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The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life.

We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

Department Overview

The administration operations unit within Pew is comprised of the following main departments: Human Resources (HR) including Internal Communications, Organizational Continuity Management (OCM), Institutional Solutions (IS), the Executive Office (EO) and Real Estate Services (RES). The unit provides the highest level of global support to the organization through the streaming of processes, implementing 'best in class' programs, hiring the most talented staff and formulating strategies targeted towards meeting the goals of the institution around people, places and solutions.

This synergistic team of skilled professionals works closely together to enable efficient communications and workflow through a better understanding of the processes, the staff requirements for hiring and overall development, needs of each physical location, and the operating strategies helping to keep staff secure, informed and productive. Administration staff support the organization from both Philadelphia and Washington, DC to provide in-depth expertise to clients.

Position Overview

A key member of the administration operations management team, the Project Director, Organizational Continuity Management (OCM) manages and ensures Pew's compliance with institutional policies related to business continuity, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery. An OCM governance board has been established that includes executive stakeholders for operational units across the institution, including HR, Legal, Finance, Information Technology, Compliance, Communications, and Philanthropic Partnerships; through the guidance of the OCM Project Director, this team has been tasked with driving the strategic objectives of OCM and facilitating departmental compliance to OCM initiatives. The Project Director leads the OCM program and will supervise one staff in support of OCM initiatives. The incumbent also works with staff across the institution through a leveraged model to develop and implement plans, design exercises, and ensure adoption of the program through a comprehensive preparedness and awareness program. The position is located in Pew's Washington, DC office.

This position reports to the Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and serves in three primary capacities:

  1. Governance Board lead, establishing strategic objectives, identifying program gaps, and engaging with the executive team to support OCM actions required for policy compliance across Pew's global footprint of staff and offices.
  2. Crisis Response lead, maintaining situational awareness over events with potential to impact Pew staff, offices, or operations, and leading Pew's incident response team to coordinate recovery requirements in response to events with widespread or protracted impacts.
  3. Site Emergency Response lead, serving to protect the health, safety, and security of staff in the Washington, DC and Philadelphia offices by coordinating response efforts related to evacuation, shelter-in-place, medical emergencies, and personnel security situations.

Job Requirements

  • Lead the ongoing development and governance of Pew's OCM program.
  • Serve as the primary subject matter expert and leader responsible for the program, interfacing with all internal and external stakeholders including senior management.
  • Lead Pew's site response and crisis management teams, coordinating appropriate responses with senior management.
  • Provide security management expertise and recommendations, (e.g., physical security of Pew offices, personal security of Pew's international business travelers).
  • Develop and lead necessary OCM training sessions and exercises within the organization to ensure Site Response and Business Continuity plans for all offices and departments remain current and tested.
  • Monitor adherence to company-wide and department-specific OCM policies and procedures and establish a model for continuous improvement.
  • Ensure the appropriate management and use of Pew's OCM notification software.
  • Ensure accuracy and maintenance of Risk Assessment and Business Impact Analysis data, and coordinate plan development using Pew's business continuity management software.
  • Coordinate with Information Technology on IT disaster recovery and IT incident management activities.
  • Serve as Site Emergency Response Lead and Crisis Response Director, to make recommendations to senior management on building operations and impacts during disruptive events and to coordinate communications and response efforts.
  • Attend professional development seminars and continuing education trainings to increase knowledge and remain informed of current threats and business continuity strategies.
  • Work with senior management to ensure that new policies of the institution are aligned with the OCM program.
  • Participate in Pew-wide projects to represent how OCM requirements may impact them.
  • Contribute to and participate in other tasks and special projects as assigned.

Impact

  • Pew maintains a robust OCM program that remains consistent with changes in Pew's business processes and priorities.
  • Controls are in place to further the physical and personal security of Pew offices and staff.
  • Appropriate policies, procedures, and response strategies are in place to mitigate business risks.

Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required, Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP) preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional experience in the field of business continuity, emergency preparedness, crisis management, disaster recovery, or related discipline, along with experience in security and risk management.
  • Minimum of three years of previous direct supervisory experience required, including experience managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills. Self-directed and able to set priorities, organize time, resolve issues, follow up on tasks, and identify resources for projects.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to guide and develop the skills of project team members.
  • Sound consultation and relationship management skills. Able to create and maintain strong relationships. Able to quickly establish credibility and to develop and manage productive relationships with internal staff, including senior-level staff, and outside parties.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Ability to conduct research, coordinate resources, and synthesize in writing a broad array of information into a concise, easy-to-understand summary.
  • Solid understanding of risk management practices.
  • Strong analytical skills. Experienced in evaluating various strategies and making recommendations. Solutions-oriented approach with sound business judgment.
  • Assumes full responsibility for individual decisions and work, as well as for team projects.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience resolving problems creatively and logically. Able to understand organizational structures and work through administrative systems.
  • Skilled in software applications including Microsoft Office, databases, spreadsheets, and presentation packages. Able and willing to learn new computer applications. Working knowledge of Salesforce platform, Fusion, and Send Word Now a plus.

Compensation:

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.

Travel

Occasional travel to Pew's Philadelphia, PA office and to other domestic and international offices as required.

Pew is an equal opportunity employer.

Apply here : http://www.Click2apply.net/65grgn8494

(TNS) - Pat Heenan went from electrician to firefighter in a matter of seconds as a tornado slammed down on one of his customers Wednesday night.

“I was at home just before the tornado struck,” he said.

The owner of Heenan Electric had received a call from the manager of the Pontiac Shell station at Illinois 116 and Deerfield Road, just east of Interstate 55.

“She said the lights were flickering and had gone out and they needed help getting them turned on,” he said.

“I was just leaving my front door to go on the service call about the time the tornado struck.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Store-cooler-safest-room-at-the-station-during-tornado.html

Big Data-as-a-service provider BlueData embraced the enterprise, NoSQL database provider Couchbase rolled out a new version that bridges the relational and NoSQL gap, Samsung bets big on IoT research in the US, and Dell has sold Statistica to a private equity firm in this week's Big Data Roundup.

Let's start with the news from BlueData. This Santa Clara, California-based company has specialized in enabling big data-as-a-service, letting organizations spin up virtual Hadoop or Spark clusters and providing on-demand access to applications, data, and infrastructure to data scientists and data analysts.

This week BlueData announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other public cloud services.

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/hadoop-public-cloud-service-couchbase-updated-big-data-roundup/d/d-id/1326058

Well, it’s that time again when I write about personal experience rather than academic doctrine and how the two end up conflicting and sometimes not providing what you want in the end.

Recently, during a few meeting it was discussed that a new process was required for Senior Management reporting purposes and the manager requesting the process provided some guidelines/requirements on what was needed.  Sounds easy enough.

The guidelines were set and when some of the work was started, prototypes of what the reporting would look like were provided to the manager to ensure what was being developed met the set guidelines.  After 2 different prototypes it was confirmed that yes, things were meeting requirements (and were actually exceeding them).  Seems good so far, eh?

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https://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/bcm-dr-managing-dependencies-and-expectations/

Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Brexit Creates Turmoil

Britain’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union has left many unanswered questions, some of which may not be resolved for years as Britain and the EU iron out the details of the split. Meanwhile, in the wake of the announcement, oil prices dropped, global stock markets have taken a significant hit, the Euro and the British Pound plunged.

Fitch said today that overall, Britain’s decision is broadly “credit negative” for most U.K. sectors.

During a Eurasia Group conference call this morning, Europe associate Charles Lichfield asserted, “The U.K. has lost relevance to Washington.” In the past, he explained, the United States has worked closely with Britain on many European issues, but will now bolster relations with Germany, Spain and other countries, bypassing Britain.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/brexit-creates-turmoil/

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA Region III is deploying an Incident Management Assistance Team and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams to West Virginia to provide support and guidance on the Federal Disaster Declaration Process and PDAs in response to current flooding and severe weather.  

These teams will participate in joint PDAs with the State of West Virginia, local officials, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assess damages and the impact to communities. PDAs, which are an information gathering process, are the first step in helping a governor determine whether the scope of damage is beyond what the state is capable of handling and if additional assistance is necessary.

Information is jointly compiled and reviewed by the state, at which point, the state may decide that a request for federal assistance is warranted. The PDAs will include Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Webster, and other counties.

FEMA Region III and our partners at the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) want to encourage individuals and families to take steps to be safe during severe weather and flooding events. If drivers encounter water on roadways, turn around, don’t drown.

Residents in potentially affected areas should continue to monitor local radio or television stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

When severe weather hits, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups. The individuals within these organizations provide emergency assistance to protect the public’s health and safety and services to meet immediate needs. For additional safety information, check with your local officials and media sources through social and traditional media accounts.

To learn more about what to do before, during and after severe weather, visit www.Ready.gov.

FEMA’s support of State and Local response and recovery operations are in direct accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act. For additional information on flood preparedness, visit www.fema.gov/ or www.dhsem.wv.gov.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Cloud is King

I live in the Hill Country outside Austin where one of our local storytellers, Shake Russell, wrote a song for the Texas sesquicentennial in which he proclaims, “Cotton is King.” He subsequently amends it to say, “Cattle is King,” followed by “Oil is King,” before finally settling on “Willie is King.”

I cannot dispute his nod to Saint Willie, but I feel safe updating Shake’s econ lesson to point out that in 2016, even out here in the boonies, Cloud is King

Case in point: My neighbor, who spends more time on a tractor than a smartphone, is using sensors to track body temperatures of his prized Longhorns via the Cloud as they roam across his 100+ acres. He’s not an early adopter or some tech guru; he has never even heard of IoT. He just likes the sensors “because they
attach to the cows’ ears” – a huge improvement over the old way of taking their temperature.

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cloud-is-king

In a constantly connected world, we take for granted the methods for getting data from one place to another. It just happens so fast, seemingly in the blink of an eye. Improvements to the vast number of data transfer protocols IT professionals use to make this magic possible occur every day.

It is safe to say that the HTTP/S duo does much of the heavy lifting for applications on the web. But there is truly an exhaustive menu of protocol choices available, each tailored for a specific use and benefit. Companies can pick which option works best in certain times and conditions and move forward with confidence.

Frequently, though, the best option for file replication and off-site backup isn’t a matter of using the fastest Internet connection or consuming the most bandwidth. Bulk data inbound for the data center can often find a cheaper, more cost-effective ride. And the method takes advantage of a tried-and-true technology that’s been in use for centuries.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/24/parcel-protocol-right-data-transfer-needs/

(TNS) — Warning sirens were activated in parts of the county during Thursday morning's storm, but some people weren’t sure why since a tornado warning had not been issued.

Each town or city handles the activation of its warning sirens with its own protocol. Anderson, Elwood, Alexandria and Pendleton all have access to activate sirens, while Chesterfield and Lapel do not.

David Eicks, Anderson (Ind.) Board of Works chairman, said the city tends to activate the siren when it receives a severe weather alert from the National Weather Service. He said the city, however, doesn’t activate the siren for every severe thunderstorm warning.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/You-dont-need-tornado-warning-to-have-a-siren.html