Director of Campus Public Safety - Southern Oregon University in Ashland Oregon

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Southern Oregon University

Ashland, Oregon 97520

United States

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Director of Campus Public Safety

Southern Oregon University

Located in beautiful Ashland, Oregon, Southern Oregon University is an inclusive campus community dedicated to student success, intellectual growth, and responsible global citizenship. Southern Oregon University is committed to a challenging and practical liberal arts education centered on student learning, accessibility, and civic engagement; academic programs, partnerships, public service, outreach, sustainable practices, and economic development activities that address regional needs such as health and human services, business, and education; and outstanding programs that draw on and enrich our unique arts community and bioregion.  

We are a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

We encourage those who share in our commitment to join our community and be part of an exciting and committed team of people working toward these important common goals. 

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Position Summary: 

The Finance and Administration division provides administrative services to the campus in the areas of Safety, Human Resources, Business Services, Administrative Computing, Facilities Maintenance, and Budget. Campus Public Safety serves Southern Oregon University in providing a safe and secure campus environment for University staff, faculty, students, residents, and visitors, as well as protecting campus property. The Campus Public Safety Director reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. The Department achieves this mission by recommending, and enforcing related campus policies and procedures while providing appropriate training for University personnel and students. The Department patrols, investigates criminal activities and takes enforcement action for violations of local and state law while working in concert with outside law enforcement agencies. The Director is responsible for carrying out activities that support the Department’s mission and serves as the liaison between the University and law enforcement agencies for public relations, coordination of enforcement, and investigations. In addition, the Director is responsible for structuring, implementing, and continuously updating the University’s emergency preparedness program.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of five years’ experience managing and leading in a public law enforcement agency, bureau and/or division. Ability to interpret and apply applicable laws, rules and regulations; ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations; ability to enforce laws and policies tactfully with respect for the rights of others. Ability to communicate effectively, prepare records and reports, work well with diverse groups, and provide effective leadership. In addition, the Director is responsible for parking and transportation on campus, as well as parking enforcement. Current and valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and clearance to drive on SOU business. Criminal background check is required. Must hold or have held within the last five years a middle management certificate from DPSST or possess current equivalent certification from another state.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s Degree. Experience in higher education public safety. Possess ICS training 100, 200, 300, 400, 700.


Program and Department Administration: Coordinates staff efforts in crime prevention, patrol operations, criminal investigations, and communications to provide protection for University personnel, students, guests, and property. Reviews case reports and patrol logs to keep abreast of campus activity. Follows up on investigations of criminal activities on campus, violations of campus policies and rules applicable to employees and students. Reviews and follows up on cases regarding the violation of campus residence rules and student conduct policies. Writes and promulgates campus security policies and procedures. Works to reasonably enforce policies and regulations on campus. Interfaces with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as necessary. Develops and submits changes in Oregon Administrative Rules relevant to parking enforcement. Provides safety and security prevention and education programs to the University community to enhance awareness of security issues and safe practices. Issues written correspondence and reports; and oversees the maintenance of all department records and files. Manages and monitors the department budget. Coordinates with other campus departments in enforcing and administering policies and programs. Develops, reviews for modification, and implements the campus emergency preparedness program. Conducts training in emergency preparedness and responsiveness. Responsible for carrying out applicable objectives of the University’s affirmative action program and risk management objectives. Serves as a liaison with community leaders and neighborhoods adjacent to the campus regarding the impact of campus incidents.

Special Events: Coordinates security needs for special events such as, but not limited to, athletic games, concerts, exhibitions, dedications, gala openings, parades, convocations, commencement, 4th of July, etc. and meets with other law enforcement agencies in coordination of same.

Supervision: Has responsibility for pre-employment selection and supervision, evaluation, and training and development of campus patrol officers, student personnel, and parking enforcement. Establishes standard operating procedures and monitors performance and professional conduct. 

Management of Data and Information: Maintains campus public safety web pages, and weekly security logs; oversees the publication of the Campus Security Brochure, and compiles statistics to meet annual reporting requirements to the federal government. Participates and contributes to emergency alert notices. Oversees the management of trespass notices.

Committee and Meeting Participation: Attends on and off campus committee and group meetings to address security and traffic issues. On campus meetings include the Sexual Assault Prevention Committee, Alcohol Policy and Practices Committee, Alliance of Community Agencies, student senate, and faculty senate, Student Conduct, Crises Management, Business Affairs Council, Parking Appeals Board, Student Support Network, and Traffic Parking Planning Committee. Off campus meetings include the Chamber of Commerce 4th of July Planning Committee, Jackson County Emergency Preparedness Committee, Law Enforcement Agency Heads Association, and Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon.

Training: Provides periodic in-service officer safety or skills maintenance training for Department personnel; provides or presents conflict or compliance management lectures; coordinates emergency exercises and provides instruction on unified Incident Command System (emergency management); develops training courses related to campus security policies; provides instructions or lectures for new students during orientation and recruitment workshops; and oversees students’ practicum or Capstone projects with the Campus Public Safety Department.

Additional Information:

This is a full time 12 month position 


$70,000 annual 

Excellent health and retirement benefits 

Anticipated start date: 

January 5, 2014 

For complete details and to apply please click on the quick link provided at the top of the page or type the URL:  into your browser. 

Thank you for interest in SOU.  


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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume