Director of Campus Safety

Colorado, United States
$120,000.00 - $150,000.00
May 16, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Denver is seeking an experienced and equity-minded public safety leader to serve as its next director of campus safety. The expected start date is late August/early September 2021.

Founded in 1864, the University of Denver (DU) is an independent, doctoral-granting university with high research activity and robust undergraduate and graduate education. DU has become increasingly known, nationally and internationally, for its creative, 21st-century approaches to problem-based scholarship, as well as its holistic, student-centered approach to learning and its dedication to the public good through local, national and international partnerships. The university’s DEI Action Plan serves as a guide to DU’s abiding commitment to truly embody a forward-looking institution and community where all can belong, contribute, and thrive.

DU enrolls approximately 14,000 students from across the United States and over 85 countries in its distinguished undergraduate liberal arts and science and graduate and professional programs. Since 2010, the university has seen a 44 percent increase in domestic students of color, from 18 to 26 percent of the student body. An additional four and a half percent are international students from over 85 countries around the globe. During the past 20 years, DU has invested more than $852 million in renovating, modernizing and growing its campus. Three new buildings represent the first phase of the Denver Advantage, an innovative campus framework vision for the physical future of DU. The Burwell Center for Career Achievement and the Dimond Family Residential Village opened in Fall 2020, and the Community Commons opened in Winter 2021. The beautiful campus, with sweeping views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains, includes an arboretum.

The Position

Reporting to the senior vice chancellor for business and financial affairs and a member of her divisional leadership team, the director of campus safety (director) will provide transformative and relationship-based leadership to the division of campus safety (DCS). The director oversees a team of professionals who are dedicated to providing the highest quality safety and security services in a respectful, professional, and consistent manner. The director will collaborate with and serve as a key advisor to the university’s senior leadership on campus safety issues and security operations, and will work closely with colleagues across the institution to refine, elevate, and articulate DCS’s vision and mission as a critical element of the DU community and experience. The successful candidate will be well-versed and fluent in leading thoughtful and transparent conversations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and external partners on the contemporary challenges facing campus safety departments including, but not limited to, authentic community engagement, the role and philosophical underpinnings of campus security, gender-based violence and harassment, disparate treatment of minoritized individuals and communities, and legal and compliance requirements.

DCS was awarded Campus Safety reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in July 2020. The division comprises 45 unsworn and unarmed team members who provide services across the following areas: campus security, fire, and life safety, emergency preparedness, electronic security systems, patrol operations, investigations, community outreach/crime prevention, recruitment efforts, compliance requirements, and communications. The director administers an operating budget of $3.4 million and oversees the university’s mutual aid agreement with the Denver Police Department. 


This position is an exceptional opportunity for a reform-minded leader with a strong knowledge of higher education public safety and emergency response practices. The successful candidate will possess outstanding communication skills, an appreciation and vision for the role of campus safety at an urban residential university, as well as an unwavering commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the division’s activities. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent credit hours with an emphasis in criminal justice, security management or related area; 4+ years of public safety experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Experience in a residential higher education setting is strongly preferred.

The search committee invites applications from candidates with a strong attraction to an increasingly diverse and innovative university environment, as well as a genuine interest in collaborating with students and a commitment to be visible and accountable to all constituents. Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community engagement strategies; working with young adults and their families; proven ability to coach and inspire a diverse workforce to succeed as a high-functioning team; and the capacity to inspire trust and confidence across multiple stakeholder groups will be key expectations for the successful candidate. The successful candidate will be expected to hold or be eligible for a valid Colorado driver’s license, be insurable under DU guidelines, and possess or obtain a City and County of Denver Security Guard License.

A complete position specification will be available at

Application and Nomination

DU has retained the services of Spelman Johnson, a leading national executive search firm, to assist with leading this search. Review of applications will begin Monday, June 14, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position specification may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be forwarded to Michel Frendian at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the University of Denver web site at and the University of Denver Campus Safety web site at

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is 15.

Salary Range
The salary range for the position is $120,000 - $150,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.