The Hotchkiss School — Director of Campus Safety and Security

The Hotchkiss School is an independent boarding school located in Lakeville, Connecticut. Founded in 1891, the School provides an education of academic distinction to 600 students in grades 9 through 12, and to a small number of postgraduates. The School sits on 827 acres of woods, fields, and farmland in the midst of the scenic Berkshire-Taconic region — a place the Nature Conservancy calls “one of the most extraordinary landscapes in the Northeast.” The School’s state-of-the-art facilities, combined with these surroundings, make Hotchkiss an extraordinary place to live and learn.

Reporting to the chief financial officer, the director of campus safety and security provides leadership, vision, and administrative oversight for the operations of the department of Campus Safety and Security. This department serves to protect students, employees, campus residents, and visitors by providing a safe and secure environment. The director creates policies and procedures, maintains the School’s emergency plan providing yearly training on topics of emergency preparedness to the Emergency Policy Group, and assists other campus departments with their emergency preparedness needs. Further, the director supervises the locksmith and transportation coordinator while leading a team of campus safety and security officers that patrol 24-hours/365 days a year. The director works to develop staff, to improve physical security processes and controls, and to enhance the School’s diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment. This position works in collaboration with School leaders and state and local law enforcement partners to ensure policy application aligns with the Hotchkiss mission and values as well as maintains and fosters positive working relationships with the local police, fire marshal, fire departments, and other community organizations.

The successful candidate is required to have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business administration, or other closely related field, with a minimum of five years of experience in security/law enforcement in a management capacity including staff supervision and training. Professional certifications such as the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), Physical Security Professional (CPP), or Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) are highly desired. A master’s degree in a related field and/or leadership experience working in safety/security within an educational setting are strongly preferred. 

The successful candidate will have uncompromising integrity and honesty; exemplary leadership skills; strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills; and a proven record of creating robust, cohesive teams. Further minimum qualifications include: the ability to work collegially; demonstrated knowledge of current issues of public safety and private security functions including emergency preparedness; capacity to maintain composure during challenging and crisis situations; and strong computer skills. Finally, the next director will have a demonstrated commitment to the safety and well-being of others; possess a solid knowledge of public safety communication systems, policies and practices; be knowledgeable about, or willing to learn, the statutes of the state of Connecticut, particularly as they relate to an educational community; and will partner with state and other law enforcement agencies, fire department, and EMS to promote the safety and security of the campus and local community.

Review of applications will begin May 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Hotchkiss School website at www.hotchkiss.org

The Hotchkiss School is eager to consider applications from groups traditionally underrepresented in independent school communities.

The Hotchkiss School does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or national or ancestral origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other School-administered programs, or in the administration of its hiring and employment practices.

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