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Sr. Project Manager - FEMA Program

  • Job reference: NA-001234
  • Sector: Emergency Management, Government, Water
  • Location: Calverton
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Atkins 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.

Globally, Atkins is the largest UK-based engineering and design consultancy and one of the world's largest design firms 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 Calverton, MD office as a Senior Project Manager-FEMA Program.


In this role you will apply your knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program by providing project management and technical leadership to the Letters of Map Change (LOMC) program for FEMA’s Risk MAP program. Candidates must have a thorough understanding of floodplain management and the LOMC program.

Ideal candidates must have at least 10 years of experience with a combination of: riverine modeling, coastal modeling, GIS, Letter of Map Revisions (LOMRs) and Conditional Letter of Map Revisions (CLOMRs), or other floodplain related activities. Being a Professional Engineer (PE) and a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is preferred. Candidate must have a degree in Civil Engineering.

This position will provide the candidate with the ability to directly interact with clients, manage projects across the nation and mentor up and coming project managers.


Leading the delivery of flood risk projects including technical and regulatory reviews of LOMRs and CLOMRs.

Responsibilities include monitoring budgets, schedules, product quality, and compliance with standards.

Communicating with FEMA, state and local governments, and other engineers.

Establishing goals and objectives for project teams, and scheduling and coordinating resources.

Providing oversight to multiple project teams and mentoring of project team leaders and technical staff.

Preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual status reports.

Coordinates and participates in contract negotiations with clients and subcontractors, and drafts very complex professional service agreements, arranging for their review and execution by senior management. Conducts QCAP reviews of less complicated professional services agreements.

Directs project team compliance with contract terms, monitors subcontractors' progress, performance and compliance with contractual commitments; participates in contract dispute resolution and litigation concerning project performance, administration and other liability issues; reviews and approves subconsultant and vendor invoices, and resolves payment disputes.

Develops, communicates and manages project quality assurance, administrative procedures, communication guidelines, project deliverable formats and specifications, and progress reporting requirements.

Monitors schedules, billings and reports; ensures appropriate charging of manhours, costs and expenses to projects; assists in obtaining payment from clients; resolves client disputes and adjusts billing records as required; communicates project progress/status to senior management and alerts them of project production, quality control or financial performance problems.

Identifies new business opportunities for the firm, coordinates and participates in project presentations to clients and other external groups, and promotes firm's capabilities, marketing its services among existing and prospective clients.

Participates in project opportunity evaluation, consultant selection, and in the preparation of firm's qualification/experience statements.

Coordinates communications between internal and external associates and client, and between firm and regulatory agencies. Maintains frequent contact with clients and regulatory agency personnel to determine their respective needs and requirements, and serves as expert witness at project hearings and judicial proceedings if necessary.

Conducts project management training workshops and serves as mentor to associate project managers and project managers.

Monitors and reports financial status of projects to technical managers.

Performs such other duties as the supervisor may from time to time deem necessary.


Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering (preferably a focus in Water Resources). Graduate degree preferred. Management coursework and/or MBA a plus.

This level may be achieved with ten years of experience in project production and technical professional activities, four of these working as a project manager.


Minimum 7 years of Project Management level experience in managing scope, budget and schedules.

Minimum 10 years of experience with the National Flood Insurance Program and floodplain mapping and mitigation, with direct experience in reviewing LOMRs and CLOMRs.

Have a thorough understanding of the National Flood Insurance Program, specifically the MT-2 component of the Risk MAP Program.

Prior experience managing FEMA LOMR and CLOMR review projects.

Familiarity with hydrology and hydraulic modeling and floodplain mapping.

Familiarity with FEMA systems and databases such as MIP, CIS, MARS, and FHD web.

Familiarity with GIS mapping and project management tools (i.e. MS Project).

Proficient technical writing and communication skills, must be detailed oriented.


P.E. license is preferred.

CFM certification is preferred.


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

Ability to process paper/electronic documents and utilize computer equipment; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to visit project sites if necessary. Job also requires ability to plan, prioritize and review project plans and documents, evaluate alternatives, and devise appropriate solutions. Ability to work under the pressure of multiple projects. Travel may be required. For those positions where frequent local travel is required and no company vehicle is available, incumbent must own, and be legally able to operate, a motor vehicle. The vehicle must be in good working order, and insured. Mileage reimbursement allowance will be available.

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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