Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 08, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036915 Department Code 00000000 Department Department of Public Safety Job Title Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S7 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

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Syracuse University recently completed an intensive, independent review of the Department of Public Safety ( DPS ). This review, along with guidance from the Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion and results from the Campus Climate Pulse Survey, provide a foundation from which the Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services ( CSEMS ) will refine current and implement new initiatives, services, and training opportunities while also establishing strong relationships with students and departments across campus. This position will lead a strategic, thoughtful and holistic transformation of CSEMS, ultimately resulting in enhanced community-oriented policing practices, strengthened student engagement, deeper campus partnerships, innovative updates to services, and improved communication, accountability, and transparency.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of significant responsibility and experience in law enforcement, safety and security, and/or as an emergency first-responder, with four years at an upper management level with supervision or an equivalent combination of education and experience (master’s degree preferred).

It is imperative that this new Chief have a demonstrated commitment to and track record of success related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and have effectively infused these values into the ethos of their staff/department.

Further, candidates must be authentic communicators with outstanding interpersonal skills; an ability to thrive within a decentralized, complex work environment; excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills; experience successfully mentoring and professionally developing staff; and expert knowledge, interpretation and application of Clery and the collection of applicable crime statistics.

This Chief will have experience overseeing police operations for large scale special events, dignitary visits and protests/demonstrations; the ability to foster collaborative working relationships across campus and with local, state and federal law enforcement and first- responder agencies; and possess a track record of promoting an environment of accountability and continuous performance improvement by establishing and monitoring concrete performance measures to drive achievement of targeted outcomes.

Lastly, the Chief must maintain a New York State Bureau of Municipal Police Officer or Campus Public Safety Peace Officer (with firearms) certification (approved through the Municipal Police Training Council pursuant to Education Law §6435), or, if certified as a police officers in another state, must be eligible for certification as a NYS Campus Peace Officer (with firearms) through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and achieve such certification within one year of appointment. Law experience within a higher education environment and training certifications in emergency management from FEMA or related agencies are both preferred qualifications for the Chief.

Job Specific Qualifications Responsibilities

Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative Services ( BFAS ) and Chief Financial Officer, the Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services is responsible for planning and directing the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of the DPS, Emergency Management, Global Safety and Support, and CSEMS Administrative and Technical Services.

The new Chief will join on the heels of DPS earning accreditation from CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), one of only 11 law enforcement agencies in New York State to meet the highest professional standards in law enforcement. Along with previous accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators ( IACLEA ), DPS is one of only 27 dual CALEA / IACLEA accredited campus public safety agencies nationwide and the only one in New York State.

As a senior leader in the BFAS division, the Chief will help bring to life the vision of the BFAS division’s strategic plan, The Orange Standard, which calls for creating a signature experience unparalleled in practice and a commitment to continuous improvement in order to power the success of the University as a whole. The Chief will ensure operational excellence and a unified approach to safety, law enforcement, fire and life safety, and emergency management by providing exemplary service and supporting a diverse campus community in which all members feel valued, respected, and safe and positioned to thrive. CSEMS serves the entire Syracuse University campus area, over 900 acres, including North Campus, South Campus, and University-controlled properties in the city of Syracuse.

This position leads CSEMS’s interactions and collaborations with other divisions and departments providing consultation, guidance and information to support the various functions of the University, including an important partnership with Enrollment and the Student Experience. As the University’s chief law enforcement officer, the Chief provides the Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative services and Chief Financial Officer, the Chancellor and all executive teams/councils, and members of the Board of Trustees with guidance related to safety, investigations, and emergency and crisis-related matters on campus and, as necessary, globally. The Chief will also serve as the primary liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies.

Overseeing approximately 230 full- and part-time employees, including approximately 60 union members and 180 student workers, the Chief will maintain a high level of professionalism, continued development, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and unwavering dedication to social justice and the safety of Syracuse University’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


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About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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