Director of System Public Safety

Job Description

UC Health is hiring a Full-Time Director of Public Safety.

The Director of Public Safety assures and maintains a safe and secure health environment for all patients, personnel, visitors, and property. This includes maintaining safety and health standards for compliance with all OSHA, EPA, JCAHO, and other regulatory agencies. The director will also develop, implement, and direct an ongoing safety and health program for all UC Health locations as assigned and is responsible for overall strategic planning of the Public Safety and Parking, Badging and Access Assignment groups. This position is responsible for developing operational plans, operating and capital budgets, and tactics for assigned areas. The Director of Public Safety will serve as the Public Safety Security/Police and Parking, Badging and Access subject matter expert, and is responsible for the efficient operation of the UC Health group of security systems and enterprise-wide security risk assessments. This position is also responsible for the implementation and programming for approved planned replacement and upgrade to equipment as well as capital improvements enterprise wide.

About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching - a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 900 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Center. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at

As the Director of Public Safety, you will have the chance to work closely with your colleagues, provide direction and support, and foster a team-oriented environment. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of our Total Rewards program which rises above other healthcare providers in our area.

Our Total Reward options include:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Employee Paid Short- and Long-Term Disability
  • 401(k)
  • Generous PTO accruals
  • Tuition Reimbursement Opportunities
  • Community Discounts


Job Function: Security Duties and Responsibilities
  • Responsible for the direct supervision of all public safety supervisory officers, paid consultant serving as Police Chief if applicable, Parking, Badging, and Access staff. Delegates tasks, coaches, performs evaluations, and hires staff as needed or required.
  • Oversees day-to-day public safety operations; investigations and incident reports; and communications (dispatch) center.
  • Collaborates with outside law enforcement agencies and various other healthcare facilities as necessary.
  • Coordinates and maintains effective relationships with other management and administrative personnel to deliver effective and efficient security and safety services for all locations.
  • Develops, implements, and enforces Safety & Security and Parking policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements loss prevention and access control procedures as necessary.
  • Monitors investigations, reviews reports and statistics to identify trends, and implements preventative measures.
  • Stays abreast of criminal activities in and around all facility locations.
  • Negotiates vendor budget for security and/or police services and directly oversees vendor's performance.
  • Prepares and manages budgets for all Public Safety annual expenditures.
  • Directly supervise activities of Access Systems Administrator.
  • Develops and implements an organizational strategy for Access Control and Badging Systems.
  • Interfaces with and ensures the compatibility of various access control and badging hardware and software.
  • Investigates, recommends, and implements cost-effective system software and hardware upgrades and enhancements.
  • Serves as the in-house expert which provides training, assistance, and technical advice to end users and departmental staff.
  • Partners with Design & Construction, Plant Operations and Maintenance, and outside vendors to ensure the quality and integrity of the overall access control system.

Job Function: Safety Duties and Responsibilities
  • Partners and coordinates with hospital(s) Emergency Management personnel regarding fire, safety, and emergency disaster planning.
  • Serves as the Chairperson of the Security & Safety Committee.
  • Participates and partners with other hospital safety personnel and department heads regarding safety standards and revisions for fire, underwriters, JCAHO, OSHA, and other regulatory agencies regarding inspections and incident reporting.
  • Monitors fire alarms and reviews fire reports to identify problems and concerns, and then offers recommendations for implementation of strategies to alleviate or mitigate those identified concerns.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of safety/fire policies and procedures.
  • Oversees the conducting of hospital(s) and various facility security-related surveys and audits as needed and assists with the development of short- and long-range plans for both the department and the organization.

Job Function: Garage, Surface Lot & Personnel Duties
  • Ensures parking operations for all facilities are functioning properly.
  • Prepares and implements parking policies and procedures for optimum utilization of all parking facilities.
  • Plans and budgets for the acquisition of new or the replacement of equipment to keep thegarages operating at an effective level.
  • Forecast revenue changes to include rate increases and leaseholder adjustments.
  • Coordinate parking for VIP/Special events.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Security Administration, or Business Administration is required.
  • Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration, or Business is preferred.
  • In-depth supervision and investigation in the areas of law enforcement/corporate/hospital security, or a minimum of ten (10) years of security/police supervision at the rank of Lt. or above is highly preferred.

Licensure and Certifications:
  • If the candidate will be commissioned as a police officer in the State of Ohio, he/she must possess the Ohio Peace Office Training Academy (OPOTA) certification as a Police Officer with the minimum hours of training required by OPOTA, and not have a break in service as a commissioned police officer for more than one (1) year. Not required for the position.
  • At least one of the following certifications must be obtained within one year of appointment to this position: Certified Protection Professional (CPP); Certified Health Protection Administrator (CHPA); Professional Certified Investigator (PCI); or Certified Homeland Security Professional (CHSP).

Required Skills and Knowledge:
  • Proven and demonstrated ability to manage resources and personnel.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and codes dealing with JCAHO, OSHA, state criminal and administrative codes, and environmental safety matters.
  • Prior corporate budget experience preferred.
  • Broad experience in the application of loss prevention practices.
  • Must be able to develop and maintain effective relationships with members of administration and other management personnel throughout and outside of the organization.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills, advanced knowledge of AMAG, Linux and Microsoft; knowledge of CARMA (Card Access Reporting Management Application) and Parking Access Systems; experience in negotiating and managing system-level contracts or agreements.
  • Experience managing complex technologies utilized by UC Health Public Safety.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively communicate with all levels of the organization's leadership and management.
  • Must have a strong working knowledge of facilities electrical management and information systems programs.
  • Strong project management and administrative management experience.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate journals, books, and other literature; and by attending related seminars, conferences, in-services conferences, and in-services training; this includes seminar attendance to maintain required designations for this position.

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