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Chief, Campus Safety And Emergency Management Services

Syracuse, NY, USA | Syracuse University

  • Industry:
    Education (Higher)
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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Job Description

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Syracuse University recently completed an intensive, independent review of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This review, along with guidance from the Board of Trustees Special Committee on University Climate, Diversity and Inclusion and results from the Campus Climate Pulse Survey, provide a foundation from which the Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services (CSEMS) will refine current and implement new initiatives, services, and training opportunities while also establishing strong relationships with students and departments across campus. This position will lead a strategic, thoughtful and holistic transformation of CSEMS, ultimately resulting in enhanced community-oriented policing practices, strengthened student engagement, deeper campus partnerships, innovative updates to services, and improved communication, accountability, and transparency.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of significant responsibility and experience in law enforcement, safety and security, and/or as an emergency first-responder, with four years at an upper management level with supervision or an equivalent combination of education and experience (master’s degree preferred).

It is imperative that this new Chief have a demonstrated commitment to and track record of success related to issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and have effectively infused these values into the ethos of their staff/department.

Further, candidates must be authentic communicators with outstanding interpersonal skills; an ability to thrive within a decentralized, complex work environment; excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills; experience successfully mentoring and professionally developing staff; and expert knowledge, interpretation and application of Clery and the collection of applicable crime statistics.

This Chief will have experience overseeing police operations for large scale special events, dignitary visits and protests/demonstrations; the ability to foster collaborative working relationships across campus and with local, state and federal law enforcement and first- responder agencies; and possess a track record of promoting an environment of accountability and continuous performance improvement by establishing and monitoring concrete performance measures to drive achievement of targeted outcomes.

Lastly, the Chief must maintain a New York State Bureau of Municipal Police Officer or Campus Public Safety Peace Officer (with firearms) certification (approved through the Municipal Police Training Council pursuant to Education Law §6435), or, if certified as a police officers in another state, must be eligible for certification as a NYS Campus Peace Officer (with firearms) through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and achieve such certification within one year of appointment. Law experience within a higher education environment and training certifications in emergency management from FEMA or related agencies are both preferred qualifications for the Chief.

Job Specific Qualifications


Reporting directly to the Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative Services (BFAS) and Chief Financial Officer, the Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services is responsible for planning and directing the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of the DPS, Emergency Management, Global Safety and Support, and CSEMS Administrative and Technical Services.

The new Chief will join on the heels of DPS earning accreditation from CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), one of only 11 law enforcement agencies in New York State to meet the highest professional standards in law enforcement. Along with previous accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), DPS is one of only 27 dual CALEA/IACLEA accredited campus public safety agencies nationwide and the only one in New York State.

As a senior leader in the BFAS division, the Chief will help bring to life the vision of the BFAS division’s strategic plan, The Orange Standard, which calls for creating a signature experience unparalleled in practice and a commitment to continuous improvement in order to power the success of the University as a whole. The Chief will ensure operational excellence and a unified approach to safety, law enforcement, fire and life safety, and emergency management by providing exemplary service and supporting a diverse campus community in which all members feel valued, respected, and safe and positioned to thrive. CSEMS serves the entire Syracuse University campus area, over 900 acres, including North Campus, South Campus, and University-controlled properties in the city of Syracuse.

This position leads CSEMS’s interactions and collaborations with other divisions and departments providing consultation, guidance and information to support the various functions of the University, including an important partnership with Enrollment and the Student Experience. As the University’s chief law enforcement officer, the Chief provides the Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative services and Chief Financial Officer, the Chancellor and all executive teams/councils, and members of the Board of Trustees with guidance related to safety, investigations, and emergency and crisis-related matters on campus and, as necessary, globally. The Chief will also serve as the primary liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies.

Overseeing approximately 230 full- and part-time employees, including approximately 60 union members and 180 student workers, the Chief will maintain a high level of professionalism, continued development, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and unwavering dedication to social justice and the safety of Syracuse University’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors.


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