The Director of Security for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools serves as the primary security administrator for the Laboratory Schools, including leadership for developing, implementing and maintaining a comprehensive physical security plan and school safety program for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. The Director aims to promote a safe and secure educational environment for students, staff, parents, and visitors. The Director may supervise and evaluate subordinate proprietary or contractual staff, provide leadership for department security system recommendations, school safety initiatives, incident investigations and general safety and security enhancements. The Director will oversee the design and implementation management of a comprehensive training program for staff. The Director must work collaboratively with organizational leadership to plan and train staff, and develop programs that promote a safe and secure school. The Director will serve as a key liaison between the Schools and the Department of Safety and Security. This position reports under the direction of the Executive Director for Campus Safety and will work collaboratively with the Laboratory Schoolâ™s Associate Director of Finance and Administration.
Plans, develops, implements, and maintains the school safety and security operation to promote a safe environment for students, staff, parents, visitors and community members.
Responsible for the implementation and oversight of safety and security policies and regulations.
Maintains a working relationship with police, fire, and other safety and security-related organizations to ensure their assistance when responding to incidents.
Collaborates with internal key stakeholders within the Department of Safety and Security and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools on issues of safety and security.
Continually evaluate school safety and security programs, recommending changes.
Recommend school safety and security staffing levels for schools and assist in screening and selecting school-based security staff.
Responds to requests from key administrators, including principals, regarding school safety and security matters.
Has responsibility for providing security expertise and insight when assisting in the development of emergency and business continuity plans in conjunction with the Laboratory Schoolâ™s emergency management team and administrators.
Develops and implement safety and security in-service training programs.
Reviews all incident reports and take action when appropriate which may include working with the local Police or other law enforcement agencies.
Develop standard operating procedures for school and centrally based safety and security staff.
Conducts and provides oversight of school security audits and makes recommendations to enhance the physical security environment.
Participate in annual revision of school crisis management plans.
Works with the appropriate departments to maintain safe and secure buildings for after-hours programs.
Recommend placement of security devices such as security cameras, electronic access control, alarms, etc.
Perform all other duties as assigned.
Ability to absorb and interpret information given while maintaining perspective on the goals of the department.
Ability to maintain professionalism, credibility and good customer service skills when dealing with all contacts, internal and external.
Ability to lead by example.
Ability to remain calm and objective throughout stressful and unpleasant situations.
Willing and able to make timely, sound decisions and accept concomitant responsibility.
Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with others using tact when necessary.
Ability to develop the skills of staff and prepare personnel for increased responsibilities.
Knowledge of importance/priority in determining what should be communicated to supervisors.
Ability to convey information concisely without loss of necessary detail.
Ability to maintain an effective level of performance beyond normal demands for extended periods of time.
Ability to schedule and manage personal job activities, i.e., to set activity priorities, sequences and maintains perspective.
Ability to evaluate the job performance of subordinates through behavioral observation, reviews or work products, informal conversations, etc.
Knowledge of organizational staffing and consequences of promotions and/or transfers.
Knowledge of basic financial management methods, techniques, and procedures.
Ability to initiate, implement and follow through on projects, programs or assignments with completed staff work.
Ability to incorporate new information after one has arrived at a conclusion in a problem analysis process.
Ability to interact with individuals from a variety of backgrounds.
Ability to negotiate compromises between others.
Ability to evaluate the job performance of employees through observation and/or review of work product.
Knowledge of EEO/Affirmative Action guidelines for recruitment, selection and promotion. Knowledge of disciplinary and grievance procedures of the university.
Ability to write policy and procedures for department use.
Must fully understand the mission, values, objectives and goals of the department and be able to incorporate them in the daily operations of the department.
Must be detail oriented and able to prepare documents and/or reports as necessary.
Commitment to serving the interest of the University community and the strategic goals of the Department of Safety and Security required.
Ability to absorb and interpret information given while maintaining perspective on the goals of the department required.
Ability to maintain professionalism, credibility and good service delivery practices when dealing with all contacts, internal and external, required.
Ability to lead by example required.
Ability to remain calm and objective throughout stressful and unpleasant situations required.
Willingness and ability to make timely, sound decisions and accept concomitant responsibility required.
Ability to communicate effectively and consistently with others using tact when necessary required.
Ability to develop the skills of staff and prepare personnel for increased responsibilities required.
Knowledge of importance/priority in determining what should be communicated to supervisors required.
Knowledge of organizational staffing and human resources required.
Knowledge of basic financial management methods, techniques and procedures required.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public and members of the University community required.
Ability to work with people of various ages and backgrounds and with diverse constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and staff in the University and the Medical Center required.
Ability and willingness to evaluate job performance of employees through behavioral observation, reviews or work productivity measures required.
Ability and skill to build consensus and credibility across the campus required.
Ability to resolve conflicts and manage sensitive emergency situations appropriately required. Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations required.
Ability to be on call and available to work nights/weekends/holidays as necessary required.
Ability to work in inclement weather or weather extremes required.
Ability to demonstrate that he/she is of good moral character required.
Ability to demonstrate that he/she has a good driving record required.
Ability to mentally and physically react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during times of conflicts and emergencies required.
Ability to write policy and procedures for department use required.
Ability to initiate, implement and follow through on projects, programs or assignments with completed staff work required.
Ability to incorporate new information after one has arrived at a conclusion in a problem analysis process required.
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required; degree in criminal justice or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred.
Considerable experience in managing an organization of comparable size in law enforcement, security, or other related field. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
Professional experience in K-12th grade settings preferred.
Must be familiar with current safety and security best practices including; physical security (to include electronic security systems), personnel security, emergency preparedness and response and risk assessment.
Must have knowledge oflocal, state, and federal laws and ordinances related to school safety and security, the ability to plan, organize, monitor, and evaluate a comprehensive safety and security program.
Licenses and Certifications:
ASIS Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) Certification or the ability to obtain certification within one year.
Incident Command System 200 Level and NIMS 800 Level Certification.
Exposure to human blood, human blood components, and/or products made from human blood
Operate vehicles/drive motorized equipment
Outdoor weather exposure
Requires use of personal protective equipment
Mental Demand Requirements:
Ability to be aware of safety hazards and take appropriate precautions
Ability to communicate in writing
Ability to communicate orally
Ability to comprehend technical documents
Ability to condense complicated issues to simple summaries that can be understood by a variety of constituents
Ability to create and deliver presentations
Ability to develop and manage interpersonal relationships
Ability to exercise absolute discretion regarding confidential matters
Ability to follow written and/or verbal instructions
Ability to give directions
Ability to handle sensitive matters with tact and discretion
Ability to handle stressful situations
Ability to learn and develop skills
Ability to maintain a high level of alertness
Ability to pay attention to detail
Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously
Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
Ability to react effectively, quickly, calmly, and rationally during conflicts and emergencies
Ability to read
Ability to train or teach others
Ability to work effectively and collegially with little supervision or as a member of a team
Ability to work with frequent interruptions
Ability to work with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
Physical Effort Requirements:
Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop
Ability to sit for 4 hours or more
Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more
Ability to operate a vehicle safely
Ability to operate equipment necessary to perform the job
Ability to run
Ability to stand for 4 hours or more
Ability to travel to various off-campus locations
Ability to travel to various on-campus locations
Ability to safely defend self/or others in hostile, combative situations
Ability to Use Standard Work Station Equipment
Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
Application and Nomination:
The University of Chicago has retained Spelman Johnson Associates to support this recruitment. Review of applications will begin March 6, 2019, 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. Applicants must also apply online via Workday.Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodations to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895
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