Director of Public Safety

St. Cloud State University in Minnesota

Deadline June 08, 2014
Date Posted May 9, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Public Safety Director is responsible for the professional, effective and efficient operation of the Universitys Public Safety Department. The Director is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, integrating and controlling activities of the staff and student workers providing safety efforts for all members of the campus community and security for all University assets and properties. The Director will work closely with external entities as well in addressing issues of risk, safety, security policies and procedures. This position reports to the Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Safety and Risk Management in the office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration.
Date of appointment:  July 1, 2014



1.     Planning:
  • Develop, implement, administer and monitor a comprehensive campus public safety program to provide a safe learning/living/working environment for students and employees, including diversity, cultural awareness and sensitivity, and violence-in-the-workplace concerns. 
  • Create, implement and maintain review of campus-wide policies and procedures relevant to safety and security activities and programs supportive of personal safety and campus security.
  • Keep current all annual training and education segments of new and returning full-time and student officers and dispatchers relevant to safety and security demands by and for campus attendees. Create and lead personal safety educational programs for at large and special interest groups (e.g. newly arriving international students, bias-motivated matters, womens concerns) on campus.
  • Develop, draft and implement policies and procedures associated with safety and security, insuring compliance with St. Cloud State University policies, State and federal laws; serve on and provide consultation to university committees.
  • Develop, implement and direct safety/security efforts for all campus major activities and special events. Evaluate the effectiveness of the programs, policies, and initiatives and recommend changes or improvements leading to improvements in crime prevention efforts. 
2.     Preparedness:
  • Provide leadership, oversight, and strategic planning in collaboration with the AVP for Safety and Risk Management [under the Vice President for Finance and Administration], including short and long term department planning. Provide research and analysis to devise and implement initiatives aimed at improving performance of all departmental personnel.
  • Provide expert consultation to the AVP for Safety and Risk Management and other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) campuses, local law enforcement, and community stakeholders.  
  • Direct and implement operational training and plans. Direct and oversee the design, development, establishment and maintenance of safety-related programs on campus.
3.     Administration and Compliance:
  • Ensure University compliance with all legislation requiring safety/security operations and other compliance requirements referring to student welfare and participation; including (but, not limited to) the Jeanne Clery Act [Student-Right-to-Know Act], federal Drug-Free Schools Act, Omnibus Anti-Crime Act. Collect and manage related statistical data and produce final documents of compliance.  Recommend and implement proper, efficient distribution methods of said documents.
  • Prepare and administer budgets for the Public Safety Department; including parking.  Provide direct input in campus-wide matters and projects relevant to funding safety and security day-to-day activities and special initiatives, including, all campus safety related technology needs (security/alarm monitoring and video surveillance systems, access control monitoring), and general functions of parking management. 
  • Direct and manage all elements of the contractual Safety and Security and Parking Enforcement Programs for St. Cloud Technical College.  Evaluate and recommend improvements and enhancements.  
4.     Response:
  • Supervise investigations of University conduct code violations and human resource policy concerns on campus or when relevant to University functions and/or services occurring off campus. Communicate and coordinate investigations with appropriate University officials and/or law enforcement personnel. Liaison as directed by the AVP with local, State and federal law enforcement entities. Report to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (or her/his representative) regarding allegations and employee issues related to violations of University code, policy and/or law.
  • Establish and maintain a collaborative partnership with the Universitys Director of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management and external responding agencies by providing operations, incident command and logistics services supportive of on-campus Emergency Operations needs.
  • Work collaboratively with the City of St. Cloud Police personnel involved in the joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), in concerted effort to reduce and/or eliminate violent and serious crime on-campus and in the neighborhood.           
  • Provide timely response, information concerning, direction and training to the University community on issues related to safety, security, crime prevention and compliance regulations. Work with the campus community, (e.g. Student Government, Title IX Coordinator special interest groups, individuals) neighborhood, city, county and State entities to resolve safety/security concerns.
5.     Parking and Transportation:
  • Oversee the departments Parking Coordinator and staff in the (a.) development of policies and procedures, program analysis; (b.) operations; (c.) financial management; and (d.) communications relevant to the Universitys Parking and Transportation program.
  • Monitor and recommend ways to improve vehicular and pedestrian flow.
  • Support proper utilization and maximization of all elements of the Universitys five hundred space Parking Ramp.
6.     Other Duties as Assigned
  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Minnesota State University Association of Administrative Service Faculty (MSUAASF) which can be found at: 


Education Required:   An Associate degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice (e.g. Law Enforcement, Public/Private Security), Political Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, Management or related field.
Experience Required:  Evidence of progressively responsible professional experience which include each of the above areas of responsibility. A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in public security/safety administration or equivalent experience in law enforcement or a related field is required; with, at least five (5) of these years in a supervisory capacity.
Understanding of the Clery Act, campus SaVE Act, and Title IX.  Proven ability to develop, implement and communicate complex, campus-wide safety and security plans and investigations.  Provide broad leadership, organizing, supervising and establishing goals and objectives. Demonstrated experience to work effectively with a diverse student body, faculty and staff.
Special Working Conditions:   Must have ability to be on-call at all times. The Director may work flexible hours relevant to supporting on-going functions of the University. Immediate response is required for any/all on-campus emergencies or special duties/details and work within an environment of constantly changing deadlines or priorities. The person   maintains responsibility for the overall safety and security of ~19,500 students, employees and visitors to the University, as well as all facilities and grounds security.
Physical Requirements:   Director shall possess the physical ability to perform all job-related duties, as the incumbent may be called upon to perform physical acts of personal safety support, rescue or intervention for any person on-campus.
  • Safely lift, move, and/or handle awkward and heavy materials/equipment weighing up to 80 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, crawl, stoop, reach, enter confined spaces, climb ladders, use arms and legs, hand dexterity. 
Other Special Requirements:   The person in this position must have (or obtain) and maintain a valid State of Minnesota Drivers License, be able to operate relevant University equipment, have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and pass all appropriate [criminal history] background requirements.

Bachelors or Graduate degree within the disciplines included in the required educational qualification.

Supportive Certifications/Training:   The University values continuing education and training within all ranks.  Preference could be given to applicants who have successfully completed appropriate job related training, (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigations National Acadamey (FBINA), Homeland Security, and FEMA procedures or others).

Supplemental Information:
On its campus along the Mississippi River 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Cloud State University is a community of 16,000 students participating in challenging academic experiences and vibrant campus life. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better taking knowledge out of the classroom and into the community and the global workplace to make an impact. St. Cloud State has built its identity around four learning commitments essential to a well-rounded education: active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement a rigorous academic structure offering more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 240 student organizations. Now Minnesotas second largest university, St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelors degrees were first offered in 1925 and masters degrees in 1957. In 1975 the institution became St. Cloud State University, and in 2005 state universities were authorized to offer doctoral programs in applied fields of study. Doctorate of Education in Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration and Leadership programs are offered at St. Cloud State, which is the largest of 31 institutions within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from 82 countries.

Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found at:

To apply for this position, please continue the process at:
Application Review begins June 9, 2014; position is open until filled. 
Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:
·         Cover Letter
·         Resume/Curriculum Vitae
·         Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
·                  Copies of Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD); if advanced to finalist, official transcripts will be required.

Contact Information:

Dan Pedersen, Search Committee Chair
Director of Residential Life
(320) 308-2166

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. St. Cloud State University is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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