1+ months

Director, Site Protection

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ 08542


Princeton University Office of Facilities seeks a dynamic candidate for the Director, Site Protection. Under the direction of the Assistant Vice president of Operations, and working collaboratively with other University departments, this position leads, manages, plans and organizes the Site Protection work group within Facilities Operations. At a strategic level, the Director, Site Protection will play a role in University decisions relating to life safety and security systems by gathering relevant information, applying the Universitys tolerance for risk, and evaluating appropriate levels of security versus investment in order to produce recommendations for decision makers. 


The Princeton University campus consists of approximately 11 million gross square feet of space that includes residential, administrative, athletic, library, dining, classroom and research space.  There are approximately 200 buildings, 500 acres, 8,300 students, and 8,200 faculty/staff.


The Director manages four (4) direct reports and oversees a sizable staff responsible for all day-to-day functional and technological aspects of the departments life safety and security systems, including fire alarm, fire suppression, access control, and video camera systems.  The Director develops and implements procedures to ensure safety and security systems function properly, and are properly maintained, repaired, inspected, tested, and documented.    A primary collaborator and client is the Department of Public Safety, which has responsibility for the safety and security of people and University property.


This position oversee an annual budget of $4 million and  will typically manage as many as twenty-five (25) projects/initiatives at one time, with a total potential dollar value of potentially $ 5 million over a multi-year period.


  • Bachelors degree, plus at least seven years verifiable work experience managing, installing, and repairing life safety and/or security systems including fire alarm, fire suppression, access control, video camera, and security systems in a commercial, industrial, or institutional setting and working knowledge of life safety codes.
  • Strong functional knowledge of both life safety and security systems, including fire alarm, fire suppression, access control, video camera, and security systems; working knowledge of life safety codes.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and understand drawings, specifications, sequences of operation, control drawings, and other technical data; ability to understand and analyze the technical complexities of life safety and security systems at a technical level.
  • Able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to a diverse audience, and possess a knowledge of appropriate escalation protocols and political acumen; understanding of modern customer service theories, practices and methods, and how to apply them.
  • Proven project management skills able to manage large-scale, inter-departmental projects.
  • Strong leadership skills able to successfully manage a large team handling multiple tasks at once, and be able to determine appropriate priorities; must be able to make independent interpretations and make appropriate decisions that are in the best interest of the organization and that are consistent with the objectives of senior-management.
  • Proficient in the use of business application software; familiarity with the use of a computerized maintenance-management software program.
  • Available to respond to after normal business hour emergencies and incidents as needed, and on short notice and a valid driver's license.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in a related field (i.e., engineering, business)


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.



Salary Grade

ADM, 080

Standard Weekly Hours


Eligible for Overtime


Benefits Eligible


Essential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)


Physical Capacity Exam Required


Valid Drivers License Required



Posted: 2019-10-03 Expires: 2020-07-16

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