Director of Campus Safety

Job description

Kenyon College is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Director of Campus Safety. The Director of Campus Safety is a full-time, 12-month Administrative position reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Director of Campus Safety provides leadership for the organization and administration of an effective department charged with ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, visitors to campus, and College property in support of the educational mission of the College.  

Essential Functions:

  • Provide administrative and operational guidance and professional leadership, organization, and oversight for a 24-hour/365 days a year campus safety operation;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to delivering safety services in an equitable, cooperative and inclusive manner within a diverse college community;
  • Oversee the recruitment, training, scheduling, and supervision for Campus Safety personnel, including Supervisors, the Investigator & Clery Coordinator, Field Officers, Telecommunications Officers, the Administrative Assistant/Transportation Coordinator, and student staff;
  • Serve on the Student Affairs Leadership Team, and attend regularly scheduled meetings as a key member of the Student Affairs Division;
  • Maintain a positive working relationship and serve as an effective liaison to outside law enforcement agencies, including the College Township Fire Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office;
  • Serve as a liaison between the department and key members of the campus community, including but not limited to, the Civil Rights/Title IX Coordinator, Dean of Students, Director of Facility Operations, Director of the Cox Health & Counseling Center, and the Director of Athletics, Fitness & Recreation;
  • Lead the College’s emergency planning and training efforts, and chair the Kenyon Emergency Preparedness Team (KEPT);
  • Develop, monitor, and manage the operating budget for the Office of Campus Safety, with careful attention toward scheduling and staffing needs;
  • Manage a mutually beneficial relationship within a unionized environment, including promoting positive communication and cooperative and team-oriented work through labor/management meetings, grievance resolution, and contract negotiations.

Other Functions:

  • Develop appropriate, equitable, and effective policies, practices and procedures for Campus Safety, College rules and regulations, parking regulations, crime prevention, and training;
  • Provide timely and effective communication and application of procedures; resolve issues concerning security procedures; review investigative reports to ensure legal and/or procedural compliance;
  • Facilitate the planning and implementation of educational programs related to crime prevention; the accuracy of records related to criminal activity and incident reports, vehicle registration, parking enforcement, lost and found property, etc.;  
  • Manage College “no trespass” notices and judicial and Title IX “no contact” orders and provide support services as appropriate for students, staff, and visitors who are in need of assistance during a specific incident or series of incidents related to their safety on campus (including serving as a liaison to support reports to law enforcement);
  • Oversee the planning and coordination of traffic control and safety/security for special campus events; Serve as a member of College committees, including, but not limited to the Case Management Team, and the Kenyon Emergency Planning Team (KEPT);
  • Evaluate and collaborate in the planning for the security of all campus buildings and surrounding areas and in strategic planning around campus safety, and consult with the Maintenance Department on issues pertaining to design/remodel/construction phases of maintenance and capital projects;
  • Inform campus community of safety and/or security problems and provide appropriate crime and emergency alerts;
  • Develop systems and interventions to reduce crime and promote safety on campus;
  • Oversee compliance with local, state, and federal crime statistics reporting mandates in accordance with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act;
  • Engage in regular professional development to ensure the application of national best practices to College policies and procedures.

Working Conditions:

Some evening and weekend work is to be anticipated, as well as the ability to respond to campus promptly in an emergency. Must be able to walk the campus in support of Field Officers if needed including in inclement weather and have the ability to lift at least 30 pounds.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication, leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative acumen.
  • Commitment to providing fair and equitable services to the College community, with a particular focus on the education of students.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for college students and the liberal arts environment.
  • Familiarity with Advocate or Maxient conduct databases.
  • Experience working in a union environment. Facility with Google tools.
  • Be extremely dependable and able to work well as part of a collaborative team.
  • Exhibit a sense of humor and the ability to withstand stressful situations.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Emergency Medical Responder certification (or the ability to attain certification within 3 months of hire date).

Minimum Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree plus 8 years administrative and supervisory experience within a campus safety or law enforcement environment, preferably in a college town; and have a successful background check (conducted by a College agency). Masters degree preferred.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA/CREF retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully on our website. 

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law.




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Job No:
Posted: 3/20/2019
Application Due: 5/19/2019
Work Type:
Salary: commensurate with experience