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Associate Vice President of Campus Safety and Security

Colby College
Job Location:
Waterville, 04901
Administrative Vice Presidents

Job Number: R0003441

Job Description
VP Secretary of College

Job Summary:

Interested candidates MUST apply electronically by using the following link via Spelman & Johnson website. Applicants that apply via Colby Careers Site will NOT be reviewed.


Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America's most selective colleges. Located in Waterville, Maine near the banks of the beautiful Kennebec River, Colby College is one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges. Colby's focus on innovative and leading-edge programs that complement the traditional liberal arts-in areas such as artificial intelligence, data science, genomics and computational biology, climate change and the environment, the arts and humanities, public policy, and performance studies, distinguish Colby from other schools of its size. Colby extends its reach, impact, and opportunities through external partnerships with globally recognized laboratories and medical facilities, arts organizations, and a wide array of business partners.

The campus boasts beautiful new facilities including the Harold Alfond Athletics and Recreation Center, a best-in-class complex that has become a center for student activity; the Paul J. Schupf Art Center, a downtown community-based arts building; a recently opened Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, which includes a start-of-the-art performance hall, studios, screening rooms, and a grand community space. The College established the Island Campus in mid-coast Maine in 2022 after acquiring the Allen and Benner Islands, once owned by the Wyeth family, to offer Colby students unique and timely cross disciplinary research opportunities in a range of academic disciplines, including the marine sciences and the arts.

In the last decade, Colby has grown its student body by approximately 20 percent while enrolling students from more diverse and academically competitive backgrounds. In recent years Colby has doubled both the number of enrolled Pell-eligible students and the number of enrolled students of color. Colby students, who come from throughout the U.S. and more than 70 countries, demonstrate unprecedented highs on every measure of academic achievement. Investments in financial aid have more than doubled since 2014, and new programs are ensuring that all members of the community can thrive in this dynamic environment. Colby recently exceeded its Dare Northward campaign goal of $750 million, which was the largest campaign goal for a liberal arts college when it launched in 2017. The campaign was recently extended with a new campaign goal of exceeding $1B. Since 2014, the College's net assets have doubled to more than $2 billion, its record of fundraising has moved to the very top tier of liberal arts colleges, and it has rapidly expanded its faculty and staff to allow for new areas of inquiry, scholarship, and teaching, and to support record enrollments.

The new leader of Colby security will have the opportunity to build a modern and forward-looking organization and strategy within the context of this more complex campus environment and a rapidly changing safety landscape in Waterville, Maine, and the country. Building upon excellent relationships already established with local and state agencies, the individual in this role has a unique opportunity to elevate the college's position as a critical partner in the community.

The associate vice president of safety and security is responsible for the organization, operation, supervision, and administration of the safety and security department. The individual in this role must be exceptionally attuned to the needs and experiences of Colby's diverse community and be adept at supporting and enhancing the campus experience of all those with whom they work - building confidence and authentic relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

The associate vice president of safety and security will work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and other constituents to enhance the campus safety and security environment and ensure the work of the department reflects the College's commitment to building and maintaining fully inclusive and transparent relationships with internal and external communities. This individual will partner with senior leadership to establish and execute upon a functional operating model for campus security and safety to meet the current and future needs of the College.

The position will provide executive oversight for: overall safety of the community including occupational health and safety; actively minimizing risks and incidents; compliance with all related College and regulatory requirements; effectiveness of incident management and emergency response systems related to health and safety. This role is accountable for effective leadership in times of crisis, conflict, and other challenges facing the campus and for effectively avoiding and mitigating risk. This individual will be expected to create a culture of safety and implement practices and policies that optimize campus security consistent with the evolving community needs and expectations.

The individual in this role will have functional authority over all security-related matters, including but not limited to: 1) maintaining standards and operational procedures that provide consistent uniformity and interoperability of personnel and equipment; 2) oversight and compliance with federal, state, and College Policies, rules, laws, codes, and industry guidelines relating to safety and campus security; 3) coordinating all major and sensitive investigations as requested by the College periodically; 4) overseeing the departmental budgets and procurement processes; and 5) coordinating and disseminating College-wide communications regarding safety and security matters.


  • Design, develop, implement, and oversee comprehensive services and programs that support and respond to the safety and security needs of the College community. 

  • Ensure the department has comprehensive and formalized policies that meet contemporary standards in campus safety and security.

  • Provide executive oversight of the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of staff, including professional development and training programs.

  • Develop and implement effective emergency management response protocols and manage the campus emergency operations plan for all aspects of the campus including natural disasters, crimes, and accident/incident reports and serve as liaison with all relevant public agencies.

  • Function as incident command when the campus emergency response plan is activated and conduct regular training exercises for College employees who have responsibilities in emergency operations.

  • Monitor and communicate developments in industry trends, best practices in higher education, and the regulatory environment.

  • Oversee the development of and deliver of training and outreach to faculty, staff, and students on guidelines and programs to minimize risk and ensure regulatory compliance.

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and monitoring of appropriate modern record-keeping systems and procedures for incident reports, complaints, access control, and alarm systems, including college requirements under the Clery Act.

  • Manage department budget and act as responsible steward of assigned College funds and facilities and make recommendations to senior leadership on investments required.

  • Develop policies and procedures for special event security for College special events, student life activities, and athletic events and ensure staff are trained appropriately to manage these events.

  • Ensure the campus community is informed and educated about the safety and security issues impacting them and is aware of services provided by the department.


  • Substantial and progressive leadership experience in security, public safety, emergency management, or related field.

  • Innovative thinker capable of conducting a holistic assessment of campus safety and security operations and developing a strategic vision to produce a consistently engaged, highly responsive department that is recognized broadly as committed to the safety and care of the entire College community.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective and sustained relationships with students, faculty, and staff.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and leadership ability to establish rapport with and foster cooperative and respectful environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni, dignitaries, visitors, and other constituencies.

  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills; track record of sharing information and seeking input from others; ability to tailor communication for a range of audiences; able to protect private and confidential information.

  • Demonstrated ability to accurately present complex and time-sensitive information to students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies. Capacity to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously is required.

  • Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills with demonstrated ability to collaborate and consider diverse perspectives.

  • Knowledge and experience with safety and security technology systems, maintenance, and reporting.

  • Unflappable in the face of multiple challenges, highly motivated, highly productive work ethic, a creative approach, and a proven ability to lead.

  • Must be flexible, have great attention to detail, show initiative, and have a results-driven philosophy with the ability to problem solve and manage multiple projects.


The director of security works closely with senior leadership, general counsel, student affairs, museum of art, facilities services, safety, risk management, information technology services, human resources, and public safety agencies. This position has significant interactions with students, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, the local community, and other constituents.

Colby is a private, coeducational liberal arts college that admits students and makes employment decisions on the basis of the individual's qualifications to contribute to Colby's educational objectives and institutional needs. Colby College does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or military or veteran's status. Colby is an equal opportunity employer and operates in accordance with federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination. Colby complies with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in an institution's education programs and activities. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to Colby's Title IX coordinator or to the federal Office of Civil Rights. We encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our College, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.

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