Gettysburg College, in historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is
seeking an experienced professional for a full-time position as the
Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Gettysburg is an undergraduate liberal arts and sciences college,
which enrolls approximately 2,600 primarily residential students.
The College is seeking a dynamic and innovative individual who has
a strong administrative, collaborative, and student-focused
background to serve in this position. Reporting to the Vice
President for College Life and Dean of Students, the person in the
position will be a member of the College Life Division leadership
team, and will also work closely with departments and colleagues
across the institution including, but not limited to, Facilities,
Dining, Athletics, Human Resources, and Academic Departments.
The Executive Director will provide institutional leadership for
maintaining safety on campus while building relationships with and
working closely with students, faculty, and staff in support of a
positive campus experience for all members of a diverse and
learning-focused community. The Executive Director must have a deep
commitment and track record of success related to diversity,
equity, inclusion, and social justice, having effectively infused
these values into the ethos of their staff/department. The
Executive Director must be knowledgeable and prepared to implement
current and emerging best-practices in the field of public safety
including prioritization of prevention and community caretaking;
utilizing procedural justice initiatives to ensure organizational
impartiality, transparency, fairness, respect, and dignity; and
campus collaboration through relationship building.
As the top public safety official on campus, the Executive
Director is responsible for critical areas including campus
emergency operations, federal and state compliance related to the
Clery Act and Title IX, and enforcement of local, state and federal
laws as well as institutional administrative polices relative to
campus safety and community conduct. The Executive Director also
oversees the College’s outreach to the local borough community as a
liaison with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and
the district attorney’s office.
The Executive Director will:
- Develop, and recommend for approval, policies, plans, programs
and procedures designed to enhance College campus safety in the
areas of security, law/policy enforcement, fire safety, traffic
control, and parking.
- Develop and implement the mission, purpose, strategic vision,
and plans of the department, working with the VP for College Life
to ensure a progressive public safety strategic agenda that focuses
on authentic relationship building and advances social justice,
diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Manage the daily operation of a service-oriented public safety
department in fiscal, budgeting, human resources, purchasing and
other related administrative functions.
- In partnership with the department’s administrative leadership
team that consists of an Associate and Assistant Director,
supervise the command structure of the department of public safety
to ensure the appropriate delivery of routine and emergency
- Provide training and hiring to ensure that the college has the
best possible public safety and professional staff personnel;
establish and maintain effective performance management system for
all assigned personnel in accordance with established College
policies and best practices associated with campus security and law
- Chair the CERT Advisory Committee and perform duties related to
the institution’s emergency coordinator as defined by the emergency
operations plan and CERT guidelines.
- Ensure College compliance with appropriate federal and state
laws concerning campus safety. This includes overseeing all federal
and state crime reporting requirements as stipulated by the Clery
Act and PA Uniform Crime Reporting Act and partnering with the
Title IX coordinator and Human Resources in ensuring institutional
compliance related to the response to and investigation of
gender-based crimes and harassment.
- Maintain cooperative working relationships with local, county,
state and federal law enforcement agencies.
- Act as chair of and membership on a variety of institutional
committees, task forces, and boards as deemed necessary and
appropriate by the President and Vice President for College
- Respond to campus emergencies on an on-call basis.
- Maintain a contemporary working knowledge of security, safety
and law enforcement practices, state and local laws, student
leadership, student development, risk management, and student
In keeping with its strategic focus, Gettysburg College is
interested in candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to
providing leadership in building an inclusive, equitable and
diverse campus community. Applicants must be student-centered and
able to connect with a broad array of faculty and administrative
colleagues. Candidates should demonstrate qualities of innovation
and creativity that help foster vibrant and engaged residential
communities and a demonstrated record in supporting and advocating
for inclusion across a broad spectrum of campus life.
Qualifications - Successful candidates
- Have an earned Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice,
organizational development, or related discipline.
- Experience and education in the field of law enforcement and
- Possess and demonstrate an outstanding ability to work
collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, communication
skills, and a strong ability to work collaboratively.
- Have a commitment to and track record of success related to
diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.
- Interpret and practically apply federal and state legislation
as it relates to regulatory oversight and compliance in areas
impacting the work of public safety.
- Possess experience, skill, and interest in conflict resolution
and creative problem solving utilizing traditional and contemporary
Preferred education and experience
- Having an earned Master’s Degree in college student personnel,
counseling, criminal justice, organizational development, higher
education, or related discipline.
- Seven or more years of full-time professional experience in
campus security/public safety.
- Experience working on compliance with Clery Act requirements in
a higher education environment will be considered highly
- Previous experience in working in a liberal arts context is
preferred; the ability to translate past work to a liberal arts
context is required.
The Executive Director is a 12-month, full-time administrative
appointment. Salary and title are commensurate with experience and
complemented by an excellent benefits package.
Please visit our website to submit application materials (cover
letter, resume and contact information for three professional
references) through our on-line system: https://gettysburg.peopleadmin.com/postings/3833.
For full consideration, please submit application materials by
August 13, 2021. Gettysburg College is committed
to creating a more diverse community and the College encourages
candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies
with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations
regarding nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment and admission. The College prohibits
discrimination and harassment, and provides equal opportunity
without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national
origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status,
possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as
compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information in
all aspects of employment, educational programs, activities, and
admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of
1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the basis of
sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of
sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual
assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and