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Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions offering degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Enrolling over 13,500 students, both graduates and undergraduates, Tulane students represent all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. Tulane’s main uptown campus of 110 acres includes over 90 buildings and houses the majority of its schools and colleges. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane Medical Center, the School of Social Work, and Technology Services, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, Louisiana. With 4,400 full-time employees, Tulane is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students.

Reporting to the associate vice president of enterprise risk services, the executive director of emergency management provides leadership in the oversight and execution of the University’s comprehensive emergency management operations including, but not limited to, preparedness, response, recovery, and business continuity. The executive director will lead institutional emergency preparedness by developing, maintaining, and updating the University’s All-Hazards Emergency Management Plans and Emergency Operations Procedures, integrating all roles and responsibilities across the campuses. Further, the executive director ensures that the university community is prepared, equipped, trained and ready to respond and address the consequences of disasters as well as mitigate the effects, to recover from the impacts, and to resume academic and business operations. Supervising the emergency management staff, ensuring effective and timely communication to university leadership and administering the departmental budget with financial acumen for demonstrating fiscal stewardship of the university’s financial resources are also responsibilities of this position.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of applicable experience in emergency preparedness, disaster planning, and hands-on response to disaster and emergencies. The successful candidate will have demonstrated effective leadership in the development and execution of emergency management programs and experience in providing technical and business impact reviews of emergency response work products and offering appropriate recommendations. In addition, candidates must have the ability to recognize and adapt to changing conditions with a strong tolerance for ambiguity as well as be equipped to interact with various levels of stakeholders, including senior leadership and technical professionals.

Preferred qualifications include an advanced degree in Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Disaster Management, or related field, and emergency management experience in a university environment. Further, FEMA certifications in ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, and 700 and a current Louisiana Emergency Manager (LEM) and/or Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), or ability to obtain such certification within two years are also preferred.

Review of applications will begin July 27, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at 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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Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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