Montana Jobs

facebook youtube linkedin
Mobile Montana Labor & Industry Mobile Logo

Job Information

Montana State University Director of Emergency Management in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 21068

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Kristine Mashaw (406) 994-5428

Classification Title Program/Project Lead

Working Title Director of Emergency Management

Brief Position Overview

The Director of Emergency Management (DEM) at Montana State University is responsible for leading the University’s efforts to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters and other crisis situations as determined by the university president. DEM is responsible for the development and continual oversight of the University’s Emergency Management Plan (EMP), which facilitates the coordination of communication between all University stakeholders. In the event of an emergency, the Director takes a leadership role in coordinating the University’s response.

Position Number 4C0012

Department University Police

Division Office of VP for Administration & Finance

Appointment Type Professional

Contract Term Fiscal Year


If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

FLSA Exempt

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.

Contract Type MUS

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

The Director of Emergency Management reports to the Chief of Police and serves locations across the Montana State University system. MSU Police Department’s mission is to provide Montana State University students, faculty, staff and visitors a safe and secure environment for living and learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and oversight for the development of policy and strategy across the areas of emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, and continuity of operations.

  • Responsible for coordinating with key leadership and decision-makers, faculty, and staff within both Montana State University and the University’s community and city/county/state partners to develop, implement, manage and optimize University-wide emergency preparedness and business continuity response plans and programs.

  • Assesses business continuity priorities and coordinates institutional community alerts and emergency notification protocols.

  • Provides leadership and management related to Montana State University’s efforts to plan for and respond to emergencies and to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment.

  • Provides emergency management and risk management direction to Montana State University programs on international travel and study abroad.

  • Oversees the viability and operational status of the University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

  • Exercises functional coordination over the University’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team and Emergency Support Resource teams.

  • Initiates, develops, leads and conducts emergency/disaster drills and exercises, and assists campuses, colleges, and departments in preparing appropriate localized plans.

  • Maintains and updates the MSU emergency contact list.

  • Directs training in emergency management, planning and preparedness for key University administrators and departmental directors at the University and across all campuses in the MSU system.

  • Leads the development of an institutional business continuity plan by coordinating input from University leadership.

  • Leads university departments in identifying key indicators (risk registers) that influence potential business impacts and help identify processes and procedures to improve response plans and business resilience.

  • Leads departments in considering which peer departments or central services they would depend on in order to maintain or regain full functionality in emergency situations.

  • Stay abreast of local, state, or national activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency at MSU, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation.

  • Oversees the review of emergency plans of individual organizations to ensure their adequacy.

  • Leads departments in creation of disaster recovery plans for critical systems and activities.

  • Leads departments in creation of risk registers and business impact analysis (effects of losing resources and mitigating effects of those losses).

Grant Applications:

  • Researches opportunities and applies for federal funding for emergency management related needs and administer and report on the progress of such grants.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree .

  • Eight years of progressively responsible experience in emergency management.

  • Proven track record of partnering with a diverse set of stakeholders to develop formal and thoughtful business continuity and operational response plans.

  • High level of understanding of organizational impact related to program implementation in the areas of risk management, safety, emergency response, business continuity, response and recovery.

  • Evidence of strategic thinking and envisioning the future as it relates to emergency planning and business continuity.

  • Proven record of strong project management skills.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in management, or emergency management.

  • Graduate degree

  • Successful completion of one or more emergency management industry certification programs such as: (IAEM), (CEM), (CBCP), (PMP), (MEP) and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.

The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will: possess cogent and clear communication style, along with executive presence (critical to being effective and influential) and strong verbal and written skills; possess the ability to provide leadership and assume responsibility for program activities; work productively with a diverse group of internal and external personnel; have demonstrated excellence in interpersonal communication skills and maintain good working relationships with university departments, supervisors and outside agencies; have strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage a successful program and the completion of projects within time and budget constraints; excels in an autonomous environment; have an appreciation of diverse constituencies and add intellectual diversity to the department; and represent University Services and MSU in a professional manner.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

This position must be able to respond during off hours, and may require irregular/extended work hours at times.

Periodic travel may be required for attendance at meetings, trainings, conferences, etc.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. (If successful candidate possess a valid out-of-state driver’s license, must obtain a valid Montana driver’s license within 60 days of hire.)

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

The DEM must work at a computer for extended periods, and be able to stand and sit for extensive time periods when preparing for, and responding to emergencies.

Must be able to move up to 25 lbs

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 21, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .