Associate Director of Campus Safety

Bennington, Vermont, United States | Full-time

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Bennington College is an innovative and distinguished liberal arts college in Bennington, Vermont that has, since its founding in 1932, dedicated itself to cultivating change makers and culture shapers.  Bennington was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education, and it is the only college to require that its students spend six weeks - every year - at work in the world. The College invites applications for a highly engaged Associate Director of Campus Safety. The Associate Director will be joining Bennington at a pivotal moment. The College is in the midst of an immensely exciting and transformative period in its history and experiencing extraordinary growth.

The Associate Director is responsible for helping to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive living, learning and working environment - serving as a supportive resource for community members in need of services. Grounded in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Associate Director is responsible for positively impacting campus through building community and relationships, promoting accountability, and maintaining the safety and security of College properties, facilities, students, staff, faculty, and visitors.  The position reports to and works in partnership with the Director of Campus Safety in all facets of the work and acts as the Director’s designee, when needed. The Associate Director is responsible for directly supervising, mentoring and coaching a team of campus safety officers, guiding them in their work and overseeing their professional development and progress. The Associate Director works with various academic and administrative areas of campus to create a community of care and to promote health and wellbeing. Bennington’s Campus Safety approach is one of harm and risk-reduction, and is focused on finding the learning moments possible in any given interaction and honoring student growth and development. This approach is applied to all aspects of student engagement including all policy enforcement and general service requests. The work schedule is Wednesday through Sunday to ensure layered and regular management support for the Campus Safety team and the broader campus community.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 

Key Responsibilities

  1. Assist the Director of Campus Safety with managing the daily operations of the Department and ensure routine administrative tasks are completed in a timely manner.  Communicate with the Director on a regular and timely basis.  Use appropriate judgment to promote a philosophy of care and safety .  Create and monitor weekly schedules and ensure the Department is appropriately staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week.  
  2. Provide performance coaching and feedback to Officers to ensure efficient and professional execution of job responsibilities. 
  3. Act as First Responder during emergencies and serve as a liaison between the College and outside agencies such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS.  Immediately notify the Director of Campus Safety or call an outside agency.
  4. Conduct thorough investigations to gather all pertinent information.  Write reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities, safety, and fire hazards/alarms and other safety and security related situations.  File complete and accurate reports in a timely manner.  Attend disciplinary hearings when requested.
  5. Assume duties of Officer, Dispatcher, or Van Driver as needed to provide assistance to students, faculty, staff, and visitors/guests.  Perform safety patrols in vehicles and on foot or by bicycle.  Secure buildings and property.   
  6. Serve as a backup in managing the van reservation program and the College’s approved driver list.  Become familiar with reservation requests, update van reservation log, assign driver coverage and communicate status of reservation to requestor.  Prepare reserved vehicles for checkout and complete inspection form upon return.
  7. Assist in maintaining proper care of vehicles and equipment including taking reports of deficiencies, updating the Vehicle Maintenance Log, executing repair orders, and retaining appropriate documentation.
  8. Obtain and keep current all required certifications for all Campus Safety staff which include but not limited to CPR, Basic First Aid, AED, Vermont Medical First Responder. 
  9. Perform additional duties as assigned.

 Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Experience in fields of social work, psychology, emergency management, human services preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of related experience; preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Minimum of three years of supervisory experience (coaching, mentoring, developing talent).
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.  Ability to possess or be willing to train for CPR, Basic First Aid, AED, Vermont Medical First Responder.  
  • Must be willing to travel to attend training courses as assigned.
  • Proficient in Google applications, email applications required.  Ability to adapt to and use changing technology.
  • Must be effective and work well in a collaborative environment.  Excellent organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced setting required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required, including ability to negotiate and resolve conflict.  Able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization; able to establish positive relationships; gain trust and respect of others.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work a diverse student population and inclusive practices.
  • Demonstrated commitment to continued learning of issues, and practices of diversity and inclusion.
  • Superior interpersonal skills necessary to maintain good relations and open communication with a variety of constituents.  Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain business relationships and resolve sensitive matters through mediation/negotiation.  Able to handle sensitive information/matters confidentially and with discretion and to triage and facilitate initial handling/processing.  Ability to exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment.
  • Experience in recognizing emergency/high stress situations and effectively de-escalating/resolving. Must be able to remain professional and calm during stressful situations and be able to treat sensitive/confidential information with discretion and tact. 
  • Must have a high attention to detail and be able to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Strong problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, good judgment with creative resolutions for positive outcomes.

Bennington College requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check and compliance with College COVID policies.

Working conditions and physical demands

This position works both inside and outdoors and may be exposed to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and unpredictable situations.  Work requires standing, bending, reaching, stooping, climbing stairs, walking, and driving.  Work may involve strenuous physical activity/contact.  Occasional long shifts required.