Reporting to the Vice President for Campus Services, the Executive Director for Public Safety & Emergency Management will provide strategic, visionary leadership, and progressive management of the campus safety/security and emergency planning function on a 24/7 basis. The Executive Director oversees the security of the campus environment for the benefit of the entire Barnard community and ensures that safety and security initiatives and day to day safety and security functions are aligned with the campus community's members, operations, processes, objectives, and goals.
The Executive Director manages a department of eighteen exempt staff and over one hundred non-exempt officers, dispatchers and access attendants represented by two collective bargaining agreements through TWU, Local 264 and UAW, 2110. This position will provide expertise and guidance on issues related to management and supervision of unionized and non-union staff; and oversee the implementation of new standards, policies, practices and procedures for a visible and approachable safety and emergency management team that meets the evolving needs for the overall campus community.
• Recruit, hire, and manage safety and emergency management personnel in collaboration with the Office of Human Resources.
o Provide ongoing professional development and guidance to all safety and emergency management team members.
o Responsible for regular evaluations and ongoing training of all Public Safety personnel.
o Ensure compliance of policies and procedures of all uniformed personnel.
o Maintain oversight of disciplinary actions, including suspensions and terminations, in accordance with college policy and contractual agreements.
• Develop, cultivate and manage a productive working relationship with unions that govern the bargaining units of Public Safety employees.
o Participate as necessary in ongoing Labor Management meetings and discussions.
o Partner with Employee/Labor Relations Director and the Office of General Counsel to learn and understand contract provisions and interpretation.
o Participate in disciplinary and/or grievance actions as appropriate.
• Oversee security department employee background screening, as well as department internal investigations, as necessary and appropriate.
o Maintain electronic records of the results of all screenings and investigations.
o Ensure adherence to all regulations and laws pertaining to privacy, interviewing, due process, and evidence handling.
• Develop and effectively manage an annual operating budget with attention to efficiencies and overall effectiveness.
o Recommend new expenditures and value-added initiatives in order to improve operations. Establish capital improvement projects.
• Conduct long range planning in order to anticipate changing conditions; trends, and potential personnel issues, including succession planning.
• Establish, chair, and actively participate in a Security Committee that brings together representatives of various campus groups, e.g., Student Government Associations, Residential Life, and faculty, to articulate and consider safety and security topics of mutual interest and to the benefit of the overall community.
• Participate on the Barnard College Threat Assessment Team, providing expertise in threat assessment and intelligence.
• Maintain and utilize a network of safety and security experts and resources, as well as New York law enforcement contacts, to help ensure the safety and security of the Barnard community. Negotiate and contract with third party providers of specialized services, as needed.
Safety & Security:
• Set the vision, strategy, and direction for Barnard's safety, security and emergency management programs with a strategic understanding of future security needs and crime prevention on campus.
• Provide subject matter expertise on safety and security issues to Barnard's administration and the overall Barnard community. Serve as a visible, collaborative and effective point of contact on safety and security issues.
• Conduct campus investigations as required.
• Plan, develop and implement safety and security awareness programs for the Barnard community with a particular focus on topics that are pertinent to the needs and activities of students, faculty, and staff, utilizing communication approaches that are relevant and effective for each group.
• Establish and communicate written campus-wide safety and security standards, policies, practices, and procedures; work with Barnard staff and faculty to ensure knowledge of and adherence to all safety and security standards, policies, practices and procedures.
o Be aware of emerging campus safety and security issues and threats, as warranted by events and trends, with the goals of meeting or exceeding best practices for campus communities.
o Make recommendations to Barnard administration for program enhancements, as dictated by events and trends.
• Implement new strategies and tactics to prevent or mitigate potential safety and security vulnerabilities, as necessary.
• Oversee safety and security planning measures for public and special events, as needed.
• Administer and monitor procedures for reporting safety and security incidents, crimes or concerns, and the publishing or reporting of safety and security data, as required by applicable laws, Barnard policies and for insurance reports.
• Devise and administer measurements, including audits, to ensure compliance and ongoing adequacy of all safety and security standards, policies, practices, and procedure.
• In collaboration with the Executive Director for Equity and Office of General Counsel, keep current on Jeanne Clery Act and requirements, collect data for the annual Clery reporting, ensure MOU signage, and creation of the Annual Safety Report.
• Act as primary representative for Barnard College with Columbia University Emergency Operations Team and Clery Compliance Team.
• Manage and direct crisis situations on campus and lead response team until crisis has led to recovery. Oversee emergency coordination on site.
• Oversee campus wide Emergency Management Committee to review, revise and upgrade, as needed, crisis management plans with a particular emphasis on emergency response, operational continuity, and disaster recovery.
o Ensure crisis management plans are disseminated to all stakeholders.
o Oversee a regular program of training, table top exercises, drills, and simulations to ensure adequacy in varying circumstances and emergencies.
o Ensure campus crisis management programs are compliant with regulations and guidelines promulgated by federal and state authorities.
• Responsible for the fire safety management program, including supervision of a designated Fire Safety Officer. Ensures that all elements of the fire safety management program are compliant with applicable OSHA regulations and consistent with best practices for campus environments.
• Work closely with Barnard College Information Technology [BCIT] and other departments to develop, implement, and maintain an effective emergency notification process for the entire Barnard community- consistent with best practices for academic environments.
• Evaluate existing electronic security, fire alarm, mass communication systems and other security technology for functioning and performance.
• Keep current with technology advances; recommend and acquire new security technology as appropriate and necessary.
• Establish an ongoing and formalized training program to ensure that all Public Safety personnel effectively utilize security technology that is pertinent to their responsibilities.
• Partner with Columbia University and other Barnard departments on security technology issues as they relate to new construction and joint programs or facilities.
- Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a closely related or relevant discipline. Advanced degree preferred.
- Senior level security management experience either in an academic or corporate setting, with prior law enforcement experience desired.
- Seven  to ten  years of supervisory experience with direct responsibility for a security function and staff
- Previous experience managing staff in a union environment
- Demonstrated leadership with a track record of accomplishments and value-added initiatives.
- Experience using standard computer software, including Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
- Membership in relevant professional associations, i.e., IACLEA (International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration, ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security) and IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police).
- Specialized training in security management, fire safety, and crisis management.