Chief Safety Officer

Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 04, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Founded in 1850, the University of Utah is a public, Top-Tier 1 research university, serving Utah and the global community. As the state’s flagship university, “the U” is classified among “Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity,” and is a center of academics, powerhouse PAC-12 sports, and the health sciences. Residing on 1,535 acres in the vibrant state capital of Salt Lake City, the University serves over 33,000 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. With 18 colleges and schools and more than 100 departments/divisions, the University of Utah offers 113 distinct undergraduate degrees, concentrated into 89 majors within 25 broad fields of study. For graduate students, the well-regarded S.J. Quinney College of Law, College of Engineering, College of Education, and David Eccles School of Business all offer degree programs. The U of U School of Medicine, which is particularly well regarded for its primary care program, is the only medical school in the state.

The chief safety officer (CSO) provides leadership, development, coordination, and direction for all aspects of campus safety at the University of Utah, promoting a safe, secure, and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to the University. Reporting to the chief financial officer, the CSO is responsible for ensuring the overall effective operation of campus safety and aligning the day-to-day security, public safety functions, and safety initiatives with the University’s Strategic Plan. This position maintains a high public profile and serves as part of the senior leadership team, regularly attending President’s Cabinet meetings and partnering with senior leadership and all levels of the University to develop and implement responsive and innovative policies and programs for University safety functions. The chief safety officer coordinates safety strategy with Emergency Management on the Main Campus and with Health Sciences; recommends and promotes policies ensuring the physical safety of students, employees and guests of the University; and develops, oversees, implements, and evaluates new campus safety projects alongside existing successful programs.

The CSO chairs the Campus Safety Taskforce, provides oversight to, and coordination with, the Behavioral Intervention Team and Threat Assessment Team to further campus safety efforts, and is responsible for the completion of the annual fire and safety report (Clery). The CSO oversees safety outreach programs in connection with University Marketing and Communications; chairs the Security Surveillance Advisory Committee regarding camera placement and use across University properties; coordinates with the vice president for student affairs and the director of housing and residential education to implement best practices for safety in student housing; coordinates with Facilities Management to ensure the physical security of all University assets; coordinates with Auxiliaries and Public Safety to implement best practices for safety in escorting and transporting students during evening hours; and develops and implements customer service, staff management and financial objectives consistent with the University’s and the department’s goals and objectives. Additionally, the new CSO must have a strong understanding of, and commitment to, diversity and equity, as well as the ability to create inclusive work and campus environments. The chief of police reports directly to the CSO.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred), as well as a minimum of ten years of experience in the area of university campus safety, law enforcement, risk/safety management, emergency services, or related field and a minimum of five years in a supervisory capacity. Prior local, state or federal law enforcement experience is strongly preferred. Preference will also be given to candidates with prior experience in a higher education institution on an urban campus.

Review of applications will begin Friday, October 4, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at [email protected] Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.