Associate Director Public Safety and University Police

Posting Date: July 16, 2019

Closing Date: Until filled

William Paterson University invites applications for an Associate Director Public Safety and University Police.

Reporting to the Director of Public Safety and University Police, the Associate Director of Public Safety and University Police is a key advisor to the Director primarily responsible for managing the University’s emergency response program and conducting and ensuring compliance with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) accreditation standards. The Associate Director assumes command of the Department in the absence of the Director.

Providing a safe and secure community is the highest priority of the men and women who serve as members of the University Police Department. Staffed by Police, Security Officers, Guards, Student Patrol and other support personnel, the University Police Department provides a variety of services, and employs measures intended to enhance the safety of the University community. Members of the Department are committed to working together with faculty, students and staff to maintain the quality of life and high degree of security and safety enjoyed at William Paterson.  For more information about the William Paterson Police Department, please visit

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, implementing, and maintaining comprehensive policies and procedures; training University employees and student volunteers; coordinating programs within public safety and security, law enforcement, emergency management and emergency response programs including refining and expanding current University plans and procedures.
  • Coordinating the University’s Emergency Management response procedures by collaborating with the University community and regional partners to facilitate emergency response operations that include agencies such as the New Jersey Police Training Commission and incorporate guidelines from the New Jersey Attorney General’s office, Incident Command System and National Incident Management System.
  • Ensuring that University plans and procedures relative to emergency management and response programs are fully compliant with Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Opportunity Act, and Clery Act mandates.
  • Exercising and providing charge, control, guidance, and oversight of security, law enforcement; managing assigned department personnel, making recommendations to hire, discharge and discipline.
  • Assuming responsibility for security, safety and emergency response programs relative to on-campus personnel, University buildings including student residences, facilities and equipment, and roadways and parking facilities in the absence of the Director.
  • Managing table top exercises and drills for University Police and the general University population.
  • Leading University Police as Incident Commander in emergency situations; directing on-scene personnel and resources in coordination with the Emergency Operations Center.
  • Serving as the University’s primary contact with Federal and State agencies for disaster relief and recovery initiatives; remaining up-to-date on state and federal laws and policies related to same.
  • Coordinating the Criminal Justice Internship Program for William Paterson students and working collaboratively with faculty from participating departments.
  • Leading the Critical Incident Debriefing Team in conducting after action assessments; making recommendations and developing plans to modify and update existing policies and procedures based on assessment outcomes.
  • Ensuring existing policies are complainant with IACLEA accreditation standards; identifying areas of policy shortfall needed for accreditation; developing proof-of-compliance with policies as necessary to meet accreditation guidelines.
  • Performing other duties as assigned that are appropriate for the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Ten (10) or more years of law enforcement experience, five (5) years of which must have been in a progressively responsible supervisory role.
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of all phases of emergency management. 
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of all facets of police work, including but not limited to policies, procedures, rules, regulations, community policing and evidence procedures and storage.  
  • Demonstrated police training and Incident Command System experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of emergency plans and training exercises as well as assessment of same.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend coverage assignments
  • Driver’s License valid in NJ required for work-related travel.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Work experience in a college or university environment
  • Certified Emergency Manager designation
  • IACLEA Program Manager accreditation

Personal Attributes and Traits:

  • Demonstrated ability to interact and relate to others in a positive and constructive manner
  • Able to resolve different points of view constructively
  • Capable of communicating the value and importance of one's role and job
  • Ability to be rational and in-control when facing problems or crisis
  • Demonstrated ability to objectively assess or measure the abilities and performance of others
  • Able to perceive, understand, and appropriately respond to the needs of a wide variety of individuals and cultures


About William Paterson: William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City. 


Invitation to apply:

Please click to apply for the position.

Interested candidates will be prompted to:

  • Complete an application
  • Submit a cover letter & resume
  • Provide names/contacts of three professional references

Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.

Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email for general questions regarding this search.


William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.