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Executive Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Mohawk Valley Community College
Job Location:
Utica, 13501
Police and Public Safety
Salary: $96,000 depending on experience

Mohawk Valley Community College provides accessible, high-quality educational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of our students. We are the community's college, committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment.

The College is looking for exceptional colleagues to join the MVCC community. We are currently seeking a full-time in our Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management. The is responsible for the proper administration and efficient operation of the security and safety functions at Mohawk Valley Community College in order to assure a proper atmosphere for the pursuit of the educational objectives of the campus community. This position will provide vision, leadership, direction and supervise the daily activities of the security force, develop training programs for the public security personnel and college employees, and provide liaison between the public security office and various outside agencies. The models a strong commitment to service excellence.

Key responsibilities for this position include:
  • Develops policies and procedures related to campus security and public safety and keeping the College President and Vice President for Administrative Services abreast of changes to Federal, State, and/or SUNY laws, rules and regulations related to safety and security;
  • Supervises the maintenance of law and order on campus and the enforcement of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, as well as the rules and regulations of the College;
  • Develops appropriate preventive and security techniques to control crimes on campus;
  • Establishes systems and procedures regarding administrative reporting to all Federal and State agencies such as Jeanne Clery Act Crime Statistics, Campus Safety & Security Report, etc.;
  • Initiates, directs, or supports as appropriate investigations of criminal activity and incidents of conflict between students, employees or the public; security and safety incidents; cyber-security incidents; or loss of College assets or employee property, interfacing with outside agencies as needed;
  • Investigates violations of Federal, State, and local laws or College policy involving faculty and staff that may result in administrative disciplinary actions or criminal charges being brought by law enforcement agencies;
  • Chairs the College's Safety Committee and is responsible for crisis and emergency response planning;
  • Acts as a liaison with Federal, State, and local law enforcement officials and governmental agencies to assure a mutual understanding of policies and procedures;
  • Provides for the management of, training for, and evaluation of staff assigned to the department;
  • Supervises the scheduling of public safety staff, including local police officers who serve as supplemental security to ensure their efficient and effective deployment;
  • Develops, presents and/or oversees programs designed to promote safety awareness for the campus community and in the campus residence hall including fire safety, laboratory and chemical safety, Right-to-Know and Work Place Violence training, etc. as required by Federal and State regulations;
  • Develops and maintains Campus Emergency Response Plans and contingency plans for security operations in the event of acts of violence, civil disturbances, natural disasters and acts of terrorism;
  • Encourages the College community, through positive and proactive programming, to support safety and security efforts, such as employee safety programs, crime prevention programs, and self-help recommendations;
  • Manages budget and allocated resources to accomplish tasks necessary to achieve identified goals and objectives;
  • Participates in departmental and institutional assessment activities, as requested;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Administrative Services.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Possession of a current, valid certificate as a peace or police officer and a valid New York State pistol permit
  • Be a New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services Certified Police Officer or Peace Officer
  • Five (5) years of experience in strategic and operational planning, budgeting, and supervision of subordinate managers and their staff
  • Seven (7) years of progressive experience as a ranking officer in either a police department or as a peace officer with responsibilities for department administrative duties and supervision of officers
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience managing a complex operation in a union setting is highly desired
  • Prior successful completion of all National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training courses appropriate for an Incident Commander
  • Experience as an Incident Commander on a college campus
  • Experience serving on task forces or other groups comprised of affiliated law enforcement agencies
Special Instructions to Applicants: Official academic transcripts required upon hire.

Review Start Date: 6/24/2024

Mohawk Valley Community College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, and diversity. MVCC maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and global worldview. We value the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in a world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, different abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status or on the basis of disability.
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