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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America
JOB #R2103972

Lead Architect - Disaster Recovery

Do you have a passion for helping build communities that are more resilient to disasters? Join ICF's Disaster Management team today!

ICF's Disaster Management (DM) Division is growing and we are seeking a Lead Architect who will support the implementation of FEMA Public Assistance Programs in the state of Louisiana. The Disaster Management Division works with government agencies and communities to design and implement policies and programs to promote increased resilience to disasters and long-term housing, economic and infrastructure recovery after disaster strikes. Our functional expertise is in program management and operations, planning and preparedness, technical assistance and training, strategic communications and outreach, compliance and monitoring, and performance measurement and evaluation. Clients include states and localities administering HUD and FEMA funded disaster recovery programs. We often work in close collaboration with ICF experts across the firm on related issues such as energy efficiency and green building, infrastructure, financial literacy, and workforce development. All our work is done in a professional, collegial, and intellectual environment that allows individuals pursue their passions and generate results.

As a Lead Architect you will coordinate with other technical specialists and project team members to ensure performance of tasks. Responsibilities may include providing comprehensive disaster recovery, grant monitoring services to sub-recipients, and oversee disaster recovery staff and assisting with project management tasks.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work with talented and passionate individuals and to grow with a firm that believes in nurturing talent and developing long-term career success. ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences. 

This is a remote based position with a preference given to those located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Requirement to be onsite as needed up to 50% of the time. 

Key Responsibilities:
•    Create, review and provide guidance on scopes of work, costs alignments and building projects. 
•    Evaluate facility damages, documents, and photographs pursuant to scope of service consultations. 
•    Create damaged component inventory and detailed estimate of damage. 
•    Support cost estimators during project development and project formulation.
•    Applying program requirements, policies, procedures and protocols.
•    Provide accurate repair cost information to help build competitive estimates. 
•    Provide detailed review of FEMA project sub-grant applications (project worksheets) for completeness and preparation of version requests.
•    Support project team members with technical interpretations and assistance.
•    Attend meetings with agencies and applicants to establish assessment of proposed recovery projects, discuss project objectives, and construction budget.•    Consult on Hazard Mitigation, 428 Alternative Procedures, and other FEMA Public Assistance rules and regulations

•    Applying knowledge of design, construction procedures, zoning and building codes, and building materials.  Will create damage component inventory and detailed estimate of damages.
•    Will work on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires evaluation of intangibles
•    Exercises independent judgement in methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results•    Works through consultative dialogue toward predetermined long-range objectives.  Will also determine and pursue courses of action essential in obtaining desired outcomes

Basic Requirements:
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture
•    12+ years experience, including 3+ years working in disaster recovery and grant monitoring through the federal and state levels of government with emphasis on the FEMA public assistance program.
•    7+ years management experience of large scale construction programs
•    Working knowledge of RS Means, Xactimate, FEMA Cost Estimate or applicable web-based cost estimator software
•    Familiarity with Federal grant provisions involving procurement, labor compliance, environmental issues, etc 
•    Experience with FEMA Public Assistance programs, Hazard Mitigation 404, 406, Alternate and Improved Project requirements•    Licensed Architect 

Professional Skills:
•    Ability to use multiple database systems and perform data entry.
•    Excellent writing skills, with experience writing technical guidance or procedures
•    Skill in managing multiple projects and stakeholder interests with timeliness, accuracy, and quality
•    Excellent analytical and qualitative strategic thinking capabilities and collaboration skills•    Demonstrable analytical rigor and good judgement under pressure.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Baton Rouge, LA (LA27)


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