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Posting number 2019.134
Position Manager, Emergency Management & Resilience
Group Administration
Department Risk & Safety
Location Abbotsford
Contract type 100% full-time, Excluded, Permanent
Start date As soon as possible after closing date
Review date June 14, 2019 - open until filled
Salary scale Appropriate placement on the excluded salary scale

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

Posting details

Reporting to the Director, Risk & Safety, the Manager, Emergency Management & Resilience (EM&R) is responsible for providing and overseeing all aspects of a comprehensive (all hazards, all phases) emergency management program including planning, preparedness, mitigation, risk management, resilience, response, recovery and business continuity at all campuses using a participatory and collaborative approach.


Other responsibilities include:

  • Engaging the university community at all levels to embrace and embed emergency management and resilience awareness within its culture
  • Reducing risk and increasing organizational resilience for emergency events
  • Ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and incorporating industry best practices in the development of policies, procedures, plans, programs and training for all aspects of emergency management, business continuity and resilience
  • Performing hazard and risk analysis to identify disaster vulnerabilities
  • Leading initiatives to develop, implement, test and update university-wide emergency preparedness, response, recovery and business continuity plans
  • Develop and maintain emergency management and resilience program manuals and related materials including website content
  • Managing, supervising and coordinating activities related to the implementation and ongoing support of emergency plans, programs and activities
  • Promoting department engagement and providing support in the development of departmental plans, ensuring consistency across all university plans
  • Developing training sessions and presentations for faculty, staff and students regarding university emergency plans and risk management
  • Determining and advising on the appropriate level of activation and response in emergency situations
  • Coordinating the university’s emergency activities with external emergency response services
  • Managing the design, maintenance, operations and readiness of the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and coordinating physical resources
  • Managing the Emergency Response Supply Program at all campuses to ensure the maintenance, assets, product shelf life, and advancement in equipment and communications supplies are in operational readiness
  • Working in support of Communications to provide content for the operations of the UFV Alert emergency notification system
  • Developing, planning, coordinating, documenting and reviewing emergency response, recovery and business continuity exercises
  • Ensuring incident follow-up reports are filed, assessment mechanisms are followed, and enhancements are implemented in a timely manner
  • Supporting the Emergency Management Committee and Chair including acting as backup and relief as needed
  • Liaising with internal and external stakeholders
  • Responding to emergencies outside of regular working hours as need dictates
  • Performing other duties as required



  • Undergraduate degree in a recognized program in a related field – Emergency Planning, Safety, Risk Management or equivalent program; professional designation in disaster planning or emergency planning (such as ABCP, CBCP or CBCI) may be considered
  • A minimum of five (5) years progressive experience in planning, preparedness, mitigation, risk management, response, resilience, recovery and business continuity. Experience in managing actual disasters would be an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of provincial, federal and municipal emergency management and safety regulations, laws, acts and programs, familiarity with BCEMS, and experience managing an Emergency Operations Centre
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing processes, documentation management and comprehensive plans
  • Proven experience in project management and process improvement. Requires the ability to efficiently manage multiple projects
  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment with minimal direction
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Well-developed written and oral communications skills with advanced skills in presentation, negotiation, training, coaching and mentoring
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite, including spreadsheet, database management, word processing and presentation applications
  • Supervisory or leadership experience, preferably in a unionized, public sector environment 
  • Experience in change management considered an asset
  • Experience in a post-secondary institution is preferred but not essential

How to apply

Direct resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications by referring to Posting #2019.134 to

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554        Fax: (604) 854-1538       Website:
Email resumes to:

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on June 14, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.  Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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