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Executive Director, Chief of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Company: Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Location: Normal
Posted on: November 19, 2022

Job Description:

Executive Director, Chief of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Category: Administrative/Managerial Subscribe: Department: Department of Public Safety Locations: Normal, AL Posted: Sep 27, 2022 Closes: Open Until Filled Type: Full-time PositionID: 153776 Share About Alabama A&M University :
Alabama A&M University (AAMU), an 1890 Land-Grant institution located in the high-tech center of Huntsville in northern Alabama, invites applications for the positions listed below. Situated in the northeast quadrant of the city of 200,000, the hillside campus is just four miles away from downtown Huntsville. AAMU offers its 6,100-student population a wide range of course offerings under the College of Agriculture, Life and Natural Sciences; College of Business and Public Affairs; College of Education, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Science. The School of Graduate Studies serves about 1,400 and offers doctoral degree programs in Applied Physics, Food Science, Plant/Soil Science and Reading/Literacy.
Job Description:
Summary:Under general direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Executive Director/Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness plans, organizes, coordinates and directs a campus-wide police, safety, parking enforcement and security programs in accordance with all applicable federal, state, local, and University regulations. The Executive Director/Chief is responsible for the administration, operation, emergency preparedness, staff development, strategic planning and financial oversight of a comprehensive, full-service police and emergency preparedness agency. This position has a high public profile and collaborates with a broad array of campus stakeholders, the Huntsville Police department, the Madison Sheriff department, and multiple municipal/state/federal agencies to develop and implement comprehensive services and programs for the safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and property at Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University. The Executive Director/Chief should possess a vision for continuing to build a cutting-edge law enforcement agency with an emphasis on current trends and best public safety practices in a higher educational setting.Essential Duties and Responsibilities:The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties, and not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each employee in the job title.

  • Assumes management responsibility for all services and activities of the Department of Public Safety including safety, security, and public assistance; Enforces and oversees enforcement of applicable laws on District premises; identifies violators, issues warnings and citations, initiates student disciplinary proceedings and/or makes arrests as warranted; coordinates with external law enforcement agencies regarding responsibilities and responses.
  • Implements educational programs/services for the student body in support of the University's academic mission, and Student Affair's student development mission.
  • Responds to and/or oversees response to calls for service, including crimes in progress, reports of crimes or suspicious circumstances.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for safety and security functions and programs; recommends, within Divisional policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and reviews with the Vice President for Student Affairs; implements improvements.
  • Provides or coordinates robust staff training and professional development; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures; selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for the Department of Public Safety; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures; ensures daily individual and shift logs are completed.
  • Establishes "police" or just (patrol) schedules to deter potential violators and apprehend violators and protect University properties against prowlers, vandalism, fires, or other dangers which could involve loss or damage to property; establishes security checks to ensure that doors, gates, and windows are locked and that lights are on or off as required.
  • Manages and participates in the development and administration of the Department of Public Safety annual budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; directs the monitoring of and approves expenditures; directs and implements adjustments as necessary.
  • Advises Senior Leadership on legal implications of handling crises and monitors progress of critical situations.
  • Maintains effective Public Relations between the Department of Public Safety the general public.
  • Serves as a liaison for the Department of Public Safety with other University departments, divisions, and outside agencies including local police and fire departments; negotiates and resolves significant and controversial issues working collaboratively with the Vice President for Student Affairs; work closely with University departments and student groups to assure security and safety of campus and public activities.
  • Participates in the development of and implements emergency procedures for severe weather, active shooter situations, fires, bomb threats, and other disasters; conducts building searches in accordance with predetermined plan during bomb threat conditions.
  • As necessary, provides back-up to officers; provides additional patrol services; prohibits the admittance to school premises of unauthorized persons and substances including alcohol and/or narcotics; deals with situations in an appropriate manner; periodically checks night meetings to ensure that facilities are being used only by authorized persons and that order is maintained.
  • Supervises and directs officers and support staff for crowd control at public events.
  • Provides responsible staff assistance to the Vice President for Student Affairs; prepares and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to safety programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate.
  • Oversees and evaluates the University's disaster /emergency preparedness plans and training. Chairs the University's Emergency Preparedness and Response Team Committee. Ensures compliance with federal and state preparedness requirements. Responds to emergencies on University premises, providing control and assistance and coordinating emergency personnel; coordinates emergency services provided by external agencies in conformity with University policies and procedures. Responds to and resolves difficult and sensitive citizen inquires and complaints.
  • Plans and conducts campus wide emergency safety drills on a consistent and regular basis, including with outside first responder agencies.
  • Plans and conducts periodic scheduled fire drills.
  • Oversees the issuance of parking decals.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
    Minimum Position Requirements (including years of experience, certifications, licenses, etc.):Education: Possession of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in law enforcement, police science, criminology, criminal justice, public administration, or a related field OR 15+ years of progressive law enforcement experience service may be considered in lieu of degreeANDExperience: Minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience including a minimum of five (5) years of administrative and supervisory responsibility; preferably with an institution of higher education; ORDemonstrated sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the students we serve and sensitivity to and knowledge and understanding of groups historically underrepresented, and groups who may have experienced discrimination.Conditions of Employment:
    • Must possess or obtain a valid State of Alabama driver's license.
    • Works with confidential information
    • Hazardous and life-threatening situations may be encountered in the administration of duties.
    • Failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations could result in loss of position or title, up to and including termination.Physical Characteristics: The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:
      • Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment: Ability to travel to different locations, sit, stand, walk, kneel, climb, and lift 25 lbs.Preferred Position Requirements (including certifications, license, etc.): Advanced education (MS, MPA, FBI National Academy, advanced command training program. Over seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience managing law enforcement, military security, or other safety, security, and protection unit with at least five (5) years in a co-educational environment.Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:Knowledge of: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a safety and security program; law enforcement and security methods including community policing, crowd control principles and investigative procedures; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws of arrest and retention, legal rights of citizens, rules of evidence, Cleary Act, Title IX and traffic and parking control laws and regulations; civil defense and disaster preparedness procedures; organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies, and operational needs; modern and complex principles and practices of safety and security program development and administration; offensive and defensive weapons nomenclature and theory; interviewing and interrogation techniques; operating characteristics of modern police equipment; advanced principles and practices of budget preparation and administration; principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation;
        Skill to: Operate modern office equipment including computer equipment; operate a motor vehicle safely; provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the Police & Safety Department.
        Ability to: Manage, direct, and coordinate the work of professional, technical, and clerical personnel; select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff; recommend and implement goals, objectives, and practices for providing effective and efficient safety and security services; meet and deal tactfully and effectively with the public; gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; accurately observe and recall incidents and situations encountered; act quickly and calmly in emergencies; prepare and administer a budget; prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports; analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals; research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques; interpret and apply federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations; be sensitive to, and have an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of community college personnel and students; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
        Additional Information:
        SALARY:The salary for each position is based on the grade/tier in which the position is placed, and the salary within the grade/tier is based on the number of years of related experience or number of years in the hiring rank.Alabama A&M University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action EmployerAlabama A&M University encourages applications for employment from persons who are members of groups that have been underrepresented based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability.
        Application Instructions:
        Please submit the following documents online to be considered for the position:
        • Employment Application
        • Resume (include all work experience/history)
        • Unofficial transcript (if applicable)Already have an AAMU Employment Account? Login to add documents or update your account.

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