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University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Vice President

Job Profile Title
Vice President

Job Description Summary
Reporting to the senior executive vice president, the vice president of public safety (VPPS) ensures an inclusive educational and working environment on campus, while also consistently building relationships and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff in support of a positive campus experience for all members of a diverse and learning-focused community. The VPPS provides comprehensive vision, strategic leadership, and effective management for the department of public safety which includes finance and administration, fire and emergency services, Penn police department, PennComm and emergency communications, security services, security technology, and special services. The VPPS implements current and emerging best-practices in the field of public safety; prioritizes prevention and community caretaking; utilizes procedural justice initiatives to ensure organizational impartiality, transparency, fairness, respect, and dignity; and serves as the university's representative with external law enforcement agencies, neighborhood security associations, and other external entities on general public safety and emergency response issues. The VPPS manages a staff of 182, including 12 direct reports, and oversees an annual operating budget of $30.2 million.

The students, faculty, and staff at Penn are reflective of a diverse community representing a broad spectrum of identities and backgrounds. The VPPS must have a deep commitment and a proven record of success in promoting and implementing access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives, having effectively infused these values into the ethos of their previous institution or organization.

Job Description

Reporting to the senior executive vice president, the vice president of public safety (VPPS) ensures an inclusive educational and working environment on campus, while also consistently building relationships and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff in support of a positive campus experience for all members of a diverse and learning-focused community. The VPPS provides comprehensive vision, strategic leadership, and effective management for the department of public safety which includes finance and administration, fire and emergency services, Penn police department, PennComm and emergency communications, security services, security technology, and special services. The VPPS implements current and emerging best-practices in the field of public safety; prioritizes prevention and community caretaking; utilizes procedural justice initiatives to ensure organizational impartiality, transparency, fairness, respect, and dignity; and serves as the university's representative with external law enforcement agencies, neighborhood security associations, and other external entities on general public safety and emergency response issues. The VPPS manages a staff of 182, including 12 direct reports, and oversees an annual operating budget of $30.2 million.

The students, faculty, and staff at Penn are reflective of a diverse community representing a broad spectrum of identities and backgrounds. The VPPS must have a deep commitment and a proven record of success in promoting and implementing access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives, having effectively infused these values into the ethos of their previous institution or organization.

Qualifications

A bachelor's degree and at least ten years of progressive experience in a related field are required. A master's degree and experience in the field of public safety, law enforcement, or community engagement in a higher education setting; and at least five years of senior management experience are preferred. The successful candidate will possess significant knowledge of higher education public safety and emergency response practices, excellent strategic and operational abilities, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and a clear and demonstrated commitment to community caretaking as a core professional value. The ideal candidate will possess an appreciation for the complexity of public safety in the context of a residential and dynamic university campus with a significant international population, as well as an unwavering commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the department's activities. Key expectations for the successful candidate include skill in conflict resolution and creative problem solving; training and proficiency in the use trauma-informed care to support individuals and communities; experience working with a unionized work force and a record of success establishing and maintaining positive labor/management relations; a proven ability to motivate a diverse workforce to succeed as a high-functioning team; and the capacity to inspire trust and confidence among staff.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 18, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Vice President of Public Safety - Spelman Johnson (spelmanandjohnson.com) . Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com . Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com .

Visit the University of Pennsylvania website at www.upenn.edu

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
General University Special

Pay Range

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.



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