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Emergency Management Continuity of Operations Planning Coordinator (COOP)

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The CU Police Department welcomes applications for a Emergency Management Continuity of Operations Planning Coordinator (COOP). The Continuity of Operations Planning Coordinator (COOP) will support the projects and objectives of the University of Colorado Boulder Emergency Management Unit. The Continuity of Operations Planning Coordinator (COOP) will serve as the unit’s coordinator for all COOP activities to ensure the department can perform its critical functions during an emergency.  This position coordinates COOP activities across the University to ensure continuous and safe operations under any environment for faculty, staff, students and other members of the University community. 

Who We Are

The members of the University of Colorado Boulder Police Department (CUPD) are dedicated to providing the highest quality police services in order to enhance community safety, protect life and property, and reduce crime and the fear of crime. To do this, we pledge to develop a partnership with the community, to lead a community commitment to resolve problems, and to improve the safety and quality of life for all CU affiliates.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Continuity of Operations Plan Development
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and guide CU Boulder departments, divisions, and work units in developing continuity of operations plans that focus on maintaining mission critical essential functions. 
  • Research and implement tools and methodologies for facilitating planning.
Program Management 
  • Develop and implement a program strategy for progressing continuity of operations planning at CU Boulder. 
  • Develop and maintain a timeline for plan development that aligns with the overarching priorities of the institution. 
  • Oversee plan maintenance schedule.
Continuity of Operations Plan Drills and Exercises
  • Design and conduct Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) drills and exercises.  
  • Develop tabletop exercises to help departments, divisions, and work units identify additional planning needs and gaps in procedures and resources. 
  • Work with the Training and Exercise Coordinator to develop drills, functional exercises, and full-scale exercises to aid in helping university entities test their capabilities for implementing COOP plans during simulated incidents.  
Administrative and Representation
  • Develop and maintain emergency and disaster recovery resources contact and list serves.  
  • Conduct the necessary administrative tasks associated with the Continuity of Operations Program.  
  • Serve as an alternate CU Boulder emergency management liaison to internal and external partner and stakeholder groups. 
Event Support
  • Assist the Events Management Unit plan for special events, ready event safety and security systems, and implement plans during the special event.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is $48,000 to $72,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Emergency Management, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration, Political Science, or a related field; or year for year experience may be substituted for the educational experience. 
  •  A valid Colorado driver’s license or the ability to obtain a Colorado driver’s license.

What You Will Need

  • Skills in analysis and problem solving.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to prepare and present professional reports and program materials.
  • Demonstrated use of strong communications skills, ability to remain calm, professional and functional during stressful circumstances, willingness to work as a team member.
  • The ability to collect, organize, retain, analyze and produce information related to emergency management.
  • Experience in emergency management or continuity of operations planning concepts, practices, and policy development.
  • Ability to work independently, and prioritize work assignments and resources.
  • Working knowledge of computer systems, database and spreadsheet management, and Microsoft Office products.
  • The ability to use technology to work and communicate, and the ability to assist in developing strategies for the use of technologies such as: online collaboration tools, video conferencing, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Certificates in Continuity plan development.
  • Experience working on a higher education campus with a campus-based population.
  • Experience working as a full time staff member of an emergency management agency.
  • Familiarity with Emergency Operations Center Functions and experience working in an Emergency Operations Center during a real world incident.
  • Experience in developing and implementing best practices, policies and procedures within the field of Emergency Management.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
1.A current resume. 
2.A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
You will not be asked to upload references at this time.
Please apply by 4/28/19 for consideration.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Essential Services

This position is designated “essential services.” The incumbent is required to respond to requests for work during campus emergencies (snow, wind, rain, flood and any other natural or man-made event) and report to work for his / her regularly assigned shift during emergency campus closures. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer