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CUNY University Executive Director of Public Safety (University Associate Administrator) in New York, New York

Job Title: University Executive Director of Public Safety (University Associate Administrator)

Job ID: 21972

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The City University of New York (CUNY) is inviting applications for a University Executive Director of Public Safety to provide vision, leadership, and oversight for safety operations and administration of its 25 urban college campuses across the five boroughs, ensuring the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests and enhancing their experience on our facilities and properties. The University Executive Director of Public Safety is a senior executive level position reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor/Chief Operating Officer of The City University of New York. They serve as the primary safety advisor on several functional areas related to: comprehensive crime prevention and related investigations and reporting; personal safety; building conditions and access controls; fire safety; emergency, disaster and crisis management; security threat and risk assessments (human, chemical, cyber); law enforcement and compliance training and reporting. They collaborate with college campus public safety/security professionals and external public safety agencies to coordinate activities and manage resources to address prevailing security concerns and ensure a secure living, learning, and working environment. They also oversee the Public Safety Training Academy that is responsible for training officers and providing the University and key agencies with a competent security workforce, compliant with state and municipal requirements. The University Executive Director of Public Safety directly supervises 15 essential full- and part-time public safety/security professionals and administrative staff members to implement strategic safety plans.

The University Executive Director of Public Safety is an active leader with an excellent reputation and character who is highly communicative, engaging, and accessible to the members of the CUNY and NYC community. They are expected to not only lead the activities of the University’s Public Safety Office and Training Academy, but also be a key business partner to Campus Security Directors and Peace Officers on maintaining a climate of safety, teamwork, accountability, and public service on the college campuses. They must consistently work toward creating an integrated safety network through efficient University polices, protocols, alerts/notification systems, and communications tools; implementing best practices and current technologies to drive efficiencies and maximize service delivery; and developing a strong network of connections with all segments of campus details, local law enforcement, emergency first Responders, and disaster relief service agencies.



The ideal candidate will possess the following experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, training or certifications:

  • A baccalaureate or advanced degree in police science, criminology, public administration or related law enforcement discipline and 10 years of progressively responsible public safety/security, law enforcement, or equivalent military experience, including at least five years of managerial and supervisory experience.

  • A valid New York State driver license, New York State Residency and United Stated Citizenship in order to satisfy the New York State Peace Officer Statute.

  • Completion of professional law enforcement police executive training program such as the FBI academy, the Northwestern University Traffic Institute (long course), the Police Executive Research Forum (Senior Management Institute) at the Institute for Police, or any other nationally accredited certificate program in law enforcement administration.

  • Thorough knowledge of public safety concepts and law enforcement and security methods.

  • Law enforcement experience in a public higher education setting with knowledge of Federal and New York State laws regarding campus law enforcement i.e.( Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Clery Act, Title IX, etc.).

  • Liaison experience with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies

  • Prior experience overseeing a police academy or law enforcement-training academy setting with ability to establish strong esprit de corps among public safety officers.

  • Enact emergency preparedness and disaster control procedures.

  • Ability to manage public safety and security operations and budget/fiscal affairs.

  • Sensitivity to and understanding of, the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of urban college students.

  • Detail oriented and accurate with strong critical thinking and evaluation/assessment skills.

  • Proactive, collaborative, flexible, and customer focused with strong interpersonal communication, negotiation, conflict-resolution/de-escalation, and group facilitation skills.

  • Foster collaborative relationships with diverse members of the University community and external constituents.

  • Strong organizational and follow-through skills to develop and execute work plans, prioritize work, manage multiple assignments and meet deadlines.

  • Computer proficiency using administrative and financial programs, systems or databases.


This position is subject to a satisfactory background investigation by the University Office of Public Safety, which may include, but is not limited to, criminal history review, drug test, credit checks, driving record review, work history verification, reference checks, etc. This position is subject to random drug testing, as well as re-fingerprinting and re-investigation every five years.

Within one year of appointment to this title, or sooner based on the availability and satisfactory completion of mandated university training, a person appointed to this position must qualify for Peace Officer status in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Bureau of Police Standards. Persons appointed to this position must, within one year of appointment to this title, receive New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services certified firearms training in accordance with New York P.L. article 35 and be eligible to carry firearms.


University Associate Administrator


Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after July 1, 2019

City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after July 1, 2019 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period.

An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:


Open until filled; the review of resumes will begin April 22, 2020.


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CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.