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Director of Public Safety

Guilford College
North Carolina, United States
$63,084.00 - $80,748.00
Posted Date
Nov 7, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Safety & Security
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Guilford College, a national liberal arts college, seeks a new Director of Public Safety.   Reporting to the Dean of Students, the Director provides senior leadership, strategic planning and administrative direction for the Department of Public Safety. A primary responsibility for this position is to ensure the physical safety of students, employees, visitors and campus facilities through the supervision and leadership of the campus office of Public Safety.   Perform the duties and responsibilities of this role at all times in a fashion that supports the College’s commitment to creating an inclusive college of academic excellence where a variety of people and perspectives are welcome, and to providing an environment where students from all races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds may succeed.   Security Oversight: 
• Ensure a tone and approach to campus security through the Office of Public Safety that is educational, sensitive, and appreciative of the diverse nature of Guilford College and our students. 
• Receive and review, for accuracy and content, daily, incident and accident reports or any other reports prepared by Public Safety officers. 
• Participate in meetings with campus partners to discuss students of concern and relevant incident reports. 
• Create monthly status reports on crime statistics in compliance with Clery standards. Maintain an expert understanding of current requirements for Clery Act reporting. 
• Develop, schedule, and conduct crime prevention training sessions for campus community. 
• Review and assess documentation of physical security checks. 
• Keep statistics on incidents, sexual assaults, and officer activities for annual reports, compile and distribute reports to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students. 
• Prepare or procure and distribute campus safety awareness materials. 
• Prepare educational and informational items for College publications. 
• Assist in developing and implementing programs addressing: discrimination, harassment, sexual assault and victim support in cooperation with Campus Life. 
• Work with the VP/Dean and Associate Dean of Students in the resolution of student disciplinary matters. 
• Analyze accident data and recommend proactive solutions to reduce the frequency and severity of accidents. 
Safety Management: 
• Coordinate with the College’s Safety Manager to develop and implement safety measures on campus. The Safety Manager is responsible for preparedness and mitigation and the Director of Public Safety is responsible overall response and recovery for emergency operations. 
• In conjunction with the Vice President for Student Affairs, develop and update the Guilford College Emergency Operations Plan.    Personnel Management: 
• Interview and recommend the hiring of new Public Safety personnel. 
• Develop a thorough training program for staff including safety, emergency response, sexual assault support, and diversity/inclusivity training. Commit to maintaining a personal level of expertise in each of these areas. 
• Monitor work schedules and make schedule adjustments. 
• Review time sheets and vacation/overtime records. 
• Set work standards and complete performance evaluations. 
• Implement Performance Enhancement Plans, evaluate/resolve employee infractions of rules and regulations. 
Budget Management: 
• Establish budgetary needs and required purchases for the effective fulfillment of the above duties. 
• Maintain budget, expenditures and inventory of equipment and supplies. 
• Work with the Public Safety Office Manager to maintain an inventory of office equipment and make recommendations regarding purchases. 
Leadership and Communication: 
• Provide leadership in development and implementation of programs. 
• Develop and implement a training schedule for officers. 
• Coordinate activities as necessary with other governmental and institutional public safety agencies and offices. 
• Maintain membership and represent the College in professional association devoted to the advancement of security and safety objectives. 
• Maintain current knowledge of laws, police procedures and security techniques and modify program as needed. 
• Develop and maintain a departmental standard operations manual. 
• Supervise the enforcement of state laws, College policies, fire codes and parking regulations. 
• Conduct periodic surveys and inspections of facilities and equipment to comply with code requirements, identify safety hazards, prevent accidents, and conserve College property. 
• Perform related duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Affairs.    A Baccalaureate degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Four to Seven (4-7) years progressive experience in Public Safety and Security with a minimum of two to four (2-4) years progressive supervisory experience required. 
The Director must have a proven commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. He/She/They must possess a strong customer service orientation and be committed to the education and development of College students. Excellent mediation and cross-cultural communication skills along with an understanding and appreciation for college student development are necessary for this position. In addition, the position requires the ability to manage multiple priorities and the expertise to deal with sensitive and confidential issues. 
The Director must have the ability to work and communicate effectively with all members of the College community, local/state/federal law enforcement agencies and the public sector including fire/health safety and demonstrate outstanding leadership and managerial skills. The successful candidate will possess excellent oral and written communications skills, the ability to work well with various publics, and the ability to maintain control and act calmly under pressure. The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in program design, the development of policy and procedure and at least four years experience in managing people. Requires considerable knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, county ordinances, College and departmental policies and procedures, traffic regulations, and investigative procedures. Irregular work hours and on-call hours are required.   Preference will be given to qualified candidates who also demonstrate a commitment to recruiting, retaining, mentoring and actively engaging with under-represented and underserved populations both on campus and in the broader community. Experience in a college or university setting is a plus. Master’s degree is desired and encouraged.    Be able to drive a college vehicle. Be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Be able to navigate stairs.
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