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Director of Public Safety

Lycoming College
Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Lycoming College is hiring a Director of Public Safety! Lycoming College provides a first-rate undergraduate experience for an increasingly diverse student body that comes from across the United States and the globe. Toward that end, as outlined in its 2021 Strategic Plan, the College commits to fostering an inclusive and equitable campus community that supports all students, faculty, and staff. To help us achieve this goal, the Director, while being mindful of inclusivity and equity, is responsible for the effective and sensitive administration of safety, security, accident prevention, fire safety and parking enforcement programs. 

The Director must be exceptionally attuned to the needs and experiences of all members of Lycoming’s increasingly diverse community and be adept at supporting and enhancing the campus experience of all with whom they work. Additionally, to create authentic relationships with students, faculty, and staff, the Director will acknowledge and appreciate each individual's unique identity characteristics and lived experiences. 

Guided by the mission and strategic plan of the College, the Director will maintain productive working relationships with student leaders and colleagues from across campus (e.g., Building &Grounds, Residential Life, Information Technology Services, Chief Diversity Officer, to name a few). The Director will also advance on-going relationships with local law enforcement and community agencies (e.g., Wise Options, Williamsport Bureau of Fire, to name a few). 

This position is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. 

Who We Are: 
Founded in 1812, Lycoming College is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected residential liberal arts and sciences colleges and is becoming increasingly recognized for the quality of its experiential programming and for students gaining the skills needed upon graduation in today’s world. Students partner with faculty in doing original research, thrive in a robust program of internships, study abroad in more than two dozen countries, and compete in 19 NCAA Division III sports. Lycoming College’s strong endowment per student provides the foundation to support a first-rate undergraduate education. The College offers more than 100 majors, minors, and concentrations to about 1,000 active learners, including 37% international and domestic students of color. Students represent 31 states and territories and 16 countries.  

The College proudly celebrates and values the principle of inclusive excellence. In support of its commitment to establishing an inclusive and equitable campus, Lycoming College seeks to recruit more faculty and staff from historically underrepresented groups with the recognition that doing so advances institutional excellence.  

Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer.  

What will I do in this role? 

Leadership and Administration 

  • Direct and control a continuous patrol of College property to prevent crime and to protect life and property, enforce appropriate college regulations, and render service to the public.
  • Assist in the College’s grievance and investigative processes (e.g., Community Standards, Title IX, Bias Response). 
  • Develop and maintain formal and informal communication with law enforcement agencies, the local fire department, and other agencies concerned with safety and accident prevention. 
  • Recruit and select public safety personnel, including student public safety aides. 
  • Serve as the College’s point person for Clery Act compliance, including drafting and submitting the annual Clery Report and other uniform crime reporting requirements.
  • Prepare and administer the department budget. 
  • Work with administrative stakeholders to provide adequate building safety and security as well as to establish building hours. 

Training & Education Programs 

  • Provide training and development to public safety personnel to ensure that their exercise of authority demonstrates respect for individual and group rights by acknowledging the unique identity characteristics and lived experiences of all students, faculty, and staff.  
  • Develop relevant in-service training programs (for public safety personnel and other offices as applicable) that support policy enforcement, fire safety, and accident prevention in the college environment. 
  • Conduct campus-wide educational programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion, crime/conduct, accident, and fire prevention.  

Policies and Procedures  

  • Develop departmental policies and procedures that support effective and sensitive administration of safety, security, accident prevention, fire safety and parking enforcement programs that supports the well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Plan, develop, recommend, and implement policies, procedures, and programs related to safety practices applicable to employees, students, and visitors.  
  • Develop procedures that supplement and support approved emergency response procedures. 
  • Maintain, review, and update the security and emergency procedures manuals and other policies and operating statements.  

What are we looking for? 


  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration or a related field and five years of progressively responsible experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience   

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience 

  • Prior experience with fostering an inclusive work environment in support of all students, faculty, and staff 
  • A record of excellent leadership skills including (but not limited to) supervisory, scheduling, communication, investigatory, and de-escalation 
  • A well-developed ability to work with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members with the utmost respect to who they are as individuals (in their identities and lived experiences)   
  • Prior applicable experience in a college setting 

What We Offer
Lycoming College has an excellent benefits package that includes: 
Health & Wellness Benefits: 

  • Health insurance – Lycoming College offers a wide variety of health plan options available 
  • Dental insurance, including orthodontia coverage 
  • Vision insurance 
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses 
  • Life & accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
  • Long-term disability insurance 
  • Short-term disability insurance 
  • Cancer insurance 
  • Personal accident insurance 
  • Wellness program 
  • Employee assistance program 

Retirement Benefits: 

  • 403(b) retirement plan with up to 9% contributions from the College 

Tuition Benefits: 

  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at Lycoming College 
  • Free tuition for eligible dependents at over 600 colleges nationwide through Tuition Exchange, Inc. 
  • Free tuition for employees, spouses, and eligible dependents at the Pennsylvania College of Technology 

Paid Leave Benefits: 

  • Generous paid time off (PTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • 14 holidays per year 
  • Summer hours 

Employee Perks: 

  • 15% discount at the campus bookstore, excluding textbooks and snacks 
  • Reduced rates for meal packages for on-campus dining facilities 
  • Use of the campus recreations center and gym facilities for employees and household family members 
  • Use of the campus Library 

How do I Join the Warrior Team? 
To be considered for the position, apply directly online by submitting your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three professional referencesWithin the cover letter, please address your interest in serving as the Director of Public Safety at Lycoming College, your career progression and professional development, and commitment to supporting all students with diverse identities and lived experiences. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Post-offer motor vehicle record and criminal history background checks will be conducted. 
Lycoming College Proudly Celebrates and Values Diversity. 
We are committed to fostering an inclusive campus community supporting all faculty, staff, and students. We encourage applications from candidates with diverse identities and all who are interested in supporting and contributing to our mission and strategic plan. Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. 


Lycoming College

At Lycoming College, classic meets cutting edge, and tradition meets progress. A liberal arts and sciences college with a distinguished past and an exciting future, Lycoming is dedicated to providing a 21st-century education in a supportive, residential environment that fosters individual growth and a tight-knit community of learners. Founded in 1812, the College helps students discover their passions and how to become meaningful members of their communities.

Lycoming is ranked as a Tier 1 National Liberal Arts and Sciences college by U.S. News & World Report, where it has risen 17 spots in the last two years. In addition, Lycoming is listed as one of “The Best 382 Colleges” by The Princeton Review and has been named a leading national liberal arts college by Washington Monthly.

All of Lycoming’s resources and faculty are dedicated to the undergraduate education of just 1,200 students. With a 12:1 ratio of students to faculty, classes of five or ten students are not uncommon, while larger introductory courses average just 30 students. This means abundant opportunities for individual attention by exceptional faculty members who are truly committed to teaching.

The faculty at Lycoming College are active teachers, committed mentors, and scholars who produce knowledge and creative work. They draw students into learning and prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in a world characterized by rapid change and intense competition. Lycoming students are superbly prepared to meet the challenges of life through an academic program that includes both breadth of study in the arts and humanities, math and languages, social and natural sciences and depth of study in at least one area of concentration. The College grants Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and offers 41 academic programs.

Lycoming students, who come from as nearby as Williamsport and as far away as Africa and Asia, embrace the entire student experience. High-impact opportunities can be found in abundance. For example, students conduct research with faculty, complete internships and service or community-based learning projects, teach in the local schools, and study abroad.

Lycoming offers students opportunities to participate in faculty-led research, giving undergraduates a taste of what research is like at a professional level, as well as helping them prepare for graduate studies.

Lycoming’s campus lies near historic downtown Williamsport, a city best-known as the birthplace of Little League Baseball and the site of its annual Little League World Series. The rolling hills and forestlands of north central Pennsylvania provide some of the state’s best scenery, as well as hiking, camping, kayaking, and other outdoor recreation, while the Williamsport greater metro area has a population of approximately 100,000 people. Lycoming is less than four hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh.

The College enjoys a relationship with the United Methodist Church and supports its tradition of providing an education to persons of all faiths. The College is firmly committed to a policy of cultural diversity and expects its students to work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusivity.

Lycoming College prepares students for a lifetime of success at one of the best liberal arts and sciences colleges in the country.

Lycoming College is an equal opportunity employer. Job openings for faculty and staff can be found on the Employment Opportunities page.

Lycoming College offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, a retirement plan, tuition benefit programs, life and long-term disability insurance, several paid-time-off plans (e.g. holidays, vacation, sick leave, etc.) and a variety of additional voluntary benefit programs (e.g. dental, short-term disability, etc.) for employees to choose from.

Come see why Lycoming College has been named a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top publication for colleges and universities.

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