Chief Public Safety Officer-Idaho State University (ID)

Chief Public Safety Officer (2169)

Posting Number: req1342
Working 12 months per year
Non-classified Staff
Pocatello – Main

Primary Purpose
This position is responsible for leading and coordinating the overall operation of ISU’s Department of Public Safety. The Department is responsible for supporting the University’s mission by providing a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. This position works effectively with students, faculty, and staff, in addition to University and community leaders to build a positive safety culture. This position is a collaborative partner with all campus units, providing essential safety and customer services.

The Chief Public Safety Officer provides inclusive, engaging leadership and excellent organizational management for the following functions and units: Campus Safety and Security, Parking, Transportation, Access Control, Emergency Management, Threat Assessment, Clery, Event Security, and Security Systems. The University is particularly interested in candidates with a strong attraction to the unique opportunities of a university environment as well as a genuine interest in students and a commitment to be visible and accessible to the campus community.

Key Responsibilities
• Responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as long term planning and management for the Department of Public Safety
• Maintains overall responsibility for the development and implementation of approved security, safety, and parking procedures; and policies for the safety, emergency management, emergency notification, and parking security of students, University employees, University property, and others
• Acts as liaison between Public Safety, the University, and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and fire departments in Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Meridian, as well as outreach sites throughout the state
• Provides leadership to address the safety needs of a diverse campus environment, to include advocating with campus leadership
• Engages in departmental problem-solving for organizational issues; makes recommendations for department efficiencies and advancement
• Participates on select working groups, committees, and partnerships, both internal and external to the University
• Analyzes statistical data pertaining to criminal activity and threat assessment, and implements programs and procedures to resolve any issues
• Administers campus‐wide educational programs on crime awareness and prevention
• In collaboration with University partners, serves on the ISU Care Team, providing essential threat assessment services for campus
• Ensures compliance with federal and state crime reporting requirements, such as the Clery Act and Title IX (in coordination with the Title IX Coordinator’s office and Office of the General Counsel)
• Oversees Public Safety Patrol, Dispatch and Alarm Center, Parking, Transportation, Access Control, CCTV, Emergency Management, and Clery Compliance units of the Department
• Ensures proper training and supervision of an armed Security Force, tasked with providing a safe campus for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors
• Plans and develops parking facilities, taking into account user needs, municipal laws, and the University’s Master Plan; improves customer service; assesses the needs for repairs and design changes; and ensures required work is carried out
• Establishes university parking and traffic enforcement policies and rules, and oversees the implementation of parking permits
• Directs investigations of all incidents and recommends corrective action to resolve and prevent recurrence
• Plans and manages an operating budget, through which various sectors of the Department can run efficiently
• Oversees the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of all Department employees
• Conducts reviews of operations, technical equipment, and personnel skills
• Oversight responsibility for fire safety policies and procedures
• Oversees the coordination and maintenance of the campus fire alarm system (in conjunction with Facilities and the Campus Safety Officer), intrusion alarm system, and CCTV system
• Manages the University’s emergency response plan, and serves as the primary Incident Commander for all emergency response functions for the campus
• Collaborates in the oversight of ISU’s Emergency Response Plan and emergency notification systems with campus departments and local first responders
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
• Either a Bachelor’s Degree OR 8 years of experience in a related field
• A strong record of achievement and commitment to a community caretaking philosophy around public safety
• Experience in a supervisory or management position in a security agency or related department
• Must pass a background investigation and possess a current valid driver’s license
• Demonstrated ability to think independently, use sound reasoning and judgement, and function in an autonomous capacity
• Stated commitment and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with senior administration, academic leaders, students, faculty, staff, parents, governmental authorities, community and municipality groups, and the general public
• Proven ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Ability to organize work effectively, react to emerging security issues in a higher education environment, and proactively address those issues in a manner that advances the University’s educational mission
• Ability to demonstrate sensitivity toward the broad and fluctuating base of institutional concerns

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s Degree in public administration, management, criminal justice, or a related field
• Experience in the higher education sector
• Certified Protection Professional (CPP), POST Certification, Graduate of a POST Academy program or equivalent
• Professional development or training certifications in emergency management from FEMA, NEMA, or related agencies

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Please submit the following documents with your application:
Cover Letter addressing your experience with all minimum qualifications, resume/CV, and a list of three (3) professional references with contact information.

Position will remain open until filled, however, priority consideration will be given to applications received by September 12, 2021. Salary will be between $95,000 and $115,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.