30 days old


OCD-Disaster Recovery Unit
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
  • Payrate
    $70,000 To $98,000
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time



The Louisiana Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU) is the administrating agency of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) programs and projects. Funding from these projects and programs address the long-term recovery from Presidentially Declared Disasters, as well as resilience efforts necessary to mitigate the effects of future hurricanes, flooding and storm events.


Following the event of Hurricane Isaac in 2012, the State of Louisiana was able to participate in a National Disaster Resiliency Competition hosted by HUD, and the state was awarded nearly $100 million in funding to implement programs aimed at making the state more resilient in the face of future disasters. In response to the Great Floods of 2016, the state was awarded an additional $1.7 billion in CDBG-DR and $1.2 billion in mitigation assistance.


OCD-DRU is hiring a Resilience Implementation Manager to manage the implementation of projects and programs funded with CDBG-DR and CDBG-NDR assistance. The Manager will be responsible for a team that performs a wide variety of technical, financial and administration duties related to the grants management of CDBG-DR and CDBG-NDR programs and projects to ensure effective implementation of disaster recovery, resiliency and mitigation efforts administered by the OCD-DRU. The position will report to the Director of Policy, Resilience and Strategic Initiatives.


The position will also be responsible for a team who works with grant recipients to establish, monitor and track performance deliverables, ensuring projects are completed on established timelines.


Essential Functions


Manages staff and duties assigned within the Resilience Implementation section of OCD-DRU.


Responsible for coordinating all staff, partners, grantees and vendors, ensuring assigned portfolio is implemented timely and within budget and scope.


Monitors and manages daily operations of the resilience programs and projects, including but not limited to: developing short and long-term goals and objectives; coordinating activities and efforts with other departments and agencies; overseeing records maintenance; monitoring budgets and approving expenditures; overseeing reporting requirements; evaluating program or project service delivery and cost effectiveness; and ensuring policies and procedures are being followed and assisting in resolving complex problems that require professional-level input.


Manages, reviews and/or approves program budgets and cost estimates for assigned portfolio.


Works with grantees and staff to regularly and consistently track and report on the status of each project and program.


Actively maintains an understanding of federal programs for disaster recovery, resilience and mitigation, as well as specific federal and state regulations applicable to the administration and implementation of federal recovery programs and projects, particularly focusing on: construction management; procurement; cost reasonableness; compliance with labor and civil rights requirements; and environmental review requirements.

Uses this understanding to provide technical assistance, training and guidance to assigned portfolio of grant recipients.


Communicates regularly with local government officials, in person or by other means, to facilitate smooth delivery of program funds and services to the grant recipients.


Administers professional services contracts that support the efforts of the Resilience Implementation Section, including developing RFPs, evaluating proposals, selecting providers, and managing the delivery of services.


Coordinates activities with other federal and state agencies that are working in recovery and resilience.


Prepares a variety of written materials, including congressional and legislative briefing reports, program status reports, job descriptions, and other reports as required.


Serves as the State program representative with a variety of committees, commissions, businesses, and community organizations; attends meetings; maintains liaison with other regulatory and public and private entities; fosters collaborative relationships to the mutual benefit of the State and these organizations.


Serves as advanced specialist in multiple programmatic areas such as environmental regulations, fair housing and equal opportunity regulations, labor standards regulations, citizen participation requirements, civil rights (Section 3 and Section 504), acquisition, Performance and Evaluation.


Reviews proposed federal regulations pertaining to the specialized programmatic areas to assess/evaluate the impact at the state and local government level. Prepares responses to proposed legislation for OCD-DRU management in these areas related to the Department of Housing and Urban Development disaster funding and/or other federal agencies initiating the regulations.


Analyzes recovery and resilience program needs and changes when necessitated by changes in federal and state regulations for the agency and local governments.


Performs coordination of activities with grantees and/or other state and local agencies having shared or common goals in the recovery and resilience program areas.


Provides input for training and technical assistance to local officials, engineers, consultants and other OCD-DRU staff in program and resilience areas.


Assists colleagues in preparing evaluation reports and other correspondence on projects to grantees on findings of deficiency and provides corrective action. Facilitates meetings with OCD-DRU staff, grantees, consultants, contractors, etc. regarding proposed and on-going projects to resolve areas of concern.


Gathers and analyzes statistical and performance data and prepares performance status and works with the Reporting function of the agency to meet reporting requirements for OCD-DRU.


Reviews, evaluates and provides analysis to management on grantees’ applications and amendments for recovery funding.


Reviews requests for expenditures of program funds by local governments assigned to caseload.


Attends training and technical workshops relevant to disaster recovery efforts.


Performs all other necessary, related and assigned duties other duties.


Minimum Qualifications:

A baccalaureate degree in a construction-related field, such as building science, construction management or engineering plus 10 years of relevant professional level experience


Minimum 2 years of staff management experience


Required Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively

Highly organized

Proven leadership skills

Experience in providing training and public presentations to large audiences

Excellent written and oral communications skills

Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise

Ability to adapt to changing conditions as they arise

Good judgment and decision-making skills with sound planning analysis and reason

General understanding of local and state building code requirements

Frequent in-state travel may be required


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with high-profile and/or federally-funded construction programs

Project management qualification (Project Management Professional or equivalent)

Knowledge of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery or other federal construction compliance requirements, to include Green Building Standards

Professional experience with communications/public relations

Experience serving elected officials and the public, and working across department lines.


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