Assistant Vice President of Public Safety

Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 15, 2022

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Executive, Other Executive
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Full Time

Assistant Vice President of Public Safety

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Position type: Staff
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 Affairs.

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 members.
• 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 special events.
• 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 campus.
• 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 compliance.

As the leader of the Environmental Health and Safety Department:
• Leads the EHS team in providing strategic direction and leadership for the College environmental health & safety program
• Facilitates technical EHS expertise, guidance and assistance to College departments.
• 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

Minimum Qualifications:
• 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 experience requirements.
• 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 constituents
• Sensitivity to, and understanding of, the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of staff and students.

Preferred Qualifications:
• 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 systems.
• Demonstrated education and experience in emergency management.
• 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.

Advertised: Aug 04, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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