Director of Public Safety Search #1920-0006

Date Posted
July 19, 2019
Job Description

The University’s Division of Student Engagement and Success invites applications for the position of Director of Public Safety.  The Director is responsible for the oversight and management of all aspects of the Public Safety function and the supervision of all personnel.    

Job Responsibilities

Supervision of all personnel assigned to the Public Safety department, including selection, training, evaluation, discipline, and work assignments.  Oversight and management of all public safety communications, dispatch operations, closed-circuit television (CCTV) system, electronic access control systems, and parking operations and enforcement. Oversight and implementation of departmental operating procedures.

Design and implementation of campus community safety programs. Notifications to campus community of public safety concerns and development of programs to reduce risk.  Coordination of emergency notification procedures and oversight of the University’s Critical Incident Response Plan. Oversight of University transportation and parking policies and procedures. 

Collaboration with University partners on the care and support for students, including wellness checks and outreach programs to help educate students about personal safety. Assistance with investigations of on-campus student conduct and/or criminal complaints; collaboration with University partners and with external agencies, including Delaware Fire and Police Departments.  Assistance with statistical data and compliance with federal government crime reporting requirements (Clery Act).

Functions as a senior administrator within the Division of Student Engagement and Success. Assists the Vice-President of Student Engagement and Success with various tasks, including, but not limited to, management of departmental operating budget as well as long and short-term resource planning. Participation on University committees and assistance with University-wide initiatives.


Requirements include a high school diploma and post-secondary education in safety, security or related field.  The successful candidate must be a Certified Peace Officer in the State of Ohio or have the ability to become certified within the first year. A minimum of five years of progressive experience in law enforcement or security services is required, as well as a minimum of three years of supervisory and management experience. The successful candidate must have excellent customer service skills, good verbal and written communication skills with ability to prepare reports, and the ability to relate well to diverse populations of college students.  Requirements also include a basic computer skills and experience with industry-driven software, and leadership skills for training and motivating staff and addressing security issues. The successful candidate must have a current driver’s license with good driving record, and must have valid Ohio driver’s license or be able to obtain one within first year.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Experience in law enforcement or security in a college campus setting is preferred.

Completed applications will include: 

1) Cover Letter  

2) Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

3) The names, titles and contact information for three professional references.

Please e-mail application materials to: 

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled. 

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus, in Delaware, Ohio, promotes and celebrates an inclusive environment free from constraints in areas of culture, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, religion, family relationship, or economic barriers. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged as OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion.

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