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Deputy Chief, University Safety and Emergency Management

Saint Leo University
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Job Description Summary

The Deputy Chief, University Safety and Emergency Management is a live-in professional responsible for on-call responsibilities for the University community who must excel at collaboration, de-escalation, problem-solving, and supervision. Frequently called upon to manage crisis situations, the Deputy Chief will respond to human or facilities related emergencies in addition to other situations necessitating Safety response. Tasked with the responsibility for assuring the safety, protection and assistance of students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the University, the Deputy Chief serves in the place of the Chief when called upon to do so. The Deputy Chief has direct supervisory responsibility for Sergeants, full-time and part-time officers, and student workers. The Deputy Chief serves as the primary technology expert for the department, working closely with vendors and University Instructional Technology in order to create and maintain technological solutions to solve problems. The Deputy Chief also serves as a project manager for projects impacting the University Safety department, collaborating with other departments and external stakeholders as necessary. Required knowledge includes databases, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms, physical security systems (hardware and software), credentialing and physical ID services, and other technology used by a comprehensive and technologically advanced department. The Deputy Chief frequently interacts with a wide variety of campus and community individuals and groups and must be a professional, articulate, approachable, and engaging representative of the department and the Division of Student Affairs.

Job Description

Duties and Tasks:

  • Leadership and supervision of Sergeants, Patrol Officers, Event Staff, and student workers
  • Performance evaluations, coaching/mentoring/training, disciplinary actions, approval of hours worked, scheduling, review and approval of daily dispatch logs.
  • The supervision and enforcement of Parking and Traffic operations including Traffic court
  • Responsibility for department technology to include the Genetec Software system, the ID system, security cameras, use of e-tickets for shuttles, problem-solving and collaborating to resolve technology challenges for the department
  • Supervision of the University fleet of vehicles to include usage, maintenance, cleaning, scheduling, training of drivers; shuttles; safe ride program
  • University Clery Report to include knowledge of and creation of annual safety report for entire University
  • Actively demonstrate sensitivity to the concerns and developmental needs of all Saint Leo University students while helping students understand violations of University policies/procedures; self-manage and manage interpersonal conflict
  • Compile statistical information and provide interpretations based on data from reports on regular basis to the Chief and supervisors to keep them informed about current trends and issues related to student behavior on and off-campus.
  • Work effectively with a wide variety of campus and community partners to include Residence Life, Facilities, Counseling, Student Health, Athletics, faculty, local community, local law enforcement, etc.
  • Represent the department on pertinent committees, task forces, and projects
  • Serve on the University’s Threat Assessment Team, which is a multidisciplinary team that identifies students and others who may be at risk and seeks to mitigate risk while seeking help for the individual.
  • Serve as essential and on-call personnel in preparing for, responding to, and addressing the recovery from student or campus-wide crisis issues and those issues related to university safety.
  • Serve as an exemplary role model and representative of the department to a variety of audiences including students, families, faculty, alumni, local community, and vendors.
  • Serves on university’s Emergency Management Team?
  • Other duties as assigned related to the daily operations of University Safety which also include events such as Commencement, Homecoming, Athletic Events and any other major events on Campus


  • Demonstrated leadership and supervision experience.
  • Technology excellence to include safety systems, ID systems and physical security systems (hardware and software), Microsoft Office proficiency, and relational databases.
  • Previous security, law enforcement, or military experience.
  • Knowledge of FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, and Campus Save Act (including VAWA – Violence Against Women’s Act)
  • Demonstrated commitment to Catholic Benedictine values and the values of Saint Leo University


  • Possess strong supervisory skills and organizational skills.
  • Able to coach and motivate staff and student employees
  • Ability to analyze complex situations and to make sound judgments and decisions
  • Excel at strategically planning and carrying out complex programs, events, and services
  • Ability to perform with integrity in every situation
  • Ability to learn new software systems and to recommend technology solutions
  • Skilled at engaging diverse others- individually and in groups, directly and through writing, social media, and use of technology


  • High energy professional that excels at conceptualizing and implementing, customer service, community building, communicating in various venues and modalities, effectively engaging students and staff
  • Ability to effectively manage interpersonal communication in a team environment
  • Ability to balance many tasks and responsibilities simultaneously and consistently meet or beat deadlines
  • Ability to manage time and stress for self and others
  • Ability to conceptualize needed improvements or new initiatives, gain buy-in and collaboration, and implement them effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to address conflict in a calm, deescalating, solutions focused manner
  • Ability to creatively problem solve issues with students, families, and others and work diligently until there is a fair and compassionate resolution


  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited college or university, with masters degree preferred.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities
  • Prefer certifications in technology, first aid, and emergency management

Physical Demands:

  • Must be capable of walking long distances, being on feet for long periods of time, and climbing flights of stairs.
  • Must be able to do shift work and be on call for 1-2 weeks at a time.


The work environment characteristics described here are a representation of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of this position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office and University, handle various type of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.


The intent of this job description is to provide a representation of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Saint Leo University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success.

Why Work at Saint Leo?

What it’s Like to Work Here: Ask our employees and the one word they’d use to describe working at Saint Leo University is “Community.” Our team members all share the Saint Leo core values, positive attitudes, and problem-solving abilities, enabling them to provide excellent student centered service. Our mission is educating and preparing students for life and leadership in a challenging world. Thank you for your interest in joining the Saint Leo PRIDE!

We are committed to providing our employees with the support they need. At Saint Leo, we offer an array of medical, dental, and vision packages as well as several add-on perks to make your benefits package truly customizable to you and your family needs. Available benefits based on employment status (Full Time vs Part Time).

  • Inclusive Group Health Plan (Medical, Dental, Vision)
  • Group Health Plan features include Teledoc, Surgery Plus!, Wellness Incentive Program, Nationwide Pet Insurance, just to name a few!
  • Health Reimbursement Account (University Paid!) and Flexible Spending Accounts (healthcare and dependent options)
  • Tuition Remission (Employee, Spouse, and Dependents)*
  • Tuition Exchange opportunity for dependent of employees*
  • Paid Personal Leave (Sick, Vacation, Holidays)
  • 403b - Annual match 3%-9% of pay based on employee’s contribution. University match and fully vested within one month of hire date.
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance valued at 30k (University Paid!)
  • Income Protection Benefits after one year
  • Additional options for supplemental insurance

*Eligibility based on meeting required service period


The opportunities at Saint Leo University are as diverse as our student population. As Florida’s first Catholic institution of higher learning, we offer more than 40 academic programs that meet the educational, spiritual, and professional goals of nearly 16,000 traditional-age and adult students. 

Nearly 2,000 students live and study at our University Campus in Saint Leo, FL, nestled in the rolling hills of West Central Florida, just 30 minutes north of Tampa.  Our students receive personalized attention in classes that tend to be small—14 students on average. They can choose from more than 40 undergraduate majors and specializations. Saint Leo University also offers graduate degrees in business administration, accounting, educationcriminal justice, instructional design, social work, theology, as well as the education specialist degree.  Certain graduate degrees may be earned online. 

Undergraduate students who work full-time or have personal responsibilities that prevent them from attending weekday classes can attend classes evenings and weekends through our convenient Adult Education Center at University Campus.

Another 14,000 students pursue degrees at our 50 education centers, offices, and teaching locations in seven states and through the Center for Online Learning.  

Throughout our history, Saint Leo has provided a solid liberal arts education grounded and based on the 1,500-year-old tradition of Benedictine values and welcoming people of all faiths. The university offers the latest state-of-the art technology to not only prepare students for careers as teachers and leaders, but also to bridge faculty and students from multiple locations for an enriched educational experience.  The university is also a leading provider of  higher education to our nation’s military.  By reaching out to students both near and far, Saint Leo lives up to its mission and its vision to be “a leading Catholic teaching university of international consequence for the twenty-first century."

The university offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, and vision, as well as tuition remission.  The university also offers a comprehensive mentorship program in which each new faculty member is paired with an experienced faculty member from a different school.  The program includes personal, professional, and social components including frequent one-on-one meetings, mutual classroom observation, and social events.

In 2012, Saint Leo University received three workplace awards: Top 75 Places to Work in Tampa Bay 2012 by Tampa Bay Times; the 2012 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award by the Florida Psychological Association; and the2012 Education Nonprofit of the Year by Tampa Bay Business Journal.

View “Over a Century of Excellence,” to learn more about Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Saint Leo University.

Saint Leo University’s School of Business received initial accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) in September 1999. Saint Leo University’s degree program in social work is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (BSW level). Saint Leo’s undergraduate Sport Business program and MBA Sport Business Concentration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). Saint Leo University has Teacher Education Programs approval by the State of Florida Department of Education.

Saint Leo University is committed to policies that ensure that there is no discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, or disability. Saint Leo University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended). The University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity employer.

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