Emergency Management Specialist

Port of Vancouver - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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Career Opportunity: Emergency Management Specialist (replacement term for a period up to one year)

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port, and our vision is to the world’s most sustainable port. Want to work in a fast-paced environment using your skills to collaborate with dedicated people and benefit all Canadians? Join our team and connect your world to us.

The emergency management specialist works with the manager, safety & emergency management to meet the VFPA’s emergency management objectives and responsibilities. This position develops and maintains the emergency management program and provides support for the occupational health and safety program. This position coordinates external stakeholder liaison activities with local, provincial and federal emergency management agencies.

Responsibilities include:
  • Develop, implement, recommend, evaluate and maintain the emergency management program, procedures and plans including departmental business continuity protocols, processes, standard operating procedures and tactical level response plans for emergencies and disasters.
  • Develop and implement emergency preparedness training and awareness programs for all staff, including the incident command system for first responders and EOC staff.
  • Plan, coordinate, develop and conduct various emergency and security exercises involving multi-agency stakeholders; from tabletop to complex full-scale exercises. This includes the annual security exercise at Canada Place as required by Transport Canada.
  • Provide emergency management support for planned and unplanned emergency events (e.g. Canada Day and operational emergencies as they unfold).
  • Maintain resources for the Emergency Operations Centre (Red Room) and other assets such as emergency radios, network coverage, operational EOC templates and currency of marine terminal response plans.
  • Coordinate the Marine Emergency Response Coordination Committee to harmonize response and recovery strategies in the marine environment with all appropriate stakeholders.
  • Monitor and coordinate the Marine Firefighting Program, which involves coordination with the Vancouver Fire Rescue Service to facilitate familiarization tours and access to deep sea and cruise vessels, annual reporting and other associated contractual requirements.
  • Liaise with external partners (local authorities, first responders, and marine stakeholder agencies) to harmonize emergency response and recovery strategies and enhance working relationships. (E.g. the Regional Emergency Planners Committee, the BC Critical Infrastructure Steering Committee, the integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Management in Metro Vancouver).
  • Prepare presentations, reports, budget submissions, position papers, workshops and training tools in support of the Emergency Management Program.
  • Participate and represent VFPA in a variety of local, regional, provincial, federal and international stakeholder working groups and committees.
  • Perform other assigned duties as required
The successful candidate will have completed a two year full-time diploma in emergency management or another acceptable discipline from a recognized educational institution, along with a minimum of 4 years of emergency management experience including the development and implementation of emergency management programs, procedures and plans for emergencies and disasters; development and implementation of emergency exercises; knowledge of the incident command system; and experience delivering emergency preparedness training. Knowledge of the federal, provincial and local emergency response organizations that operate within and around port jurisdiction, and experience with business continuity planning would be considered assets. Proficiency in MS Office Suite is required and SharePoint would be an asset.

Must be a self-motivated individual with excellent leadership qualities, sound judgment and the ability to work effectively in teams. Must be a team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to liaise effectively with internal and external contacts. Ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and pro-actively address shifting priorities. A customer service, results-oriented approach is required along with an attention to detail and accuracy.

Normal office conditions with occasional exposure to site incidents, port conditions, both onshore and afloat.

The incumbent must obtain and maintain a valid Marine Transportation Security Clearance as this position is required to access restricted areas/information as defined by the Marine Transportation Security Regulations.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority offers a competitive total compensation package including an earned time off program.

If we have accurately captured your profile above, please apply on-line by visiting http://www.portvancouver.com/careers/ (Please note this posting will remain open until filled.)

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of our community.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.