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Federal Disaster Recovery Project Director

  • Job reference: NA-001591
  • Sector: Emergency Management, Environment, Government, Programme Management
  • Location: Alexandria
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.  SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.


SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 11th largest global design firm by ENR in 2016 with nearly 18,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

Atkins seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Federal Business Unit as a Federal Disaster Recovery Project Director. This position can sit in any Atkins North American office within the United States. Some ideal (but not required) locations for this person to sit would include the Washington DC area, Austin, TX, Seattle, WA or San Francisco/Oakland, CA.

Atkins is seeking an experienced Senior Leader to support the Civilian Sector of Atkins Federal Business Unit, focused on the support to communities throughout the nation in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery from events and disasters along with supporting multiple Clients and Contracts with program delivery. The ideal candidate will be an seasoned Project and Program Manager that has experience in either the State and/or Federal level. Knowledge and experience with HUD CDBG-DR, FEMA Recovery Programs, and other disaster funding is required.

Under general direction, manages complex and unconventional programs within a defined technical specialty. Typical projects might include mitigation planning, resilience planning, housing recovery, infrastructure recovery planning, federal grants programs, etc. Provides leadership, direction, and technical guidance to senior project managers and project managers within assigned area of responsibility to ensure that quality management and technical services are provided to clients and that operating performance targets are met. Mentors senior project managers and project managers associated with sophisticated and unconventional project constraints.

Provide industry-leading knowledge and prominence to ATKINS’ projects and initiatives

Support clients to formulate innovative solutions to resilience and recovery

Provide QA/QC functions and expert advice for complex projects

Identify and support business development activities and proposal development

Function as a project lead and mentor to project teams

Prepare project work plans, develop project scopes, schedules, and budgets

Direct project team compliance with contract terms, schedule, budget and quality objectives

Monitor schedules, financial status of projects and quality control on projects

Bachelor's degree in field of practice. Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.

This level may be achieved by technical professionals or managers with twelve years of experience since B.S. or eleven years since M.S., with at least three of these years in the Senior Project Manager position with highly complex project management responsibility.

Excellent technical and interpersonal skills, public speaking and persuasive ability; very strong financial management, team management, and leadership skills; ability to manage and coordinate efforts of various projects to produce budgeted profits and overall results. Possesses specific expertise to the extent that the individual is regarded as a regional or potentially national expert in a specific discipline, contract delivery method, particular type
of project, planning process, design method, or modeling technique. Personal computer proficiency is required.

Demonstrated experience in supporting business development activities and defining new markets and services, strong existing client relationships a plus.

Experience supervising multidiscipline teams with staff of varying experience

Experience interfacing with clients and proposing innovative solutions

Familiarity with a wide variety of client types.

General Competencies expected of all Professionals and Managers are as follows: Client Service, Commitment, Communication, Innovation & Continuous Improvement, Professionalism, Quality, and Teamwork.

Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. Ability to work under the pressure of multiple projects. Travel to project sites and company/client offices throughout the country is required.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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