Colgate University is a highly selective liberal arts institution known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater. Ranked among the top twenty liberal arts colleges in the country by US News & World Report, Colgate offers a challenging academic environment and close contact with faculty and staff. Established in 1819, the University seeks to continue its tradition of academic excellence with a comprehensive Third-Century Plan designed to take the institution into the next century. Providing over 55 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, Colgate is predominantly residential and enrolls 3,000 students representing 50 states and 74 countries. The University is located in Hamilton, New York, recognized as one of the country’s most friendly towns and is set within one hour driving time of Syracuse and Utica. Colgate University was recently named as one of the Top 30 Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs by ACPA and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

The Position Reporting to the associate vice president for campus safety, emergency management, and environmental health and safety, the director of campus safety is primarily responsible for leading, managing, and evaluating all Campus Safety personnel, programs, and services. The director provides effective leadership in times of crises, conflict, and other challenges facing the safety of the campus. Responsibilities include: development, implementation, and evaluation of campus safety programs and services; effective implementation of federal and University standards and regulation for safety/security; developing effective relationships and coordination with relevant law enforcement agencies including government investigation units and mutual law enforcement functions; effective financial management of department funds and budgets; development of effective emergency protocols and plans as they relate to assigned areas; participating in labor agreement negotiations and other labor related issues, as required; and delivering security/safety training to the campus community.

Qualifications The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and minimum of eight years of experience in safety and security or law enforcement, with a minimum of five years serving in a leadership capacity. A master’s degree is preferred in criminal justice, or another relevant field. The successful candidate will also possess proven managerial ability with specific training in supervisory/management skills and responsibilities; demonstrated success in managing complex projects; demonstrated experience building consensus, working with teams, exhibiting sound judgment, practicing flexibility, and working within a constantly changing environment; ability and expertise in law enforcement and security practices within the context of a small, private, rural, liberal arts university. Highly desired qualifications and skills include the ability to lead change and foster continuous improvement across an organization; experience overseeing and managing substantial budgets; a solid commitment to customer service, working courteously and effectively with students, faculty, staff, the media, and the community; excellent administrative, organizational, oral, and written communication, interpersonal, and public relations skills; commitment to a team-oriented leadership style; ability to build enduring, collaborative working relationships that engender trust and respect; knowledge of Clery Act, Title IX, and other compliance requirements; strong data analysis capability; ability and willingness to work flexible hours; and an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and to promoting an inclusive campus climate.

Application and Nomination Review of applications will begin August 27th and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Laura Puckett-Boler at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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