Senior Director of Campus Public Safety

Aurora, IL
Sep 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Senior Director of Campus Public Safety

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

Position Purpose: The Senior Director of Campus Public Safety supports learning by assuring the overall safety and security of Aurora University campuses and property.

Core Competencies:

  1. Represents Aurora University in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve. Interacts effectively with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and other customers of our service, learns and uses operating practices of the department and Aurora University.
  2. Upholds the Mission Statement: Aurora University an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
  3. Handle confidential information with tact and discretion.
  4. Supports learning through performance of essential job functions and performing other duties and functions as necessary or as assigned.

Essential Job Functions:

  1. Drives, plans, and directs the overall security posture for the University to protect, safeguard, and secure University assets, employees, students, visitors, etc. at 5 campus locations: Aurora main campus, Spartan Athletic Park, Orchard Center, Woodstock, and George Williams Campus.
  2. Establishes and maintains standards for security operations and performance, and implements campus law enforcement policies and procedures.
  3. Conducts comprehensive assessments and evaluations of the security and/or policing services for all campuses based on both established and projected needs. Recommends and implements changes based on such assessments.
  4. Develops and maintains the Campus Emergency Operations Plan; collaborates with key stakeholders and outside groups to analyze hazards, probabilities, and potential impacts, identifies internal and external resources and capabilities; develops emergency response procedures; develops and coordinates training; and integrates plan into University operations.
  5. Primary liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  6. Recruits, hires, trains and supervises all Campus Public Safety staff, including review of all department documentation.
  7. Assists with maintaining positive relationships with members of the greater Aurora community, e.g. the Aurora University neighborhood.
  8. Supports student education and development as a member of the Student Life division.
  9. Ensures compliance with the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Policy and Crime Statistics Act" and the ''Drug Free Schools and Communities Act", to include revisions, statistical data gathering, analysis, and publication of materials.
  10. Assists designated individuals responsible for compliance with OSHA, ADA, Title IX and other federal, state, and local regulations.
  11. Serves as member of the university's Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) and the Campus Emergency Operations Team (CEOT).
  12. Responsible for oversight of security operations and Campus Public Safety staff at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School, the Aurora University Orchard Campus, the Spartan Athletic Park, and the Woodstock Campus.

Essential Job Requirements:


  • Master's degree required.
  • Preparation and/or experience in Criminal Justice or related field required.
  • Sworn police officer in the State of Illinois or ability to attain sworn status as required by the Illinois Training and Standards Board within six months of employment.


  • At least five years' supervisory experience with progressive responsibilities in administrative role.
  • Previous experience in higher education preferred.
  • Previous experience in a community based public safety environment preferred.
  • Advanced training at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Staff and Command, FBI National Academy, or similar advanced training preferred.


  • Possess valid Illinois driver's license or obtain within 30 days of hire.
  • Possess valid Illinois Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) or obtain within 90 days of hire.
  • Good communication, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to supervise and lead a 24/7 operation.
  • Budget management experience preferred.

Special Requirements:

  • Pass a thorough background investigation.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to move about campus on foot at a rapid pace.
  • Ability to run up stairs carrying heavy equipment (up to 50 lb.).
  • Ability to use computer, office equipment.
  • Ability to speak to individuals and groups, ability to hear verbal conversation.
  • May occasionally be required to physically subdue combative subjects, must maintain an appropriate level of physical ability.
  • Visual acuity (with or without correction) to read reports.

Benefit-eligible positions offer excellent benefits including health, dental, life, vision, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission included. Please send resume with cover letter and contact information for three references including name, telephone and email address.

Apply to:

Aurora University
Human Resources
347 South Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506
630-844-5650 - fax - email

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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