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Executive Director of Emergency Management - Texas Tech University

Institution name: Texas Tech University

Title: Executive Director of Emergency Management - Texas Tech University

Job location: TX

Job category: AVP/Campus Chief/Public Safety (Department Leader) positions


Posting date: 2023-05-11 00:00:00

End date: 2023-06-11 00:00:00

Texas Tech University (“Texas Tech” or “TTU”) is one of the nation’s rising public research universities, among only 20 U.S. institutions recognized as a Carnegie “Very High Research Activity” and Hispanic Serving Institution. With 13 consecutive years of record enrollment, Texas Tech continues to serve the communities of our region while becoming a destination for students from around the world. Located in Lubbock, Texas, TTU is a creative and complex hub of scholarship, research, and teaching and the flagship institution of the five-institution Texas Tech University System.

Today, Texas Tech boasts an enrollment of 40,666 students pursuing degrees in over 140 undergraduate, 110 graduate, and 50 doctoral programs across 14 colleges. While 86.4 percent of their students hail from the state of Texas, representing 247 of the 254 counties, they attract students from all 50 states and four territories, as well as students from over 120 countries around the globe.

Texas Tech is committed to advancing knowledge through innovative and creative teaching, research, and scholarship. Red Raiders enter the workforce as well-prepared, ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. Texas Tech is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of local communities, the state, the nation, and the world.

Reporting to the senior vice president of administration and finance and chief financial officer, the executive director of emergency management is responsible for all aspects of the emergency management and business continuity of operations for TTU. The director leads and manages all emergency management and business continuity planning, incident action plan development for campus events, and education and training activities for the TTU community. This includes planning, implementing, and evaluating disaster drills, preparing and maintaining resources for emergency management and business continuity, and developing and maintaining an emergency management and business continuity budget. The executive director oversees the associate managing director for emergency management and the fire marshal director and manages a budget of approximately $450k.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related area plus five years of progressively responsible management experience (additional education may substitute for experience on a year-for-year basis). In addition, the executive director will have five or more years of relevant emergency management and business continuity experience to include extensive knowledge of emergency response procedures and the ability to apply that knowledge in various emergency, crisis, and business continuity scenarios. Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population while maintaining a culture of professionalism, inclusion, efficiency, and positivity are also required. The new executive director must be a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or hold a Master Firefighter Certification and have the ability to obtain a CEM within two years of beginning work at TTU.

Preferred qualifications include excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills communicating to all levels of employees within a diverse work environment and a demonstrated ability to exercise alertness and sound judgment in emergency situations to include maintaining leadership, professionalism, and composure in stressful situations. Further, the ability to write comprehensive reports and maintain relevant metrics and work nights and/or weekends is also preferred.

Review of applications will begin June 8, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The public salary range is $135K - $140K with relocation assistance to be negotiated.

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As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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