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Director of Emergency & Risk Management

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN, USA
Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2023
Position Summary Information
Position Summary
The Director of Emergency & Risk Management reports to the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and is responsible for planning, organizing, and administering University-wide emergency management and preparedness services, operations and initiatives. The Director manages the departmental budget, develops & enforces policies, and manages projects related to assigned area. The position is also responsible for all insurance policy renewals, compliance, claims, and risk mitigation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
  • Direct the activities of the Emergency Management department
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive emergency plan·
  • Facilitates the development and management of departmental and building emergency action plans·
  • Oversees the development, creation, implementation, and annual review of a university-wide continuity plan. This will include the facilitation of department-level continuity plans·
  • Organizes the execution of annual campus-wide emergency drills· Organizes the execution of annual tabletop exercises·
  • Investigates and researches best practices with respect to emergency management and preparedness and attends trainings and seminars·
  • Plans and coordinates the administration of emergency communications·
  • Annually reviews all emergency plans and updates as needed·
  • Facilitates collaborative efforts for University Emergency Management and serves as a leader and representative in the emergency management network·
  • Provides leadership and coordination to emergency management activities, including development and implementation of a university-wide program·
  • Serves as a liaison with external emergency management agencies at the local, state, and federal level·
  • Leads efforts to establish campus-wide awareness and training programs for the University community·
  • Collaborates with other areas of Public Safety·
  • Collaborates with other University departments to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate local crises·
  • Coordinates with the Office of Information Technology and Public Relations & Marketing relative to emergency communications·
  • Conducts risk assessments·
  • Coordinates insurance claims and renewals·
  • Provides guidance to university leadership for risk assessments·
  • Liaison with insurance carriers·
  • Ensure best practices for risk mitigation implemented at APSU·
  • Supports other departments and leaders with insurance claims and renewal support·
  • Creates and leads educational programs to develop employees to be more conscious of insurance expectations of university.·
  • All other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to interact in an effective and appropriate manner with diverse populations, the University community and the public.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to effectively supervise personnel and complete all associated personnel actions in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership with emphasis upon the basic principles of human behavior, communication and decision making.
  • Ability to accurately prepare records and reports.
  • Ability to develop and interpret policies.
  • Ability to prepare and monitor departmental budget.
  • Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) and SungardHE Banner.
Physical Requirements
  • Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
Required Minimum Qualifications
  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of practical work experience in emergency management operations, including some experience with administration.
  • Knowledge of concepts of emergency management operations and working knowledge principles of accounting and budgeting processes.
  • Direct experience with insurance management or risk mitigation.
  • Successful applicant must possess valid driver’s license.
  • A background check will be required of the successful applicant.