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Director of Public Safety

Maryville University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 21, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Safety & Security, Student Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary/Basic Function

At Maryville University, we power dreams, not just degrees. Our vision it to be the innovative leader in higher education promoting a revolution in student learning that expands access and opportunities for all.

Maryville is searching for an energetic and forward-thinking Director of Public safety to join its dynamic Student Life team, reporting to and collaborating with the Vice President for Student Life. The Director is an armed private security officer and the position is responsible for leading, developing, implementing and supervising a comprehensive department to secure the safety and security of the university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors on the main campus and off-campus facilities. The Director will direct, plan, and manage all functions and operations of the Public Safety Department as well as supervise the enforcement of University regulations, initiate and direct activities focused on maintaining and improving upon a safe and secure campus. The Director will also work closely with the community to administer a comprehensive campus safety and emergency response program including safety education, safety policies, and emergency management.

The Director has overall responsibility for the budget, planning, development, and management of the department, and establishing priorities for campus safety, including short and long-range emergency plans, parking, and CLERY compliance. The Director oversees a staff of 9 non-sworn but armed security offices, with limited arrest powers, and three non-sworn administrative specialists, including the Director. The Director is required to be available 24 hours a day for emergencies.

The successful candidate must be committed to fostering a culturally diverse atmosphere for student, staff, and faculty, and have a passion for working in a fast-paced, innovative, student-centered work environment.

Minimum Qualifications

• Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or related field and at least 6-8 years of progressively responsible leadership experience within a public safety organization are required.
• Strong written and oral communication skills are essential. A proven track record of effective supervision within a public safety setting is essential.
• Appreciation for and experience working with a diverse community.
• The ability to maintain high morale and a collaborative environment with the command structure of the department.
• The ability to develop effective and sustained relationships with students, faculty, staff, and administrators is required.
• The ability to maintain a high degree of visibility and represent the Department of Public Safety on campus, in the local community and serve a central role in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with university constituents and local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
• Experience with Clery Compliance, VAWA, and Title IX requirements.
• Must have a state Driver's License or ability to secure one within 60 days of employment with a good driving record is required. Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including employment verification.
• Requires passing a psychological screening and drug screening.
• Candidates must be able to attain and maintain an armed private security officer license under the guidelines of the St. Louis County Police Department as well as certification to carry OC spray, ASP baton and handcuffs.

Preferred Qualifications

• A master’s degree is preferred as is experience leading a public safety agency in a College or University setting.
• A proven leader in the campus security and public safety field with a track record of building strong collaborative relationships with key departments on campus.
• Experience leading a diverse staff that provides a full range of security and public safety services.
• Experience developing long term goals, strategic plans, operational policies and procedures.
• Experience developing physical security plans and implementing security systems and solutions to enhance the physical security of facilities.
• Experience overseeing the design and implementation of physical security for construction and renovation of facilities.
• Experience developing proposals for and implementing capital improvement projects.
• A track record of managing a public safety operations budget.
• Experience collaborating with essential internal and external departments to manage the successful response to emergencies.
• Passion to manage and lead a dynamic public safety organization.
• A track record of managing and leading crisis/emergency management teams.

Physical Demands

Open Until Filled


Special Instructions to Applicants

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.

Applicants requiring University sponsorship to obtain employment authorization will not be considered for this position.

Maryville University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, disability, gender, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race/color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. This extends to all aspects of the employment relationship, including recruiting, hiring, training, on-the-job treatment, promotion, layoff, and termination.

Advertised: September 21, 2021
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