Director of Public Safety

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Purpose: Provides administrative leadership and operational management for the ODU Public Safety Department. Assumes responsibility for the safety and security of the University district and community through the professional operation of the University Public Safety Department. Helps ensure a safe and welcoming environment by collaboratively working with the Vice Presidents, Office of Human Resources, Student Development, Residence Life and other key departments across campus to execute, implement policies, procedures, and educational programs related to campus safety and security including environmental health, OSHA, fire prevention, best practices, emergency management, crime prevention, Clery Act, Title IX and compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws.


Essential Job Responsibilities:   

  • Maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives. Ensures adequate and ongoing orientation, guidance, and professional development for staff, as required.  Makes recommendations regarding employment, performance appraisals, salary changes, promotions, transfers and terminations.
  • Collaborate with appropriate University departments to develop and execute security and crime prevention programs.
  • Interact with traditional and non-traditional students and student organizations; be known and visible to the university community.
  • Be knowledgeable and current with Clery Act reporting requirements; recommend and implement University Security best practices.
  • Proactively participate in updates to the University security master plan and ensure enforcement of campus security rules and regulations.  
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and standards involving environmental safety and management, OSHA, EPA, chemical control, industrial hygiene, general campus safety, fire prevention and suppression and security systems through ODU systems and procedures. 
  •  Assumes fiscal accountability through careful management of all resources including personnel, equipment, and renovation and repair projects.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of emergency and disaster preparedness plans for the University, and coordinates planning with city, county and state agencies and services for emergency preparedness coordination.
  • Ensures the physical protection and security of the University community and its property and assets.  Oversee the maintenance and effective operation of the University’s security equipment.
  • Acts as a liaison with local, state, federal law enforcement agencies on all matters pertaining to security. Ensures the establishment of goals and work objectives consistent with local, state and federal law, university policies/procedures and national best practices in campus safety.
  • Enhance operations through competent and effective use of technology.
  • Performs other functionally related duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Minimum of five years management experience within a police, public safety or security department; experience in a university setting is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing personnel as well as technical and electronic aspects of an effective campus security program.
  • Working knowledge of Environmental, Health and Safety regulations; working knowledge of OSHA, Clery Act and Title IX requirements and demonstrated ability to comply with same; track record of a strong commitment to excellent customer service. 
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