Director Emergency Management

Johns Hopkins University





Job Req ID:  108854
Director Emergency Management

We are seeking a Director of Emergency Management who will be Reporting to the Vice President for Public Safety, the inaugural Director of Emergency Management will partner closely with leaders across Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to develop, socialize, and refine plans for emergency preparedness, emergency response operations, and recovery/resumption of operations across the University for traditional public safety-type emergencies (including fires, explosions, hazardous material releases, criminal acts [bomb threats, active assailant], and other public safety threats), and will partner with Facilities for infrastructure-related emergencies (including power outages and severe weather events). JHU enrolls more than 24,000 full-time and part-time students in nine academic divisions on four campuses in Baltimore as well as campuses in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland. This person will act as a liaison between the divisions and central University Administration leadership by conveying information between organizations, assisting with planning and preparedness, communicating guidelines and policies, and updating leadership on any crises occurring at the divisional level which may require central support.

The director will work with leadership to create and lead trainings and tabletop exercises, partner with divisions to ensure that divisional emergency management and business continuity plans are coherent and aligned with broader strategy, and coordinate institutional emergency notification protocols. In addition, they will partner with external stakeholders and partners (e.g., local police, fire, government officials) on responses and proactive approaches to emergency situations.

The ideal candidate will possess a proven track record of partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop formal and thoughtful emergency management and business continuity plans. This person must be a multi-dimensional thinker and have at least 10 years of related progressively responsible experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience in public health, crisis management, business/public administration, emergency preparedness, or disaster planning.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Director will partner with leaders across JHU (and in close coordination with Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System) to ensure that the university community is trained, prepared, and equipped to respond to and address the consequences of emergencies.
  • They will also help lead efforts to mitigate the effects of emergencies, recover from impacts, and resume academic and business operations. Specifically.


Planning & Preparedness

  • Develop/implement strategic plans for the effective response to a given emergency/disaster in order to maintain essential business whenever possible.
  • Help implement changes quickly in order to protect the institution or minimize the effects from an emergency.
  • Develop tools, templates and resources to support standardized planning for emergency response and business continuity.
  • Conduct assessments of JHU’s potential susceptibility and impact to natural and other disasters, including, but not limited to fires, hazardous spills, bomb threats, bioterrorism, and pandemics. Also conduct similar assessments for other potentially disruptive events like demonstrations or labor actions.
  • Partner with divisions and departments to help them meet planning expectations and requirements. Support these entities as they test their response, recovery, and resumption of operations plans.
  • Conduct simulations and tabletop exercises to test and improve emergency response and business continuity plans and procedures across JHU.
  • Coordinate with a variety of individuals and units across JHU, including Risk Management, University Incident Command, and COOP (Continuity of Operations) leadership and teams.
  • Monitor current technology solutions in the field of emergency management and advise on the implementation of such tools and related budget to university leaders.
  • Investigate best practices regarding the development and implementation of campus-wide emergency preparedness efforts. Continuously benchmark best practices of peer universities.
  • Support efforts related to international emergencies that impact the JHU community, as needed.



  • Develop and deliver training and practical exercises ranging from classroom, table-top/discussion-based to full-scale.
  • Create educational materials and instruct key personnel on planning, response, and business continuity responsibilities.
  • Support divisions with training as needed.


Incident Command System (ICS) Operational Support

  • Play a key role in working with/supporting Incident Command leadership as needed during emergencies.
  • Serve as point person and project management to support Incident Commander/leadership as needed.
  • Provide the technical assistance, as needed, to resolve or contain the root cause of an event.
  • Gather and report information to leadership about the event.
  • Coordinate any staffing, services, and supplies needed for operations related to a given event.
  • Monitor recovery planning and coordinate damage control activities.
  • Establish mutual aid agreements and coordinate the integration of stakeholders and colleagues of external and governmental organizations to work effectively during an emergency or catastrophic event.



  • May lead JHU’s effort to receive Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) certification in the future.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Strategic thinker who is interested in enhancing and improving current emergency planning tools and templates, researching best practices, and improving processes.
  • Knowledge of ICS and flexibility to adapt principles of ICS based on specific situation and/or leadership direction.
  • Proven skills to understand and manage both policy and operational concerns and to lead professionally through emergency situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and engage with numerous, diverse stakeholders with varying levels of familiarity with emergency management and engage with senior JHU leadership as well as external stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong, trusting, and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization. The ability to build networks across a large, complex institution will be critical.
  • Ability to foster situational awareness and ensure appropriate accountability during and after emergencies.
  • Ability to effectively deliver presentations and training programs to a variety of audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written communicator, including presentation and training skills.
  • High level of expertise and familiarity with emergency management technology software and hardware tools to enhance emergency management efforts.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Ten years related progressively responsible experience in public safety, public health, crisis management, emergency preparedness and/or disaster planning.
  • This position does not allow for education or experience substitutions.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Similar previous experience in an organization of similar size/complexity, preferably in a private institution of higher education, strongly preferred.
  • Advanced degree (e.g., MPH, MBA, MPA, master’s in Emergency/Disaster Management) preferred.
  • Graduate of the FEMA National Emergency Management Executive Academy, FEMA Emergency Management Institute Master Exercise Practitioner (MEPP) certification, Certified Emergency Manager designation, and/or certifications in FEMA ICS preferred.


Technical Qualifications or Specialized Certifications

  • FEMA Emergency Management Institute Master Exercise Practitioner (MEPP) certification, Certified Emergency Manager designation, and/or certifications in FEMA ICS desirable but not required.



Classified Title: Director Emergency Management
Role/Level/Range: ATP/05/PI
Starting Salary Range: $132,040-$181,630-$231,220 Annually (Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: ​​​​​​​Hybrid/Homewood Campus
Department name: ​​​​​​​VP for Public Safety Office of
Personnel area: University Administration


Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees’ health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate’s conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

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