Job Openings and a New Resilience Competition, Thanks to Rebuild by Design

Communities can compete for funds to help them rebuild and improve their resilience against future disasters, by participating in the new National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The competition, which is now open, was inspired by a similar competition - the Rebuild by Design project.

Rebuild by Design was founded in response to Superstorm Sandy and says it is dedicated to creating innovative community- and policy-based solutions to protect U.S. cities that are most vulnerable to increasingly intense weather events and future uncertainties. The project, which was initiated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task force, says its aim has been to connect the world’s most talented researchers and designers with the Sandy-affected area’s active businesses, policymakers and local groups to better understand how to redevelop their communities in environmentally and economically healthier ways and to be better prepared.

What inspired the National Disaster Resilience Competition is Rebuild by Design’s competition, which was named one of CNN’s 10 Best Ideas of 2013. The competition featured 10 design teams who were guided by New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge through community-based research, analysis and outreach. The combined research led to the development of more than 40 design opportunities. Follow this link to read more about the finalists: http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/winners-and-finalists/.

According to a White House press release, the nearly $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition invites communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters. It will support innovative resilience projects at the local level, while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future.

“Of the nearly $1 billion available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, about $820 million will be available to all states and local governments that experienced a presidentially-declared major disaster in 2011, 2012 and 2013. States in the Hurricane Sandy-affected region will be eligible to compete for approximately $180 million, to help address critical housing needs, building on the successful model set forth by HUD’s Rebuild by Design competition. All successful applicants will need to show how their proposed action relates to the disaster from which they are recovering. HUD will ensure that geographic diversity is a consideration in the selection of participating communities,” the White House states.

The application deadline for the National Disaster Resilience Competition has not yet been announced. For more information on the competition, click here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/14/fact-sheet-national-disaster-resilience-competition

Rebuild by Design is also now hiring. Those looking for jobs related to resiliency efforts may be interested. The organization says it “provides an exciting, engaging, professional and fun workplace” and is looking for “hardworking, talented individuals who share the vision of Rebuild by Design.” Its offices can be found at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University (NYU).

Open Positions

Director of Communications
Project Managers (multiple openings)
Administrative Assistant
Graphic Designer

Interested applicants can send a resume, cover letter and any other relevant materials to jobs@rebuildbydesign.org. The email should include the position title and your last name in the subject field.

 

To read more about each position, follow this link and scroll down to the bottom of the page: http://www.rebuildbydesign.org/what-is-rebuild-by-design/