Jun 16, 2021

Director of Public Safety

  • Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Steubenville, OH, USA
Full time Education: University/College

Job Description

Date:  June 9, 2021

Position Available:  Director of Public Safety

Position Reports to:  Director of Risk Management and Compliance

Department:  Risk Management and Compliance

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Schedule:  Full-time, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and must be available to work all shifts and be on call during off-duty hours 24/7/365.


Please apply online:  https://franciscan.edu/director-of-public-safety/



Reporting to the University’s Director of Risk Management and Compliance, the Director of Public Safety is responsible for leading security, safety, and other related services for the University and for creating a safe and secure campus environment, rooted in our values, where all community members are free to realize their full, God-given potential.




  1. Takes specific steps to ensure the University’s mission, vision, and values are highly visible and integrated into all campus safety policies, procedures, programming, and staffing. Foster a culture of campus safety rooted in the dignity of the human person and service.  Develop and consistently communicate a strong core ideology (who we are and how we behave) and vision (where we are going and what we are trying to achieve together) for Campus Safety.


  1. Protects life, prevents unauthorized access to University property and facilities, maintain order on campus, deter criminal acts, prevent theft and damage of property, detection and investigation of violations, the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations, and other duties as assigned. Oversee, assess, and respond to public safety and security concerns, issues, and situations. Serve as primary University liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement and emergency response agencies. Manage the administration of the Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the City of Steubenville for delivery of city police services on campus as well as with other law enforcement agencies. Coordinate with internal and external organizations regarding activities held on campus.


  1. Supervises the department staff and ongoing staff development and training for the department, including but not limited to staffing and evaluation, including university personal and contract officers/staff. Develops and maintain a 24/7/365 trained patrol of the campus to respond to calls for assistance and to identify and mitigate potential problems related to the safety and security of the campus community and to maintain a system of effective response and reporting.  Oversees the written daily activity reports for all security personnel.


  1. Directs development, review, and implementation of campus and personal safety planning, policies, platforms, trainings, and prevention and response strategies designed to support University processes and University events. Create a proactive mindset of crime prevention with all reporting staff that is based on a community policing and customer service model. Develop and implement comprehensive and ongoing communication and training programs.   Manage and train designated Campus Security Authorities as defined in the University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.



  1. Establishes and maintains close working relationships with a variety of critical university departments, including Residential Life, Athletic department, Counseling Center, Student Health, Physical Plant. Work in conjunction with Physical Plant Services and Information Technology Services staff to ensure proper operation and maintenance of all security and life-safety systems on campus. In collaboration with University departments, assist with investigations of University rule violations and criminal acts when needed.


  1. Manages and provides primary oversight and responsibility for the comprehensive critical incident and emergency management plan development and implementation, including to serve as key advisor to University’s executive leadership during potential or actual critical incidents. Analyze intelligence concerning campus safety, provides timely reports to University officials regarding potential and actual safety and security concerns, and proposes proactive and responsive measures to address such concerns. Serve on the University’s Threat Assessment Team.


  1. Oversees University-wide systems and efforts designed to facilitate compliance with state and federal laws related to campus safety, including, but not limited to, compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). Manages the preparation of operational reports and analyses setting forth adverse trends affecting campus safety, provide related recommendations, and assesses progress in addressing such trends. Assists in the preparation and filing of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report as required by the Clery Act. Maintain annual Clery compliance files.


  1. Oversees the University’s parking and traffic regulations and design and implement a traffic and parking control program. Oversees the university’s weapons program on campus to include carry regulations/legal compliance, safety inspections, approval of firearms, training records and qualifications.


This is not intended to be an all-inclusive list.  Additional duties, expectations and responsibilities may be added or changed as needed to meet the University's needs.



Must understand, support and embrace the mission of Franciscan University of Steubenville and possess the following:


Work Experience


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a public safety or security-related position, preferably with administrative, leadership, and supervisory responsibilities.


  • Experience in a higher education setting is highly desirable.


Competencies, Skills, and Abilities


  • Understands, embraces, and advances the University’s Catholic and Franciscan Mission. Takes specific steps to visibly witness and champion the University’s values/charisms; inspires the expression of these values within the Campus Safety; inspires and challenges team members to demonstrate these values through their daily lives and work.  Builds an environment that reinforces, supports, and advances the University’s mission, vision, and values.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing individual conversion and growth. Uses feedback and self-awareness to continually grow and sharpen one’s own leadership skills. Creates and seizes opportunities to motivate and support the performance and growth of others including training, teaching, and mentoring them, delegating and empowering others to act, and providing on-going coaching. Appropriately recognizes progress and achievement, provides effective feedback, and deals forthrightly with performance issues.



  • Fosters an environment of creativity and openness to the Holy Spirt. Demonstrates the courage and fortitude needed to balance patience and deliberation with persistence and urgency.  Authentically engages others - recognizing that authentic transformation comes from buy-in and partnership rather than compliance.  Drives renewal, innovation and continual improvement of processes and practices. Models and encourages challenging the status-quo to find more effective and efficient approaches. Facilitates creative thinking, brainstorming, and piloting of new ideas and approaches – using both success and failures as learning opportunities.


  • Knowledge of, or ability to gain knowledge of, legal requirements in higher education including FERPA, Title IX, VAWA, and the Clery Act.


  • Knowledge of security and law enforcement principles, techniques, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Complete in-person or on-line FEMA National Incident Management Systems courses as deemed necessary, up to and including ICS-100, ICS-400, ICS-701, ICS-702 and G-402.


  • Strong time management, field training, organizational, and leadership skills.


  • Demonstrated ability to manage crisis and conflict situations.


  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.


  • Ability to use diplomacy and tact to diffuse high-tension situations.




  • A minimum of an Associate Degree is required in Criminal Justice, Law, Police Studies, or related field. A Bachelor’s Degree or higher is preferred.


  • Must have completed, or complete prior to employment, the required training to be an armed public safety/security officer in the State of Ohio.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record.


  • CPR Certification


  • First Aid Certification


Technical Skills


  • Proficiency in standard desktop software applications (e-mail, MS Office, Excel, etc.).


  • Jenzabar or other similar software platforms experience/familiarity is highly desirable.


Workplace Factors


  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and must be available to work all shifts and be on call during off-duty hours (24/7/365).


  • Generally, work is performed in an office setting but must also be able to work in all types of weather and working conditions while on patrol, in response to calls for assistance and during disaster and emergency situations.


  • Must be able to operate motorized equipment and/or assigned vehicles so as to respond on foot or by vehicle in all types of weather conditions.
  • Essential and marginal functions may require the maintenance of physical conditioning necessary for the position; may be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations.


  • Must be able to bend, kneel, crawl, jump or climb and be able to lift or hold medium to heavy objects.


  • Must be able to communicate effectively through use of telephone, radio, and computer.


  • Be able to monitor auditory and visual data provided by alarms and cameras.


Candidates must submit an online application, a resume and a cover letter that demonstrates their fit for the position based on their experience, accomplishments and skills as well as their desire to advance the mission of Franciscan University.


Please apply online:   https://franciscan.edu/director-of-public-safety/

For other information and job postings, visit our website at https://www.franciscan.edu


Franciscan University of Steubenville is committed to principles of equal opportunity and is an equal opportunity employer.


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