Natural Hazard Administrator

  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Administration and Management

Job Description

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Natural Hazard Administrators working within the Merit System are responsible for overseeing the management of floodplain regulatory and non-regulatory stormwater and watershed development and natural hazard emergency programs and related activities. They prepare and coordinate response and recovery activities for flood and hazard mitigation and long-term recovery that are in accordance with established State and Federal laws, rules and regulations. Individuals in this job class also supervise and evaluate the work performance of both professional and para-professional staff. Their work is reviewed for accuracy and compliance with established professional standards.

  • Coordinates disaster response, crisis management and recovery activities as required by local, State and Federal authorities in order to meet the requirements for disaster and long term recovery assistance.
  • Directs activities related to flood mitigation in order to meet local, State and Federal hazard mitigation program objectives and requirements.
  • Manages the floodplain regulatory and non-regulatory stormwater and watershed development programs and related activities using the regulations and procedures of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, the City’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Permitting and Inspection Services Division, Engineering Division, and Planning and Urban Design Division in order to ensure the efficient and effective delivery of development services, capital improvement programming services and watershed planning services.
  • Performs various administrative functions directly related to disaster recovery, floodplain or water resources management to ensure department is operating efficiently and within compliance of regulatory standards.
  • Applies for federal funding for emergency-management-related needs and administer and report on the progress of such grants.
  • Develops and maintains operating and capital budgets which include projecting expenditures, monitoring actual operating and capital expenditures.
  • Serves as the City’s Flood Hazard Mitigation Officer to ensure compliance with Alabama Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency flood mitigation grant programs and federal disaster assistance program reporting requirements.
  • Organizes public outreach activities related to disaster preparedness and recovery and flood mitigation and development issues in order to provide relevant information to the public.
  • Supervises staff by assigning and distributing work, directing staff in their job duties, monitoring progress of work, providing feedback and/or training.


The following Minimum Qualifications are required for this job. You must demonstrate possession of these qualifications by providing a detailed description of your related experience in the work history section of your application. Please note that replicating or restating these minimum qualifications or the information from the Personnel Board’s job description as your own work experience will result in your disqualification. Please describe your work experience in your own words to represent the work you have performed that is related to the minimum qualifications for this job.
  • Experience in storm water/floodplain management including floodplain resource planning studies and analyses, NFIP permit requirements, and flood risk assessments/mapping.
  • Experience managing hazard mitigation/disaster recovery programs including developing management plans, protocols, and procedures.
  • Experience in grant writing, administration and management of funds in accordance with grant guidelines.
  • Experience supervising subordinate professional/administrative staff to include activities such as conducting performance appraisals, making selection decisions, reviewing work, handling or making recommendations regarding disciplinary action.

  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Urban or Environmental Planning, or a water resources related field.
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

  • Computer & Technology Operations.
  • Leadership & Management.
  • Oral Communication & Comprehension.
  • Planning & Organizing.
  • Problem Solving & Decision Making.
  • Researching & Referencing.
  • Reviewing, Inspecting & Auditing.
  • Self-Management & Initiative.
  • Teamwork & Interpersonal.
  • Technical & Job-Specific Knowledge.
  • Technical Skills.
  • Training & Facilitation.
  • Written Communication & Comprehension.

  • Knowledge of hydrology (e.g., movement, distribution, and quality of water).
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of water resources, stormwater management, watershed planning and flood damage mitigation.
  • Knowledge of the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of structures and altering geography to suit human needs.

  • Work is primarily conducted indoors in an office setting with occasional field visits to outdoor worksites.
  • Work involves use of standard office equipment, such as computer, phone, copier, etc.
  • Work involves the use of a variety of equipment related to inspecting construction sites including, but not limited to: calculator, measuring devices, levels, etc. Job may require exposure to potentially hazardous work conditions (e.g., working in and around traffic, construction zones, heavy equipment).
  • Job may also require exposure to inclement weather when working outdoors (e.g., extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, etc.).

  • Job involves physical exertion required for sustained periods of light physical activity such as walking or standing.
  • May involve occasional lifting of items or objects weighing up to 50 lbs.

DISCLAIMER: This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of the job duties, responsibilities, or skills and abilities required to do the job and may be changed at the discretion of the Personnel Board at any time.


Persons requiring special conditions to accommodate a disability when completing the application should contact the Personnel Board at 205-279-3500 before the announcement closing date. Qualified applicants who believe they will need reasonable accommodation in the examination process should complete and submit an Accommodation Request Form. You may obtain an Accommodation Request Form by contacting our ADA Ombudsperson at, or by accessing the "Request for Accommodation" form through the following website:


The Personnel Board of Jefferson County (Personnel Board) provides a public personnel system based on merit principles. The Personnel Board strives for the constant improvement of the public service by employing and developing the best qualified persons available. The Personnel Board provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, political beliefs, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Employment decisions are made by the Merit System municipality or governmental agency in which the position exists. Each Merit System municipality, agency, or jurisdiction administers its own equal employment opportunity programs in compliance with applicable state and/or federal laws and regulations.

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