Full Time

Emergency Preparedness Manager

Secure Community Network Chicago IL



The Emergency Preparedness Manager, under the general direction of the Secure Community Network (SCN) Executive Team, works with all relevant components of SCN to design, develop and manage the implementation of complex emergency preparedness policies, programs, and procedures for a diverse group of stakeholders with the goal of establishing national best practices and standards. Advises as a subject matter expert (SME) in the development and facilitation of policies and procedures as well as programs related to emergency management, contingency planning, continuity of operation engagements, and complex situations.


  • Apply expertise in emergency management, contingency planning, and continuity of operation engagements to complex situations.
  • Comprehend and apply emergency preparedness standards, best practices, rules, regulations, and activities, including tracking and evaluating all regulations.
  • Analyze and evaluate existing and proposed complex agency plans and procedures, providing recommendations as needed.
  • Design, develop and manage the implementation of complex emergency preparedness policies, programs, and procedures by applying expertise in applicable best practices, federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to emergency preparedness, infrastructure protection, and physical security for a diverse set of stakeholders and organizations.
  • Leverage comprehension of emergency preparedness procedures, policies, and directives associated with the federal continuity of operations, business continuity planning, and continuity of government and enduring constitutional government programs.
  • Plan, develop, and execute a variety of high priority, long-term and quick turn-around emergency planning projects in support of emergency preparedness.
  • Plan and conduct evaluations of major administrative aspects of substantive, mission-oriented programs to support emergency preparedness planning.
  • Identifies, develops, and/or reviews Mission Essential Functions (MEF) detail data sheets, risk management findings, business impact analyses, and risk mitigation plans and ensures the same are incorporated into emergency preparedness plans.
  • Provide expert technical assistance and program delivery support to stakeholders along with advice to high-ranking and professional staff concerning emergency preparedness planning.
  • Collaborate with federation partners, internal partners, federal, state and local agencies to partner with Jewish institutions for integrating emergency management practices and principles into operations and mindset. 
  • Assist with emergency management, emergency preparedness and planning, emergency response, emergency evacuation/training/drills COOP and devolution operations. 
  • Other duties as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree OR current/honorable discharge from military duty in a related Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) OR a minimum of five (5) years of full-time professional work experience in Emergency Management, Sworn Fire Service, Sworn Law Enforcement or Emergency Medical Services. (If applicable, must provide original transcript at time of interview). Minimum of ten (10) years’ professional work experience in emergency management or planning at the local, state or federal levels, in a national non-profit organization or at a similarly situated public, private, academic, or non-profit organization.

  • Possesses excellent oral communication, written communication, and presentation skills. 
  • Familiarity with Incident Command System (ICS), National  Incident Management System (NIMS), crisis management, incident management. 
  • Extensive background in designing, developing and managing the implementation of complex emergency preparedness policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Ability to share and communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, to multiple audiences in clear, concise language.
  • Strong computer software skills, including use of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Salesforce.
  • Ability to effectively participate in staff meetings or other forums aimed at developing constructive ideas, observations and insights.
  • Demonstrated team leadership and project management experience. 
  • Ability to receive and process sensitive intelligence and information.
  • Experience with a formal planning process, including the federal plan development process and FEMA’s 6 step planning process.
  • Experience with continuity of operations and/or continuity of government planning.
  • PREFERRED: Certifications in any of the following: Physical Security Professional (PSP), Certified Protection Professional (CPP), FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Master Trainer, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP), Certified Emergency Manager Certification, Business Continuity Professional Certification or Associate Business Continuity Professional Certification Clearance.


The Secure Community Network is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to HR@securecommunitynetwork.org

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.