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
• 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
• Receive and review, for accuracy and content, daily, incident and
accident reports or any other reports prepared by Public Safety
• 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
• 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
• Prepare educational and informational items for College
• 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.
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Implement Performance Enhancement Plans, evaluate/resolve
employee infractions of rules and regulations.
• Establish budgetary needs and required purchases for the
effective fulfillment of the above duties.
• Maintain budget, expenditures and inventory of equipment and
• Work with the Public Safety Office Manager to maintain an
inventory of office equipment and make recommendations regarding
Leadership and Communication:
• Provide leadership in development and implementation of
• Develop and implement a training schedule for
• 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
• Maintain current knowledge of laws, police procedures and
security techniques and modify program as needed.
• Develop and maintain a departmental standard operations
• 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
• 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
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.