The Director of Safety is responsible for the campus safety environment, security and transportation services at Interlochen, a campus community similar to a small college; the 1200-acre wooded campus with more than 400 buildings spans a state highway and sits on two lakes. During the academic year 500 resident students and 350 full time employees work on campus. In the summer the population grows to more than 2500 students, an additional 800 seasonal employees and as many as 5000 guests each day attending concerts and events. Uniformed security officers patrol the campus in marked vehicles, bicycle and on foot, respond to emergencies, investigate all complaints from students, staff and guests, and handle car registrations, campus parking and traffic flow. Thousands of students, parents, artists and visitors are transferred to the regional airport, to Traverse City, and on day trips in the region. Interlochen owns its own fleet of vehicles and buses.
Campus Safety is a 24/7, 365 day operation. Flexible and extended hours and on-call responsibilities are a necessary and regular part of the position expectations. The Director is strongly encouraged to live on the Interlochen campus, and housing could be provided.
Reporting to the Executive Director - Human & Institutional Resources, the Director of Campus Safety and Transportation is responsible for assessing and administering all campus security and safety needs, including:
Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate a diverse department of 7 full time security officers and 13 transportation drivers, and 16 seasonal and non-seasonal part time officers and drivers in a department that operates around the clock, 365 days a year. Train security staff in patrol procedures, reporting and documentation, proper investigation techniques, campus key and lock systems, crowd management and traffic control. Leadership in planning, organization and implementation of campus wide emergency procedures, documentation, lockdown and severe weather/fire preparedness drills, recommending changes to procedures, processes, equipment, facilities. Compliance with all state and federal requirements, Homeland Security and Michigan Safe Schools requirements, mandated lockdown drills. Supervise the transportation coordinator in the delivery of transportation and student travel shuttle needs. Consultation and support for some student affairs processes, including student violation of the law. Interface with local, state and federal law enforcement and fire safety personnel. Building a visible, positive presence with students, faculty and employees.
This position requires a mature individual who possesses the ability to listen and learn in a new situation, think independently, use sound reasoning and judgment and a steady and consistent approach. The director should possess:
An associates degree in public safety and/or safety and environmental health, criminal justice, or a substantial body of related professional environmental safety, security and/or law enforcement experience and appropriate certifications in lieu of formal education. Progressively responsible experience in a school or campus setting is preferred, with knowledge and experience with state, federal, and local laws applicable to departmental responsibilities. Professional development and training certifications in emergency management from FEMA, NEMA or related agencies are a plus. Proven written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to supervise, develop and motivate, all with a good sense of humor. Experience working successfully and with sensitivitywith a diverse range ofpeople, especially those of culturally diverse backgrounds. Ability to build effective relationships both within and outside the institution. Unquestioned integrity supported by a positive social and business presence that can successfully represent Interlochen within and outside the community. Strong written, verbal and technological communication skills. Ability to physically respond rapidly to any emergency situation and take appropriate leadership action.
Compensation and Benefits:
A competitive salary and benefit package is being offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications. On campus housing may be available.