Director of Public Safety

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This recruitment is opened continuous until filled. The first review of applications will occur on Thursday, February 09, 2023. If you’re interested in this opportunity, please do not hesitate to apply.  

Metro is dedicated to shaping a better future for the greater Portland region. The work the people of Metro do every day benefits the lives of the people who live here, today and tomorrow. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits program. Learn more about the benefits Metro offers. 
The Oregon Convention Center is the largest convention facility in the Pacific Northwest, attracting out-of-town visitors to national conventions, tradeshows and meetings, and local people to special events. The convention center’s roughly 160 employees host more than 1 million visitors each year.
As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Convention Center helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Metro brings people together to shape the future of our area and provides parks, venues, services, and tools at a regional scale
The Oregon Convention Center is looking for a Director of Public Safety. This position provides strategic leadership and management to the public safety teams at the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) and strategic consultation to Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Portland Expo Center public safety teams. The position develops strategic, tactical, and risk planning/mitigation processes and procedures to support public safety services to the facilities, staff, clients, attendees, and events at the OCC.
As the Director of Public Safety, you will:

Provide strategic leadership, oversees, and orchestrates a multi-faceted approach to public safety (both unarmed security and emergency medical technician) response consisting of human resources, capital and equipment, and policies and procedures to assess and mitigate risk, manage crises and incidents, respond to incidents, maintain continuity of operations, and safeguard the facility and its people. 
Research, identify, develop, implement, and maintains security processes, practices, and policies.
Manage Public Safety department budget and identify and develop project scopes for facility hardening and public safety capital projects.
Authorize and approve expenditures. 
Serve as a member of the OCC Leadership Team.
Consult with venue clients and external resources for public safety, threat identification, risk management, and mitigating responses/actions.
Set goals and prepares annual employee performance evaluations for direct reports; ensure staff are trained, engaged, and motivated, resolves grievances and other personnel matters; initiates, implements or oversees disciplinary actions as needed.
Collaborate with other department management and public safety teams to identify, analyze, and communicate public safety risks to the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Portland Expo Center.
Proactively support Metro’s goals to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Understands and appreciates the work to meet the goals and uses a future-focused, dynamic, and innovative leadership style to support OCC’s overall efforts, and in the leadership of the OCC Department of Public Safety.

Attributes for success:
Knowledge of current and proposed legislation and laws of the local, state, and federal governments that affect Public Safety.
Builds and maintains positive relationships and contributes to a positive team atmosphere; engages others in ways that foster respect and trust.
Provides excellent customer service – assists the public, public officials and agency partners, and other employees in a professional and courteous manner with the goal of meeting or exceeding expectations.
Demonstrates sustainable practices in applicable field and generally for resource use and protection.
Works in a safe manner and follows safety policies, practices and procedures.
Skilled in developing program goals and objectives.
Knowledge of management and supervisory principles and practices, and organizational development principles and practices.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to analyze and interpret complex data and information; direct others involved with analysis.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Diversity and inclusion:  At Metro, we’re committed to hiring a workforce representative of the communities we serve, recognizing that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We invest in employees by supporting equitable and inclusive hiring practices, employee policies and training programs.
We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific in your application materials on how your background is relevant.
Minimum qualifications: 
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of study and,
A minimum of two (2) years of experience in public safety and,
A minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience or,
Any combination of experience, education and training which provides the equivalent scope of knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the essential job duties 

Within 180 days of hire you will need to complete the following training:
Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Executive Manager Private Security license.
First Aid and CPR/AED certification.
De-escalation training
Trained Crowd Manager

COVID-19 vaccination requirement:
Metro is committed to ensuring the health and safety for our employees and our community. As a part of this commitment, Metro has implemented a vaccine requirement policy for employees, paid and unpaid interns and volunteers.  
Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for Metro job applicants. This proof will be requested during the hiring process.
If you require an accommodation under this policy for a medical condition or disability, or sincerely held religious belief, please email [email protected]
If this statement is true for you, then you may be ineligible to apply:
If I was terminated for cause during any of my employment with Metro, or resigned in lieu of termination, I understand I may be ineligible for rehire for a minimum of 3 years.
Like to have qualifications:
You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience, including the military, or life experience that are relevant for this position.

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Executive Manager Private Security license
Based on the Oregon Pay Equity Act requirements, Metro’s internal equity review process, and the candidates’ qualifications, the appointment will typically be made between $97,124.00 to $117,535.00. The full-salary range for this position is $97,124.00 to $137,945.00 annually.
This position is not eligible for overtime and is non-represented. It is classified as a Director of Public Safety (Download PDF reader). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.
The application packet: The application packet consists of the following documents. Please ensure that you upload these documents in your online application. Make sure your application is complete, missing any part of these items could result in an incomplete application and will not be moved forward in the recruitment.
A completed online application And 
Attachment of a resume  
A cover letter addressing why you are interested in this position and how you would add value to the Oregon Convention Center
Responses to Supplemental Questions

The selection process: We expect to evaluate candidates for this recruitment as follows. The selection process is subject to change.
Initial review of minimum qualifications
In-depth evaluation of application materials to identify the most qualified candidates
Consideration of top candidates/interviews
Testing/assessments (if applicable)
Reference check 
Background, driving records check for finalist candidate (if applicable)

Recruiter: Lamarkus Gilliard  
Email: [email protected] 

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