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The assistant director for global safety and risk management is responsible for assessing risk for overseas travel, monitoring ongoing international developments for risk mitigation, and providing training and oversight to support university-wide best practices. This position will play a key role in coordinating university communication and collaboration with regard to global risk and safety will coordinate emergency response related to university-supported international travel.
The position is responsible for providing coordination, support, training, and compliance monitoring for Virginia Tech's Global Travel Policy. The position works closely with the Global Education Office (GEO) program management team to ensure that international programs and participants are registered in the Global Travel Registry. In addition to oversight of the Global Travel Registry, the assistant director monitors travel advisories released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US Dept. of State, and other agencies to alert the university-wide Global Travel Oversight Committee (GTOC) when a program or registrant's itinerary comes under an advisory. The position will serve as the GEO's representative on the GTOC, which makes critical decisions regarding health and safety matters relative to international activities.
In coordination with the GTOC, the position will proactively assess risks associated with travel to specific geographical areas; take the lead on establishing and implementing emergency protocols for all university- supported programs; review program and individual student itineraries for health and security concerns and determine if programmatic changes are necessary; review and approve contingency plans for programs when a travel advisory has been put in place immediately before or during a program; determine if itinerary changes and other mechanisms have sufficiently mitigated health and safety risks.
The Assistant Director for Global Safety and Risk Management develops and delivers training programs designed to prepare students and faculty for travel decisions related to health, safety, and risk management, in addition to communicating university policy and advising as to best practices. The assistant director works collaboratively with the GEO and the GTOC, among other campus units, to promote standardization of health, safety, and risk management practices, and to coordinate emergency and crisis response for all university-supported international programs, activities, and travel.
The position will facilitate and coordinate with the emergency response staff to provide 24-hour on-call emergency and crisis response for staff, faculty, and students abroad. In addition, the assistant director takes a leadership role in coordinating with key university personnel in order to formulate action plans for resolution; coordinates decision-making and planning efforts among GEO's staff when incidents occur; designs and facilitates emergency response training workshops for all faculty/staff responding to emergent situations abroad; designs and maintains an emergency response manual; identifies on-site, VT-based and insurance provider resources in responding to concerns; determines communication plans and serves as GEO's contact for parents, faculty, and students; coordinates travel to the program site if necessary.
This is a full-time, calendar year, administrative and professional faculty position that reports directly to the Director of Global Education and works collaboratively with the Office of Emergency Management.
- Bachelors degree - Significant experience in a relevant field such as international education, student program management, emergency management, international travel and security, campus crisis management, and/or risk management - Experience working and communicating successfully with diverse groups - Experience performing risk analysis - Experience with emergency response management or coordination - Demonstrated independent judgment, planning, and decision-making skills - Experience interpreting and applying institutional policies and legal requirements
- Advanced degree in international affairs/development, higher education, or related field - Experience working in a higher education setting - Experience designing and delivering/facilitating trainings, workshops, or orientation sessions - Demonstrated knowledge of FERPA, HIPAA, Title IX, Clery Act, and global travel insurance coverage provisions - Proficiency with complex software - Experience using TerraDotta products - Experience promoting best practice for safety and security while abroad
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.
Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of more than $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.
Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto Ut Prosim (That I May Serve).
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