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Associate Director of Public Safety and Director of Emergency Management

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Management, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Security Studies, Vocational & Technical Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Description:

Reporting to the Director of Public Safety, the Associate Director of Public Safety and Director of Emergency Management works with various University colleagues and off-campus partners, provides coordination and oversight of the University’s Emergency Management and Response planning and implementation. The position provides oversight and management for the administrative operations of the Department of Public Safety. Directs and coordinates crime prevention and safety awareness programs for the Department, including campus wide training. Oversees the Public Safety Technology Manager ensuring oversight and management of technology and systems. The Associate Director serves as part of the Public Safety Administrative Team.

At a Glance: Washington and Lee University is hiring an Associate Director of Public Safety and Director of Emergency Management to work in the Department of Public Safety, within Student Affairs. The department is seeking candidates with demonstrated knowledge of current issues and best practices in emergency management and planning functions, public safety, and private security. The Associate Director will relate to students, faculty and a diverse community. Learn more about the benefits of working at Washington and Lee on the job-seekers website.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential Functions:
  • Manages the development and maintenance of the University’s emergency operations, preparedness, response, recovery, and business continuity protocols and policies consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS).

  • Provides technical support and expertise to University Emergency Management Executive Team (EMET) and Emergency Management Working Group (EMWG) on development and review of plans, policies, and procedures at a University wide level, as well as working with various departments at a department specific level.

  • Develops and maintains appropriate Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and the necessary processes, including testing and maintenance of equipment on a regular basis.

  • Oversees the development and delivery of Emergency Management and Response training programs, including training of University senior leadership as well as training and information for faculty/staff/students/visitors/etc.

  • Coordinates the Department’s crime prevention and safety awareness programming. Designs and implements a variety of programs and training for the University community.

  • Provides direct supervision of the Public Safety Technology Manager, who is responsible for oversight and management of the technology and systems in the Department of Public Safety, including but not limited to; electronic access control, security cameras, alarm systems, dispatch and incident reporting systems, parking management system, radio communication equipment, key control system, emergency communication systems, etc. Provides ongoing coaching, feedback and is responsible for the annual performance process.

  • Develops and manages training of Department staff, including new staff training programs as well as annual in-service training programs and other training opportunities for all department staff.

  • Serves as part of the Public Safety Administrative Team, which includes being part of an after-hours on call rotation, and may also assume the role of the Director of Public Safety in their absence.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree preferred and Associates degree required in Criminal Justice, Emergency Management or related field from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3 years of law enforcement/security experience in a management capacity. Experience in a higher education environment is preferred. Experience working with Public Safety technology systems including electronic access control, CAD/RMS, security cameras and alarms, etc. is required. Must have valid certification through VA DCJS as a Campus Security Officer, or be able to obtain certification within 180 days of hire. A valid Virginia driver’s license and a good driving history are required. Must be able to pass an extensive background check.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 5pm. Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays as necessary and participate in an after-hours on call rotation.

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin on January 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please upload a cover letter and resume. You will also be asked to provide three professional references.

External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the or here .

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at

Physical Requirements:
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.

  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

  • Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.

Working Conditions:
  • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.

  • The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.

  • The worker is exposed to infectious diseases.

Types of Work: Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.

Benefit Eligible



Weekly Hours:


Minimum Pay:


Pay commensurate with experience.

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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