The Assistant Director for Security Systems is part of the Office of Housing and Residential Experience in the Dean of Students division at Vanderbilt University and is a leader responsible for the residential security system. Reporting directly to the Director of Housing Facilities and Security Systems, the Assistant Director for Security Systems manages a team of Security Systems Technicians and works daily with various departments and individuals to address access requirements and provide support for investigations or information gathering.
VORAD (Vanderbilt Office of Residential Access and Detection) is a part of the Housing Operations team at Vanderbilt University. VORAD designs, implements, manages, and maintains the Vanderbilt residence hall security system comprising access control, security camera, video storage, and electronic key management devices. In support of the Office of the Dean of Students, VORAD provides a safe residential environment in which students, faculty, and staff live, learn, and work. The team collaborates with many entities around and beyond the university including Housing Assignments, Residential Experience, Plant Operations, Vanderbilt University Public Safety, Metro Police, Campus Planning, University Counseling Center, Greek Life, contractors, and those responsible for student conduct.
The Office of the Dean of Students serves a central role in student learning and development at Vanderbilt, advancing the University's mission of teaching, research, and service by fostering academic and social networks through which students develop as intentional learners and global citizens. The Office of the Dean of Students creates opportunities to involve students, faculty and staff in diverse learning communities and provides a critical support structure for enriching the overall student experience. We achieve these ends through strategic alignment, both internally and in concert with other university departments. We care deeply. We educate completely. We lead with excellence. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and mental health are top priorities for the institution and by extension the offices of the Dean of Students. Our staff are committed to continued growth in knowledge, awareness, skills, and experience engaging with these priorities in a higher education environment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage VORAD - see that daily duties are performed, approve timesheets and PTO requests, monitor performance, manage on-call rotation
Assist Director of Housing Facilities & Security Systems with creation and management of budget
Propose and manage projects related to access, surveillance, and electronic key management
Work with vendors of various products to generate quotes for procurement
Perform Server provisioning, management, and maintenance
Perform Product Research and Testing
Work in conjunction with Campus Planning on large projects to specify acceptable types and placement of door hardware, access control equipment, power supplies, cable and wiring schematics, surveillance equipment
Supervise and Assist daily operational tasks including:
Install/Troubleshoot/Repair/Replace/Uninstall card readers, access controllers, electronic locks/hinges, power supplies, alarms, cameras, and associated wiring
Handle phone/email/verbal requests for student/staff/faculty/contractor/vendor access
Make changes to access permissions for individuals, groups, and facilities
Create/Maintain groups of patrons in access control system with appropriate effective and expiration dates
Conduct video reviews as requested upon approval
Provide findings of video reviews to appropriate individuals in VUPD, Conduct, Residential Experience, Facilities, General Counsel, and other departments as necessary.
Generate and provide access logs for doors, individuals, or groups upon request
Assist/Inform/Evaluate plant operations and contractors working on access and surveillance related equipment
Participate in designing/reconfiguring access and surveillance plans
Configure access controllers and surveillance cameras for proper network communications
Add/Edit/Remove access control devices and surveillance cameras to associated system
Clean cameras, server room, office suite as needed
Manage stock of various components related to access and surveillance system
Maintain database of users and keys in key management system
Review surveillance cameras field of view for changes impeding function and make necessary adjustments
Test access control locations, audible alarms, cameras, and related equipment/alerts for proper function on a regular basis
Maintain flexibility to work after-hours and/or weekends as required
Serve on divisional committees and working groups to enrich the experience and resources available to staff across the division
Participate in division wide events as needed (Move-In Day, Rites of Spring, Diverse 'Dores Day, MLK Day, etc.) to support colleagues and ensure these events run smoothly
Maintain an understanding of institutional and departmental financial policies related to areas such as travel, procurement, expense, and time reporting to ensure compliance and proper stewardship of university resources
Demonstrate a willingness to support colleagues across the division in order to encourage the implementation or fulfillment of divisional goals and strategic priorities
This position supervises three (3) Security Systems Technicians and reports directly to the Director of Housing Facilities and Security Systems.
Bachelor's degree and five (5) years of experience OR Equivalent education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired
Valid driver's License is necessary
Knowledge of basic computing skills is strongly preferred
Experience with low voltage circuitry and related tools is preferred
Knowledge of basic networking equipment and concepts is preferred
Ability to lift 40 pounds above head is necessary
Ability to climb ladders and stairs is necessary
Ability to work in confined spaces is necessary
Experience educating, informing, and leading a team through anything from daily routines to complex projects is preferred
Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.
Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.
Internal Number: 10000982
About Vanderbilt University
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