Swarthmore College — Associate Director of Public Safety for Operations

Swarthmore College is a highly selective college of liberal arts and engineering located in suburban Philadelphia, just 11 miles outside of the city. The College’s idyllic 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails. The College champions diversity and inclusivity across its campus community and beyond, and it is strongly committed to making education accessible; students who attend Swarthmore are admitted regardless of their demonstrated financial need. With nearly 50 programs of study and the opportunity for students to design their own major, Swarthmore offers more than 600 courses on campus each year. Swarthmore maintains 194 full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty; sustains a student-faculty ratio of 8:1; houses 95 percent of its 1,640 students on campus in 18 residence halls; and maintains 20 NCAA Division III varsity sports teams. 

Reporting to the director of public safety, the associate director of public safety for operations oversees and manages the daily operations for a world class department of public safety, and actively collaborates with the associate director for community engagement and professional standards on the department’s community engagement efforts that protect the safety and security of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors to Swarthmore College. The associate director, under the leadership of the director, administers all safety and security operations for the College, including emergency management and physical asset protection; oversees campus security patrol, the communications center, incident investigation, crime prevention, parking enforcement, and shuttle service; provides 24-hour administrative coverage of all incidents and activities that may occur; and serves as second-in-command and in place of the director in their absence. Additionally, the associate director liaisons, collaborates and works closely with the leadership of a variety of campus departments, including the dean of students and the dean’s staff, Facilities Services, and off-campus resources, to promote the continuous improvement of safety protocols and emergency preparedness and management efforts. 

Additionally, the associate director, in conjunction with the director, promotes effective training, professional development, and compliance programs for staff; coordinates the activities of the Department’s personnel for all special events, security services, and departmental assessments to ensure operational efficiency; collaborates closely with the department’s leadership team to leverage existing state-of-the-art technology and implement new systems and technologies to better enhance the safety of the community; and manages the command of major incidents, emergency situations, and special events. The associate director works in close collaboration with borough, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and other safety and security services on a range of activities, including response to accidents, medical or fire emergencies, and requests for assistance. The associate director supervises six direct reports, a total staff of 40, and 10-15 student employees.

This position is responsible for helping to ensure the Department’s capacity to foster a deep connection with members of the campus community and focus on providing service to and taking care of its constituents through a community caretaking approach to public safety. The associate director serves in a critical leadership role with planning, developing, and implementing strategic initiatives and programs that improve operational synergies and leverage talent throughout the department. The individual in this role also initiates community partnerships, student collaboration, and an active recruiting plan for a diverse work force. 

The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred), with 7 to 10 years of progressively responsible public safety experience, including 5 years at a management and supervisory level, preferably in a higher education setting, or an equivalent combination of experience and education. The associate director for operations will be a highly collaborative manager and leader with outstanding interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills, as well as a proven ability to inspire and build relationships, trust, and credibility. The successful candidate will bring a strong record of achievement in the fields of safety and security and embrace the Department and College’s commitment to a community caretaking/engagement philosophy around public safety and the significant dedication of time and energy that requires. They will also demonstrate a commitment to fostering an inclusive environment and a proven ability to work effectively in a richly diverse community and with individuals at all levels of an organization.

Review of applications will begin January 31, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at jsd@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Swarthmore College website at www.swarthmore.edu

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.