Director of Public Safety

Shippensburg University


Shippensburg University is seeking a Director of Public Safety to act as the Chief Law Enforcement/Public Safety Officer for the entire University.

The Director is a commissioned police officer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with authority to exercise the same powers as are now or may be exercised under authority of the law or ordinance in accordance with Act 149 of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Director is responsible for the safety/security and protection of the University’s population (6,600 students, 875 faculty and staff) contractors, 50 buildings, 200 acres of property, and 8.2 miles of roadway. The Director will supervise a staff of 15 police officers, all of whom have Act 120 certification with the power of arrest, 1 Security Officer/Dispatcher, 1 clerical support employee and student police aides. The Director works closely with the Pennsylvania State Police, local police and township officials in carrying out police duties.

Shippensburg University, established in 1871, is a comprehensive public university offering baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree programs. Enrolling 6,600 students, the residential campus is located in scenic south central Pennsylvania. The campus is in close proximity to Harrisburg, PA and within a few hours’ drive of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC. The University is noted for its strong sense of community with a commitment to student success and offers an attractive campus, and strong alumni support.

Minimum Qualifications
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum of ten years of police experience, five of which were at the supervisory/leadership level. Working knowledge of the Clery Act, PA Crimes Code and Title IX are required. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is also required.

Preferred Qualifications
A Master’s Degree and experience working in a higher education setting are preferred.

Posting Detail Information
Open Date 08/28/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions Summary
For full consideration candidates should apply by September 25, 2018 with acceptance of materials continuing until the position is filled. Materials submitted in other formats including paper documents will not be considered. All applications and inquiries will remain confidential.

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

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