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Director, Safety & Security


The Director, Safety & Security serves as the central University authority for campus central safety and security systems. Responsible for assisting with the development and management of the safety and security system database(s), maintaining physical security designs, and for coordination of campus-wide planning as it relates to physical security. Ensures University security standards are being communicated and applied appropriately across University expansion. This position reports to a Vice President, Assistant/Associate Vice President, or other appropriate administrator. This position may not report to another Director.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Develop and uphold University-wide Security System and Physical Security design standards.
  • Establish efficient equipment selection criteria and draft specification templates.
  • Create minimum system standards for diverse building sizes and types.
  • Participate in project design processes, ensuring adequacy of security systems and physical security applications.
  • Anticipate safety and security trends and address identified issues with appropriate solutions.
  • Manage and monitor internal facility, faculty, and staff security system needs.
  • Coordinate design efforts with external safety and security system vendors for scalable integration strategies.
  • Collaborate with UFPD to establish campus surveillance plans and layout security operations.
  • Implement access control, closed-circuit camera systems, incident planning strategies, and other safety measures.
  • Develop audit/measurement processes to ensure compliance with design standards and industry practices.
  • Collaborate with UFPD, UF General Counsel’s Office, UFIT, UPD, and senior administration on security policy development.
  • Manage department programs, including key control, access control, CCTV, alarms, and emergency notification.
  • Establish collaborative partnerships with consultants, internal clients, and University Business Units.
  • Resolve technical issues related to electronic safety and security systems beyond line staff capabilities.
  • Oversee troubleshooting efforts with system vendors and manufacturers.
  • Implement a comprehensive Quality Assurance process and present audit results to senior management.
  • Evaluate emerging safety, security, and electronic technology strategies for cost-effective benefits.
  • Present new technologies to University management for evaluation and approval.
  • Stay updated on safety and security systems technologies through research and professional development.
  • Conduct security audits and internal inspections, identify vulnerabilities, and suggest improvements.

Education and Experience

Master’s degree in an appropriate area and six years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area and eight years of relevant experience.This position requires compliance with UPD’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy.

Licensure and Certification



This position may include supervisory responsibility.


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