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Director of Emergency Management, Resiliency and Business Continuity

Brown University
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 17, 2023

Job Description:

The Director of Emergency Management, Resiliency, and Business Continuity is responsible for planning, developing, organizing and administering comprehensive university-wide emergency management and business continuity preparedness services, operations and initiatives. This position is responsible for leading, developing and implementing business continuity and disaster resumption efforts university-wide. The Director manages the departmental budget; develops, implements and enforces policies; and manages projects related to the assigned area. This position is responsible for seamlessly integrating security and emergency planning and programs into existing campus departments and operations by working collaboratively with Environmental Health and Safety, University Risk Management, Audit and Compliance, Planning and Policy, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Residential Life, Dining Services and stakeholder departments.

Major Responsibility: Oversee Emergency Planning, Management and Resiliency 35%

Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive university-wide emergency response plan, policies and protocols and maintain the Brown Ready emergency information website. After this has been established, provide leadership and coordination to emergency management activities, including facilitating the development and management of departmental and building emergency action plans. Annually review all emergency plans and update as needed. Plan responses to emergencies and disasters in order to minimize and mitigate risk to people and property. Investigate and research best practices with respect to emergency management and preparedness and attend conferences, trainings and seminars. Maintain and revise as necessary the Crisis Management Plan documentation. Facilitate collaborative efforts for University Emergency Management and serve as a leader and representative in the emergency management network. Provide updates and reports regularly to leaders on the status of the University's emergency readiness. Serve as a liaison with external emergency management agencies at the local, state, and federal level.

Major Responsibility: Oversee Business Continuity Planning and Management 30%

Develop, maintain, and implement business continuity and disaster recovery policies, strategies, and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Perform periodic reviews and tests of established business continuity plans and procedures, report findings to management and make recommendations for improvements as needed. Develop contingency plans to deal with organizational emergencies. Test documented disaster recovery strategies and plans. Oversee the development, creation, implementation, and annual review of a university-wide continuity plan. This will include the facilitation of department-level continuity plans. Plan, communicate and manage the annual review and revision process for all departmental plans by sending emails and reminders with specific instructions with the goal of having all plans reviewed annually and updated as needed. Monitor and manage all software system updates and changes and ensure that existing plans are accessible.

Major Responsibility: Manage Emergency Response Preparedness and Communications 30%

Partner with key constituents to develop and implement emergency preparedness training, including hostile intruder training, by means of tabletop exercises and in person and online emergency response training programs for students, faculty, staff, volunteers, and other first responders. Create and maintain stakeholder committees and working groups. Plan, conduct, and debrief regular mock-disaster exercises and annual campus-wide emergency drills to test the adequacy of existing plans and strategies, updating procedures and plans regularly. Coordinate all preparedness initiatives with campus partners. Ensure that individuals and groups are familiar with emergency procedures. Manage the emergency notification system including system testing and development of templates, lists and system training for authorized users. Further develop and maintain University Communications Action Plan that defines protocols and provide training to identified individuals who may be required to communicate emergency information. Serve as a member of the Core Crisis Team. Manage the weather alert system and monitor extreme weather including hurricanes and winter storms and communicate as needed to decision makers during regular business hours, after hours, on nights and weekends. Responsible for the development of content of messages designed to alert the campus community. Plan and manage semi-annual full audible testing of the Brown Siren and Brown Alert systems. Maintain campus Storm Readiness certification with the National Weather Service.

Major Responsibility: Manage the Response During an Emergency 5%

Act as incident commander, as appropriate, during emergencies on campus, and oversee the development of Incident Actions Plans, ensuring strategic goals and objectives are communicated. In situations where the incident commander role is assigned to another individual due to the nature of the situation, coordinate closely and support response activities. Keep senior leadership informed of all potential or ongoing significant emergencies, and convey mitigation efforts required to reduce or eliminate the potential impact. Manage the response during an emergency situation, making adjustments to or prioritizing certain actions if necessary, and coordinate campus resources. Coordinate plans with local, state, and federal emergency management agencies, and first responders. Support outreach activities to keep the university community informed about the emergency. Act as a coordinator for continuity efforts after a disruption event. Collect and analyze damage assessments following disasters or emergencies. Participate in the After-Action Review of response and recovery efforts; use lessons learned to improve emergency preparedness and business continuity plans.

Job Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree required in Emergency Management, Business Administration, Health and Safety or other relevant field with at least 7 years of progressive related experience.

  • Experience in security and/or emergency management practices, as well as knowledge of National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System techniques of emergency response and recovery.

  • Experience with business continuity planning approach, practices, tools and techniques.

  • Experience evaluating information to determine compliance with standards, laws, and regulations.

  • Experience performing risk assessments and business impact analysis.

  • Experience establishing and maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization.

  • Experience using time management skills such as prioritizing/organizing and tracking details and meeting deadlines of multiple projects with varying completion dates.

  • Experience developing and delivering presentations, table top exercises, and other communications to audiences of various levels of leadership, including executive leadership.

  • Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers and Certified Business Continuity Professional by the Disaster Recovery Institute International preferred.

  • Possesses a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus.

Application Deadline - April 24, 2023

Candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check.

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Job Posting Title:

Director of Emergency Management, Resiliency and Business Continuity


Public Safety Office of the Chief


Grade 12

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Full time

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Position Classification:

Hybrid Eligible

Submission Guidelines:

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:

In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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