Sr. Director - Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Communications & Security
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
This position is responsible for overall management of the emergency management, emergency preparedness, emergency communications, organizational continuity and academic and residential security capabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). This includes the administrative and executive oversight of a 24/7 emergency communications center, 225 residential security officers, and 15 contracted security guards. Additionally, this position is responsible for institutional emergency management and continuity planning, exercises, training, and alerting. The emergency preparedness and continuity functions include the identification and mitigation of risk from man-made, natural, and institutional risk.
This position provides technical advice and assistance on all program areas with emergency management, emergency communications, and security at VCU including issues related to operations, training, administration, personnel matters, training, and other management functions. Organizational issues are proactively and reactively addressed as needed to improve efficiency and move toward organizational priorities.
To facilitate this program, this position routinely interfaces with high level administration including Vice Presidents, Deans, and Directors representing institutional units such as academic affairs, finance, human resources, business services, libraries, facilities management, information technology, and public relations.
Because of the high profile position within the institution, this position routinely identifies and assesses risk from a variety of natural, human-caused, environmental, or other risks that may increase risk to life and property around the VCU community. Furthermore, because of the urban environment, this risk assessment routinely engages city, regional, and state resources to ensure collaboration in addressing these risks.
Additionally, this function routinely engages with other safety elements at VCU including Police, Environmental Health & Safety, and Risk Management. These engagements include both regulatory and best practice functions including Threat Assessment Team(s), Title IX, Annual Safety Report, Clery compliance, and building evacuation protocols.