Emergency Manager

Flagstaff, Arizona
May 24, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Special Information

  • Submit cover letter and resume with completed on-line application.
  • Unsuccessful candidates are eligible to reapply after six months.
  • This position requires the successful completion of a police department level background to include fingerprints, complete background investigation, and polygraph.
  • Background process generally takes 30-60 days.

Job Description   


This position is responsible for coordinating the university's emergency management operations including but not limited to: developing and updating activities related to the Campus Emergency Plan, assisting departments to establish emergency plans, training university personnel in emergency management, including mitigation, planning, response and recovery to support the NAU Emergency Operations Plans, and working with the NAU Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG). This position will report directly to the Northern Arizona University Police Department (NAUPD) Chief of Police. The individual will work closely with local, county, state and federal officials on emergency management issues, training, coordination, and mutual aid. Due to the nature of this position, working hours may vary and the individual is subject to notification and required response depending on the situation.

  • Maintains the University's written emergency management plans, policies, and protocols, in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and apply an all hazards approach to ensure ongoing compliance with established standards and requirements of the four phases of Emergency management; assists with vulnerability assessments; identifies programmatic revisions and develops/updates plans as appropriate.
  • Assists in the coordination of plans through identification of new technologies designed for emergency response; tests and maintains existing infrastructure dedicated to ensure efficient and effective response during an event.
  • Manages responses with appropriate campus resources during an actual incident/event including, but are not limited to: NAUPD, EMAG, Risk Management Services, Facility Services, Human Resources, Office of Communications and Media Relations, Student Affairs, and Information Technology Services to ensure timely and effective response.
  • Provides guidance to campus emergency response resources during planning stages as well as during an actual event; acts as liaison to external resources such as local police departments, fire departments and other governmental agencies to ensure effective integration of actions.
  • Maintains, develops, and enhances current Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations Plans designed to restore the University to normal operations after a significant event on campus.
  • Serves as the Manager of the University Emergency Operations Center (UEOC) when activated and maintains the UEOC for readiness.
  • Serves as an administrator for the NAU Alert text messaging system, composing and disseminating emergency messages.
  • Coordinates with university personnel, development and maintenance of a Continuity of Operations Plan and Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Assists university colleges, departments, and units to develop emergency plans and Continuity of Operations Plans that align with the university plan.
  • Trains and educates the campus and community members on emergency preparedness and response, and the National Incident Management System.
  • Plans, develops and implements; exercises designed to test the University's ability to respond to various situations using an All-Hazards approach to emergency management. Identify gaps and provide corrective recommendations to current response plans.
  • Manages and conducts threat and vulnerability assessment with Risk Management Services, NAUPD, other NAU departments, and local, state, and federal emergency management personnel.
  • Represents the Northern Arizona University and NAUPD at events at a local, state, and federal level.
  • Participate with internal and external task forces, committees, and agencies regarding emergency management/preparedness including those at the hospital, local, regional, and state levels. Report outcomes, decisions, recommendations to Administration and appropriate committees.
  • Manages and serves on the NAU Emergency Management Advisory Group (EMAG).
  • Responsible for ensuring department compliance with, and providing proof documentation, on related CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) standards as assigned by the NAUPD Accreditation Manager.
  • May be required to assist with Incident Action Plans, Operation Plans, After Action reports, and other associated documents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in emergency management, public administration, criminal justice or related field.
  • Three years of emergency management experience.
  • Completion of ICS 100, 200, 300, 700, and 800 as well as other emergency management classes and training.
  • Valid Arizona driver license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree
  • Experience with the unique needs and requirements of a higher education setting.
  • Master Exercise Practitioner Program certification (MEPP).
  • Additional related certifications such as FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS) or Advanced Professional Series (APS) Certificates.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent knowledge of FOC Management and Operations.
  • Good working knowledge of Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the ability to design, execute, and evaluate exercises
  • Excellent written and oral communications including public speaking, training, and training development.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Incident Command System.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position.  Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing. 

The report may be viewed at nau.edu/clery or by visiting the NAUPD website at: http://www.nau.edu/police.  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


The budgeted salary amount is $60,000 - $70,000.

Commensurate with experience.

**The starting salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected applicant balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.


This is a Service Professional (SPF) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System or the Optional Retirement Program; 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at www.nau.edu/hr .
Service Professionals are hired on a contract basis, renewable each fiscal year according to terms of the Conditions of Professional Service, which may be found on the Internet at: https://azregents.asu.edu/rrc/Policy%20Manual/6-301-Conditions%20of%20Professional%20Service.pdf.

Employees offered a position on or after July 20, 2011, will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan) after 90 days of employment.  If you accept an offer on or after July 20, 2011, and you choose the ASRS retirement option, you will begin participating in the Arizona State Retirement System, and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it, on the first of the pay period following 27 weeks (6 months) after your start date. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP), which is an alternative to the ASRS plan for faculty and other appointed staff, will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  Additionally, the long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days after start date.  More information is available at:  http://hr.nau.edu/node/10159.

Learning and Development Your career at Northern Arizona University includes the opportunity for professional development.  New employee on-boarding training includes courses to be completed within the first 30 days (http://nau.edu/Human-Resources/Employee-Resources/Training/Required/). If your position includes the supervision of a benefit-eligible employee, we offer the NAU Supervisors Academy for you to complete within your first 2 years.  In addition to the development classes offered in-person, every NAU employee receives a free subscription to Lynda.com. From this site you can access more than 1,400 training videos on a broad range of subjects, including business skills, photography, music and video, home computing, and web design and development.  

Application Deadline

June 25, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline.  If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at http://hr.nau.edu or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.  

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Affirmative Action Office at 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ  86011.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.