City of Houston
July 20, 2021
Houston, TX
Job Type



Program Overview
The Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Houston leads the city’s resilience-building efforts found in Resilient Houston which was the outcome of a former partnership with 100 Resilient Cities. The City is now working with the Resilient Cities Network. The CRO helps Houston prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the “shocks” – catastrophic events like hurricanes, floods, and extreme cold and extreme heat – and “stresses” – slow-moving disasters like aging infrastructure, food insecurity, environmental injustice and economic inequality, which are increasingly part of 21st century life.

The CRO will manage and facilitate the implementation of Resilient Houston, the City’s resilience strategy. Resilient Houston provides a framework for collective action for every Houstonian; our diverse neighborhoods and watersheds; City departments; and local and regional partners. The strategy  links existing efforts with new ones to improve Houston’s resilience so that by 2050 Houston will be a healthier place to live, an equitable, inclusive and affordable city, a leader in climate adaptation, and have a transformative economy that builds forward.

Organizational Structure
The CRO is a senior-level advisor to the Mayor that ensures resilience is a cornerstone of program planning and execution within City departments and functions as well as with partners across the region. While the CRO will be directly accountable to and report directly to the City of Houston’s Mayor, they will be required to maintain strong relationships and regularly dialogue with key public and private stakeholders to ensure their needs and resources are fully integrated into the strategy. The CRO will also work with Departmental Resilience Officers in each City Department to implement Resilient Houston and other resilience building efforts.

Key Skills and Competencies
The CRO requires demonstrated expertise and experience in the development, planning and delivery of strategy, policy and programs across a region’s government, community, and private sectors with success in long-term project management, collaboration, stakeholder management and community engagement. The CRO will interface with executive and managerial levels across government, outside agencies, community stakeholders, and the Resilient Cities Network.

The CRO must inspire, influence, and enlist others to meaningfully engage in the implementation and evaluation of Resilient Houston. They must have a demonstrated ability to engage and convene diverse stakeholder groups. They must have a demonstrated ability to be responsive to numerous concurrent requests and establish priorities to advance a large body of work. They must a demonstrated ability leading programs that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The CRO must have an excellent working knowledge of the operation of municipal government along with the ability to identify the feasibility of proposed solutions to policy gaps or inconsistencies. They must also apply advanced data, analysis, and statistics in a variety of contexts and for a variety of audiences.
The CRO must have professional leadership experience including sound strategy and policy formulation, community engagement, and project delivery. They must have demonstrated leadership skills and management experience in a large, diverse organization. They must have demonstrated skill in providing leadership in a team-based environment and extensive knowledge of performance management concepts.
The CRO must have excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to advise and consult with a variety of internal and external management officials, supervisors, and others to prepare and present reports. In addition, they must have a proven project management track record and experience managing multi-million-dollar projects.
Important Qualities:

  • Bring a flexible, creative, and entrepreneurial approach to solving problems.
  • Be comfortable navigating and learning new and unfamiliar disciplines quickly.
  • Be resourceful and willing to experiment, pursue new ideas, and take risks.
  • Be a confident public speaker, a concise communicator, and a good listener. 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSResilience Strategy Implementation: The CRO and its partners will lead implementation of Houston’s resilience strategy through the following: 

  • Identifying new and work with existing partners within government, community, and private sectors to achieve resilience through policy and investment.
  • Managing existing grants and securing additional funding needed to implement priority resilience initiatives.
  • Regularly assessing and prioritizing the implementation of 62 actions and sub actions identified in Resilient Houston, track the progress of the 18 established Targets and additional resilience KIPs in partnership with academic institutions and other partners.
  • Project management oversight for implementing projects and programs identified in Resilient Houston, or coordination with the pertinent agencies/departments and external partners who will directly carry out this work.
  • Identifying and securing legislative actions and the local, state, or federal level that are needed to implement priority resilience initiatives.
  • Managing project expenditures within the allocated budget and ensuring required resources, both human capital and fiscal, are allocated for project delivery and implementation.
  • Monitoring and evaluating implementation progress through an established project management system, quarterly reporting and the development and release of annual report.
  • Coordinating efforts across government and multi-sector stakeholders to effect resilience policy.

This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

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