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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 10/5/2020
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The Continuity Planner works with campus departments to
Guide, instruct, motivate, assist, and facilitate the continuity planning activities of all departments.
Assist departments to create, review, update, and fulfill departmental continuity plans.
Track progress, create reports, and coordinate readiness efforts throughout the campus.
Key Responsibilities include:
Develops, implements, and monitors campus activities related to Business Resumption and Mission Continuity.
Maintains current, up-to-date knowledge and understanding of Continuity Planning best practices in the following areas: Information Technology (IT), disaster communications, and Business Impact Analysis (BIA).
Conducts education sessions for UC Ready Continuity Leads.
Promotes the completion of action items by departments.
Negotiates complex solutions with departments, and among departments.
Assists departments to identify & analyze their critical functions.
Identifies relationships and dependencies among departments.
Performs outreach consulting, and collaboration:
Promotes a culture of disaster preparedness and readiness in all sectors of the campus on specific disaster preparedness and continuity planning programs and projects, such as pandemic planning, HR preparedness, research preparedness, campus-wide disaster drills, IT preparedness projects, post-disaster analyses, etc.
Consults with, and coaches departmental leadership and planning teams as they operate.
Performs outreach, education, and marketing to deans, directors, chairs, and all levels of campus management.
Gives presentations to these groups and leads discussions.
Advises campuses and departmental leadership on all matters relating to the continuity of UCB's teaching, research, and public service.
Performs technical work related to Continuity Planning:
Implement Business Impact Analysis process.
Coaches clients in use of UC Ready platform, and troubleshoots client problems with tool.
Advises clients in the selection and use of technologies and services for the backup and safeguarding of documents, records, data, and applications.
Plans, designs, and executes continuity planning and response training for departmental personnel including but not limited to UC Ready plan testing
Assists with planning, developing, and executing of campus drills and exercises.
Evaluates the efficacy of training and exercises and assist in the development of corrective action plans to address planning gaps and response deficiencies.
Designs new components for and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.
Gauges the effectiveness of outreach, education, and participation in terms of the UC Ready program; adjust efforts based on feedback from unit plan coordinators and rate of UC Ready plan completion.
Conducts post-implementation analysis to measure the effectiveness of programs and processes, and quality of planning efforts.
Improves OEM by providing data, analysis, and advice to the Manager of OEM on all programs, functions, activities, and processes of OEM, for the purpose of better achieving OEM's goals and objectives.
Monitors compliance with fulfillment of UC Ready planning requirement for campus units:
Tracks progress and compiles metrics as requested
Reviews completed departmental continuity plans, and provides feedback to departments on how to improve their plans.
Reports to campus division heads regarding their division units' compliance with UC Ready requirement.
Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices. Creates and adjusts methodologies to standards set out but not limited to NFPA. 1600.
Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to:
In emergencies, the position will be the Recovery and Continuity Coordinator in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Assists with activation, direction and coordination of the Emergency Operations Center, including coordinating Mutual Aid with outside agencies, providing status reports to Chancellor and Executive Policy Group, County of Alameda and State of California, and de-activation of EOC and transition to recovery phase.
Thorough and demonstrated knowledge and work experience in the fields of business resumption, mission continuity and emergency management.
Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
Substantial experience in the field of continuity planning in a higher education setting is strongly preferred.
Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
Demonstrated knowledge and work experience in the fields of continuity planning and disaster management.
Familiarity with the organizational culture & administrative practices of higher education.
Political acumen, plus demonstrated verbal and written communication skills, to communicate in comfortable and persuasive fashion, with the broad constituency of higher education (top campus leaders, deans, chairs, faculty, senior administrators, department managers, etc.)
Strong presentation skills to give engaging, persuasive, and effective presentations to large and small audiences.
Ability to project competence and credibility in all interactions, including interactions with faculty on issues that relate to teaching and research.
Team leadership and group facilitation skills.
Project management skills.
Strong process analysis skills. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong skills in analyzing and synthesizing large amounts of data for preparing sound and relevant proposals.
Ability to partner with others to develop creative solutions and new ways of doing business.
Ability to convey, in layman's terms, the utility of available campus Information Technologies (IT) for bolstering unit data storage and access, and application hosting, in terms of continuity and recovery.
Computer skills: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other common computer applications. Database skills (understanding of database structure, ability to use query tools). Basic web design skills.
Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes
Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Licenses or certifications:
CBCP (Certified Business Continuity Professional) certification is preferred but not required. Incumbent will be expected to earn this credential within 2 years of employment if he or she does not possess it.
Master's degree is highly desirable, plus substantial work experience in a relevant field. Relevant fields include (but are not limited to) business continuity planning, business administration, disaster preparedness, emergency management, higher education management, organizational development, education, planning, operations analysis, public administration. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Familiarity with the organizational structure, functions and processes of the Berkeley campus.
Salary & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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