Job Details

Director of Emergency Management

Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 12/20/2019

Working at Lewis & Clark College

The campus is located on 137 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in Portland’s southwest hills. Our strong commitment to sustainability is reinforced through recycling programs, energy conservation, alternative transportation options, and farm to fork initiatives. For benefit-eligible positions, we offer a competitive benefits package that includes options for health, dental, vision, tuition, life insurance, retirement and more.

Lewis & Clark College is committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status or age.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Vice President of Student Life, the Director of Emergency Management provides leadership, strategic planning, and implementation of emergency management and preparedness that protect the students and employees of the College.

What You'll Do

The Director, working with senior leadership and other college personnel, coordinates the College’s response to natural disasters and other emergencies.
Builds and maintains relationships with government agencies, local municipalities, law enforcement, fire and other civic entities to develop effective plans that minimize damage and disruptions during an emergency.
Working in an inclusive and open manner, develop a comprehensive campus emergency plan ensuring compliance with current emergency management standards and best practices, including assessment of current plans, protocols, equipment and technology.
Collaborate with executive leadership of the College on matters of emergency management, especially the VP of Finance and Administration, the Academic Deans, and the Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.
Coordinate with, and provide leadership and support to, faculty, staff, and student groups in their emergency preparedness and continuity efforts.
Participates in the development of emergency preparedness conferences, instructive seminars, presentations, speeches, and other outreach activities for the Lewis & Clark community and external partners.
In coordination with other College departments, develop, lead, educate, and motivate campus constituents in emergency planning, response, and recovery strategies.
Along with the Vice President, lead the work of the Incident Management Team and Emergency Management Steering Committee, including facilitation, preparing minutes and reports, and collecting and analyzing data.
Provide leadership and support for Incident Management Teams during emergencies. Assist with operation, activation, and staffing of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Serve as an on-call resource to provide leadership and/or support during potential or actual emergency incidents, often in service beyond regularly scheduled hours.
Plan and lead drills to ensure readiness for a variety of possible emergency events.
Partner with local and state municipal organizations, colleges and universities on emergency preparedness plans.

Risk Management

Assist the Vice President of Finance and Administration in developing and maintaining a college risk assessment program.
Serve as key staff to the college risk management team.


Supervise one full time employee that assists in the development and maintenance of emergency management, environmental health and safety, and risk management programs.
Supervise student employees.

Must Haves

Bachelor's degree
Appropriate FEMA or other similar emergency management courses or training programs.
5 years of related experience

ICS or National Incident Management System certification

Certification in CPR/First Aid and/or other response training programs.
Ability to work collaboratively with large and small groups, as well as the ability to lead and provide mentorship both directly and indirectly for a wide variety of groups and individuals
Excellent verbal and written communication and public speaking skills. Strong written, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills, with demonstrated attention to detail.
Experience in creating visual presentations for a variety of audiences and organizing and presenting information in a clear, concise manner that can be easily understood by the target audience. Ability to summarize and format technical information for diverse audiences.
Basic knowledge of applicable local, state, and federal laws including regulations, guidelines and standards regarding occupational health and safety.
Advanced knowledge of Emergency Management Principles (e.g. Standardized Emergency Management System, National Incident Management System, and Incident Command System) and Emergency Operations Center functions.
Travel may be required for training, conference attendance, and preparedness and outreach activities.
Ability to work occasional nights or weekends for training or emergency response purposes.
Ability to manage confidential or sensitive information using proper discretion and judgment.
Ability to maintain a valid driver’s license and meet College vehicle insurance requirements.
Ability to honor and work with all identities and individuals, particularly those who are underrepresented in the country and/or at Lewis & Clark College

Nice to Haves

Master's degree
8 years of related experience
Experience in higher education would be a plus

Work Schedule

37.5 hours per week
Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Physical Requirements

Moderate amount of lifting of light weight (up to 15 lbs.) to medium weight (15 to 35 lbs.), climbing or working in physically tiring work
Bending, kneeling/squatting, climbing (stairs), standing, driving, sitting, walking, reaching, repetitive hand movements (e.g., typing), seeing, talking, hearing

Directions for Cover Letter

Please upload your cover letter on the My Experience screen in the resume section.

The College explicitly acknowledges and affirms its conviction that diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, socio-economic background, religious orientation or spirituality, physical or sensory disability, gender, and sexual orientation on the Lewis & Clark campus provides an educational benefit for all students that can be realized only if students and education professionals from diverse backgrounds are present in significant numbers within our learning community. In creating and sustaining such a community, we engage, to the extent possible, in practices that will ensure a high degree of diversity on our campus, simultaneously meeting the highest standards of academic excellence of which we are capable.

Reasonable Accommodation

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job. Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

Background Check

Lewis & Clark College will conduct a background check on the finalist, which will include a criminal record check. If a conviction is discovered, a determination will be made whether the conviction is related to the position for which the individual is applying or would present safety or security risks before an employment decision is made. A criminal conviction does not necessarily automatically bar an applicant from employment.

Eligibility to Work

In order to comply with US Homeland Security Department regulations, all employees must complete an I-9 form in Workday prior to or no later than the first day of work and bring originals (no photocopies) of their supporting documentation to Human Resources no later than the 3rd business day of employment. Failure to have a completed I-9 form on file with the College will result in immediate termination of employment.

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