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WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST (NFIP Community Assistance Program Coordinator)

  • 501052
  • Full-time


The mission of the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) is to safeguard the health, safety, and economic welfare of the public by protecting, conserving, and enhancing Arizona's water supplies in a bold, thoughtful and innovative manner. We are seeking experienced water resource professionals to join the Floodplain Management Unit in the Engineering Division.

NFIP Community Assistance Program Coordinator

(Water Resources Specialist)




Job Location:

Address:  1110 W. Washington St. Suite #310, Phoenix, AZ 850

Posting Details:

Salary: $46,932 min, $65,545 Mid-Pt, $84,157 Max (WRS 3)

Salary: $55,203 min, $77,352 Mid-Pt, $99,501 Max (WRS Associate)

Grade: 23/25

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

ADWR is the State coordinating agency for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In this role, ADWR serves as a liaison between FEMA and local counties, cities and towns and assists these local jurisdictions with technical assistance to comply with State and Federal floodplain management requirements, and improve their resilience against flood risks.

ADWR is seeking to fill this position at the Water Resources Specialist III level. However, an exceptional candidate may be considered for a Water Resources IV position.

Job Duties:

The candidate selected for this position is responsible for assisting Arizona NFIP communities with their floodplain management programs, and serving as a liaison between FEMA and the NFIP communities in the State. These services will be provided under the umbrella of the annual Community Assistance Program, State Support Services Element (CAP-SSSE) grant.

A key responsibility for the selected candidate will be to serve as the coordinator for the grant and execute the program and management tasks required for the grant. The selected candidate will assist in conducting assessments of community floodplain management programs, assess their knowledge and understanding of the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP; prepare written reports for community officials and FEMA; provide updated information and training for community officials and others interested persons; assist communities in remedying identified program deficiencies and violations; and provide general technical assistance to local communities, state agencies and the public.

This position also requires some overnight travel.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):
  • The candidate must have strong interpersonal as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have the ability to work with community staff, elected officials, staff of state and federal agencies, and the public.
  • Experience in public speaking is preferred.
  • The candidate must have organizational, planning, and time-management skills and the ability to produce quality work and meet deadlines.
    Ability to analyze, understand and interpret local ordinances and floodplain management procedures in comparison to local, state and federal requirements.
Selective Preference(s):

The preferred candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology, Civil Engineering, Water Resources, Planning or closely related field, and five or more years relevant experience.

Certification as a Floodplain Manager (CFM) is preferred.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Requires knowledge of the principles and practices of federal requirements of the NFIP and state law governing floodplains and floodplain management.

This position also requires some overnight travel.

This position requires fieldwork. Candidate must be comfortable with working outdoors and traveling statewide and be able to adapt to changing conditions. Requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.)


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
  • Top-ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
  • Sick Leave
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Deferred compensation plan
  • Credit union membership
  • Wellness plan
  • LinkedIn Learning membership
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Employee Discounts

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement system (ASRS). Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment. The current contribution rate is 12.41%.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ADWR Human Resources Office at (602) 771-8500 for assistance. Persons with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language or an alternative format by contacting ADWR Human Resources.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.