Director of Campus Safety and Security

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY
Closing date
Aug 2, 2021

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Job Title:

Director of Campus Safety and Security

Posting Number:

Staff 2014001125



Full-time/ Part-time:


Is this a temporary Position?:


Job Description Summary:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the leadership and administration of the Department and ensuring the safety and security of the campus community.
  • Prioritize a review of Campus Safety and Security Functions at the University as outlined in the university’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Anti-Racism Plan. Ensure fairness, equity, and social justice, while actively instilling and modeling these values throughout the department.
  • Supervision of all personnel in the Campus Safety & Security Department, including selection, training, evaluation, and discipline. Including developing a series of trainings for Campus Safety & Security Officers on community outreach principles, trauma informed approaches, and working with diverse and underserved populations.
  • Work with several key departments on incident response including the Dean of Students, the Title IX, IV, ADA/504 Coordinator, Human Resources, Chief Inclusion Office, Residence Life, the Emergency Response team and Environmental Health & Safety Manager / Radiation Safety Officer with CSS serving as first line responders.
  • The Director is responsible for ensuring that all members of the Department of Campus Safety & Security are highly educated about and proficient with the community standards and values that characterize Clarkson; understand their responsibilities with respect to discrimination, harassment, and profiling; and know how to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that actively values equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Participation on college committees and assistance with college-wide initiatives including the Behavioral Intervention Team[BIT], and the Bias Response and Prevention Team[BPART].
  • Lead departmental diversity initiatives and partner with university organizations, student organizations, and departments, and others[Chief Inclusion Office] on campus to facilitate a broader understanding of CSS’s role in wider institutional initiatives around diversity, equity, and collaboration with internal and external partners on the care and support for students, including wellness checks and outreach programs to help educate students about personal safety.
  • Acknowledging the realities of structural racism, implicit bias, and inequitable treatment in American society at large and in higher education and law enforcement in particular, the Director has special responsibility for providing leadership and direction to address these issues with regard to campus community.
  • Supports the Dean of Students Office with investigations of on-campus student conduct and/or criminal complaints.
  • Collaboration with College partners as well as the Associated Colleges, external agencies, including local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the local Fire Department and Regional Emergency Services
  • Functions as a campus leader in emergency management and all safety and security initiatives.
  • Work with Environmental Health & Safety Manager / Radiation Safety Officer for emergency response planning, preparation and maintenance of the College-wide emergency response plan. Coordination of emergency notification procedures and collaborative leadership of the College’s Emergency Response.
  • Work with Environmental Health & Safety Manager / Radiation Safety Officer to plan and execute an annual tabletop exercise to practice and fine-tune the emergency response.
  • Compliance with federal government crime reporting requirements (Clery Act) and other relevant regulatory obligations and provide leadership for timely notifications to the campus community of public safety concerns and collaborative development of programs to reduce risk.
  • Design and implementation of campus community safety programs, including the development and ongoing modification of campus policies, protocols, and practices relating to all aspects of safety and security in collaboration with the Safety Committee, campus stakeholders, and departments of oversight for specific issues, e.g. Title IX, Student Code of Conduct.
  • Oversight and management of all public safety communications, dispatch operations, electronic access control systems, and parking operations and enforcement.
  • Oversight of parking policies and procedures.
  • Oversight and implementation of departmental operating procedures.
  • Assists the Vice-President with various tasks, including, but not limited to, stewardship of departmental operating budget as well as long- and short-term resource planning. Coordinate educational and training efforts and processes for accountability for members of the Department of Campus Safety & Security that foster and ensure the equitable treatment of others, rooted in dignity and respect. The Director has overall responsibility and ultimate accountability for ensuring that no member of the Department of Campus Safety & Security engages in discrimination, harassment, or profiling.
  • Serve on the Campus Climate and Engagement Committee.
  • Co-advisor for Clarkson EMS.

Minimum Qualifications: :

Minimum Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required or associates with 10 years of direct experience
  • 7 years of experience in safety and security or law enforcement in a management position2-3 years of experience working on community outreach and diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • 3 or more years direct management experience
  • 1-2 years’ experience with Emergency Management

Preferred Qualifications: :

Preferred Qualification

  • Master’s degree in criminal justice, social work, or another relevant field
  • History of working with diverse populations
  • Experience working with an unsworn force
  • Experience working in higher education

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, bend and stoop. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Clarkson is committed to complying with the guidelines set forth under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Special Instructions for this Posting:

Clarkson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

All offers of employment are subject to the applicant successfully passing a background check (including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal records).

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