Safety and Security Sergeant, Supervisor

Vassar College

Safety and Security Sergeant, Supervisor

Department: Safety and Security
Duration of Position: Full year / Full time
Work Schedule: 3pm-11pm
Employee Type: Supervisory
Posting Date: 05/05/2022
Union Representation:
Posting Number: AS219P
Pay Rate:

About Vassar College
Located in the scenic Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College is a highly selective, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Vassar is deeply committed to fostering a community that reflects the values of a liberal arts education and to promoting an environment of equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Vassar seeks to create a pluralistic community for all staff, faculty and students. Vassar College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer, and applications from women, individuals with disabilities and members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.Vassar College is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus.Note: Vassar College has a universal vaccination policy requiring a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees except for those exempt for medical or religious reasons.

Position Summary and Responsibilities
Overview of position:

Reports to the Administrative Lieutenant and Director of Safety & Security.

The Sergeant/Supervisor is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations on their assigned shift and collaborating with various campus departments/constituency groups. They ensure department policies and procedures are properly followed. The Sergeant must be able to supervise effectively and give corrective instructions/discipline when appropriate. They should possess critical decision-making skills; be able to respond effectively to emergencies; and diffuse/de-escalate potentially volatile situations. They ensure members assigned to their shift are effectively trained. They must engage in helping develop growth in department members and the department as a whole. They will handle specialty tasks and other duties as assigned. The supervisor should have excellent communication skills and be a team player (at the supervisory team level, promoting both the mission and vision of the Department and the College).

Safety and Security supervisors must be capable of and willing to work all shifts and overtime as needed. All shifts include all hours, days of the week, and holidays. Shifts may be reassigned on a short- and long-term basis according to departmental needs.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of one-year probationary period and satisfactory results of criminal background check.
Position responsibilities:
  • Assigns Officers shift posts/ patrols.
  • Conducts shift briefings.
  • Informs and assigns officers to special details/ assignments occurring on shift.
  • Fills vacant shifts as needed.
  • Approves and manages time/leave in the College's timekeeping/payroll program (workday) and the department scheduling program (VCS) per College and Department guidelines.
  • Coordinates response to calls for service or emergencies with police, fire, EMS, or college service as needed.
  • Responds to all emergency calls for service that require supervisory (in depth, complicated or sensitive) action.
  • Prepares and/or directs immediate emergency notifications to the campus as appropriate.
  • Monitors the department computerized records management system for proper entries and information.
  • Monitors job performance of officers, corrects deficiencies, and prepares corrective action communications such as performance observations and verbal/written reprimands.
  • Trains officers in new procedures, use of equipment, etc.
  • Reviews and informs all officers of policy changes, updates, briefings and/ or special orders.
  • Communicates with other supervisors to relay important information.
  • Reviews officers' reports for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  • Make notifications to the Director of Safety & Security and other College officials regarding important information, incidents of a sensitive nature, per College and Department guidelines.
  • Sends daily DOC and other listserv reports.
  • Oversees field training occurring on their shift.
  • Assists with educational programming and other duties as assigned.
  • Assists with campus event security as needed.
  • Carries out other duties deemed necessary by the Administrative Lieutenant and/or Director of Safety and Security.
  • Responsible for reading, understanding, and responding to College and Department emails in a timely manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required skills and experience:
  • Possess and maintain a New York State Driver License.
  • Must possess a valid NYS Security Guard license or a valid 8-hour pre assignment training certificate with the ability to attain license within 30 days.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, written and verbal
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations and to deescalate charged situations
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. or more. and move 75 lbs. or more.
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Ability to work overtime as needed/mandated.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Working knowledge of the NYS Penal Law and general familiarity with/ability to learn relevant federal and state laws that apply to college campuses.
  • Experience with community relations.
  • Experience overseeing and conducting employee training and field training.
  • Minimum of 3 years full time Security/Police/Peace/Community Engagement Officer -related supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to perform CPR/AED and CPR/AED certification required or attainable; ability to effectively use Narcan and Narcan certification required or attainable.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • A strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work in a diverse multicultural community.
  • Sufficient computer experience to be able to prepare reports and effectively use all software programs available to the department.

  • 30 college credits or formal supervisory training at a recognized agency or institution required. Associates degree or higher preferred.
Travel Requirements:

  • Some local travel may be required.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To complete your on-line application, you will be required to attach your resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. All attachments must be in PDF format. Review of applications will begin immediately. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources, 845-437-5820.

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