Emergency Manager - State University of New York, Cortland, NY

April 26, 2019

State University of New York, Cortland,NY

Emergency Manager


This position is responsible for developing a culture of preparedness and resiliency within the College through prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The emergency manager is expected to collaborate and coordinate with diverse internal and external stakeholders to develop effective emergency plans/procedures, event safety plans and assist with business continuity plans, humanitarian aspects of emergencies and disaster resilience. This position is designed to serve as the front-line representative of emergency management to the College community.

Major Responsibilities
  • Develop, update and maintain the College’s Emergency Operation Plans; develop procedures and plans to respond to natural disasters or other emergencies in order to minimize risk to people and property;
  • Analyze Homeland Security planning requirements & trends and determine how to apply them to the SUNY Cortland campus community;
  • Analyze resources, equipment, and staff available to respond to emergencies and revise plans or gather resources from other communities or states as well as coordinate with police departments, fire, emergency medical service, and/or public works agencies
  • Develop, organize and conduct training programs and exercises of plans and procedures at various levels in accordance with Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) standards and all State and CLERY Act mandates for employees, students, volunteers and other respondents;
  • Chair the Incident Communications Team (ICT);
  • Manage the emergency notification system;
  • In the event of an emergency: respond to various locations to provide assistance during disasters and emergencies. After an emergency: be available to return to campus before, during and after regular business hours to assess damage to campus community and coordinate receiving assistance and supplies if needed.
  • Build, foster, and maintain relationships with internal constituents; local, county, state and federal elected officials, not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, public safety officials, and the general public of the surrounding community;
  • Deploy and work special events as needed (including weekends, evenings and nights) for large athletic events, Commencement, Academic and Honors Convocations, Move-In Weekend, Spring Fling Concerts and various other events identified as needing emergency management planning.
  • Conduct and coordinate trainings. Serve as the coordinator of emergency management training and ensure that all proper parties are brought to the table in order to develop proper plans and strategies.

Job Requirements – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and thorough understanding of emergency response programs; of means of minimizing property damage and human discomfort once a disaster has occurred; of the principles and practices of program planning and project implementation; of the theory, principles, techniques and practices of disaster emergency organization and preparedness; of public administration principles and practices; of state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to disaster recovery and assistance; of training techniques; and of charting and report writing.
  • Knowledge of state, federal, military, and civilian emergency response resources; and of local community and agency concerns in emergency planning.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve problems; exercise sound judgement; evaluate emergency situations and adopt effective courses of action; to analyze and communicate emergency response advice to local officials; to encourage local compliance with state and federal emergency response guidelines; to gather information from printed and other recorded sources; to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; to present ideas and facts clearly and concisely; to plan, coordinate and promote various programs; to encourage community cooperation with disaster planning and relief efforts; to develop practical plans and exercises; to test and evaluate response and recovery from natural hazards; to prepare and review complex reports; and to maintain order among groups in emergency situations.
  • Commitment to stay current and aware of trends in the business of emergency management, and; harness this knowledge to incorporate these on to all phases of the College’s emergency preparedness.
  • Commitment to demonstrate openness to different viewpoints and communicate in a manner which demonstrates sensitivity and respect for diverse backgrounds and individual lived experiences.
  • Ability to gain trust of colleagues, show respect for others, value diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, demonstrate honesty, integrity, high ethical and moral standards and hold others to the same expectations.
  • Ability to develop staff and possess flexible interpersonal styles to most effectively interact with, develop, and lead others in emergency awareness, planning, and execution.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Must be an innovative self-starter who can work independently to prioritize and complete projects with critical deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office package including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Functional and Supervisory Relationships

Reports directly to the Chief of the University Police Department.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree and Two (2) years of experience in a technical or professional capacity in emergency management operations, emergency preparedness planning, disaster recovery operations, individual and mitigation assistance to disaster victims, public and or individual assistance response to disaster or emergency (note: this does not include first-responder experience), and continuity of operations and recovery.
  • Certification as an Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers (CEM) required within four years of employment.
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program certificates Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 700 and 800.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in emergency management, urban planning, business, public policy or other related field.
  • Certification as an Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers (AEM, CEM or equivalent) at the time of hire
  • Prior professional experience working in higher education or a similarly complex organization

EEO Statement

The State University of New York College at Cortland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act (AA/EEO/ADA) employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.

Closing Date / Removed from Database Date
May 25, 2019

  All jobs posted are considered open until filled and may close at anytime except as stated in the Job Description.