Virginia Tech Seeks Director of Emergency Management

Virginia Tech -- unfortunately known for a tragic multiple shooting on April 16, 2007 -- is inviting candidates to apply to be director of its new Office of Emergency Management. The position will report directly to the vice president for Administrative Services, Zack Adams, PE, CSP, CIH, Occupational Safety and Health Programs manager and co-director of Environmental, Health and Safety Services for the Blacksburg, Va., university, said in a post today on the SAFETY listserv.

Adams wrote that the new office "is the focal point for emergency planning and preparedness at Virginia Tech. The Director is responsible for an all-hazard approach to the coordination and management of risk assessment, emergency management, disaster planning, and continuity of operations planning. The director will work closely with leadership in student affairs, human resources, facilities, campus police, environmental health and safety, and other offices to establish a comprehensive and integrated strategy. Other responsibilities include leading drills and campus-wide awareness and training programs; serving as liaison with localities, Commonwealth of Virginia, and federal agencies; and identifying grant opportunities."

The position requires an advanced degree or training and work experience demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of emergency management procedures which equates to an advanced degree, and substantial experience in emergency planning and management practices. More information about the position's responsibilities and requirements is available at www.jobs.vt.edu/.

Interested candidates should apply online at that address, posting #080441. Include with the faculty application a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references. For further information, contact Linda Woodard, assistant VP, Administrative Services, at woodard@vt.edu.

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