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FUSE Corps - Nashville, TN

In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters and security risks in the city’s 238-year history, facing a tornado, the Covid-19 pandemic, a derecho, and a bombing on Christmas Day. The Mayor’s Office will partner with a FUSE Executive Fellow for one year to shepherd multiple after-action reports for these 2020 disasters, ideating and implementing a strategy for long-term disaster recovery and community resilience. 

This fellowship project begins on October 25, 2021, and ends on October 23, 2022. The fellowship begins with a multi-day virtual orientation the week of October 25, 2021. The selected Executive Fellow will begin their first day of providing services to the host agency on November 1, 2021.

PROJECT CONTEXT

Each year, natural disaster in the United States take the lives of hundreds of people, injures thousands more, and causes billions in damages. These natural disasters are fueled by climate change, with rising temperatures and severe weather events not only endangering human and environmental health but posing severe economic risks for cities. Nashville is a region that has seen immense growth over the last decade, with the downtown population soaring 160%, a record 15.8M tourists, and over $7B in tourist revenue. With Nashville’s rapid expansion into a larger, destination-oriented city, new safety and security risks have emerged. These risks are coupled with a myriad of climate-related challenges, including an increased number of intense storms, tornadoes, more frequent flooding, and extreme heat days that threaten this growth and prosperity in the years to come.

In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters in the city’s 238-year history. This included being hit by a category EF3 tornado in early march – the largest natural disaster in the city since the area’s 2010 flood. Then the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which briefly debilitated the city’s tourism industry and impacted the health of thousands in the county. Next, in early May, a derecho, with winds of 80 miles an hour, knocked out power to tens of thousands. And then, on Christmas Day, a bombing rocked the downtown, impacting an estimated 400 residents, 1,200 employees, more than 45 businesses, damaging more than 40 buildings, and leaving three people hurt. Specific populations, such as the elderly and those experiencing homelessness, are disproportionately impacted by these crises. And due to historical underinvestment and redlining in certain Nashville neighborhoods, Black communities like North Nashville and New American communities in the Southeast feel these climate and safety risks acutely.

Despite the pace of these unrelenting disasters, first responders remained steadfast, and the city utilized planning resources developed after the 2010 disaster to address these challenges head-on. This included approving the 2020 updated Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan, continuously updating the Nashville Emergency Response Viewing Engine (NERVE), to provide a digital overview of hazard areas, road closures, shelters, and food and water distribution centers; and use of Nashville Situational Awareness for Flooring Events (SAFE)’s predictive analytics capabilities. These tools are critical components of Nashville’s urban-resilience and climate-adaption strategy and work to address the immediate risks disasters and security threats pose to public health and safety.

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County wants to build upon these efforts, acting boldly to understand and advance recovery from its most recent disasters. Nashville will partner with FUSE Corps to host an Executive Fellow for one year to shepherd the various after-action reports, ideating and implementing a strategy for disaster recovery and resilience, focused on building and protecting communities in the long term. This framework will focus on initiating investments that support equity and address the unique needs of specific vulnerable populations, such as traditionally underinvested communities of color, New Americans, those experiencing homelessness, and the elderly, ensuring these groups can successfully rebound after disaster strikes. This work will prepare the city for formidable climate and security risks, building a safer, healthier future for generations to come.

PROJECT SUMMARY & POTENTIAL DELIVERABLES

The following provides a general overview of the proposed Executive Fellowship project. This summary and the potential deliverables will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Executive Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the Executive Fellowship, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the FUSE Executive Fellow and the host agency.

Starting in November 2021, it is proposed that the FUSE Executive Fellow will begin by gaining a comprehensive understanding of Nashville’s current approach to disaster recovery and resilience. The Executive Fellow will engage with the various stakeholders involved in dilater response and recovery and analyze the different resiliency-based plans for the city, such as the Climate Change Mitigation Action Plan and NashvilleNext – Natural Resource and Hazard Adaptation Plan, and the previous After-Action Report/Improvement Plan from the 2010 Nashville Flood. Utilizing a lens of equity, the Executive Fellow will determine gaps, through lines, and areas of opportunity in these plans and from these conversations. The Executive Fellow will also research comparative approaches to disaster recovery and resiliency planning in peer cities, investigating innovative models from across the nation that could well serve Nashville.

In the next phase, the Executive Fellow will create a strategy for disaster recovery and resilience, forming recommendations for building and protecting communities in the short and long term. The plan will outline processes for incorporating community engagement and perspectives into the seven upcoming After-Action Reports; include scenario-planning tools to prepare the city to engage with all aspects of recovery (ex. public safety, infrastructure, and transportation considerations); and determine a policy framework to guide staff decision making in support of long-term resilience during recovery efforts. These recommended smart growth approaches will help the city recover from current disasters more quickly, be better prepared for the next disaster, and rebuild according to a shared community vision, focusing on fostering resilience among Black, New Americans, the elderly, and those experiencing homelessness in Nashville.

The Executive Fellow will then facilitate the implementation of this strategy, initiating quick wins and tackling low-hanging fruit. The Executive Fellow will map timelines for integration, roles, and responsibilities of stakeholders, new workflows, processes, policies, and metrics for tracking progress – leading change management across stakeholders. The Executive Fellow will determine the personnel, funding, technical resources, and training required to support each recommendation’s integration, exploring creative financing options, working to tap into new resource streams to facilitate priority projects.

By October 2022, the City of Nashville will be prepared to more equitably respond when disaster hits and make investments that build the city’s resilience in the long term. This will include the following:

  • Engage stakeholders and build a deep understanding of the landscape – Facilitate meetings with all relevant stakeholders to understand their perspectives, priorities, and concerns about disaster recovery and resilience; review previous resiliency and after-action reports, utilizing a lens of equity to evaluate the city’s approach; research national best practices, learning from peer cities and assessing local applicability of their models
  • Form a comprehensive strategy, focusing on long-term resilience-building – Recommend innovative growth strategies related to disaster recovery and resilience, addressing previous shortfalls; engage the community in after-action reporting and decision making, identifying long-term capacity-building and outreach efforts with low-income communities and communities of color; develop an equity screening tool and processes to support city staff in determining which specific recovery actions advance equity; present various scenario planning tools and resources, such as a database mapping tool that identifies communities disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, disaster; establish a policy framework that embeds resilience as a critical priority in recovery efforts
  • Develop an implementation framework, and oversee implementation of possible “early wins” – Establish short-term and long-term goals for the implementation; identify phases for each recommendation’s integration; establish roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders, map workflows; determine priority projects; oversee implementation of a handful of tasks that can be instituted quickly using existing resources; work with stakeholders to identify relevant data and metrics, tracking progress on recommendations
  • Support long-term implementation and ensure sustainability – Develop the necessary internal and external systems to ensure that strategies are sustainable; coordinate across teams to remove implementation barriers; establish a sustainable financing model for the plan, detailing resources needed for each recommendation and exploring creative financing options; integrate reporting and accountability mechanisms to ensure report findings are turned into action step; work with stakeholders and department leadership to manage the program

KEY STAKEHOLDERS

  • Executive Sponsor – Kristin Wilson, Chief of Operations & Performance, Mayor’s Office
  • Project Supervisor – TBD
  • Faye DiMassimo, Senior Advisor of Transportation and Infrastructure, Mayor’s Office
  • Lucy Kempf, Executive Director, Planning Department
  • Chief William Swann, Director, Fire Department/Office of Emergency Management

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Approximately 15 years of professional experience in a relevant field, particularly with a robust record of success in project management, system implementation, policy delivery, and capacity building
  • Broad experience or background in disaster recovery and resilience required
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and facilitation skills
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise recommendations
  • Robust success in cultivating partnerships, relationship and coalition building, and fostering collaborative environments
  • An action-oriented, self-motivated leader who can also be an independent worker
  • Ability to utilize creative financing for implementation of new systems
  • Adeptness with effecting change, leading change management processes across multiple coalitions of stakeholder
  • Familiarity with bureaucratic settings, prowess in managing delicate situations or stakeholders
  • Creative problem solver with the ability to sustain progress within potentially ambiguous environments
  • Superior critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Cross-cultural agility, ability to relate to a wide variety of diverse audiences with strong emotional intelligence and empathy
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with ease in public presentations
  • Understands the need for solutions to support all people in a community regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity  

FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply for this position.

FUSE Corps - Nashville, TN

In 2020, Nashville weathered the worst disasters and security risks in the city’s 238-year history, facing a tornado, the Covid-19 pandemic, a derecho, and a bombing on Christmas Day. The Mayor’s Office will partner with a…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Temporary
  • Start Date
    October 25, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    September 18, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Executive

Salary

USD 80,000 - USD 80,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Nashville, TN
Associated Location
1 Public Sq, Nashville, TN 37201, USA
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