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To provide the necessary direction and leadership in the area of Public Safety in order to ensure the safety of the campus and that contemporary standards of good practice are maintained for the safety of the campus community and the protection of College of Law assets. The Director of Public Safety serves as the Clery Compliance Officer for the College of Law and is required to ensure the compliance to the Department of Education “Clery Act” and provide statistics to University Public Safety for the annual security report.
Under general direction, performs administrative and technical work in the development, implementation and coordination of the College of Law’s Emergency Management Program; coordinates and acts as liaison for the College of Law’s disaster recovery efforts; oversees the disaster training, exercises and campus awareness programs; and performs related duties as assigned.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
DIRECTOR – PUBLIC SAFETY
Recommends and/or implements as approved, University & College of Law policies, procedures and plans relevant to the efficient and cost effective utilization of the department’s human and fiscal resources.
Oversees and maintains an effective parking control program and recommends, implements and enforces the requisite regulations to assure the optimization of available parking real estate and the protection of the College of Law’s and user’s assets.
Responds to faculty, staff and student issues and concerns in a supportive, professional and timely problem-solving manner.
Participates in the review of existing facilities and the planning of new construction, and makes recommendations to help prevent criminal activity and enhance the safety of occupants, including but not limited to, materials, design and system technology.
Assures that all criminal incidents that occur on campus property are investigated and reported in a timely fashion, and that appropriate cases are prepared for referral to the internal campus system or reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Develops and maintains formal and informal communications and an effective working relationship with local, state and as appropriate, federal, law enforcement agencies, the city fire department and other agencies concerned with public safety.
Assures that all reports, case files and other requisite records, including statistical data are accurately maintained and reported as required by state, local and federal regulations.
Hires and conducts performance appraisals of subordinates, recommends compensation adjustments based on performance, and ensures the proper management of all personnel vacancies and leave requests.
Keeps constituencies informed in a timely manner of matters pertaining to Public Safety activities.
Ensures Public Safety procedures are in line with University and College of Law’s policies and procedures.
Performs special assignments as required by College’s programs and special events.
Ensure the annual required safety training programs – BBP and CPR/AED; are accomplished during the calendar year.
Designate personnel as the point of contact for review and approval of pet waivers under the Guidelines for Animals on Campus-Gulfport policy. Work with HR and your supervisors to ensure waivers are collected for pets normally brought to campus.
Member of Title IX team at the College of Law.
Serve as back-up Title IX investigator, as needed.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Acts as a liaison with other municipalities, county, state, federal and other emergency management organizations.
Maintains a functioning 24-hour on call College of Law emergency operations center.
Reviews, changes and/or develops current and new plans and procedures as needed.
Conduct annual training and tabletop exercises. Reviews results and makes improvements.
Conducts training and information presentations for College of Law employees and the student population.
Serves as the College of Law representative for various city and countywide emergency management meetings.
Assists departments with emergency and disaster plans and procedures.
Keeps up to date with emergency management issues and provides information to College of Law departments as required.
Provide oversight for development of a comprehensive communications plan with local and state emergency operations centers as it relates to all campuses.
Liaisons, Committee & Organization Memberships:
Maintain liaison with the student government.
Maintain liaison with the local law enforcement and fire rescue agencies.
Maintain membership(s) in professional organizations, such as IACLEA, Florida Police Chief Association, etc.
Attendance and participation in administrative meetings / functions.
Advisor for the Safety Committee (committee meetings on a bi-monthly basis, projects and initiatives identified by committee to work on for academic year, including targeted best estimate dates for completion, report accomplishments to supervisor(s)).
Facilities Safety Committee member.
Regional Domestic Security Task Force member.
Fire Emergency Team – Chairman.
Participant & speaker at new student orientation.
Ceremonial & security participation in Graduation ceremonies.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field required; Master’s degree desired.
Experience in law enforcement or the criminal justice system, including at least 5 years of senior supervisory/management experience at a command staff level.
A strong background or familiarity in the Jeanne Clery Act and Title IX.
Required to have a Class D security officer license pursuant to state of Florida law (Chapter 493. Florida Statutes).
Employment experience from a similar position at a college or university setting, a plus.
Attainment of the designation Certified Protection Professional (CPP) desired but not required.
Certified Protection Professional (CPP)® demonstrates knowledge and experience in all areas of security management.
A contemporary knowledge of security, law enforcement and crime prevention techniques and practices is required.
Effective oral and written communication ability.
Ability to handle crisis situations.
Strong background in emergency management, NIMS, and ICS.
Understanding of and appreciation for current trends in higher education regarding campus safety and security functions.
Practical application of recognized standards of good practice relevant to matters of safety, electronic crime prevention technology and access control.
Effective human relations and interactive management skills with a proactive customer-oriented focus.
Ability to be viewed by all campus constituencies as supportive.
Team building skills – motivates and empowers.
Proactive and compliance-oriented in a supportive fashion.
Works to build an environment that promotes and facilitates the success of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence.
Flexibility to work outside normal business hours and supervising a 24/7 security office.
Intermediate in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
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