ROLE OF THE POSITION
Reporting to the executive director for campus safety and working collaboratively with the Laboratory School’s associate director of finance and administration, the director of safety & security for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (“Lab”) is part of the Department of Safety & Security (DSS) and serves as a key liaison between the Schools and DSS. The director of safety & security serves as the primary safety administrator for the Laboratory Schools, including leadership for developing, implementing, and maintaining a comprehensive physical security plan and school safety program as well as emergency preparedness for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The director aims to promote a safe and secure educational environment for students, staff, parents, and visitors. This position supervises and evaluates subordinate proprietary or contractual staff, provides recommendations for enhancements to school security and emergency preparedness systems, recommends and implements new school safety initiatives, conducts incident investigations, and regular general safety and security assessments. The director must work collaboratively with organizational leadership to develop, implement, and maintain programs that promote a safe and secure school. Additionally, the director oversees a safety and security team comprised of 13 full-time employees, including two direct reports; the assistant director of security operations and the emergency management and safety education coordinator.
Other responsibilities include:
- Oversees the development and implementation of security operation policies and procedures compliant with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) Campus Safety standards.
- Oversees the recruiting and hiring of proprietary security staff and coordinates with DSS’ Security Services division for any contract security.
- Develops and implements pre-service, annual in-service, and other ongoing career development for security staff in accordance with security best practices.
- Responsible for conducting incident-based investigations and ensuring security staff is adhering to unit-specific policies and procedures.
- In collaboration with the University of Chicago Police Department, indirectly oversees the assigned UCPD school resource officers (SROs).
Emergency Management & Preparedness
- In collaboration with the DSS Emergency Management Unit, responsible for developing and maintaining Lab’s Emergency Operations Plan.
- Responsible for developing and maintaining building-specific Emergency Action Plans.
- Recommends, develops, and conducts an annual emergency preparedness training program for Lab’s faculty, staff, and students.
- Chairs Lab’s Emergency Management Committee, whose members assist in revising Emergency Operations Plans and the development of emergency management and safety-related programming.
- Develops and conducts, at minimum, an annual emergency management tabletop exercise for school leadership.
Community Safety Education
- Recommends, develops, and conducts school safety education programs and collaborates with other DSS divisions to coordinate specific safety education programs for Lab community (e.g., active threat response, fire safety education, crime prevention safety, etc.).
Physical Security and Emergency Response Systems
- Conducts ongoing assessments of Lab’s physical security and emergency management systems and recommends additions and/or improvements to that technology (e.g., cameras, card access, public address systems, etc.) to school leadership.
- Works collaboratively with DSS’ Security Systems Unit to make enhancements or additions to physical security and emergency management technology.
- Serves as a member, and the security & law enforcement liaison, of Lab’s Threat Assessment Team.
- Maintains a working relationship with police, fire, and other safety and security-related organizations to ensure their assistance when responding to incidents.
- Collaborates with key internal stakeholders within DSS and Lab on safety and security issues.
- Works with the appropriate departments to maintain safe and secure buildings for after-hours programs.
- Reviews all incident reports and takes action when appropriate, which may include working with the local police or other law enforcement agencies.
- Responds to requests from key administrators, including principals, regarding school safety and security matters.
- Conducts, at minimum, a triennial assessment of Lab’s safety and security program with a particular focus on security, technology, and emergency preparedness functions, and makes recommendations to school leadership regarding any needed changes or enhancements.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.