Chief of Campus Safety and Security-Dutchess Community College (SUNY)

Date Posted: July 31, 2023

Employer: Dutchess Community College (SUNY)


Chief of Campus Safety and Security

About Dutchess Community College:

Dutchess Community College

One of the most highly regarded community colleges in the State University of New York system, DCC is located on 130 acres in the Town of Poughkeepsie, in the scenic and historic mid-Hudson Valley. It is one of the largest employers in Dutchess County, with almost 1,000 full- and part-time employees.

Founded in 1957, DCC serves as the community college for Dutchess County and draws students from the surrounding areas and beyond. Other operations under the DCC umbrella include a community outreach center in the City of Poughkeepsie and an extension site soon to open in the Town of Fishkill. At present, campus-based student enrollment of over 5,000 is comprised of primarily traditional-age commuter students, a few hundred residential students  and a developing sector of post-traditional students.

The DCC main campus is situated on a hill and is sprawling and picturesque. Impressive landscaping and a $2.6 million collection of artwork - including large-scale outdoor sculptures - create an enriching environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Eleven principal buildings comprise the College facilities. The most recent addition to the campus is Conklin Hall, a 465-bed, suite-style residence hall located at the north end of campus. Other buildings on campus include halls for classrooms and laboratories, state of the art science, mathematics and art classrooms, administrative offices, cafeteria, athletics, library, a student service center, a center for business and industry, and a day care center.

The Opportunity: Chief of Campus Safety and Security

Under the direction of the Vice President of Administration, the Chief of Campus Safety and Security will lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive program in public safety, including both peace officers and campus guards, that serves and protects students, employees and visitors by providing a safe and secure environment. The successful candidate will work to create policy and procedures in accordance with a peace officer and community policing model that enhances a diverse, inclusive and welcoming college environment. This position works in collaboration with campus leaders and community law enforcement partners to ensure policy application to higher education principles with a focus on a holistic approach to public safety, student success, wellness, and respect for diversity.

The Chief of Campus Safety and Security works closely with DCC students, faculty, staff, administration and the local police and law enforcement community to direct and administer the overall public safety program and initiatives across all of the DCC arenas. The Chief provides leadership, management and direct oversight to the College's entire security force, and is responsible for threat management, emergency management, campus investigations, dispatch and parking services,. The Chief directs and oversees the operations and strategic planning of all relevant functions pertaining to security services, student outreach programs and security and law enforcement policies.

The successful candidate must be committed to providing excellent customer service. Dedication to campus interaction and participation, community engagement, employee involvement and development, and incontestable personal ethics are essential.

Job Description:

This is a sworn Peace Officer twelve month management and technical position involving responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing, and enforcing the campus safety program of Dutchess Community College (DCC).  Supervision is exercised over campus peace officers, campus guards, contracted police and security services, and other assigned subordinate personnel in multiple DCC sites. The work is performed in accordance with New York State Penal and Traffic Laws, governmental regulations, College rules, and by developing and implementing procedures, guidelines, and policies consistent with a community oriented policing philosophy.   Incumbents will seek departmental and personal connections and partnerships to address both safety and community relations.
The Chief serves as a member of the professional staff within the College administration Employees in this position may be required to work day, evening, night, holiday and weekend hours.


• Develop, organize, direct, and enforce a comprehensive campus safety program in accordance with New York State Penal and Traffic laws, governmental and agency regulations and standards, and college rules.
• Develop and maintain campus law enforcement operations that are focused on Community Oriented Policing philosophy.
• Work with college administration, faculty, and other campus stakeholders to provide campus safety in accordance with best practices as recognized by state and national standards.
• Develop and recommend to the President and the Board of Trustees for approval campus policies and procedures in the area of campus safety and security.
• Participate as a member of the President's Cabinet.
• Responsible for emergency preparedness planning and procedures which include emergency mass communication systems, training and emergency exercises.
• Lead in the recruitment, hiring and evaluation processes of campus safety personnel.
• Develop a budget on the basis of need and control assignments.
• Responsible for physical security that includes building lock systems, key control, alarm and security video systems, for the main campus and off-site facilities.
• Provide oversight of investigations relating to criminal or suspicious activities, and reports of improper conduct on the main campus and off-site facilities.
• Reviews incident reports prepared by campus safety staff for completeness and accuracy, and ensures they are properly submitted and forwarded to appropriate campus departments as necessary.
• Establish and maintain a favorable working relationship with external emergency response agencies, including police, fire and emergency medical services.
• Provide oversight for regular inspections of all buildings, noting safety and security deficiencies; make proper notifications to insure compliance with acceptable standards.
• Keep abreast of applicable laws, college rules and security procedures in accordance with best practices as recognized by state and national standards.
• Maintain the department records management system, including incident logs, investigative reports, and evidence logs as required.
• Participate in department, division and institutional assessment activities as required in addition to reviewing campus safety protocols for updating and improvement.
• Perform related work as required, including but not limited to, fill in or support shift supervision, respond to calls for service as needed, make arrests and enforce traffic laws as warranted, participate on appropriate college committees.

Full Performance of the Position
Qualify as a Campus Peace Officer, according to the standards set forth by New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of operating a campus safety program, with the ability to obtain knowledge regarding, Jeanne Clery Act compliance, Title IX, and FERPA as well as other Department of Education rules and regulations and SUNY guidelines, pertinent O.S.H.A. regulations, National Fire Prevention Act, familiarity with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS), and other safety and security regulations as applicable; ability to develop and carry out a comprehensive safety program; management and supervisory ability; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to work independently; ability to organize workload effectively; possess good judgment and self-initiative, and the ability to react to emerging safety concerns. Possess demonstrated technical literacy regarding database management and proficiency with various software programs including but not limited to; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Ability to work in a diverse multicultural academic setting.


• Possession of a current New York State Police Officer or Campus Peace Officer certification, or equivalent as recognized by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
• Education: -    Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, or a related field and;
• Experience:-   Ten years of experience as a sworn member of a local, state, federal or military law enforcement agency.  Minimum of five years of supervision and management experience developing and administering public safety programs.

• Prior experience as a campus safety officer working in a college, school or university environment in a supervisory or management position.

• Maintain qualifications required of a Peace Officer by the State of New York.
• Possess and maintain a valid New York State Pistol License.
• Must possess a New York State Driver's License at time of appointment and during employment.
• United States citizenship or permanent residency required.
• Required to undergo and successfully complete a Background Investigation that includes a Psychological Assessment and Polygraph.

Additional Information:
DCC offers a comprehensive compensation package including Health and Dental Insurance, Paid time off, Retirement, Life Insurance, Disability, and more.
This position is Management/Confidential with a salary range of $90,000 - $110,00.00

Application Instructions:
To apply, please submit an updated resume and cover letter along with 3 professional references.
This posting will remain open until qualified applicants have been identified. For full consideration review, please submit all materials by July 24, 2023

Dutchess Community College is an AA/EOE employer. As part of the State University of New York (SUNY), in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment, and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a policy to provide an educational and employment environment free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

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