Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest and among the top-ranked
private, technological research universities, invites nominations and applications for the position of
Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Under the leadership of President
Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., Rensselaer offers degrees from five schools:
Engineering; Science; Architecture; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and,
the Lally School of Management, as well as an interdisciplinary degree in
Information Technology. The Institute
provides rigorous, engaging, interactive learning environments and campus-wide
opportunities for leadership, collaboration and creativity. Rensselaer currently enrolls 5,781 undergraduates and 1,109 graduate
students in residential programs.
Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
By William Spelman Executive Search
Apr 7, 2017 - 6:07:22 PM
About the Position
Under the supervision
of the Vice President for Administration, the Director of Public Safety and
Emergency Management will lead and direct all campus-wide programs and
activities related to campus safety and emergency management. The incumbent is
responsible for providing leadership and expertise in the development and
implementation of a comprehensive campus-wide Public Safety and Emergency
Management programs to ensure the safety and security and welfare of all
members within the campus community. The
incumbent will develop and execute comprehensive Public Safety Protocols and
practices for security, safety, and emergency management incidents. In
addition, the incumbent will provide educational awareness and crime
prevention; ensure security for special events, coordinate public safety
activities with various city, county, state and federal law enforcement
agencies when appropriate, and oversee a wide range of safety, public safety,
emergency management, and services, which include responding to incidents or
accidents, medical or fire emergencies, and requests for public assistance. The
Director will leverage existing technology and assist in the design and
implementation of new systems and technologies to enhance the safety and
emergency management protocols and practices for the academic community.
Essential functions of the position
- Consults with and advises the Vice President for Administration
on matters related to the safety and security of the Institute, policies and
administrative issues and challenges. Keeps the Vice President for
Administration informed of public safety and emergency management trends and
developments both internally and externally.
- Enforces federal, state, local laws and Rensselaer rules and
regulations in order to provide a safe environment for students, faculty, staff
and visitors at all Rensselaer locations. Serve as liaison with federal, state,
and local law enforcement agencies; maintain and nurture positive and
interactive relationships to achieve the public safety goals of Rensselaer.
- Develops a fiscal year performance plan and
operating budget that reflects the priorities and needs of the Department of
Public Safety and Emergency Management. Implements
Division protocols and practices for expenditure tracking and controls.
the recruitment, selection, development and evaluation of 40 staff.
- Partners with the Director of Environmental Health
and Safety & Risk Management in the development and coordination of
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness plans and comprehensive protocols
for the Institute.
- Directs the investigation, resolution, and
communication of criminal incidents, oversees crime prevention, educations and
awareness programs; victim counseling, support and services; public and
community relations; and emergency preparedness and medical response.
- Consults with cooperating agencies to provide for
effective public safety and emergency management operations; ensures that the
usage of Rensselaer facilities are safe and secure at all times, and leads the
development of appropriate physical security protection systems for all
facilities in collaboration with design, engineering, and project management
- Oversees the administration and
extension of the Access Control System, including vehicle access control to the
campus; ensures appropriate policy development for public safety, emergency and
- Develops and maintains operational capabilities
required for patrol and response to a nuclear reactor in accordance with
Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards.
- Instructs Institute leaders; direct reports; and
volunteers during an campus emergency event; and acts as a liaison for external
public safety, police, and public relations agencies; coordinates
transportation of internal and external constituencies during campus events.
A bachelor's degree in Criminal
Justice or related field is required. A Master's degree and advanced law
enforcement executive training is preferred. At least 10 years of law
enforcement management experience, with 5 years or more in a supervisory
capacity at the command level (lieutenant or above), in a medium or large
policing environment with demonstrated progressively increasing
responsibilities is also required. Experience in building cooperative working
relationships with a wide range of constituencies and experience in the
development of new service or programmatic initiatives in conjunction
with other areas outside of their immediate department; a working knowledge of
National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS)
protocols, and experience in developing emergency operation plans and Incident
Action Plans are required. Requisite skills also include the ability to interact effectively with diverse populations in a
positive and empowering manner; strong written, verbal, and group communication
skills; organizational and management skills including budget management,
strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, time management, statistical
analysis; and problem solving. Past professional experience on a college or
university campus, building strong relationships between police, the university
community, and campus departments is preferred.
How to Apply
Interested individuals should send a letter describing their interest in
and qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information
including email addresses for five references. The packet should be sent
electronically to DPSRPI@wspelman.com. The subject line
in the email should be DPSRPI.
Confidential inquiries will be received at 585.366.4329.The
process will continue until the position is filled.
Polytechnic Institute has a strong institutional commitment to diversity and is
an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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