Chief Public Safety
The mission of the Division of Public Safety (DPS) is the
protection of health, safety, and welfare of the entire University
of Vermont community. The Division provides services across the
University to all constituents, including students, faculty, staff,
and visitors. DPS achieves this mission through the provision of
services by five departments/offices, specifically: Police
Services, Office of Emergency Management, Risk Management and
Safety Department, Office of Compliance, and CATcard Service
Center. The Division is currently home to approximately 67
Reporting to the President, the Chief Public Safety Officer
provides leadership and direction for a multi-function workforce
that offers comprehensive services to the University community.
This senior level position must work collaboratively with
University leaders, as well as local, state, and federal entities
to ensure a coordinated approach to service provision.
The CPSO must build and maintain strong relationships with
University leaders and with leadership within the Division. The
CPSO must recognize and balance the expectations of the institution
with the required actions to maintain a safe environment at the
University, a stance that regularly places the CPSO in a
- Provides leadership in strategic planning, including setting
goals and objectives, for a diverse and complex organization with
comprehensive risk, safety, compliance, and emergency management
service responsibilities year-round, twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week.
- Establishes operational policies and sets priorities with
organization-wide impact, and consistency with the broader
institutional priorities and objectives and in alignment with
- Directs unit leaders and staff through setting the division
direction, encouraging professional development, and emphasizing
the importance of staff collaborating with the University
- Productively supports unit leaders when they have to make
difficult, challenging, and unpopular decisions. Mentors unit
leaders to consider all relevant stakeholders and resolution
alternatives, including the impact on other University
- Directs divisional budget management, including strategic
budget planning with all departments/offices in the division.
- Facilitates regular division staffing reviews and identifies
trends to establish staffing levels for optimal service
- Works with the Chief Communications Officer to set direction
for public information activities and to align communication with
efforts to ensure the safety of the campus community.
- Through supervision of the Director of Compliance Services and
Chief Privacy Officer, the CPSO is responsible for effective
promotion of an institutional culture of compliance and the
safeguarding of personal, protected, sensitive and confidential
data held by the University. Through the Director of Compliance
Services, the CPSO also is responsible for Vermont Public Records
Act compliance as well as administrative oversight of all
University policies and procedures.
Program Development and Administration
- Anticipates institutional needs for ensuring the safety of
students, faculty, staff, and visitors based on a regular
evaluation of current events, trends, and best practices.
- Serves as the University’s Chief Risk Officer with
responsibility for all enterprise risk management activities,
including managing the University’s risk portfolio, appropriately
mitigating risks, protecting the University’s assets, and
determining how best to insure against losses.
- Identifies and implements programs to proactively address the
University’s institutional emergency management and safety
- Supports a holistic approach to service that values diversity
in the workforce as well as providing services to a diverse
- Works with counterparts across the University to facilitate
occupational and environmental improvement programs and the
University’s response to prolonged and widespread health
- Directs and encourages the continued development and adaption
of the University’s emergency response plans for natural,
technological, or human-caused catastrophes through the lens of
preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery.
- Evaluates the division’s programs’ effectiveness, directing
changes as appropriate.
- Ensures compliance with local, state, and federal regulations
pertaining to institutional safety, risk management, compliance,
and welfare, including environmental safety, fire safety codes, the
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, Vermont Public
Records Act, and the Campus Crime Statistics Act.
Synergy and Collaboration with University and Community
- Serves as the chief advisor to the President and senior
leadership on all matters pertaining to institutional safety, risk
management, and security for the University.
- Collaborates with federal and state governing agencies to
implement unified reactions and response efforts.
- Develops and maintains strong working relationships with
leaders of emergency services providers in Burlington, South
Burlington, and the region.
- Promotes equity and inclusion by developing inclusive policy,
practices, and programs, emphasizing fair treatment, and serving as
a catalyst for change in collaboration with diverse communities on
and off campus.
- Works with leaders of the Division of Student Affairs, the
Provost’s office, the Office of Research, deans and academic
leaders, and the Athletics Department, including coaches and
programmatic staff, to ensure all safety and support measures are
in place, particularly as related to crisis management.
- Collaborates with the Chief Information Officer regarding
matters related to information security and systems.
- Works closely with the General Counsel on matters with
potential legal ramifications and on the workers’ compensation
- Fosters transparency and accessibility for all division
programs and services.
- Facilitates and develops a divisional marketing and
communications strategy for cohesive messaging in collaboration
with the Chief Communications Officer to ensure a comprehensive
understanding of topics relevant to internal and external
Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree preferred, in public
administration, management, criminal justice, or a related
- Minimum of seven years of public safety management/risk
management/command level experience, in a senior position,
including diverse assignments and/or experience in an emergency
management, fire safety, or law enforcement organization,
preferably at an institution of higher education of similar size
and complexity as the University of Vermont.
- The ability to lead, engage in, and develop policies pertaining
to the security and safety of the University.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as strong verbal,
written and technology skills.
- Ability to respond with diplomacy, speed and tact during
- Demonstrated skill in establishing and maintaining effective
working relationships with senior administration, academic leaders,
students, faculty, staff, parents, governmental authorities,
community and municipality groups and the general public.
- Demonstrated knowledge of emergency management, risk
management, compliance and safety issues as well as best practices
in a higher education residential environment.
- Ability to understand and exercise empathy regarding the
intricacies of student life and the social needs/issues of the
- Understanding of, and experience in, emergency management,
emergency communication systems, and special event management.
- The ability to possess and retain a current valid Vermont Motor
Vehicle Operator license.
- The willingness and ability to be available and respond 24/7
during critical incidents.
Among other qualifications, candidates should ideally
demonstrate the following characteristics:
- Capability to adapt to unexpected changes in the University
environment while maintaining continuous safety and security at the
- A general understanding of first responder services, including
911 dispatching and law enforcement services, fire suppression, and
emergency medical response.
- An understanding of the broad risk management needs of a
complex and multi-faceted organization, preferably, a higher
education organization, including the kind of multi-layered and
sometimes changing insurance portfolio needed to protect the
- A general understanding of fire, building, and Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance.
- Experience with the National Incident Management System and
Incident Command System functions.
- A general understanding of environmental, Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), or higher education related
health and safety regulations.
- A general understanding of security technology and emergency
communication equipment, hardware, and software.
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The University of
Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran
status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state