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Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Mohawk Valley Community College
Utica, NY

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Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Salary: $96,000 depending on experience

Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community’s college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment.

The College is looking for exceptional colleagues to join the MVCC community. We are currently seeking a full-time Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management in our Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management. The Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management is responsible for the proper administration and efficient operation of the security and safety functions at Mohawk Valley Community College in order to assure a proper atmosphere for the pursuit of the educational objectives of the campus community. This position will provide vision, leadership, direction and supervise the daily activities of the security force, develop training programs for the public security personnel and college employees, and provide liaison between the public security office and various outside agencies. The Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management models a strong commitment to service excellence.

Key responsibilities for this position include:

  • Develops policies and procedures related to campus security and public safety and keeping the College President and Vice President for Administrative Services abreast of changes to Federal, State, and/or SUNY laws, rules and regulations related to safety and security;
  • Supervises the maintenance of law and order on campus and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, as well as the rules and regulations of the College;
  • Develops appropriate preventive and security techniques to control crimes on campus;
  • Establishes systems and procedures regarding administrative reporting to all Federal and State agencies such as Jeanne Clery Act Crime Statistics, Campus Safety & Security Report, etc.;
  • Initiates, directs, or supports as appropriate investigations of criminal activity and incidents of conflict between students, employees or the public; security and safety incidents; cyber-security incidents; or loss of College assets or employee property, interfacing with outside agencies as needed;
  • Investigates violations of Federal, State, and local laws or College policy involving faculty and staff that may result in administrative disciplinary actions or criminal charges being brought by law enforcement agencies;
  • Chairs the College’s Safety Committee and is responsible for crisis and emergency response planning;
  • Acts as a liaison with Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials and governmental agencies to assure a mutual understanding of policies and procedures;
  • Provides for the management of, training for, and evaluation of staff assigned to the department;
  • Supervises the scheduling of public safety staff, including local police officers who serve as supplemental security to ensure their efficient and effective deployment;
  • Develops, presents and/or oversees programs designed to promote safety awareness for the campus community and in the campus residence hall including fire safety, laboratory and chemical safety, Right-to-Know and Work Place Violence training, etc. as required by Federal and State regulations;
  • Develops and maintains Campus Emergency Response Plans and contingency plans for security operations in the event of acts of violence, civil disturbances, natural disasters and acts of terrorism;
  • Encourages the College community, through positive and proactive programming, to support safety and security efforts, such as employee safety programs, crime prevention programs, and self-help recommendations;
  • Manages budget and allocated resources to accomplish tasks necessary to achieve identified goals and objectives;
  • Participates in departmental and institutional assessment activities, as requested;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Administrative Services.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Possession of a current, valid certificate as a peace or police officer and a valid New York State pistol permit
  • Be a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Certified Police Officer or Peace Officer
  • Five (5) years of experience in strategic and operational planning, budgeting, and supervision of subordinate managers and their staff
  • Seven (7) years of progressive experience as a ranking officer in either a police department or as a peace officer with responsibilities for department administrative duties and supervision of officers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience managing a complex operation in a union setting is highly desired
  • Prior successful completion of all National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training courses appropriate for an Incident Commander
  • Experience as an Incident Commander on a college campus
  • Experience serving on task forces or other groups comprised of affiliated law enforcement agencies

Special Instructions to Applicants: Official academic transcripts required upon hire.

Review Start Date: 6/24/2024

Mohawk Valley Community College is an Affirmative Action,Equal Opportunity Employer deeply committed to a community of excellence,equity, and diversity. MVCC maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities,governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse,multi-cultural, and global worldview. We value the many similarities anddifferences among individuals and groups. We are committed to preparingstudents to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in a world made up ofpeople with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds,religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, differentabilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran statusor on the basis of disability.


Mohawk Valley Community College has more than 800 full-time and part-time employees at our campuses in Utica and Rome, NY. We are located in the Central New York region at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains between Syracuse and Albany, NY in Oneida County.

Founded in 1946 as one of the first community colleges in New York State, MVCC is one of 64 campuses that are part of the State University of New York.

The College offers about 100 transfer and career technical programs, including liberal arts and sciences, healthcare, engineering technologies, trades, engineering science, business, human services and fine arts. A diverse institution with a global view, MVCC offers career, transfer, and transitional education, programs for personal and cultural enrichment, and supports community and economic development.

Interested candidates will find competitive salaries and outstanding benefits along with an enriched, collaborative work environment that is based on excellence in teaching and student service, employee success with continued contributions, and commitment to our surrounding communities.

Mohawk Valley Community College does not discriminate.  MVCC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  MVCC is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

Employees, students, applicants, or other members of the College community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The College's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and other laws, regulations and policies prohibiting discrimination may be directed to the Executive Director of Human Resources.

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