Director of Emergency Management – Stanford University

Director of Emergency Management – Stanford University

Job category: Other

Job Type: Full Time

Palo Alto, California

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Job Description:

EH&S supports and advances the teaching, learning and research activities at Stanford by promoting a safe and healthy campus environment.  We provide and coordinate programs and services that minimize the safety, health, environmental, and regulatory risks in a manner consistent with fiscal and environmental stewardship.   The work environment is team-oriented, collaborative, supportive, innovative and dynamic. We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

The Stanford University Office of Emergency Management (OEM) serves as the administrative function charged with creating the framework within which the University can reduce vulnerability and sensitivity to hazards and cope with crisis and disasters.

Our VPDoR Diversity Journey:

  • We create a hub of innovation through the power of diversity of disciplines and people.
  • We provide equitable access and opportunity to all members of the community in order to do their best work, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • We listen to and value all colleagues who bring diverse perspectives to the advancement and development of a respectful community.
  • We promote a culture of belonging, equity, and safety.
  • We embed these values in excellence of education, research, and operation.


The OEM works to ensure that the University can maintain and preserve its mission of academic inquiry, learning, and service after a crisis or disaster event.  Our vision is to create a disaster resilient university while protecting the University by facilitating the coordination and integration of all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the University’s ability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other human-caused crises or disasters.

Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost for EH&S, the Director of Emergency Management provides leadership in the oversight and execution of the University’s comprehensive emergency management programs including, but not limited to emergency preparedness, business continuity planning, emergency response operations, recovery and resumption of operations, and institutional financial planning for program.   The 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 impacts, and to resume academic and business operations. Please note: This position will be required to be on-call for emergency management situations.


  • Define the overall activities of environmental, health, and safety functions, and allocate appropriate staffing and other resources to achieve the objectives including development and direction of related policy.
  • Advise and alert senior leaders of legislative agendas and ramifications; develop appropriate strategy to address situation.
  • Provide leadership direction to management and professional staff.
  • Direct, design, develop, and oversee implementation of the most complex environmental, health, and safety protection programs and procedures.
  • Direct and conduct business and technical briefings for senior and top management: represent and advocate for the university’s position in a program area and/or specialty: develop and communicate a consensus position within a diverse, sometimes conflicting stakeholder climate.
  • Develop and establish operating policies and approaches for environmental, health and safety policies consistent with University policies and objectives and ensure appropriate execution; appraise and evaluate the results of functions. Establish budget allocations and project priorities.
  • Develop capabilities of environmental, health, and safety staff, and ensure strong leadership of individual units within the organization.
  • Direct and manage strategic relationships both inside and outside of Stanford University; negotiate and influence university leaders on issues that have university-wide impact; maintain a high level of interaction and collaboration with clients and peers across the university. Build relationships with key vendors.
  • Represent the university as the designated senior safety officer of an organization or specialization when mandated by regulatory requirements.


* – Other duties may also be assigned



Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in arts/science in related allied/scientific field and ten years of related progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree and/or certification(s) may be required for some programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to manage the overall functions of an environmental, health, and safety organizations, or a large professional service organization.
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision for the organization and ability to execute on a strategy to attain the vision.
  • Ability to function as a senior manager, with responsibility for developing and mentoring managers and senior professionals.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply regulations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to cultivate strong and collaborative relationships inside and outside the organization.
  • Ability to lead professionally in emergency/crisis situations.

Preferred Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communicator, including presentation and facilitation skills.
  • High level of expertise and familiarity with emergency management technology software and hardware tools to enhance emergency management efforts.
  • Strong management experience leading direct reports to advance the Office of Emergency Management initiatives.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Preferred: Advanced degree in Emergency/Disaster planning Management or Homeland Security; certifications in FEMA ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, and/or Certified Emergency Manager; experience in a university setting.


  • Frequently stand, sit, and perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Occasionally use a telephone, write by hand.
  • Rarely kneel, crawl, climb ladders, reach/work above shoulder, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, write by hand, sort and file paperwork or parts, operate foot and/or hand controls, carry, push, and pull objects that weigh 40 pounds or more.
  • Ability to maintain a valid non-commercial California Driver’s license.

* – Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.


  • Must wear personal protective equipment as defined/required by job assignments.
  • May rarely be exposed to high voltage electricity, radiation or electromagnetic fields, lasers, noise > 80dB TWA, allergens/biohazards/chemicals /asbestos, or heavy metals
  • May rarely work in confined spaces or at heights ≥10 feet.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Why Stanford Is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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