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Position: Director - Emergency Risk Management

Grade Department Position type: Position Number
48 3EI – Department not found Full-time A99014

Position Summary:

Leads the University’s effort to ensure smooth, unbroken operations, even under the most dynamic of situations.  Will design, develop and administer Utah Valley University Emergency Management Plan and Safety.  Coordinates with other departments, governmental agencies as well as private and/or volunteer groups to implement emergency preparedness education and exercises, and to carry out the plan’s operations during an actual event.   As Risk Manager is responsible for the implementation and management of all of the University’s insurance programs, with the exception of employee benefits, in all divisions of the University, including the academic division.

Essential Functions, Major Duties, and/or Accountabilities:
  • Emergency Preparedness:   Oversee, develop, and implement emergency preparedness programs and related initiatives for the University, in accordance with National, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements and standards. Develop, implement and maintain policies, objectives, short-and long-range planning; develops and implements projects and programs to assist in accomplishment of established goals. Responds to and manages various emergency situations campus-wide, as they arise. Ensures successful development and implementation of emergency preparedness by advising university staff and faculty about individual’s roles and responsibilities.  Coordinates periodic drills of emergency plans including but not limited to: mock disasters, systems failures, toxic chemical releases, evacuations, and communication interruptions.   
  • Hazardous Materials and Safety:  Provide oversight for the Universities response to all hazardous materials spills to include but not limited to: oils, chemicals, airborne, Biological, Heavy Metals Mercury spills, Coolant leaks and spills including ammonia, R11, Halogen, R13, Freon and Liquid Nitrogen.  Control of Waste generators limiting amounts.  Disposal and storage of dangerous or hazardous materials including chemicals, batteries, acids, cleaning materials, solvents, and paint wastes- monitor VOCs and other emission standards, Waste Grease animal; Exhaust metering, Vents, Hoods, and Stacks emissions.  Control of MSDS and communication standards.  Implement and train new rules of law for handlers.  Coordinate State Contractors for waste disposals.  Respond and care for Sumps on all campuses.   Assure that the University is in compliance with Air Quality EPA standards including license and generation monitoring, and with City and County Storm Water requirements including maintaining clean downstream programs.
  • Risk Management:   Is responsible for the implementation and management of all of the University’s insurance programs, with the exception of employee benefits, in all divisions of the University, including the academic.  This responsibility includes recommending to upper management the risk financing programs (i.e., insurance and self-insurance) to be implemented and maintained at the University to protect against accidental financial loss.  Additionally, the position will be responsible for identifying risks throughout the University and recommending appropriate risk management measures where possible, such as effective loss prevention and risk financing techniques.
  • University Safety and Accident Review Committee: The director will chair the University’s Safety and Accident Review Committee.  This committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing all accidents involving University owned vehicles.  It evaluates each crash in which a University-owned vehicle is involved.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
  • Employees

Special Requirements of the Position:

Possession of a valid Utah Driver's License Prefer at least one major risk management or insurance certification, such as the Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM) issued by the Insurance Institute of America and/or the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation (CPCU) issued by the American Institute of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters (AICPCU).   


Bachelor's Degree in Emergency Management, Disaster Mitigation or a related field required, preferably with significant course work in business, risk management, insurance, or related field.  Master's degree desirable, preferably in higher education administration, business, or public administration. Requires 7 or more years of relevant professional experience in disaster planning, safety program coordination, emergency management or emergency preparedness or experience in the risk management and/or insurance field, preferably some of which was received in higher education, health care, or the non-profit sector.  

  • Knowledge of current practices, principles and trends in emergency preparedness and campus safety; possess a working knowledge of local, state, and federal emergency management policies and programs; computer literate, including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, web based programs and basic security protocols. Strong service orientation. A comprehensive knowledge of risk management and insurance coverage, laws, principles, and related matters. Able to manage a complex risk management program in the decentralized environment of the University. Must be highly motivated, good at working on own initiative, with no direct supervision. Must be a good manager and an effective leader.
  • Skills: Excellent oral and written communications skills. Good communication and negotiation skills; able to sell others on risk management ideas and concepts. Must be computer literate and willing to stay on the cutting edge of technology. Abilities: Ability to analyze emergency operations, make appropriate recommendations, develop plans, training programs, periodic drills, and appropriate training systems. Strong leadership and teambuilding abilities.
  • Ability to advise key staff and maintain effective organizational change programs. Able to deal with all types of people, including the faculty, physicians, health care professionals, researchers, staff, and all levels of management.   

This position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.
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