• Director of Public Safety and Chief of Campus Police

    Mount St. Joseph University
    Job Description

    Under the general direction of the Vice President of Compliance, Risk and Legal Affairs/General Counsel, the Director of Public Safety and Chief of University Police will serve as the primary resource and advisor to the University on matters related to campus safety and security and is responsible for the comprehensive operations of the University's Public Safety Department, including the planning and direction of a complete campus safety and security program for Mount St. Joseph University.  The successful candidate is responsible for the proper administration and efficient operation of the University’s commissioned police department in addition to the enforcement of Federal, State and local laws as well as the rules and regulations of University. S/he will develop appropriate preventive and security techniques to control crimes and ensure safety and prepare all relevant reports (such as Clery Act) and timely communication to campus on issues related to safety and security.

    • Plans and directs a comprehensive campus safety and security program for the University.

    • Plans, develops, and supervises all activities in the following areas: crime prevention and enforcement; building security; information releases; crime statistics and dissemination to officers and community (Cleary Act compliance); investigations; and, liaison with federal, state and municipal police departments and related agencies.

    • Develops, plans and organizes all departmental records. This includes, but is not limited to, managing crime statistics, incident reporting, arrest information, training records, radio logs, shift reports, and uniform crime reports.

    • Cultivates and maintains strong positive working relationships with various campus and Sister of Charity constituencies

    • •Develops, monitors, and manages the operating budget for the department.

    • Oversees the interpretation and appropriate enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations; assigns the investigation of criminal complaints or activity on campus, and cooperates with appropriate  authorities as necessary

    • Provides for appropriate professional development and training of department staff

    • Develop, train, and implement  student Dispatchers to assist police officers as appropriate

    • Serves as the incident commander in crisis situations

    • Plans and implements a regular foot and vehicle patrol of campus buildings and grounds.

    • Plans for an orderly method of traffic control, vehicle registration, and ticketing system for the University

    • Responsible for the release of University vehicles and determining conditions upon return

    • security

    • Works with  various departments to ensure appropriate  support for special events

    • Works closely with the Director of Buildings & Grounds on matters of physical plant safety and security including traffic control and fire protection systems and equipment

    • Works closely with the Director of Human Resources on matters of employee safety and security

    • Provides advice and support to the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer in the area of campus risk management

    • Contributes to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the department; helping others accomplish related job results as and where needed.

    Primary Contacts:
    Public Safety staff; Vice President of Compliance, Risk and Legal Affairs/General Counsel,  Student Affairs staff; all members of the University staff, faculty and students and parents of University students.


    Supervision Exercised:
    Department of Public Safety staff


    Supervision Received:
    Works under general direction toward broadly defined objectives; refer specific problems to the Vice President of Compliance, Risk and Legal Affairs/General Counsel only when clarification or interpretation of organizational policies are involved.  




    Bachelors degree preferred, Associate’s Degree in related field required


    A minimum of four (4) years of full-time work experience in a municipal police department or other law enforcement agency, two (2) years of which must be in a supervisory capacity.

    Experience in a higher education setting preferred.

    Commitment towards diversity, equity, and inclusion

    Specialized Training:

    Must be certified as a Police Officer within the State of Ohio through the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Academy (OPOTA)

    Preference will be given to those candidates who have received and completed additional law enforcement executive management training through attendance at the Southern Ohio Police Institute (SPI), the FBI National Academy (FBINA) or the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC).

    Skills, Attributes

    Customer Service:

    • Exhibit a "student/customer first" orientation in providing exceptional service in all responsibilities and interactions demonstrating versatility in handling people and situations
    • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and customer needs and expectations; anticipate and identify customer needs
    • Demonstrate high energy, enthusiastic approach to duties and a commitment to liberal arts education 


    • Communicate, cooperate and collaborate well with others to achieve common office or University goals
    • Willingly assist the University in various responsibilities  as required during high service demand times
    • Demonstrate ability to work evening and weekend hours and supervise a 24 hour, 7 days per week staff


    • Develop and nurture an effective, productive and respectful rapport and working relationship with customers, co-workers, and various campus and community partners with the appropriate level of professionalism
    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and organizational skills, a sense of humor, flexibility, and creativity
    • Demonstrate strong written, telephone, and electronic (email and internet) communication skills
    • Communicate information clearly and concisely and listen well to others


    • Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing work to detect errors, oversights or omissions


    • Take immediate and independent action when necessary assuming initiative for creative problem solving
    • Demonstrate creativity and high energy
    • Accomplish tasks with follow through to completion


    • Must possess an aptitude for technological development and its implications for appropriate automation of office and procedures; proficient in Microsoft Office


    Work Environment, Physical Demands:

    Ability to handle stressful situations and difficult decisions; computer data input; multiple concurrent tasks with constant service interruptions; customer contact; confidentiality; detailed work; ability to effectively supervise multiple shifts

    To apply, please upload the cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references.

    A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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    Mount St. Joseph University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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