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DIRECTOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENTResearch Compliance Emergency Preparedness

Company name
Boston University

Boston, MA, United States

Employment Type

Executive, Manager, Project Management, Emergency, Education

Posted on
Sep 04,2019

Valid Through
Dec 18,2019

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Boston University is seeking a qualified candidate as the next Director of the Office of Emergency Management. Reporting directly to the Executive Director of Public Safety, the Director would be responsible for developing and implementing plans and programs to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the wide range of predictable and unpredictable, natural and manmade risks that arise in a diverse and multi-locational campus setting. Oversees university-wide emergency preparedness and hazard mitigation through resiliency planning, including continuous development of emergency operations, business continuity, resiliency and other associated plans and policies; the implementation and training associated with such policies; strategic planning; planning for and assessment of responses to disasters and other emergencies, and developing event action plans for large university events as well as associated after action reports to assess successes and opportunities for continuous improvement. Manages assigned staff. Other duties as assigned.

These responsibilities include the completion of an annual Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), maintenance of Emergency Operations Plans (EOP), and the facilitation of training and exercises for students/faculty/staff. The Director is expected to lead and perform roles on the Critical Incident Management Team in an all-hazards environment to address natural and manmade disaster situations and special events. Maintains emergency alert notification systems and incident management readiness for internal and external operations utilizing a variety of software platforms; as well as traditional and social media resources. Will oversee and activate an EOC necessary and serve as the EOC manager during EOC activations and managing/overseeing the coordination of relevant University departments through response and recovery operations.

The Director must exercise expert judgement to implement strategies and processes that assess the impacts of significant natural or human caused events such as mass casualty, chemical, biological, radiological exposures, flood, fire, bombing, domestic terrorism, and other explosions, civil unrest, major weather emergencies such as extreme heat, snow, rain, wind, and serious utility outage; conduct analysis and develop guidelines, plans and recommendations designed to mitigate the short term and long term impacts of these events to Boston University’s multiple campuses; develop guidelines and programs to assist campus constituencies with preparation of emergency and continuity of operations planning and provides regular training and briefings to facilitate the planning process; serve as a liaison between campus constituencies and local agencies; provide training to University faculty, staff and students in response planning, Incident Command System, results of hazard analysis, and recovery plans through emergency simulation and table top exercises; identify emergency recovery cost accounting requirements for tracking and reimbursement purposes; develop, implement, manage and update plans, seek to obtain Department of Homeland Security and other resources to increase the safety and security of the University and perform related duties as assigned or required.

The successful candidate will be required to possess senior executive level experience in all phases of emergency management related to a multiple location, complex environment. The position requires extensive knowledge of the National Incident Management System, Federal, State and Local emergency response planning, exceptional decision-making skills, and the ability to communicate information to all levels of the institution, including University leadership, faculty, management, staff, and other community members is required. The successful candidate must also have a proven track record of building, leading, motivating, and assessing diverse teams, including experienced and junior professionals and holding employees accountable for individual results and driving overall team effectiveness. Also candidates must have the history of planning and directing the technological components, budgetary aspects, and grant administration and the ability to manage risk, identify areas of exposure, and structure interventions, as needed. Finally, candidates must fulfill the University's educational mission, strategic aims, and programs.

Required Skills

Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field, Master’s Degree preferred.

Ten years of progressively responsible Emergency Management Director level experience.

Current and valid Motor vehicle operator’s license with no major infractions or violations.

Knowledgeable in systems administration, proficient in use of Microsoft Office suite.

Demonstrated ability to lead a team in emergency preparedness, business continuity, and resiliency programs.

Demonstrated ability in the development and facilitation of effective training programs in emergency preparedness, business continuity and other related activities to build cohesive communication for students and staff in preparation for emergency situations.

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with local, state and emergency services providers and federal agencies such as MEMA, DHS/FEMA, as well as with counterparts at other universities and professional organizations such as IAEM to identify and implement best practices.

Demonstrated ability to delegate effectively.

Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability with public speaking and conducting presentations.

Preferred Skills

Experience working in higher education.

Strategic planning experience.

Advanced professional development training certifications in Emergency Management from FEMA, NEMA, MEMA or related agencies. Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and/or Certified or Master Business Continuity Professional (CBCP or MBCP).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location

BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

Company info

Boston University
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Company Profile
Boston University is no small operation. With over 32,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 130 countries, nearly 10,000 faculty and staff, 17 schools and colleges, and 250 fields of study, our two campuses are always humming, always in high gear. Meet the people and places that keep the University running smoothly.

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