Director of Safety & Security

Salus University


Salus University, founded as the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1919, today is a diversified, globally recognized professional academic center of learning that offers a wide range of degree programs in the professions of Optometry, Audiology, Physician Assistant, Public Health, Education and Rehabilitation for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Biomedicine, Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology. Salus operates four clinical facilities in the Philadelphia area that provide highly specialized vision, hearing and balance, and speech-language pathology services. The University has more than 1,100 students, including PhD candidates, and more than 12,500 alumni worldwide.

Salus University is seeking a skilled professional to fill the position of full-time Director of Safety & Security

Primary Function: Responsible for the internal and external security of students, staff, (University Community at large) and campus facilities (real and personal property) within the confines of all campuses and satellites of Salus University (owned or leased).

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Establish and implement departmental goals, objectives, standard and operating procedures; monitor and evaluate effectiveness of said goals, and effects changes required for improvement that will ensure the highest level of security and safety for Salus Community and the lowest risk of loss and liability to the organization.
Recruit, supervise, and evaluate security staff as necessary.
Process/approve bi-weekly payroll for Officers.
Monitor security conditions and conduct ongoing analysis of date received from both external and internal sources, and advise administration on appropriate risk mitigation strategies.
Oversee and provide direction for security related projects and physical security technologies including but not limited to; card key access systems, alarm systems, video surveillance systems, security services, and other related system.
Prepare clear and concise written reports of all incidents occurring within the confines of the campuses in accordance with internal and external reporting requirements (e.g. Clery Act) including, but not limited to, the Annual Security Report along with the Sexual Violence Education, English Fluency and Uniform Crime Reporting Act assurance of compliance letters.
Responsible for the operations and equipment requirements of the security department including development of the annual operating budget; the operations and maintenance of facilities security equipment; and the maintenance, control, and replacement of personnel security equipment.
Develop crime prevention initiatives, select and monitor the effectiveness of alarm, lighting and camera systems.
Responsible for Emergency Preparedness for the University in cooperation with the Director of Physical Plant.

Knowledge, Education and Experience Required:
Minimum of five (5) years of experience working in the field of security and/or safety or in a field related to public safety.
Familiarity with Security operations in a University setting.
Minimum 3 years supervisory/leadership experience.
Formal training (or equivalent experience) in safety and security issues.
College degree in a related discipline required.
Experience developing/managing departmental budgets/financial controls.

Skills and Other Requirements:
Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends
Training in policy and procedures on criminal justice proceedings
Effectively using organizational and planning skills with attention to detail and follow through.
Effectively supervising, leading, and delegating tasks and authority.
Working collaboratively with a diverse and multicultural University community.
Maintaining confidentiality of work related information and materials.
Valid driver’s license in the state of residence free of suspensions.
Demonstrated proficient using standard office software applications.
CPR and First Aid certification.

Physical Skills Required:
Occasional lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.
Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, climbing, kneeling, pushing, and pulling.
Work is routinely performed in office environments

Other Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience in a union environment
Working knowledge of Clery Act/VAWA and reporting requirements.
Certifications: Act 120 (Police Certification); Act 235
Experience developing and implementing emergency preparedness plans.
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