Chief resilience officer
Chief resilience officers or business continuity planners develop, maintain, or implement business continuity and disaster mitigation and recovery strategies and solutions, including risk assessments, business impact analyses, strategy selection, and documentation of procedures.
|Quick facts: Chief resilience officer|
|2019 Median Pay||$73,570 per year; $35.37 per hour|
|Number of Jobs, 2019||N/A|
|Job Outlook, 2019-29||Faster than average (5%-7%)|
|Employment Change, 2019-29||N/A|
A related and quickly growing occupation within this field is the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). As jurisdictions and corporations face the effects of climate change and the related economic instability, social inequality, migration, and resource scarcity, they are starting to develop comprehensive strategies that closely interlink ecology and resilience, focusing on the capacity to withstand climate-related shocks. A CRO leads the development of a resilience strategy, a process during which the CRO brings in a wide variety of stakeholders to help identify the entity’s resilience challenges, its capabilities and plans to address them, and then to identify the gaps between these two. At the end of this process, the CRO will have a series of resilience-building initiatives that he or she will then work to put into action.
Chief Resilience Officers bring together a wide array of stakeholders from the private sector, non-profits, and civil society to build support for resilience-building in general and oversee the execution of individual initiatives. Often the CRO acts as an in-house consultant helping departments within the entity apply a resilience lens so that resources are leveraged holistically, and projects planned for synergy. This lets the entity get the most “bang for its buck” on its projects, potentially achieving multiple resilience goals with one project. This could include, for example, a flood barrier that also serves as a bike path, promoting healthy citizens and cohesive communities. Finally, CROs communicate to external stakeholders such as investors, residents, businesses and the media the work being undertaken to ensure a sustainable, thriving community.
- Civil engineer
- Financial analyst
- Sustainability specialist
- Climate resilience planner
- Climate resilience specialist
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How to become a chief resilience officer
Business continuity planners and chief resilience officers should have a firm grasp on the complex systems at play in an organization, jurisdiction, and/or ecosystem. A deep understanding of human, environmental, financial, and operational systems and the interplay between them will be helpful in projecting future scenarios for which to plan.
C-suite positions such as chief resilience officers are part of the executive team, and thus, it is a job that most people assume after years of work. As an occupation only formed within the last ten years, there is not yet a critical mass of CROs from which to glean “typical” career paths into the position. Additionally, the scope of resiliency efforts covers a wide array of topics. For these reasons, it’s hard to draw a line between a particular postsecondary degree and the position of CRO; but courses in business management or public administration, climate science, leadership, community planning, data analysis, sustainability, and environmental economics would provide the knowledge useful for meeting the job description of a CRO.
Important skills include critical thinking, complex problem-solving, judgment and decision-making, oral and written communication, systems analysis, and active listening. Facilitation, consensus-building, and conflict management skills could also be of benefit.
- Education courses
- An Advocate’s Guide to Resilience Regulations
- Beyond Commitments: Accelerating Progress on Climate
- Measuring Resilience with RELi
- From Risk to Resilience: Building a Healthier, More Resilient Future
- USGBC Carolinas Presents: Resilience Leadership in the Carolinas Panel
- Storm Preparedness & Grid Resilience
- Assessing Climate Hazards: The First Step in Resilient Design
- Geospatial Analytics while planning for resilience, climate and equity
- Weather Modeling Tools for Buildings in a Changing Climate
- Strategies for Community Residential Climate Resilience
- Professional certifications and credentials
- Knowledge-based badges
- Attend upcoming events related to careers in resilience
- Connect with companies that work in this field
- Chief Resilience Officer, New Key Figure for Cities in the Making, The Agility Effect
- Guide to Measuring Community Resilience with LEED v4.1 for Cities and Communities
- Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer, Grist, Feb 26, 2015
- O*Net: Business Continuity Planner
- Resilient Cities Network
- We Asked 5 New Chief Resilience Officers: What’s Your Biggest Challenge? Next City, Nov 10, 2014
- What a Chief Resilience Officer Does, The Rockefeller Foundation, Sept. 7, 2014
- USGBC Priorities - Resilience