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Director, WVSOM Public Safety/Chief of Police

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
WVSOM Main Campus, Lewisburg, WV

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Position Title:

Director, WVSOM Public Safety/Chief of Police


General Counsel


WVSOM Main Campus, Lewisburg, WV

Scheduled Hours Per Week:

37.5 hours

FLSA Status:


Job Description Summary:

The Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) shall plan, direct, participate in, and evaluate all aspects of the integrated police and security operations for WVSOM, ensuring optimal coordination and efficiency of services and programs, and ensuring enforcement of all local, State, and Federal laws as well as relevant WVSOM policies and procedures. The Director/Chief of Police shall oversee the management and coordination of all campus public safety functions including, but not limited to, Police Officers and security services as needed. This is a position of public trust and represents WVSOM in a highly visible and respected manner. This position reports to the Vice President for Legal, Governmental & External Affairs; Chief Legal Officer/General Counsel.

WVSOM may furnish each WVSOM Police Officer with a firearm. The WVSOM Police Officer may be permitted to carry his/her own firearm upon advanced approval by WVSOM. WVSOM will furnish official uniforms to be worn while on duty. WVSOM shall furnish and require each WVSOM Police Officer while on duty to wear a shield with an appropriate inscription and to carry credentials certifying the person’s identity and authority as a campus police officer.

This is a full-time, non-classified position; it is exempt from FLSA regulations concerning overtime. Not all activities of this position occur within the confines of an 8:00-4:30 schedule and may require evening and weekend scheduling as needed. The weekly schedule for this position will be established between the supervisor and the employee and approved given the needs of the department and the institution.

This position has been designated as Essential. This means that when WVSOM is faced with an institutional emergency, employees in such positions may be required to remain at their work location or to report to work to protect, recover and continue operations at WVSOM.
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to enhancing diversity among its faculty and staff.

Minimum Education:


Skills Required:

Education and Experience
An equivalent combination of relevant and recent experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related subject matter.
  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement, 5 years functioning in a command position (lieutenant or above), with a preference of law enforcement experience in a college or university setting.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to qualify in firearms, asp baton, defensive driving, defensive tactics, first-aid and CPR, and any other applicable area as necessary or directed.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments along with performance and development skills.
  • Ability to carry a gun and any other dangerous weapon while on duty and fulfill the certification requirements for law enforcement officers.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Skill in strategic management, financial planning, and fiscal management.
  • Advanced leadership skills and the ability to effectively coordinate multiple initiatives.
  • Ability to interpret business and operational needs and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the public safety and security issues of an academic and/or public service institution.
  • Strategic knowledge and appreciation of industrial access control and intrusion detection systems and programs.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources.
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and decision-making skills.

Medical Monitoring: This position requires the incumbent to participate in the Medical Monitoring program.
Additional Requirements
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Applicants must successfully pass a physical agility test (PAT) prior to final offer. PAT standards are as follows:
    • Sit-ups: 28 in one minute
    • Pushups: 18 in one minute
    • Mile and a half run: 14 minutes and 36 seconds
  • Selected candidate must establish residency that is within one-hour response time to the WVSOM main campus under normal driving conditions within 90 days of contingent offer.
  • Selected candidate must possess and maintain West Virginia Law Enforcement Officer certification as this position is a member of law enforcement.
  • Drug testing and medical management required.
  • Selected candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment psychological evaluation prior to official hire date.
  • Selected candidate must successfully complete a pre-employment physical examination, including vision and auditory screening, to ensure fitness for duty.
  • Selected candidate must successfully pass a polygraph test prior to official hire date.
  • Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check before the official hire date.
  • Selected candidate must be bondable upon completed background check.
  • Additional Physical Requirements include:
    • Standing, walking, carrying, bending, running, jumping, climbing, kneeling, crawling, sitting, talking, hearing, and driving.
    • Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as viewing a computer terminal and reading printed material.
    • Subject to environmental conditions; activities occur inside and outside.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic leadership and direction to WVSOM’s public safety components, ensuring that optimal integration, synergy, and cost-efficiencies are obtained in the development and administration of operating plans, systems, and procedures.
  • Provide strategic planning and guidance in the establishment and administration of police and security programs at WVSOM, ensuring that all operations support the mission, strategic plan, and business goals and objectives.
  • Direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of the WVSOM Police Department.
  • Perform regular patrol of the WVSOM campus and buildings in coordination with other WVSOM Police Officers.
  • Ensure the WVSOM Police Department completes and is compliant with all local, State, and Federal reporting requirements, and follows applicable policies and procedures of WVSOM.
  • Direct and coordinate response in emergency situations of broad significance to WVSOM and/or affecting critical components. Shall also develop and manage an effective proactive crime prevention program for the campus including determining the appropriate number of officers and support personnel.
  • Create and lead a comprehensive campus-wide emergency operations plan considering the various populations on site including those surrounding WVSOM’s borders.
  • Design, establish, and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives; oversee training, supervision, development, and evaluation of Police Officers.
  • Execute drills, tests, and exercises to maximize safety and ensure WVSOM’s community thoroughly understands emergency and disaster protocols.
  • Complete threat assessments and analyses including proactive training needs including active shooter, emergency call locations, shelter in place exercises, emergency and safety drills, etc.
  • Partner with local, State, and Federal police, and other relevant groups on public safety issues.
  • Develop and maintain MOUs, Mutual Aid Agreements, and other agreements with applicable external entities, including but not limited to Lewisburg Police Department, Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, fire departments, 911 centers, and other first responders.
  • Communicate public safety initiatives/directives to the campus community; work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities.
  • Develop, update, and maintain written policies and procedures for the department, revising as needed.
  • Develop, implement, and disseminate written procedures and provide guidance in Crisis Management, in conjunction with community resources and WVSOM administration.
  • Enforce laws, court orders (e.g. Orders of Protection), and WVSOM administrative orders on campus.
  • Oversee campus traffic control and parking enforcement.
  • Oversee campus surveillance systems (i.e. cameras) and access to footage in coordination with the WVSOM Information Technology Department and other applicable departments.
  • Maintain all necessary certifications for law enforcement officers as required by law.
  • Attend professional development opportunities to remain current with advancements and developments in public safety and emergency management.
  • Develop and manage annual budgets for the department and perform periodic cost and productivity analyses.
  • Manage investigation of criminal activity occurring or reported and perform follow-up investigations using appropriate investigative techniques and procedures. Shall coordinate investigation with investigators and other agencies as needed.
  • Monitor WVSOM’s alert notification system and alert through the system on security and other emergencies in coordination with the WVSOM Facilities and Human Resources Departments.
  • Represent WVSOM externally to governmental agencies, vendors, faculty, staff, students, and/or the general public. Must establish and maintain strong coalitions with various community groups.
  • Maintain, and ensure each WVSOM Police Officer maintains, an active, visible presence on campus, including regular interaction with employees, students, and visitors on campus.
  • In coordination with applicable departments, including Student Affairs and Human Resources, develop and implement procedures for Clery Act and WVSOM safety and security policy compliance.
  • Oversee the reporting and maintaining of campus crime statistics in compliance with the Clery Act and the timely preparation of WVSOM’s Annual Security Report (ASR).
  • Serve as a Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of policies, procedures, laws, and ordinances pertaining to public safety on higher education campuses.
  • Participate on WVSOM institutional committees as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions:

WVSOM requires official transcripts of your highest degree earned and/or the degree in which qualifies you for the position. WVSOM requires these transcripts prior to an offer of employment, and we do recommend you send those to WVSOM once you have been selected for an interview. A transcript is official if it bears the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution and is sent directly by the school or college to the Office of Human Resources. Should your college or university provide this information electronically, we would ask that you submit that to Sherri Miller – HR Coordinator at

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The mission of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) is to educate students from diverse backgrounds as lifelong learners in osteopathic medicine and complementary health related programs; to advance scientific knowledge through academic, clinical and basic science research; and to promote patient-centered, evidence based medicine.

WVSOM is dedicated to serve, first and foremost, the state of West Virginia and the special health care needs of its residents, emphasizing primary care in rural areas.

Because of our outstanding medical education programs. Because of our latest high-tech learning tools. Because WVSOM has a sense of community togetherness and family feeling.

Reason #1: The feel of a small school with a national reputation
Our legacy of excellence has earned WVSOM national recognition for many years as a leader in the nation for family medicine, primary care and rural medicine by the highly regarded U.S. News & World Report. With a passion for providing the best osteopathic medical education, WVSOM fosters the development of caring and compassionate physicians.  WVSOM has also been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education in “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Reason #2: Education is our top priority
At WVSOM, our faculty is dedicated to our principal mission: educating osteopathic students in all areas of medicine. Because we are a free standing program—not part of a larger university—our faculty of nationally and internationally recognized PhDs, DOs and MDs are free to focus on the education of our students. Their passion for teaching and commitment to lifelong learning are the hallmarks of a WVSOM medical education.

Reason #3: Preparing students for primary care and all other specialties
WVSOM is leading the charge to elevate community-based services to a more prominent position in our nation’s health care system. With the firm medical education that we provide, students are well prepared to succeed in any field of medicine they choose to pursue.

Reason #4: Curriculum to maximize learning style
WVSOM presents a 21st century, clinically integrated approach to medical education. In the first two years, students are exposed to a variety of learning modes, including small group case presentations, lectures and laboratory experiences, and interaction with standardized patients and robots. Students learn a variety of clinical skills, and have early clinical encounters with real patients. All of these curricular activities integrate the basic sciences and their application to the patient. During years three and four, through the Statewide Campus System, students spend time in physician offices and hospitals, honing their skills with actual patients.

Reason #5: Our professors
Students at WVSOM have unprecedented access to consult with professors on an individual basis beyond the classroom setting. Open office hours, combined with the fact that most faculty members live in close proximity to campus, ensure that instructors are not just available, but eager to address questions or concerns one-on-one. Teaching is our primary objective, and we understand that learning often happens outside of classroom time.

Reason #6: A holistic approach to healing and emphasis on preventive medicine
The osteopathic philosophy of medicine provides everything students need to become a fully competent, practicing physician with a more holistic approach to the patient. While osteopathic physicians practice traditional medicine and surgery, they also focus on preventive medicine and ways to attain and maintain wellness. An osteopathic medical education provides training in OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine), a practice where physicians use their hands as another tool to diagnose and treat injury and illness.

Reason #7: Leading edge technology
WVSOM is on the forefront of innovation, providing a cutting-edge medical education. For first and second year students, wireless Internet service envelops the entire campus, ensuring 24/7 access to research sources, classroom materials and a global communications network. Each first year student receives a new, fully programmed laptop computer to utilize during their four years of study. During third and fourth year off-site rotations, students can gain access to testing, grading and evaluation forms, required reading lists and other instructional materials via WVSOM’s secure student portal.

More traditional research needs can be fulfilled in WVSOM’s modern library facility. Consisting of over 33,000 items, the library features current books, literature, scientific journals and access to over 8,000 full-text e-journals. Of special note is the osteopathic history collection and a unique index of over 23,000 osteopathic articles. The library also provides comfortable space for individual and group study with computer workstations, AV study rooms and individual cubicles.

Reason #8: Human patient simulators (robots) put real-life scenarios in students' hands
Students at WVSOM utilize human patient simulators to confront and treat real-world patient situations in a safe, controlled clinical training environment. These full-size, interactive, computerized mannequins can provide real-life simulations of more than 80 medical conditions, allowing for many different kinds of training scenarios.

With their life-like exterior and hi-tech internal components, WVSOM’s  patient simulators provide an incredibly realistic training experience for students.

With the robots, failure does not mean a bad grade; failure means a patient dies. This visceral experience enhances the learning experience and makes a lasting impression.

Reason #9: World-class anatomy lab offers hands-on learning environment
The study of human anatomy is a core component of the nationally recognized osteopathic medical education program at WVSOM. Our advanced anatomy lab features state-of-the-art equipment and ventilation systems, along with a multipurpose anatomy demonstration room to enhance the learning experience. This tactile learning environment offers a level of hands-on exposure to the human anatomy in a sterile and controlled environment that no simulator or model can provide.

Reason #10: Standardized patients training
In the medical field, effectively communicating with the patient is critical to acquiring complete medical histories, performing thorough physical exams and accurately diagnosing and treating the whole patient. In a simulated and controlled environment, actors portray patients with a specific set of medical issues and symptoms. Students must complete a comprehensive physical examination on the patient. This experience provides an invaluable opportunity to practice interview skills and develop a compassionate bedside manner.

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