Institute for Building Technology and Safety

  • Senior CDBG Specialist-SME

    Posted Date 7 months ago(9/5/2018 1:47 PM)
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    Disaster Recovery
  • Responsibilities


    This position is part of a Disaster Recovery team.   We are not first responders, but when natural disasters strike (e.g.., hurricanes, earthquakes, flood waters, tornados, fires, etc.) our team travels to the disaster area as part of the recovery process to help restore the communities. Our primary focus is working with homeowners in the restoration of their houses and property.

    This position will begin as an “on-call/as-needed” basis, with strong probability of converting to a regular, full-time position with full employee benefits which include (but are not limited to) medical, prescription, dental, vision, FSA, 401k with employer matching, paid holidays, and paid leave.

    We are looking for an individual who is willing, able, and readily available to be a part of this team, who can report for work and travel on short notice to disaster sites and remain engaged in the recovery efforts for varying periods of time. Longer assignments will include rotations for travel back and forth between your home and the disaster sites.

    Position Summary:

    The Senior CDBG-DR Specialist-SME will lead IBTS’s efforts in the CDBG Disaster Recovery efforts. The incumbent will assist in CDBG DR Subject Matter expertise in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other places; assist IBTS in pursuing projects in various locations; and provide Senior CDBG Subject Matter Expertise (SME) on projects


    • Ensure compliance with the federal CDBG and CDBG-DR regulations.
    • Recommend and assist in the development of the RFPs by identifying goals and requirements.
    • Prepare reports and documents.
    • Review FEMA/CDBG policy changes, updates, and recommend changes in IBTS policies or procedures to maintain compliance.
    • Provide expert technical assistance to the CDBG-DR requirements and regulations.
    • Provide senior-level assistance for CDBG and CDBG-DR programs.
    • Manage the development of an application intake and evaluation process for CDBG-DR housing programs including housing buyouts, rehabilitation and elevation, infrastructure program and economic development program.
    • Work with clients to prepare compliance reports required by the CDBG-DR program.
    • Communicate with senior leadership staff regarding clients, including elected officials.
    • Attend client's internal staff meetings.
    • Interface with the general public.
    • Attend meetings with FEMA/CDBG.
    • Identify and resolve conflicts with the program.
    • Utilize the telephone and computer (MS Office).


    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
    • Minimum 20 years of CDBG Management experience
    • Minimum 15 years of related experience with progression in complexity and scope of assignments.
    • Advanced proficiency in utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook
    • Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.


    • Ability to lead a team with excellent leadership skills.
    • Previous experience negotiating with key federal, state, and local officials on controversial disaster recovery and financial issues strongly preferred.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • High degree of attention to detail.
    • Proven ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance. instructions, and procedure manuals.
    • Demonstrated ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
    • Proven ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


    Bring your passion, expertise, and experience to IBTS, where we appreciate and are committed to our employees. We offer outstanding benefits, growth opportunities, and work hard to maintain a culture that values our employees. 


    The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established to provide unbiased professional building code compliance services, while enhancing the communities in which we work. At IBTS, our mission is to deliver quality services to meet the challenges of governance at all levels while enhancing public safety, economic development, and the general welfare of the community. Our services include Building and Community Development, Energy and Sustainability Services, Disaster Planning and Recovery, Quality Assurance, as well as Compliance and Risk Monitoring.


    IBTS is headquartered in Ashburn, VA, with additional offices in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington, DC.


    We are committed to building a community of experts with diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and perspectives who are passionate about our mission. IBTS is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. This opportunity is open to Section S3 Residents.


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