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A cover letter is required in order to be considered for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should outline skills and experience that directly relate to the qualifications for the position.     

The hiring process will measure the following competencies:

Leadership                       Valuing Diversity and Inclusion

Decision Making               Communication

Problem Solving               Teamwork

Building Trust                   Motivation

Work Ethic                        Integrity

Customer Service            Adaptability

Candidates will be required to submit a video presentation answering pre-screening questions through a third party vendor (no cost to applicant).

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until a successful candidate is hired.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan, Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), Emergency Management serves the community by preparing for, protecting against and responding to a broad range of emergencies that could impact our people, operations and environment. The Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Specialist will assist in supporting continuity planning for the University of Michigan’s 19 schools and colleges, divisions, business and service units, independent centers and institutes, as well as auxiliary operations, which include Athletics, Student Life and Michigan Medicine.

This position requires the candidate to successfully pass a thorough background investigation and drug screening. The position requires driving a university vehicle so the candidate must have a valid driver’s license and driving record of fewer than 6 points.


This position is responsible for ensuring academic, research, medical, and business operations have plans in place and prepared to address an “all hazards” approach for operational resiliency.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Coordinate the continuity program at the university, maintaining a uniform, integrated approach
  • Assist in the University's ability to recover from emergencies and interruptions
  • Analyze, recommend and establish proactive strategies for further development of the COOP program
  • Develop plans, policies and procedures
  • Develop and assist with the facilitation of training and exercising
  • Evaluate criteria for the format, content, updating, review, storage, and security of continuity plans
  • Perform ongoing risk assessment and resource planning
  • Liaise and provide guidance and assistance to internal and external stakeholders and committees
  • Participate in development and presentation of information to senior leadership
  • In the event of an emergency this position will be expected to be available for support; including activation of the university Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
  • Other duties, as assigned

Information technology resiliency is a component, but not the primary scope of practice for this position. The University of Michigan – Information and Technology Services (ITS) and Health Information Technology and Services (HITS) maintain its own staff for IT related disaster resiliency; however, this position will be expected to collaborate with these partners routinely.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Administration, Business Administration, Criminal Justice or similarly related field
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse population of partners within academic, research, medical and business settings
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, multitask and prioritize assignments and deadlines
  • Ability to analyze complex issues and translate into clear and concise plans and/or reports
  • Ability to present ideas and recommendations to peers and management
  • Strong attention to detail and project management experience
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced security environment, where confidentiality is critical
  • Candidate is required to have ICS 300 and 400 completed within one year of employment
  • Proficient in MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Candidate is required to have ICS 300 and 400 completed within one year of employment

Desired Qualifications*

  • Knowledge and background working in a large university community that includes academic, research, athletic and medical operations.  Additionally, knowledge of institutional and divisional policies and procedures are desired
  • Background in continuity of operations planning and coordination in a large complex organization
  • Experience with all phases of emergency management and continuity of operations planning including prevention, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation
  • Completion of Federal Emergency Management Agency - National Incident Management Systems courses
  • Experience in the design, facilitation and evaluation of drills and exercises

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.