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Associate Director of Public Safety & Director of Emergency Management

Institution name: Washington & Lee U.

Title: Associate Director of Public Safety & Director of Emergency Management

Job location: VA

Job category: AVP/Campus Chief/Public Safety (Department Leader) positions


Posting date: 2021-12-15 08:36:00

End date: 2022-01-31 00:00:00

Associate Director of Public Safety and Director of Emergency Management, Washington & Lee University

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.

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-4:30pm. Must be able to work nights, weekends and holidays as necessary and participate in an after-hours on call rotation.

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.

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