Coordinator, Emergency Management/Business Continuity Planning

Reporting to the Director Strategic Initiatives and Services the Coordinator, Emergency Management / Business Continuity Planning plays a key role in the development, implementation and coordination of the University’s Emergency Management Program and Business Continuity Program. The Coordinator provides advice and expertise in the area of emergency management and business continuity planning with a primary objective of achieving organizational resiliency against any potential threat across the scope of Athabasca University, in relation to all hazards, encompassing the areas of information technology, labour relations, student services, employee safety and physical infrastructure.

The Coordinator will work closely with the Vice President Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, the Associate Vice President, Student and Academic Services, the Chief Human Resources Officer, the Emergency Management Steering Committee and other internal and external stakeholders to fulfill the responsibilities of this role. The Emergency Management and Business Continuity Coordinator also serves on the Athabasca University Emergency Operations Centre Group which provides the command and control infrastructure required to manage the logistical, fiscal, operational, safety, and planning needs of the University through incident response management.


Several years’ experience in a planning and policy role with similar organizational scope, specialized in emergency management planning and business continuity planning.

Competencies will include:

  • Strategic thinking, innovation and superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills;
  • Superior writing, presentation skills and ability to develop, manage and deliver training programs;
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, tactical thinking, planning and organizational skills; an extensive expertise with managing interpretation and compliance with applicable legislation and codes.

Undergraduate degree in a related filed and a minimum of 4 years’ experience in emergency management planning and business continuity planning at a progressively responsible level. 

Certification in business continuity planning, risk management or related field; Certifications or training in emergency planning, emergency preparedness or first responder training;  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Experience in a unionized environment is preferred, demonstrating a solid understanding of collective agreements, processes, policies and procedures is desired in relation to business continuity planning with respect to labour disruptions.

Previous experience in a post-secondary environment is preferred.

The incumbent should have superior interpersonal, communication (written and verbal) and project skills.  The incumbent must be able to work independently while prioritizing workload and keeping files organized in order to adhere to time lines.

Demonstrated success in developing effective working relationships with cross-functional teams comprised of various levels of an organization.

Excellent computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office, e-mail, website navigation, and report writing tools are required.

Maintenance of confidentiality at all times is essential.

Applications will only be accepted through:                                                                                            

For further information regarding this position, please contact David Head at  (780) 675-6485 or via email

Athabasca University (AU) shapes and enables mutually supportive communities, regardless of where those communities exist. One of the strategic themes under AU’s Strategic plan, IMAGINE: Transforming Lives, Transforming Communities ( is Moving Beyond Place. Therefore, as AU is a semi-virtual organization anchored by three administration hubs across Alberta, this role has the option of being located in Athabasca, Calgary or Edmonton.

Where applicants have equal skills, abilities, and experience, candidates who are willing to relocate within the County of Athabasca will be given preference. The vibrant town of Athabasca is located in the heart of Alberta’s boreal forest on the banks of the Athabasca River. The community offers modern services, affordable housing, excellent public schools, and a variety of recreational activities to suit everyone’s lifestyle.


All educational credentials must be recognized in Canada.

Please note that only applications received through our online recruitment system will be accepted. You must include your resume and letter of application when applying, along with the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Landed Immigrants will be given priority.

We are committed to employment equity and encourage applications from women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.