Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals (Social Marketing, multiple positions: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle)


Ogilvy Washington seeks Senior Flood Hazard Communications Professionals with specialized experience in local partnership development and boots-on-the-ground community engagement to join a new project team in Ogilvy’s Public & Risk Communications group. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a network of risk communications, issues management, community outreach, partnership building, and engineering experts to tackle one of the nation’s greatest hazards: flooding.  Anywhere it can rain it can flood. Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States.  As a part of this team, you will help communities reduce their vulnerability to flooding, save lives, and protect their financial stability.

This full-time position will work collaboratively with colleagues in Washington DC and 10 regional offices nationwide, to accomplish significant results in the areas of raising understanding of local flooding vulnerabilities and transforming that knowledge into action to reduce risks at the local level.  Among stakeholder audiences are Federal officials, State and local officials, community planners, emergency managers, professional groups, businesses, and local residents.  The position will require frequent travel within a four to five state region.

For nearly two decades, Ogilvy Public Relations has been at the forefront of social marketing—advancing personal and public health and safety via communication initiatives.  We have developed numerous social marketing campaigns to successfully raise awareness, educate and prompt action regarding some of today’s largest and most complex issues, ranging from homeland security to income taxes, emergency preparedness to heart disease, violence prevention to substance abuse—the list is extensive.  We take great pride in deploying solutions that improve and save lives.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead day to day regional strategic communications and outreach operations of a large Federal Emergency Management Agency account;
  • Provide expertise in the development and coordination of localized strategic communications plans and content related to community resiliency;
  • Coordinate and strategize with the Washington, DC based leadership team and FEMA Regional offices on floodplain mapping and community resiliency projects;
  • Research, develop and manage existing and new partnerships with local influencers; consumer, non-profit, and business organizations; professional organizations;
  • Manage relationships with partners and assist with the development of locally tailored programs involving campaign assets and promotional extensions;
  • Prepare a variety of written materials including communication plans, partnership agreements, locally tailored outreach tools and materials, and reports; and
  • Work in collaboration with floodplain managers, topographical mapping engineers, emergency managers, State and local officials.

Required Qualifications:

  • 10+ years’ experience in strategic communications, including experience developing and managing partnerships; preferably in an agency setting.
  • Ability to provide a strategic perspective on projects that require an understanding of public policy, emergency management, issues management, natural hazards, and community outreach.
  • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions, foster local and regional partnerships, and communicate effectively with a broad spectrum of audiences from Federal, State, and local officials to thought leaders, business leaders, and local residents within any of the following states:  New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and/or Florida.
  • Experience working on watershed, community planning, climate adaptation, engineering, flooding or other natural hazard issues is preferred.
  • Proven ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around projects quickly and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work both independently managing a regional team and collaboratively with other teams across the nation is essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree a plus.
  • Willingness to travel about 50%.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus but not essential.  Experience in multi-cultural outreach, primarily Hispanic and tribal, are also a plus but not essential.

How to Apply:

Please visit the careers section of our website at to apply online. Only those candidates selected to interview will be contacted.  While we welcome applications from out of state candidates, we are unable to provide reimbursement for relocation or travel expenses for this position.