a resource to the Director of Emergency Management in preparing plans to address preparation, avoidance and long term recovery from natural hazards.
  • Aligns and integrates resilience strategy development and implementation with other City plans and policies including land use, capital improvements and master plans.
  • Works in collaboration with the Budget Office and the City Manager's Office to identify funding strategies by researching and analyzing project feasibility, estimating budgetary requirements and identifying funding resources the local, state and national level through the submission of grant applications and proposals for support.
  • Develops local and regional alliances, collaborates with citizen groups in the development of viable solutions, and designs and implements processes in support of adopted resilience goals. Provides training and outreach to departments, citizens, localities and businesses on coastal resilience strategies and addresses issues.
  • Collaborates with departments, localities, business and civic groups, academic institutions, and other local, state and federal agencies for multi-jurisdictional coastal resilience projects. May serve as the City of Hampton representative on regional committees, work groups, etc., addressing a wide array of resiliency issues.
  • Presents to City Council, officials and other specialized organizations to inform of ongoing resilience initiatives and promote accomplishments to local, regional, national and international audiences.
  • Manages consultant contracts when necessary.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Urban Design, Emergency Management, Engineering, Environmental Sciences or a related field. Master's degree preferred.

Requires a minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in economic development, sustainability based economic development, urban or regional planning, emergency preparedness or environmental and/or sustainability programs with a minimum of three (3) years at a senior staff level.

Program management and/or project management experience including design, delivery, execution and evaluation of complex processes is required.

Federal, state or local government experience is preferred. Coastal flooding mitigation and resiliency experience preferred.

Must have a broad knowledge of government functions and demonstrate expertise in sustainability efforts. Must manage multiple streams of work and multiple relationships in an effective and efficient manner. Must demonstrate knowledge of the City of Hampton and establish and maintain engagement with municipal leaders, citizens and key stakeholders. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

Must possess a valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record that meets the City's criteria. Any person under consideration for this position must successfully complete a Virginia Criminal History Background Check.


The Resiliency Officer serves under the direct supervision of the Director of Community Development. This is a complex senior level management position that requires the ability to convene local, regional, national and global entities with diverse areas of specialty to address and implement resiliency initiatives with a specific emphasis placed on coastal flooding. Will be expected to effectively and efficiently manage and coordinate City programs and policies consistent with the City of Hampton Resilient Hampton Initiative as well as the City's role in regional initiative that support community resiliency. Extensive contact with the City Manager's staff, City Council, City Department Heads and employees, citizens and a variety of federal, state and local agencies, organizations, boards and commissions. Requires the ability to function as a team member and must be adaptable to performing effectively under moderate to high levels of stress. This position is considered essential personnel during all City emergencies and is expected to be available whenever needed to support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recovery operations. This is an exempt position.

Keywords: City of Hampton, VA, Hampton , Resiliency Officer, Other , Hampton, Virginia

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