The Director of Campus Safety & Emergency Preparedness is a hands-on, collaborative leadership role that is responsible for: the administration of the Campus Safety Office and compliance response; the effective direction of the campus response to emergencies and incident response, and the development of strategic practices, the provision of training for all members of the campus community, and the establishment and continuation of relationships that enhance the College’s ability to prepare for, and respond to, threats to the College’s resources; the collaboration with others at the College on the management, structure, and execution of the diverse functions and needs of the campus.
The administration of the Campus Safety Office and compliance response by:
- Managing, developing, plan, and actively implementing the College’s overall campus safety program and security operations, and the ongoing management of the College’s Emergency Response Plan.
- Engaging all members of the campus community in strategic planning and assessment within the department, which includes the identification and acquiring of necessary campus resources that enhance safety.
- Executing the functions associated with the administration of the campus safety office unit: incident reporting, policy and procedure review implementation, accident reporting and review, incident management, and parking processes and related education.
- Collaborating and frequent, strategically communicating with local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency response agencies.
- Hiring, training, and ongoing education and evaluation of a 24/7/365 campus safety officer staff, and the appropriate personnel management related to this function, to include the discipline, ongoing performance reviews, coaching, and mentoring.
- Monitoring and communicating legal and governmental requirements promptly and appropriately to the relevant constituent groups.
- Maintaining knowledge and familiarity with federal and state laws applicable to campus safety operations, including but not limited to FERPA, the Clery Act compliance requirements, Title IX, and VAWA.
- Maintaining and publishing the campus safety and crime reports as required by law, in addition to posting timely warnings on any ongoing threats to the campus community. The director is also responsible for providing the Clery trainings for required employees.
- Communicating best practices in higher education campus safety administration, emergency response, and risk management to campus stakeholders; and maintaining a service-oriented approach to working with colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and guests.
The effective direction of the campus response to emergencies and incident response, the development of strategic practices, the provision of training for all members of the campus community, and the establishment and continuation of relationships that enhance the College’s ability to prepare for, and respond to, threats to the College’s resources by:
- Establishing and overseeing the operational procedures of emergency response such as fire and fire prevention, crisis intervention, active threat assessment and response, special event security, investigation of accidents and potential criminal acts, and utilizing cameras and other access systems and technology;
- Utilizing technology related to campus emergency alerts and response. Collaborating with College administration in the communication of timely warnings, emergencies, school closures, and other potential risks or threats to the safety of others.
- Coordinating the design and implementation of the campus crisis management and incident response plan and develops a strategy to purposefully engage all members of the college community in its execution.
- Fostering positive and ongoing relationships with applicable emergency response entities to ensure effective communication and coordinated response in the event of an emergency.
- Actively serving in the capacity of a first responder to emergency
The collaboration with others at the College on the management, structure, and execution of the diverse functions and needs of the campus by:
- Partnering with the offices of residence life, facilities, campus events, human resources, student activities, and athletics to ensure appropriate, safe, and successful outcomes.
- Working with the appropriate student groups and student organizations to educate and promote a campus culture of safety, well-being, responsiveness, and compassion.
- Interacting effectively with peers within the division of Campus Life to improve the student experience.
- Providing a visible presence by engaging members from various departments throughout the campus community.
- Ensures the safety of self by identifying hazards in the working environment, using and insisting on the use of proper ergonomic methods, complying and insisting on the compliance to College safety policies and procedures, reporting potential hazards, and promptly reporting work related injuries.
- Consistently works collaboratively with co-workers within the department and across the campus by maintaining a positive problem-solving attitude, listening and respecting the competing demands of others and working toward the best solution for the College.
- Commitment to sustainable practices such as recycling, limited use of paper and electricity; composting; health and wellness, etc.
- Attends and provides assistance at campus community events such as commencement, athletic games, sustainability festivals, academic lecture programs, etc.
- Committed to service excellence by providing superior service on a consistent basis to our primary customers - the students, as well as other internal customers including, Faculty, Staff, Trustees, and Alumni, along with prospective students, families, guests, vendors and members of the local community.
Education and Experience:
- A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, management, or a related area and experience in law enforcement, campus safety, higher education administration is preferred.
- The demonstrated ability to lead a campus safety department that is 24/7 in nature is strongly preferred.
- The successful candidate will be knowledgeable and experienced in first responder duties, investigating crimes and understands and can apply the relevant local, state, and federal statutes and legislation to their work (Clery, FERPA, Title IX, etc.).
- An understanding of campus safety and student development at a rural, residential, liberal arts college is also preferred.
- Emergency Medical Technician Certification preferred, but not required.