Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, including about two dozen post-graduates. Lawrenceville’s 814 students come from more than 30 states and 40 countries, with more than a quarter receiving assistance from a $12.9 million dollar financial aid budget. Lawrenceville strives to recruit, retain, and support a diverse and talented faculty and staff who both reflect the diversity of our student body and are committed to our mission: to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School announces an opening for a Director of Public Safety and Environmental Health. We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and high school students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
Summary: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and with the primary responsibility to create a safe and inviting environment for all members of the Lawrenceville community -- students, faculty, staff, parents and visitors -- the Director of Public Safety oversees the development, implementation, and management of campus safety and security programs and services including but not limited to security, environmental health and safety, fire safety, emergency management, parking management and access control. The position ensures that new initiatives are aligned with the Schools 20/20 Strategic Plan and are in compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations related to campus safety. Implements and operationalizes initiatives to align with the day-to-day security, public safety functions at the school.
In cooperation with administrators, establish and develop proper security policies, procedures, and guidelines to provide safety and security of life and property on campus. Supervise all security personnel, including hiring, training, managing, and scheduling for daily operations and special events. Lead emergency planning and incident management, and ensure that necessary policies and procedures are in place. Manage and document all emergency incidents as well as safety drills including fire, lockdown, shelter, weather emergency and evacuation drills. Provide incident command and coordinate emergency response for incidents such as fires, missing students, or other emergencies. Develop traffic and parking plans for all events held on campus. Administer motor vehicle registration and parking/traffic control programs. Serve as a member of the facilities management team and supports the work of the facilities department.
Maintain regular contact with administrators, department heads, and student groups. Act as a liaison between the Lawrenceville School and local emergency service organizations and develop and maintain a working relationship with local police, fire, and other emergency response departments. Represent the department at meetings and special events on campus and at other institutions. Serve as a member of the School’s Risk Management and Emergency Response Team.
Perform scheduled evaluations and regularly monitor performance of all staff members. Commend extraordinary performance, corrects and disciplines inadequate or inappropriate staff conduct. Sponsor and provide in-service training programs for staff and oversee continuing education requirements. Direct, supervise, and coordinate all fire safety equipment, drills, inspections, and systems requirements in conjunction with Dean of Students and Senior Staff Manage security systems, software and equipment to include access control and security camera systems. Assists with snow removal, graduation and other special events. This list is representative of those duties and responsibilities that are required of the position. However, the list is not to be considered as all inclusive. A supervisor may assign other duties to meet program requirements of the school.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent combination of training and experience required. Experience working in law enforcement or military police, highly preferred. Prior supervisory experience managing scheduling and staffing for various events. Able to maintain a valid vehicle operator’s license. Experience with emergency planning and incident management, to include familiarity with incident command systems. Demonstrated knowledge in critical incident response and current technology and communication systems. Ability to multitask and work in a high pressure and fast paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish respect, credibility and trust and maintain productive working relationships at all levels of the organization. Strong communications skills – verbal, written, presentation and in-team facilitation. Ability to use discretion and good judgment in a variety of circumstances with proven ability to effectively, continuously and discretely work with confidential and potentially sensitive information. Experience in effective crisis management, as well as problem-solving. Knowledge and experience in applying best practices for safety and security programs, preferably in an academic setting. Ability to adapt to changing work priorities: communicate with diverse groups; interact positively/build relationships with students, staff and parents; maintain confidentiality; work as part of a team; set priorities; and work with frequent interruptions. Physically able to perform the duties required for this position and lift 75lbs. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite products.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs
About The Lawrenceville School
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 817 boarding and day students from grades nine through 12, who come from 30 states and 34 countries/territories. The school is located in central New Jersey in the town of Lawrenceville, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.