Eckerd College
  • 03-Apr-2023 to 12-Jun-2023
  • - Campus Safety and Security
  • FL, USA
  • Full Time

Director of Campus Safety

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The mission of Eckerd College is to provide excellent, innovative undergraduate liberal arts education and lifelong learning programs in the unique Florida environment, within the context of a covenant relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Eckerd College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Eckerd offers Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts and Science degrees through 42 majors in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Today 130 tenured and tenure-track faculty and 230 full-time staff members serve 1,993 undergraduate students.

Eckerd College was founded on the values of academic freedom and respect for all, and today they continue to uphold the proud legacy of their founders. Eckerd's faculty encourages students to practice critical thinking, open and civil debate, and the free exchange of ideas, all of which are essential to democracy, and must be honed in an open environment in which all can participate. The Eckerd campus is fortunate to call St. Petersburg, Florida, home'affectionately known as the "Sunshine City." St. Petersburg is a diverse community that welcomes a broad variety of people, viewpoints, and identities.

Overview of Position:  Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Operations & Emergency Management, the Director provides strategic leadership, supervision, and administration of the College's Campus Safety programs; develops and directs a professional security force; coordinates an integrated and appropriate response to emergencies involving life or property; represents the College to local, state, and federal authorities; and seeks to foster a strong sense of community through an emphasis on positive and proactive interactions with all constituents

Position Accountability        

The Director of Campus Safety oversees the day-to-day Public Safety operations, including:

  1. Coordinate, implement, oversee, and continually refine an integrated Campus Safety Department for the College community by developing a positive relationship with all segments of the campus community while enforcing College rules and local, state, and federal laws.  Maintain Campus Safety and Security standard operating procedures.
  2. Stay informed of applicable laws, best practices in higher education security and policing, and their application to the Eckerd College campus. Oversee the processing of information for the Campus Security Act (Clery Act) of 1990 and Higher Education Act, including the publishing of the Annual Crime and Fire Report.
  3. Develop and conduct crime prevention programs and coordinate these programs with other College departments in order to provide the best possible education to the community members about how to keep themselves safe while on campus and in the community.  
  4. Develop a comprehensive training program for all officers to ensure that they are trained properly and integrated into the campus culture.
  5. Conduct investigations, including any necessary interviews, recording of witness statements, collection of evidence, etc., for accidents, injuries, suspicious activity, and violations of College policy or local, state, or federal law. 
  6. Provide advice on matters of safety, security, risk management, emergency preparedness, and the like to the College's President, Executive Staff, Department Heads, and Collegial Chairs. Prepare reports on matters of safety and security as requested.
  7. Serve as a College liaison in matters related to safety and security to external agencies; federal, state, and local representatives; and the private sector.
  8. Coordinate regular inspections of all campus buildings, noting safety and/or security deficiencies, and work closely with Facilities Management to plan, coordinate, and implement improvements and modifications to reach an acceptable standard of compliance.
  9. Plan, direct, and oversee traffic and parking, crowd management, security, and health and safety needs for special events occurring on campus, including speakers, festivals, sporting events, and College-wide functions such as commencement.
  10. Oversee all departmental functions to insure quality, timeliness, thoroughness, and accuracy.
  11. Oversee College access control programs (ID cards and key/lock system).
  12. Ensure divisional compliance with the relevant requirements and standards of SACS for the reaffirmation of accreditation.
  13. Responsible for maintenance, oversight, and use of departmental budget.
  14. Serve as Emergency Manager in the absence of the Assistant Vice President of Operations.
  15. Identify and address areas of risk on campus in collaboration with Risk Manager.
  16. Serve as a key member of a variety of committees to help analyze and solve complex, including: Emergency Management Team, Environmental Management Group, Parking Advisory Committee, Behavioral Intervention Team, Risk Management Committee, and other committee/task forces as needed.

Position(s) Directly Supervised

  • Assistant Director of Campus Safety
  • Campus Safety and Security Officers
  • Office Coordinator

Knowledge, Skills, Training, Experience

  • A proven leader in the campus security and public safety field.
  • A proven track record of building strong collaborative relationships with key departments on campus.
  • Experience leading a diverse staff that provides a full range of security and safety services.
  • Experience developing long-term goals, strategic plans, and operational policies and procedures.
  • Experience developing physical security plans and implementing security systems and solutions to enhance the physical security of facilities.
  • Experience in creating a multiyear budget and ability to stay within a defined budget.
  • Experience collaborating with essential internal and external departments to manage the successful response to emergencies.
  • Passion to manage and lead a dynamic public safety organization.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field; at least five (5) years of experience in law enforcement, military, or security with supervisory responsibility.
  • At least 21 years of age and possess a valid motor vehicle license.
  • Must have a Florida Class D Security license or be able to obtain one within 90 days.
  • Must have completed FEMA IS 100C and IS 700B courses be able to obtain the certifications within 90 days.
  • Knowledge of and skills in leading an integrated campus safety and emergency response program.
  • Ability to develop and refine standard operating procedures, protocols, and response guidelines, and to develop training and key performance indicators for staff readiness and preparedness.
  • Ability to recruit, hire, train, supervise, and assess a security staff.
  • Knowledge, training, and demonstrated ability in incident command.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to community policing models.
  • Knowledge of basic principles of higher education law and risk management.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of organizations and personnel management.
  • Ability to lead with tactfulness in working with a variety of constituencies.
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws and policies, and to analyze and prioritize multiple, complex projects.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; well-developed proficiency in data management.
  • Knowledge of and skills in threat assessment, specifically assessment in pathways to violence and mitigation strategies to prevent escalation.


  • Campus Law Enforcement/Public Safety Management experience in a College or University setting.
  • Master's degree and/or graduation from the FBI National Academy or other similar law enforcement leadership program.
  • Experience with security technology systems (specifically C-Cure 9000, Salto, ExacqVision, Omnigo (ReportExec) and Everbridge)
  • History of modeling courteous engagement and outstanding customer service with members of the campus community, while ensuring clear and firm adherence to safety principles, established policies/procedures and laws.
  • Proven ability to develop, empower and motivate direct reports to engage with the campus community and advocate for diversity and equity within the department and the broader campus community.
  • Knowledge of First Aid and CPR desirable. 

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Frequently required to move around campus, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Frequently required to ascend and descend staircases.
  • Frequently required to work outdoors in varying temperatures and weather/atmospheric conditions including dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Frequently required to use a computer and communicate with others in person or via email, video conferencing, chat applications, and/or telephone.
  • Frequent 24/7 on-call responsibility and after-hours work required (nights, weekends, holidays)
  • Frequently operates motor vehicles on campus, including golf carts.
  • Occasionally positions and moves self in order to respond to emergency situations.
  • Frequently moves and transports objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Go to D. Stafford and Associates website at and click on the Candidate Portal (bottom right side of the footer).  Use the signup code 4a3e4ffc (this code is case sensitive) to apply. Go to (printing may be helpful) the FAQ and follow the instructions to ensure success with submitting the requested information.

To discuss specifics about the position, contact Darryl Madden at

For assistance with the application process, contact Kim Braun at

This position has been closed and is no longer available.
Eckerd College


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