Director, National Center for Security and Preparedness

Albany, NY - Posted: 11/01/16 | SHARE:


About University at Albany:

Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,300 students in eight schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:

About the NCSP:

The National Center for Security and Preparedness (NCSP) is a leader in the development and delivery of high impact simulation and scenario-based training. The NCSP relies on a diverse community of subject matter experts (SMEs) to guide its doctrine and carry out its programs. These SMEs provide NCSP with a broad range of capabilities that support the homeland security community. A tight-knit team of full time staff provides continuity, project management and subject matter expertise to the programs NCSP is tasked with supporting.

Through collaboration, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, NCSP supports the nation's efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to disasters and incidents of high consequence. Established in 2007, NCSP is now part of the newly established College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC).

Position Summary:

The director provides overall strategic guidance and leadership promoting NCSP mission and vision. The director is responsible for ensuring that NCSP is in compliance with all policies, rules, business practices and regulations of the University at Albany.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that NCSP operates within its mission and charter and endeavors to attain its vision in a manner that supports the State of New York, State University of New York, University at Albany, and CEHC
  • Establish short- and long-term goals and strategies for NCSP to achieve its mission and vision
  • Build and maintain NCSP as a leader in homeland security-related efforts, promoting its work in providing technical assistance, curriculum and training development and delivery
  • Foster a work environment that is supportive of the needs of employees, students and partners
  • Secure sufficient funding for NCSP to operate and achieve its mission
  • Develop and administer NCSP's budgets based on applicable funding
  • Promote a culture and reputation of excellence to meet the needs of NCSP partners and sponsors in implementing its funding agreements
  • Serve as an advisor to the University at Albany and the SUNY System on matters pertaining to homeland security
  • Support the efforts of protect New York when appropriate
  • Support the homeland security needs of the State of New York
  • Support the needs of CEHC and the University as assigned by the dean or designee


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A graduate degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • Five (5) years of experience in the development and delivery of training for the public safety and/or emergency services communities
  • Seven (7) years of program management or comparable leadership experience
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead an organization in its efforts to meet its mission, achieve its goals and develop a national reputation of success and excellence
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain positive working relationships and collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated success at securing and maintaining funding within the homeland security enterprise
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Ability to travel routinely within the State of New York and other states
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population
  • Ability to manage information in a manner pursuant to restrictions related to sensitive but unclassified information, including materials that are law enforcement sensitive or export controlled to non-U.S. citizens
  • Ability to satisfactorily complete the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' (DHSES) background screening and credentialing process and a criminal background check prior to employment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Management and leadership experience in the public sector with measurable outcomes
  • Ten (10) years of experience in the homeland security enterprise
  • Experience with the training of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in terms of curriculum oversight and development, delivery and technical assistance
  • Experience in the development and delivery of training courses that have received U.S. Department of Homeland Security certification or approval
  • Familiarity with the development of curriculum and training
  • Knowledge of adult learning and an understanding of pedagogy and andragogy

Additional Information:

Professional Rank and Salary Range: Director, SL-6

Start Date: January 1, 2017

A review of applications will begin immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is filled.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University's crime statistics for the past three years; and disclosures regarding the University's current campus security policies. The University at Albany's Annual Security Report is available in portable document format [PDF] by clicking this link


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