Friday, November 17, 2023

Job Opportunity: Howard University. Emergency Management Specialist.

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Emergency Management Planner



Howard University Service Center

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Full time

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Posted 4 Days Ago

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The Talent Acquisition department hires qualified candidates to fill positions which contribute to the overall strategic success of Howard University. Hiring staff “for fit” makes significant contributions to Howard University’s overall mission.


The Emergency Management Specialist is an enthusiastic and motivated individual with excellent interpersonal, communication, critical thinking skills, and excellent customer service skills. The Emergency Management Specialist provides support of preparedness planning, exercises, emergency response, and technical functions for the Office of Emergency Management and the University community.

In addition, the Specialist supports emergency operations by assisting with the coordination of campus-level response activities, so must be available for 24-hour on-call response to perform emergency management functions and related duties.

Join a dynamic, fast-paced office in a world-class university serving the campus community as we develop, maintain, and implement university-wide and departmental emergency plans and programs in partnership with university stakeholders.

Responsible for program support functions of the Office of Emergency Management for projects and program efforts. Formally plans and coordinates the work of these functions.


Internal contacts include a variety of university officials, departments, and individuals across the University community. Occasional external contacts include local partners, partnering universities and colleges, as well as agencies and various contacts from educational organizations.


The Emergency Management Specialist leads and provides planning and preparedness support for a variety of projects which may involve:

  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating outreach and education programs to enhance preparedness and resilience across the University
  • Developing, revising, and operationalizing various emergency plans, including the University Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan
  • Developing, implementing, and evaluating emergency preparedness-related training and exercise activities
  • Assisting in the after-action evaluation and improvement planning process
  • Providing support to logistical and operational preparedness activities, including tasks related to emergency communications and readiness of the University Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Staffing the EOC during emergencies and planned events
  • Responsibilities of other duties as assigned or participation in projects involving the Department of Emergency Management.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of emergency management and/or business continuity.
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to effectively build positive relationships and work with a variety of individuals with varying backgrounds and interests.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to develop and deliver professional presentations and provide effective trainings to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to use a computer fluently to include Microsoft Office or Google Workspace software.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to manage multiple concurrent tasks and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to be agile and flexible with changing priorities and strategy to assist with a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to produce high-quality deliverables under tight deadlines.
  • Position is subject to criminal history screening.


  • A bachelor's degree and 2+ years of experience with emergency management and/or business continuity programs and systems
  • Familiarity with Smartsheet, VideoScribe and/or other productivity platforms Proficiency with Microsoft applications.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced and complex environment
  • Experience creating and facilitating emergency exercises
  • Ability and willingness to work irregular and extended hours, including evenings and weekends, and as needed to assist with incident coordination.
  • Adapt well to workplace and event-related stressors.
  • Able to sit and/or use a computer for extended periods.
  • Able to move about to accomplish tasks on and off campus.
  • Hearing and vision correctable to within normal range



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