Fordham University | Associate Vice
President of Public Safety
New York, NY
Fordham University seeks an experienced, collaborative public
safety leader to serve as the next Associate Vice President for
Public Safety (AVPPS). The AVPPS directs the administration,
planning, organization, and management of a comprehensive public
safety and risk management organization that strives to maintain a
safe and secure environment for the University's campus community.
The AVPPS will join a vibrant institution with multiple locations
in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
Reporting to the Vice President for Administration, the
Associate Vice President for Public Safety oversees crime
prevention and education; community outreach; emergency management;
event security management; investigations, including Title IX,
security policies and plans, security assessments, and regulatory
compliance at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Associate Vice President proactively develops strong
partnerships and collaborations with Athletics, Student Affairs,
Human Resources, and other senior leadership at the University, and
will also serve as a liaison to external community partners such as
local law enforcement and emergency management agencies. This
individual provides strategic advice and counsel on a wide variety
of policy and compliance matters to senior leadership, including
the President’s Office.
Specific responsibilities of the AVPPS include:
- Provides strategic leadership and institutional oversight for
all University Public Safety units on all University campuses and
for leased and owned national and international facilities, to
include: Security, Electronic Security Systems, Parking Services,
and management of the University’s fire safety and prevention
including developing fire safety plans, fire inspections, and
interfacing with NYFD and DOB on issues regarding fire safety and
fire prevention. Directly supervises the Directors of Public Safety
at the Bronx, Rose Hill campus and the Manhattan, Lincoln Center
campus and Public Safety Officers at the Westchester Campus.
- Creates and implements programs and services to
maintain/increase safety and security and mitigate associated risk
management issues across campus. Works closely with Athletics,
Student Affairs, and Human Resources. Serves as supervisory chief
investigator for all campus complaints. Coordinates with local
police agencies as required by law.
- Provides leadership in developing and implementing departmental
mission, vision, and values that support the University and the
division, and advances Fordham’s diversity goals in staff training
- Ensures effective implementation of risk management programs
and procedures for the campus community, proactively identifies
risks, and develops programs and procedures to mitigate determined
- Adheres to reporting requirements as mandated by federal,
state, and local agencies. Maintains statistics and publishes the
annual Clery report to comply with the federal law statues
regarding Student Right-to-Know, Crime Awareness, and Campus
- Conducts on-going review of programs and services offered
throughout all designated areas of Public Safety to ensure success.
Develops associated metrics to effectively identify areas of
success and areas where improvement is needed.
- Ensures that both the Public Safety staff and the campus
community are offered and obtain the necessary trainings, tabletop
exercises, and drills in order to foster a safe and secure campus
community. Directs and trains Fordham’s licensed firearm armed
Public Safety staff in response to active shooter or similar
incidents and acts as On Scene Commander for emergencies. Heads
Fordham’s Emergency Management Team, working closely with Fordham’s
senior leadership team.
- Plans, develops, and monitors the division’s budgets.
The Associate Vice President of Public Safety at Fordham
University will possess ten or more years of progressively
responsible management experience and a successful track record in
law enforcement as the leader or deputy within a department.
Experience within a university or college campus or municipality,
state, or federal agency with a strong focus on community policing
is preferred. Knowledge of regulatory reporting, including Clery
Act, Title IX, and relevant federal, NY State and NY City
regulations required. Strong candidates will offer a record of
strong leadership experience and abilities that recruit, retain,
and develop a diverse, service-oriented, professional staff.
A bachelor’s degree is required while an advanced degree or
relevant certifications are preferred. The selected candidate must
possess or obtain, within six months of hire, a NYC Special Carry
License for handgun to be maintained during employment. A valid
driver’s license is required and must be maintained during
employment. This role requires active movement and vision and
hearing necessary as a first responder, including running and full
mobility with or without a reasonable accommodation. This role
requires dedication to the Mission of Fordham and Jesuit Higher
Education and requires extensive time commitment, often working
after hours and on weekends and holidays.
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Fordham University is committed to excellence through
diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an
Equal Opportunity Employer; veterans, people with disabilities,
women and people of color and other protected categories are
encouraged to apply.