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Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about 1,800 students from 49 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums:  Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. The vibrant campus, diverse community, and beautiful surroundings make Amherst College and the Town of Amherst a great place to work, learn, and live.

The Position
Reporting to the Police Chief/Director of Public Safety, the Director of Emergency Preparedness is responsible for the development, revision, and maintenance of campus-wide emergency plans for preparedness, response, continuity of operations (COOP), mitigation, and recovery. In addition, the Director develops, maintains, and updates the College’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) including functional annexes, Incident Command Systems (ICS) positions and checklists, and departmental Emergency Action Plans. Educational efforts including the development and delivery of program specific training and education to the college community regarding emergency preparedness, mitigation, and continuity and disaster response procedures are the Director’s responsibility. The Director will also coordinate, design, and conduct periodic emergency preparedness training and exercises, including tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises and drills to prepare the community for effective responses to major emergencies and to improve departmental preparedness. Further, the Director will work collaboratively with the Director for Environmental Health and Safety, Deputy Chief of Police, and other campus partners to implement systems, policies, and procedures for identification, collection, and analysis of risk related information. As a member of the Core Emergency Management Team, the Director plays an essential role and, as such, is expected to work even if the campus is closed for weather related incidents or other activities.

The successful candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree preferably in emergency/disaster management or a related field and a minimum of five years of related experience. Additionally, candidates will have experience in: creating, implementing, and coordinating emergency management plans; creating and delivering emergency management training programs to diverse stakeholders; complex issue analysis and creative problem solving to provide strategic options and recommendations; and social media use in crisis communication. Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamental principles of emergency preparedness planning including mitigation, preparedness, prevention, continuity of operations, recovery and response; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of constituent groups; commitment/experience and ability to work effectively with a broad spectrum of individuals from diverse backgrounds; and strong time management, organizational, problem solving, and project management skills are all required for the new Director of Emergency Preparedness. Lastly, candidates must have a valid driver’s license and credentialing to operate college vehicles. Preferred qualifications include the successful completion or certification of ICS 100 – 400, IS 120 a, 130, 235 b & d, 700 a, 800 b, and 910 a and/or be a Certified Emergency Manager.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin February 6, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Amherst College – Director of Emergency Preparedness
Heather J. Larabee – Search Associate

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