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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 University of Michigan, Division of Public Safety and Security, Associate Director, Emergency Management 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 U-M Dearborn  Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department within the University’s broader Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), and is committed to protecting and serving our campus community. Emergency Management, a component of our public safety organization, serves the University of Michigan community by preparing for, protecting against and responding to a broad range of emergencies that could impact our people, operations and environment.

The Associate Director of Emergency Management is responsible for facilitating partnerships and coordination of emergency planning and preparedness efforts with internal U-M units as well as local, state and federal partners. The Associate Director, in collaboration with the DPSS emergency management team, assists in supporting and coordinating a comprehensive all hazards approach within the University of Michigan Dearborn campus community. 

The primary location for this position is at the Dearborn campus; however assignments to the Ann Arbor and Flint campuses will occur based on operational requirements.  The Associate Director will be a direct report to the U-M Dearborn Chief of Police and member of the DPS leadership team with a focus on protecting and serving the UM Dearborn campus community.  This position will have a dotted line reporting relationship to the DPSS Director of Emergency Management. 

The Associate Director is responsible for maintaining strategic partnerships both internally and externally and will be expected to engage regularly with faculty, staff and community members, along with external partners to further enhance protection, prevention and preparedness efforts. 

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 less than 6 points.


  • This position is responsible for promoting,  coordinating and implementing “all hazards” emergency planning, preparedness and operational resiliency at the Dearborn campus as well as providing subject matter expertise support and guidance to university units. 
    • This includes, but is not limited to:
      • Prevention including risk assessment and analysis;
      • Preparedness including the development and management of projects, programs, plans and procedures
      • Response including coordination, liaising and Emergency Operations Center activation;
      • Recovery including physical, fiscal and operational;
      • Mitigation including hazard vulnerability analysis and resource planning;
      • Program coordination across the enterprise, maintaining a uniform, integrated approach.
  • Maintain  the Dearborn campus Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Hazard Mitigation Plan and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP). 
  • Manage emergency notification and communication strategies for the Dearborn campus to include the emergency alert system, plans, policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate incident debriefs and the completion of After Action Reports (AARs) as appropriate.
  • Oversee and manage the Dearborn campus Emergency Operations Center (EOC). 
  • Develop, coordinate and facilitate robust training and exercise programming.  
  • Maintain visibility on applicable policies, procedures, standards and regulations related to emergency management.
  • Identify opportunities and capabilities for leveraging technology solutions.
  • Promote division strategic priorities, goals and core values. 
  • Identify, assess and inform leadership of risks and vulnerabilities, along with recommended prevention and preparedness solutions.
  • Implement appropriate problem-solving and preparedness strategies through data analysis, trends, lessons learned and best practices.
  • Partner and liaise with internal and external stakeholders and committees.
  • In the event of an emergency this position will be expected to be available for support; including activation of campus Emergency Operations Centers (EOC). 
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional business hours as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Public Administration, Business Administration, Criminal Justice or 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.
  • Broad experience in emergency preparedness program management, planning, coordination, mass warning and notification systems, training and exercise design and facilitation.  
  • Experience in complex emergencies and operational experience in an emergency operations center. 
  • Skilled public speaker and facilitator.   
  • Must be highly independent, capable of making decisions in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to implement innovative solutions to complex problems through technology, partnerships and leveraging of resources.
  • Ability to analyze a wide array of issues and translate into clear and concise plans and/or reports.
  • Project management experience with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to perform in a fast-paced security environment, where confidentiality is critical.
  • Proficient in Google and MS platforms.
  • Successful 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 emergency management and continuity of operations planning and coordination within 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 System courses.
  • Experience in the design, facilitation and evaluation of drills and exercises.
  • Professional designation such as PEM, CEM, CBCP, CSSP, etc.   

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

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


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.