Director - Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Communications & Security
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
This public safety essential administrative position has responsibility for enterprise emergency management, organizational continuity, disaster drills, emergency communications, and academic security capabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). This includes the oversight of approximately $4.5 million in budget for personnel, systems, and contracts as well as the administrative and executive oversight of a 24/7 emergency communications center and 50 contracted security guards.
To facilitate these programs, 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, health sciences and public relations. Moreover, these activities worked in close partnership with internal and external public safety and emergency response organizations as well as state and federal agencies.
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 assessment of risk from a variety of natural, human-caused, environmental, or other factors 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.
This position also serves as an emergency management and business continuity consultant to the VCU-Qatar campus in Doha, Qatar. This includes the review of emergency management plans and the creation of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and corresponding Business Continuity Plan for that campus. This function also is responsible for exercise and planning development to support the VCU Health System's compliance with Joint Commission accreditation.
Additional responsibilities for this position include special projects (ex: major special events) and standing and ad hoc public safety committees such as Threat Assessment Team(s), Title IX, Annual Safety Report, Clery compliance, and building evacuation protocols.