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WSP USA Lead FEMA GIS Professional in Boston, Massachusetts

Lead FEMA GIS Professional

Req ID 13907

Lead FEMA GIS Professional

Who We Are

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently seeking a motivated Senior Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist/Project Manager with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experience to join our team. The successful candidate will be an experienced technical professional and project manager who can oversee the management of a portfolio of projects executed by multi-disciplinary teams across various geographic locations. This position will be an integral member supporting contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including FEMA Headquarters and Regions 1, 2, 3, and/or 5 and may be asked to support other contracts as needs arise. This position offers potential for development in a great working environment and the opportunity to apply the latest technology to help our clients solve their most challenging problems.

Your Impact

  • Manage projects related to GIS database design and management, qualitative/quantitative analysis, mapping, and data visualization

  • Supervise GIS staff, oversee FEMA projects, and allocate and review project tasks

  • Works with team members and clients to prepare scopes, schedules, budgets, assumptions, and constraints for projects

  • Oversees adherence to project plans and established business processes, including quality and project management standards

  • Coordinates activities of multi-disciplinary staff to ensure project delivery per schedule, on budget, and within scope parameters

  • Provides guidance to team members related successful delivery across the full project lifecycle, including developing forecasts and estimates

  • Proactively strategizes and anticipates risks and issues

  • Coordinate with other managers to balance workload and staffing needs

  • Engage other Subject Matter Experts and technical support staff as needed to support FEMA Regions

  • Mentor junior GIS staff, oversee, allocate, and review projects

  • Participate in client meetings and follow through on assigned action items directly with clients and communities

  • Communicate with project team members, government representatives (federal, state, and local), and other stakeholders to define data needs, project requirements, and desired outputs

  • Customize GIS workflow and software programs for data collection, engineering, and environmental applications

  • Cultivate and manage client relationships and guide application of services to best serve the interests of the client and WSP

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • 7 to 10 years of GIS project experience

  • Four-year Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, Geography, or related field

  • Proficiency using ESRI ArcGIS software

  • Experience with FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program

  • Creative problem-solving, multi-tasking, and organizational skills

  • Financial project management skills, including earn value management

  • Strong production management capabilities and a proven understanding of project management methodologies

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, proactive communicator and problem-solver

  • Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ownership and accountability for work

  • Capability to work in a dynamic environment, including a demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds, including engineers; planners; GIS professionals; federal, tribal, and state government officials; and the public

  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills

  • Strong track record of overseeing successful project delivery with a drive for quality product and financial excellence

  • Must be able to build rapport and establish positive relationships with existing and prospective WSP clients to ensure client-focused performance

  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and SharePoint

  • Solid work ethic and have the drive to be a leader in the company and in the professional community

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Management of FEMA Projects and workflow

  • Experience with the NFIP and FEMA’s Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program

  • Customization of GIS software using Python

  • Ability to travel periodically, as needed (less than 20% travel anticipated)

  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)


Additional Requirements

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

Additional Details

  • Travel Required: 25%

  • Job Status: Regular

  • Employee Type: Full

  • Primary Location: CHELMSFORD - APOLLO DR

  • All locations: US-MA-Boston, US-MA-Chelmsford, US-NH-Merrimack

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.