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Executive Director of Public Safety & Emergency Management

Seattle University
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Police and Public Safety

Seattle University
Executive Director of Public Safety & Emergency Management

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on a beautiful campus of more than 50 acres in the dynamic heart of Seattle. Their diverse and driven population comprises 7,200 students enrolled in over 120 undergraduate and graduate programs within their schools and colleges.

The Position
Reporting to the vice provost for student and campus life, the executive director of public safety & emergency management provides comprehensive leadership and management for the Seattle University campus and administers all safety and security efforts. The executive director oversees all daily operations, including the development, administration, and evaluation of all safety and security functions, programs, policies, and protocols as part of a risk-based security program; advises faculty, staff, and students in response to threats or perceived threats; offers appropriate safety and crisis response training for the campus community; and facilitates campus emergency operations. The executive director ensures the protection of critical infrastructure, facilities, property, physical assets, and the educational enterprise; collaborates closely with aligned risk units in mitigating the community's exposure to safety and security risks; and develops integrated safety strategies in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. The executive director of campus safety leads, supervises, trains, and evaluates a team of assistant directors, public safety officers, shift supervisors, and dispatchers; and provides oversight for engagement with private security contracts.

A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, education, or a related field, and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement/security experience in a senior management capacity, including staff supervision and training, is required. Public safety training and experience in response to crimes in progress, crisis, and emergency management demonstrating the application of the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to lead the Department of Public Safety. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant laws and current issues of public safety and private security functions is required. Experience in higher education is preferred.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin July 12, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

The base compensation package for this position is between $120,000 and $130,000, along with a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, paid leave, retirement, tuition assistance, and more. This position is an on-site role, and the anticipated start date is August/September 2024.

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Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment-related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking in its employment-related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

The University expects the impact of a diverse community on academic and co-curricular programming to be beneficial to our students, the institution, and the environment in which they both function. Seattle University inspires students to learn, lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. Opinions rendered by a diverse community further the University's educational goals by challenging traditional educational practices and arrangements, and by contributing new perspectives to the curriculum and other scholarly pursuits. The University believes that classes of students from diverse backgrounds, taught by faculty of varied backgrounds, results in a richer and better educational experience. Ultimately, our graduates will have a significant impact on business, education, the arts, law, and sciences for generations to come. We must create a learning environment enriched by diversity on campus so our students will be prepared for professional careers and positions of leadership, and for successful and productive participation in a heterogeneous democracy and global economy.

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