Role of the Associate Vice President and Chief, Campus Safety & Emergency Services for Syracuse University
In 2019-20Syracuse University 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 AVP/Chief in their role as the unit leader of the Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services (CSEMS) will refine and implement new initiatives, services, and training opportunities while also developing stronger and positive 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.
Reporting directly to the Interim Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Administrative Services (BFAS) and Chief Financial Officer, the Associate Vice President and Chief, Campus Safety and Emergency Management Services (AVP/Chief) will be 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. CSEMS serves the entire Syracuse University campus area, comprised of over 900 acres, including North Campus, South Campus, and University-controlled properties in the city of Syracuse. The new AVP/Chief will join the University after DPS recently earned 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 AVP/Chief will help bring to life the vision of the 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 AVP/Chief will ensure operational excellence and a unified approach to safety, law enforcement, fire and life safety, and emergency management through exemplary service and support of a diverse campus community in which all members feel valued, respected, safe, and positioned to thrive.
This position will lead CSEMS’s interactions and collaborations with other campus 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 senior law enforcement officer, the AVP/Chief provides the Interim Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Chancellor, 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 AVP/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 79 union members, and 180 student workers, the AVP/Chief will maintain a high level of professionalism, continued professional development, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and unwavering dedication to social justice and the safety of Syracuse University’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors.