Fordham University seeks an experienced, collaborative public safety leader to serve as the next Associate Vice President for Public Safety (AVPPS). The AVPPS directs the administration, planning, organization, and management of a comprehensive public safety and risk management organization that strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for the University’s campus community. The AVPPS will join a vibrant institution with multiple locations in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
About Fordham University
Founded in 1841 on the grounds of Rose Hill Manor in the Bronx by Bishop John Hughes, Fordham University opened its doors as St. John’s College. In 1846, the State of New York chartered the College, and Bishop Hughes transferred control of the College to a contingent of French Jesuits. Under a 1907 New York Board of Regents charter amendment, St. John’s College changed its corporate name to Fordham University.
Today, Fordham University stands as an independent, Jesuit, Catholic institution comprising nine schools and colleges across three campuses in New York. The University is dedicated to providing an education that, in the Jesuit tradition, aims for more than the transmission of technical or professional skills. To individuals of all and of no religious persuasion, Fordham encourages the cultivation of the whole person, fosters academic experiences that promote depth of thought and imagination, and promotes the pursuit of justice in accordance with the enduring values of Catholic social thought. Fordham affirms that reason and faith complement each other in the pursuit of wisdom, and encourages a maturation of faith consonant with intellectual and moral development while fostering critical thinking, ethical reflection and precise expression. Although rooted in a tradition nearly 500 years old, Fordham strives to develop excellent 21st-century leaders who can negotiate both the possibilities and the challenges posed by modern technology in our global society.
More than 16,500 students are taught by a full-time faculty of approximately 800 on campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester County in New York. The University has a campus in London and supports programs in China and South Africa. The University has an annual operating budget of approximately $650 million and an endowment of $950 million.
For more information on Fordham University, please visit www.fordham.edu.
Public Safety at Fordham
Fordham’s Department of Public Safety’s top priority is to ensure the well-being of the entire Fordham community, on all campuses, at all times. The Department of Public Safety provides 24-hour coverage at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses and at the Westchester campus. Public Safety personnel are overseen by a duty supervisor on every tour at all campuses. These supervisors include former law enforcement professionals with extensive patrol, management, investigation, and crime-prevention experience. Public Safety has 61 authorized positions for which the AVPPS provides leadership, including duty supervisors, patrol leaders, base supervisors, watch guards, and other administrative personnel. The AVPPS also manages the relationship with the external company providing security service personnel at each campus. The budget under the AVPPS supervision is approximately $13M.
Public Safety personnel respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, provide traffic control and enforcement of traffic regulations, and assist in building inspections and fire prevention. Public Safety has a close working relationship with the local New York City police precincts and the Harrison Police Department at the Westchester campus. The AVPPS meets regularly with police commanders to help ensure the safest environment for the campus community. Fordham’s Emergency Management Council, chaired by the AVPPS, conducts both tabletop and campus-wide practical exercises and evacuation drills to test the emergency response and evacuation procedures annually. Personal safety programs on topics including preventing sexual assault and urban living are offered throughout the academic year. Public Safety participates in the Title IX investigations of students, and is responsible for compliance, particularly regarding the Clery Act.
Reporting to the Vice President for Administration, the Associate Vice President for Public Safety oversees crime prevention and education; community outreach; emergency management; event security management; investigations, including Title IX, security policies and plans, security assessments, and regulatory compliance at the federal, state, and local levels.
The Associate Vice President proactively develops strong partnerships and collaborations with Athletics, Student Affairs, Human Resources, and other senior leadership at the University, and will also serve as a liaison to external community partners such as local law enforcement and emergency management agencies. This individual provides strategic advice and counsel on a wide variety of policy and compliance matters to senior leadership, including the President’s Office.
- Provides strategic leadership and institutional oversight for all University Public Safety units on all University campuses and for leased and owned national and international facilities, to include: Security, Electronic Security Systems, Parking Services, and management of the University’s fire safety and prevention including developing fire safety plans, fire inspections, and interfacing with NYFD and DOB on issues regarding fire safety and fire prevention. Directly supervises the Directors of Public Safety at the Bronx, Rose Hill campus and the Manhattan, Lincoln Center campus and Public Safety Officers at the Westchester Campus.
- Creates and implements programs and services to maintain/increase safety and security and mitigate associated risk management issues across campus. Works closely with Athletics, Student Affairs, and Human Resources. Serves as supervisory chief investigator for all campus complaints. Coordinates with local police agencies as required by law.
- Provides leadership in developing and implementing departmental mission, vision, and values that support the University and the division, and advances Fordham’s diversity goals in staff training and hiring.
- Ensures effective implementation of risk management programs and procedures for the campus community, proactively identifies risks, and develops programs and procedures to mitigate determined potential risks.
- Adheres to reporting requirements as mandated by federal, state, and local agencies. Maintains statistics and publishes the annual Clery report to comply with the federal law statues regarding Student Right-to-Know, Crime Awareness, and Campus Security Acts.
- Conducts on-going review of programs and services offered throughout all designated areas of Public Safety to ensure success. Develops associated metrics to effectively identify areas of success and areas where improvement is needed.
- Ensures that both the Public Safety staff and the campus community are offered and obtain the necessary trainings, tabletop exercises, and drills in order to foster a safe and secure campus community. Directs and trains Fordham’s licensed firearm armed Public Safety staff in response to active shooter or similar incidents and acts as On Scene Commander for emergencies. Heads Fordham’s Emergency Management Team, working closely with Fordham’s senior leadership team.
- Plans, develops, and monitors the division’s budgets.
The Associate Vice President of Public Safety at Fordham University will possess ten or more years of progressively responsible management experience and a successful track record in law enforcement as the leader or deputy within a Department. Experience within a university or college campus or municipality, state, or federal agency with a strong focus on community policing is preferred. Knowledge of regulatory reporting, including Clery Act, Title IX, and relevant federal, NY State and NY City regulations required. Strong candidates will offer a record of strong leadership experience and abilities that recruit, retain, and develop a diverse, service-oriented, professional staff.
In addition, strong candidates will offer many of the following attributes and competencies:
- Expertise in state-of-the-art law enforcement practices, including the use of new technologies, and experience in the delivery of law enforcement services within a diverse community.
- Demonstrated collaboration and relationship-building skills and the ability to generate consensus and credibility throughout campus; possess a reputation for honesty, candor, and high ethical conduct and demonstrate outstanding professional and personal integrity.
- Ability to select, develop, and motivate staff and to lead in an environment that encourages teamwork; possess the skills to advise, coach, and mentor staff effectively on leadership, training, safety, and disciplinary matters.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions; ability to be an effective facilitator who can lead critical analysis of existing processes and can assist those involved in formulating recommendations for improvement without alienating others.
- Experience resolving conflicts and managing sensitive emergency situations appropriately.
- An understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to the mission of a Jesuit university in general and the culture of Fordham University in particular.
- An understanding of and commitment to diversity; proven ability to work constructively with a wide variety of people of various ages and backgrounds, including an understanding and appreciation of gender, cultural, ethnic, and international differences.
- An appreciation for the complexities of the issues affecting students and the student experience in an urban environment and the ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and colleagues.
- Excellent interpersonal skills — approachable, optimistic, and willing to engage with a can-do attitude, strong resilience in the face of criticism, and a good sense of humor.
A bachelor’s degree is required while an advanced degree or relevant certifications are preferred. The selected candidate must possess or obtain, within six months of hire, a NYC Special Carry License for handgun to be maintained during employment. A valid driver’s license is required and must be maintained during employment. This role requires active movement and vision and hearing necessary as a first responder, including running and full mobility with or without a reasonable accommodation. This role requires dedication to the Mission of Fordham and Jesuit Higher Education and requires extensive time commitment, often working after hours and on weekends and holidays.
Amy Sugin of Koya Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
Fordham University is committed to excellence through diversity and welcomes candidates of all backgrounds. Fordham is an Equal Opportunity Employer; veterans, people with disabilities, women and people of color and other protected categories are encouraged to apply.
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