Department of Public Safety
Director, Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Commensurate with Experience
Standard University business hours
8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)
Hours may vary based on operational needs.
Unionized Position Code
The Director, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning
is responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance
of policies and programs related to general emergency preparedness,
emergency communications, fire and life safety response, and
business continuity planning for the University.
Bachelor’s degree and/or five (5) years of relevant emergency
management planning experience preferably in higher
Certified Emergency Manager ( CEM ) professional certification or
Experience with Microsoft Office products, email, document sharing
and web-based data entry systems is essential.
Must successfully pass a criminal background check and random drug
Job Specific Qualifications
Must possess knowledge of the National Incident Management Systems
( NIMS ) and emergency preparedness; experience in developing
business continuity plans.
Experience working with university based populations
Must have skills in developing reports and training materials,
conducting special studies, and conducting training and
Must have good organizational and interpersonal skills, and oral
and written communication skills.
Leads and manages the day-to-day operations of the DPS Emergency
Communications Center and Fire and Life Safety departments. Meets
regularly with direct reports to discuss opportunities, challenges
Engages in performance review processes and improvements making
recommendations on hiring, promotions, salary increases and
Responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of
policies and programs related to general emergency preparedness
planning for the University.
Develops and coordinates emergency response, disaster recovery, and
business continuity planning as related to essential business
operations for the purpose of assuring business continuity.
Conducts ongoing evaluations of campus preparedness, including
initial and periodic assessment of natural, technological, and
human hazards and threats.
Assists as a coordinator with University colleges and business
units to develop and maintain emergency operations plans, provides
feedback on evacuation plans, sheltering plans, community
interaction plans, etc.
Participates in the University Incident Management Team ( UIMT ) to
provide a coordinated response as well as notification to all major
areas of the University prior to, or immediately following an
Researches regulatory compliance requirements and statutory
mandates as directly related to emergency operations and related
Provides general emergency management outreach, both passive
(regular EM website updates) and active, via presentations, of
emergency management information at HR new employee orientation
Conducts ongoing evaluation of campus emergency preparedness,
including initial and periodic assessments of natural,
technological, and public health threats in the context of
maintaining the ability to fulfill the University mission.
Maintains integration of a command system such as the Incident
Command System and National Incident Management ( NIMS ) into
appropriate campus emergency planning.
Identifies the necessary tools, equipment, and other aides
(including communications) to assist participation in providing
emergency operations management.
Assists Risk Management staff in identifying crisis/disaster
response and mitigation expense information for recovering
insurance proceeds and/or FEMA grants for non-insured declared
Serves on and works in conjunction with the University’s Emergency
Preparedness Committee and other related committees and task forces
to develop and maintain related organizational structure(s),
written plans, communication mechanisms, etc. as needed to help
assure an appropriate recovery from irregular and uncommon events
that may be encountered in the course of operations.
Provides input to the Public Information Officer for updates to the
Emergency Preparedness website and emergency procedures reference
Assists with development and coordination of campus and
departmental emergency plan exercises including drills and tabletop
Works with Public Information Officer and Information Technology
Services ( ITS ) to plan, identify users/audiences and security
levels for emergency alert systems.
Actively engages in innovative problem-solving techniques and
procedural justice practices with the community by demonstrating
fairness, transparency and impartiality in decision making.
Plans and assists with technical services departments in
coordinating the development and readiness of the Emergency
Operations Center ( EOC ) facilities and equipment. Contributes to
the identification of participants to be involved in EOC management
and develops and provides required training. Evaluates and
recommends suitable facilities for use as primary and alternate EOC
Works with University General Counsel, ITS, Purchasing and Risk
Management to negotiate contracts.
Assists in emergency response and disaster recovery planning
efforts with local, state, and federal authorities.
Provides coordination and University representation with local and
state agencies as related to emergency planning included but not
limited to the Onondaga County Emergency Preparedness
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a
resume and cover letter.
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