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Associate Director of Public Safety for Community Engagement and Professional Standards

Job no: 494190
Work type: Full Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

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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 community engagement and professional standards organizes, leads and manages the community engagement programs and the professional accreditation activities for a non-armed department of public safety professionals who are dedicated to protecting the safety and security of 3,000 students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the college. Along with departmental leadership and colleagues, the associate director carries out the department’s mission to partner with the Swarthmore College community in providing a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment. To that end, they will take a leadership role within the department in fostering a deep connection with all stakeholders, with a focus on providing service to constituents through a community caretaking approach to public safety.

As the command officer on the evening shift, the associate director coordinates with the first-line supervisors to ensure that all patrol efforts and communications center functions are operational. The associate director supervises, plans, reviews and directs the activities and personnel assigned to the Strategic Initiatives and the Community Engagement Division, which comprises the following functions:
· Strategic Planning
· Accreditation
· Community Engagement and Outreach
· Community Policing (Building Resource Officers and Garnet Escort)
· Special Events
· Security Services
· Departmental Assessment

The associate director is a key liaison with both campus and non-campus representatives as the department’s point-person for IACLEA accreditation, Clery Act compliance, and other professional organizational compliance standards. They will collaborate with and serve as an advisor to college leadership and colleagues on community policing strategies, community building initiatives, and public safety issues. As well, the associate director will serve as the department’s representative with the media when appropriate or at the discretion of the director.

A bachelor’s degree is required (master’s preferred), along with five years of supervisory experience in campus public safety, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Applicants must meet, or be able to meet, all requirements for certification under PA Act 235. The associate director for community engagement and professional standards 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. Preferred candidates will also have significant understanding of and experience with progressive community engagement, community policing, professional accreditation, campus public safety/ law enforcement, and risk/safety management.

Additional knowledge, capabilities and experiences needed for success in the position include:
· training in law enforcement supervision or similar program, as well as specialized training in campus issues, community policing, trauma-informed practices, crime analysis, and public information;
· experience with strategic planning, initiatives, and implementation;
· knowledge of processes required to maintain accreditation and correlating standards of practice;
· track record of successfully working under time constraints and deadlines;
· proven ability to work effectively in a richly diverse community and with individuals at all levels of an organization;
· political acumen and skills in navigating complex environments and organizations; and
· a commitment to sustaining and advancing the department’s commitment to diversity.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin March 2, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Michel Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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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.

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