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Director of Emergency Management

Smith College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Security Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
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Facilities Management Job Description

Job Summary

Responsible for the overall development, documentation, implementation, coordination, and facilitation of emergency management, training, preparedness, and response activities. Interact and collaborate with campus partners, as well as develop and maintain relationships with outside agencies regarding emergency preparedness and response efforts. Plans will be developed across a broad range of emergency scenarios, including but not limited to natural or manmade disasters and public health emergencies (The Emergency Operations Plan). Partner actively with others across the college.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Essential Functions

Emergency Preparation & Response: 35%

Prepare for and respond to college-wide events and emergencies. Support the College’s Emergency Response Team, facilitating and coordinating communication and response efforts as directed by the Incident Commander.

Develop, maintain, and improve emergency response plans. Plan, document, and coordinate updates and improvements to the Emergency Operations Plan in compliance with regulatory requirements and industry best practices. Assess the Plan and any subsequent exercise to identify gaps and prioritize improvements.

Define requirements for the emergency operations center. Identify and develop requirements to implement and maintain an Emergency Operations Center.

Training & Awareness: 35%

Provide training to the response team members and awareness to the college community at large. Develop instructional materials and give presentations on emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. Coordinate and partner with other university departments to assist in delivering emergency preparedness training materials.

Conduct drills and exercises. Plan, facilitate, and document drills and exercises to assess the strength of the Emergency Operations Plan and the readiness of the Emergency Response Team. Following drills and exercises, document After Action Reports to identify and close gaps or implement process improvements.

Identify & Mitigate Risks (30%)

Identify college hazards and recommend mitigation strategies and plans. Partner with subject matter experts including but not limited to Environmental Health and Safety, Campus Safety, Facilities Management, Information Technology Services, and Student Affairs to identify hazards, develop mitigation plans, and control risks.

Outreach to external preparedness and response related entities. In collaboration with other College stakeholders, identifies opportunities and engagement in public-private partnerships and other institutions.

Other Functions

All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education, experience, certifications, licenses)

Bachelor’s degree in an Emergency Management related field required; combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

Minimum three years of emergency management related experience required, preferably in the higher education sector.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Professional certifications in the emergency management field such as; Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) are highly desired.

Experience using mass communication systems.

Demonstrated knowledge of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Incident Command System through minimum certification of NIMS 800 and ICS 300.


Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to function in a fast paced, changing environment, including in an emergency situation. Ability to build trust and relationships across the campus community and within the first responder communities in the broader community.

Additional Information

For the care and safety of our community, Smith College requires that all employees be vaccinated as a condition of employment and as such, the incumbent will be required to be immunized against COVID-19 on or before their first day of employment. Proof of vaccination status will be required. Individuals may seek medical or religious exemption with HR, but must do so prior to their arrival.

Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position . You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application. You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have hit the Submit button.

Review of applications will begin

Compensation Grade:

Grade E

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About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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