Director, Department of Safety and Security

Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

ID: 7063017
Posted: January 13, 2020
Application Deadline: February 13, 2020

Job Description

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. As an R1 institution with high research activity, Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. The College serves a total enrollment of 6,500 students, employs over 4,200 faculty and staff, and encompasses over 161 administrative, academic, residential, and athletic buildings. With its quarter term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s highly residential 269 acre main campus remains a very active 24/7 environment year-round. The College is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, judged one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources that include major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Director of Safety and Security & Emergency Operations is responsible for the comprehensive operations of Dartmouth College’s safety and security services and emergency preparedness and response. The Director leads an unarmed, non-sworn team of approximately 30 security and dispatch professionals, and manages and administers safety and security programs, physical facility security, compliance, training, emergency preparedness, and critical incident response for the College. The Director is actively engaged with the campus community, and works collaboratively with administrators, faculty and students of the College, as well as with local, state and federal authorities to provide a safe, inclusive campus environment that supports academic excellence, independent thought, cultural collaboration, and the educational mission of Dartmouth College.

The Director plans, directs, and evaluates all activities of the department, ensuring appropriate deployment of resources and compliance with all applicable federal and state laws, and local ordinances. As the chief Clery officer, the Director tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with College, state, and federal reporting responsibilities. The Director is responsible for strategic planning on behalf of the department, as well as providing valuable input into master planning and the design and renewal of facilities throughout the campus to address safety and security priorities. Departmental planning includes providing and advocating for recommended changes needed within the department to maintain appropriate service levels including policies and procedures, staffing and organizational structure, utilization of technology, and the ability to meet or exceed accreditation (e.g., IACLEA) and certification standards. Additionally, the Director is responsible for the hiring, training, and supervising of Department staff and manages the departmental budget of $2.8M. The Director performs risk management functions, coordinates emergency, disaster, and crisis response/drills, implements safety and security operations, including emergency communications, and develops programs and initiatives in support of Dartmouth College’s mission. In addition, the Director maintains an awareness of best practices and national trends related to safety/security and legal issues impacting higher education, and remains an active member of appropriate campus security and law enforcement professional associations.

The Department of Safety and Security works with all aspects of the college including the offices of the President and Provost, Dean of the Faculty , the Division of Student Affairs, the Title IX Office, the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Athletics, Conferences and Events, Campus Services and Facilities, and with security colleagues at the Hood Museum and nearby Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, emergency management, or related field with at least ten years of progressively responsible security or law enforcement experience including patrol, investigation, supervision, training, and administration. A minimum of six years of command level supervisory experience is necessary for success in this search. Additional requirements include: experience developing and leading emergency management preparedness, emergency response, and mitigation; familiarity with campus security, community policing, security services, and crime prevention training and education; excellent problem-solving skills and ability to defuse conflict; evidence of strategic and data-informed decision-making, coupled with strong organizational and multitasking ability; excellent communication skills (oral and written), including the ability to listen effectively and to comfortably interact with constituents at all levels, backgrounds, and identities throughout the College community; demonstrated knowledge of and experience working on matters involving Clery, VAWA, Title IX, violence prevention, sexual misconduct, and acts of bias and discrimination; outstanding interpersonal, negotiation, consensus-building, and relationship building skills; and well-honed political acuity and diplomacy ability. Preferred qualifications include 15 or more years of relevant experience, demonstrated experience within a college or university setting, and an advanced degree.

Review of applications will begin February 13, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Valerie B. Szymkowicz at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Discrimination is prohibited on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.


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