Senior Coastal Engineer/Team Lead

1 month ago(11/7/2017 2:17 PM)
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Water Resources
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Job Description

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors are our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


This Senior Coastal Engineer position plays a leadership role in expanding Dewberry’s coastal resilience practice in our Fairfax, VA office. This position also serves as the Coastal Resource Team Lead with supervisory responsibility of our Coastal Team in the Integrated Resilience Solutions Group. Further, this position leads the Dewberry Coastal Community of Practice and support the development and implementation of the Coastal Tactical Plan that considers coastal activities across the Dewberry enterprise. This position provides technical and project management leadership for coastal engineering and flood resilience projects and will be primarily engaged in a strong backlog of compelling resilience projects, but will also support business development and further growth of the service area. The individual will engage with a diverse group of passionate water resources professionals to provide high-quality, integrated solutions to our clients. Project geography will primarily be along east coast Atlantic U.S and experience in those geographies is preferred; however, the position will also support project work across the U.S. coast as opportunities arise. 


Essential Leadership Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Proven leadership experience and abilities
  • Lead the Integrated Solutions Branch Coastal and directly supervise technical resources. Recruit, train, coach and mentor team to build capabilities and ensure appropriate technical capacity
  • Lead the Dewberry Coastal Community of Practice across the enterprise and coordinate, support and implement Coastal Tactical Plan activities
  • Manage projects, as appropriate. Act as Project Manager / Technical Lead for complex coastal projects. In this position, emphasis will be to lead and coordinate activities of project team, advise on project execution and conduct QA/QC on deliverables
  • Lead and support business development for coastal engineering services with experience with strategic and tactical business planning
  • Knowledgeable with coastal market trends, technical issues and leading industry subject matter experts
  • Provides technical guidance and mentorship to junior staff
  • Support Dewberry Executive leadership coastal Merger and Acquisition planning and eventual integration


Required Skills & Required Experience

Essential Technical Duties and Responsibilities:

Candidates should have proven project experience with coastal hydraulic modeling, structural design and evaluation of design alternatives with working knowledge of resilience concepts and integrated solutions. Other desired project experience required for this position includes: structural protection, coastal hazard and risks assessments, bank stabilization, scour analysis, levee analysis, artificial reefs, water control structures, dune restoration, shoreline protection, marsh creation, sediment diversions, and hydrologic diversions and restoration.  Modeling experience with ADCIRC/SWAN, MIKE-21, Delft3D, etc. is highly preferred.


  • Proven experience with project delivery for multiple Federal, State and local coastal agencies/clients, specific experience with USACE, FEMA, USGS, NOAA strongly preferred
  • Lead and support coastal planning, engineering, modeling, design, construction, marine structure, and resilience studies or projects
  • Provide technical leadership for coastal engineering and numerical modeling efforts
  • Experience establishing design wave and water level parameters for structural design


Required Skills and Required Experience:

Must have experience that demonstrates a strong background in application of coastal analysis, design and development of efficient coastal resilience solutions. The candidate should have strong organizational skills, as well as the ability to multi-task and work independently and as a team player.


  • M.S. or Ph.D. in coastal, ocean or marine engineering or related field
  • Experience with publications in relevant industry journals preferred
  • P.E., or ability to obtain P.E. within 12 months of hire
  • 15-20 years practical experience in the field
  • Experience with supervising staff
  • Proven ability to lead and collaborate with project teams
  • Candidate must have exceptional writing and communication skills
  • Client focus, marketing and business development skills

Desired Skills:


  • Knowledge of the National Flood Insurance Program, through experience with tasks and processes regarding creation or Risk MAP regulatory FIRM and Non Regulatory Products is strongly preferred
  • CFM (Certified Floodplain Manager) is a strong plus


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.


*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.


*Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report.  These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.


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