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Executive Director, Community Safety

Ryerson University

A strategic and tactical leader—to lead a mission-critical portfolio to ensure personal safety and security for students, faculty and staff across the University

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for both 2015 and 2016. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonEDI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, and is home to more than 44,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 170,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. Ryerson is also home to Canada's largest undergraduate business school – the Ted Rogers School of Management, and the country’s leading provider of university‚Äźbased adult education – the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Ryerson is looking for a champion of best practices in safety, security and risk management who, as Executive Director of Community Safety will lead the overall strategic direction of an imperative portfolio encompassing community security and emergency management, threat and risk management, and public safety across the University.  With a proactive and solutions-oriented leadership style, you are adept at developing strategies to engage and inspire a cohesive Community Safety management team and staff.

Reporting directly to the Vice President, Administration and Finance, and drawing on your expertise as a community safety professional and a communicator, you will plan, direct and enable smart risk taking, the creation and maintenance of a safe and secure University campus, effective risk communications and mitigation strategies, emergency response planning, business continuity management and stakeholder relations. An advocate for continuous improvement and innovation, you facilitate and provide expertise to review, develop and implement systems and processes organization-wide.

As a trusted advisor with superior communication and relationship building skills, you will manage relationships with both the Ryerson community and broader community and demonstrate the ability to do so in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment.  You will be responsible for ensuring Ryerson is a safe place for all staff, faculty and students through your awareness of intersectionality and multiple needs. You will be the pinnacle of community safety knowledge at Ryerson University, drawing on your expertise in security, emergency planning & response, risk management, sexual assault and violence and expert knowledge of equity and human rights legislation, issues and practices.

The successful candidate will be an expert in the field of community safety and recognized for exemplary skills in strategic planning, public relations, conflict resolution, core business management, staff development, statistical analysis, critical path analysis and risk assessment techniques. You are a savvy negotiator with team-based crisis intervention abilities, due diligence strategies, crime prevention methodologies, and risk management.  A master’s degree in a related discipline will complement your 10+ years’ progressive leadership experience in community safety management positions, ideally in the public sector.

To be considered for this key executive role, submit your resume, in confidence, specifying the job title, by August 14, 2017, to Phelpsgroup, quoting PH179034, at

401 Bay Street, Suite 1400, Toronto

ON M5H 2Y4
Phone: 416-364-6229

Executive Director Community Safety Ryerson University Ontario

Expiry Date: 2017-08-14
Date Posted: 2017-07-14
Province: Ontario
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