Assistant Vice President of Public Safety
Location: New York
Executive/Director/Management, Public Safety
Job Summary/Basic Function:
The Assistant Vice President of Public Safety (AVP) serves as a
critical and essential member of the Finance and Operations
Division. The AVP reports to the Vice President for Finance and
Operations, leads the Public Safety and Environmental Health &
Safety Offices (EHS) and has primary responsibility for the
campus-wide functions of safety and security, crime prevention,
fire & life safety, environmental health & safety,
supervision of minor age children on campus, and emergency
operations/crisis management. The AVP works closely with the
Offices of Campus Services/Residential Services, Facilities, Risk
Management, Event Planning, and Vice Provost of Student
The AVP is a very public position and serves on the Title IX
Committee, Campus Safety Advisory Committees, Student Stakeholders
Committee and various other committees and work groups both on
campus and in the local Morningside community. The AVP maintains a
close working relationship with allied public safety offices, and
local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
As the leader of the Public Safety Department:
• Plans and directs the work of the Public Safety Team in ensuring
the security of College property and the safety of students,
faculty, staff and visitors.
• Ensures the best use of College resources through the assignment
of staff, posts, duties and responsibilities of staff
• Develops and maintains professional Public Safety services that
are student centered and service oriented.
• Manages the College Policies and Guidelines for the Supervision
of Minors on Campus, and ensures campus wide compliance.
• Works closely with individuals and/or departments hosting special
events on campus and partners to ensure the success of those
events. Oversees the planning, logistics and security needs for
• Liaisons with local allied Public Safety Offices and coordinates
sharing of critical information, crime trends and training.
• Safeguards against violations of federal, state and local law and
ordinances on College property and liaisons with local area law
enforcement to ensure appropriate response to crimes on or near
• Manages the College Crisis Management Plan (CMP) and assumes the
lead role in emergency management.
• Leads an extensive entry level and in-service training program
for staff to ensure current industry best practice, professional
expertise, outstanding performance and federal, state and local
As the leader of the Environmental Health and Safety
• Leads the EHS team in providing strategic direction and
leadership for the College environmental health & safety
• Facilitates technical EHS expertise, guidance and assistance to
• Ensures compliance with OSHA safety training requirements,
in-house OSHA compliance training program, and promote an employee
culture of workplace safety.
• Oversees an accident/injury prevention program and towards that
end ensures ongoing and productive liaison with the Offices of
Facilities, Human Resources, and Risk Management
• Ensures the evaluation of physical and occupational workplace
hazards, determines corrective action, and ensures implementation
of those actions.
• Ensures campus-wide building compliance inspections, appropriate
environmental testing (indoor air quality, lead paint, asbestos,
water, etc.), a hazardous waste management program, and
environmental compliance permitting plans and programs (SARA, RCRA,
SPCC, NSPS, etc.)
• Ensures operation and maintenance of a complex system of fire
alarm monitoring and suppression systems throughout campus
• A bachelor's degree in a related field (Criminal Justice, Police
Science, Industrial Security, Environmental Health & Safety,
Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Management,
Environmental Science, or Safety Science or similar) and a minimum
of five (5) years of full-time employment as a senior manager in
college/university public safety or environmental health &
safety, or as a senior manager in public sector employment in the
fields of law enforcement, environmental health & safety or
fire & life safety, or as a senior manager of environmental
health & safety or fire & Life safety or security in a
corporate or industrial setting.
• Any combination of education and experienced judged by the
College to demonstrate the education and experience necessary to
perform in the position in lieu of either the education or
• Must possess a valid New York City Fire Safety Director
Certificate/License, or be able to obtain a certificate within six
months of hire.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to provide customer centric services to a broad range of
• Sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic,
socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and
• Master's degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public
Administration, Environmental Health & Safety, Occupational
Health & Safety or related degree.
• Relevant professional security or safety certifications such as
CPP, PCI, PSP, CSP, etc.
• Knowledge of New York City building and fire codes, Environmental
Protection Standards, and OSHA requirements.
• Experience supervising union personnel.
• Experience using computer based electronic access control
systems, and experience with other types of electronic security
• Demonstrated education and experience in emergency
• Experience managing business operations including budgeting,
purchasing, vendor management, and inventory control.
• Experience managing or participating at a management/supervisory
level in a law enforcement/public safety accreditation.
Aug 04, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
To apply, please visit: https://employment.tc.columbia.edu/cw/en-us/job/510238?lApplicationSubSourceID=