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Director of Public Safety (SL 13)

Education required to ensure success in this position:
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Law, Police Studies or related field, required.
Master’s Degree in related field, preferred.

Experience required to ensure success in this position:
5+ years’ 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.

Special skills, knowledge and abilities:
Knowledge of criminal law and crime prevention and public safety and security issues.
Must be able to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information.
Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
Supervisory skills and excellent organizational skills.
Investigation skills and the ability to make appropriate judgments under extreme pressure in response to situations including but not limited to emergency response.
Must have basic working knowledge of applicable KAR, applicable KRS and applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards.
Must be able to establish effective working relationships with the College’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, with faculty, staff, and students, and with outside response agencies such as the local police, fire department, and Madison County Emergency Management Administration.
Must understand and apply basic budgeting and accounting procedures.
Knowledge of current Title IX regulations.

License, certification, or registration necessary:
Valid KY Driver’s License
CPR Certification
First Aid Certification

Physical requirements:
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.
Mobility is necessary to move between campus locations, re-locate to emergency sites, and respond quickly in the event of an emergency.
Requires stooping, bending, occasional running, and lifting up to 25lbs.
Must be able to respond on foot or by vehicle in all types of weather conditions.

Environmental conditions:
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.

Ability to operate the following vehicles or equipment:
Motor vehicles, ATV’s, cameras, computers, portable radios, conventional and electric bicycles, security equipment, and standard office equipment.

Brief summary of this position:

The Director of Public Safety is responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing programs, systems, and services to protect the safety and security of the campus community and to conserve the physical assets of the College from loss. The Director also provides for and manages operations of the traffic and parking control.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Regular and predictable attendance is essential. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

-Designs and implements a traffic and parking control program including traffic flow and parking recommendations, traffic and parking control for special events , vehicle identification by designated parking decals, provides for payment of parking fines and reporting of unauthorized vehicles.

-Designs and implements campus crime prevention and safety programs, provides information and training on emergency response, theft and loss prevention, and recommends and provides equipment and physical design modifications to enhance campus security. Acts as the notification point of contact for security related issues on campus, provides documentation, and conducts follow-up investigation.

-Develops and maintains 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.

-In collaboration with Student Life staff, assist with investigations of College rule violations and criminal acts involving students when needed.

-In collaboration with the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, provides for safety audits of campus facilities and participates with the Campus Safety Committee and Facilities Management staff in assessments to identify safety risks. Both Directors collaborate, develop and maintain systems for reporting hazards and tracking remediation progress within their scope of responsibility and develop programs to identify and reduce safety risks.

-Ensures Defensive Driving training is provided for students and staff.

-Oversees first response to fire alarms (in conjunction with the Berea Fire department). Notifies State Fire Marshall’s Office as necessary during and following incidents involving fire. Collaborates with the Environmental Health and Safety staff to: develop and provide fire safety training programs for employees, students, and residence hall staff.; perform monitoring of emergency fire egress and equipment in residence halls and all other campus buildings.

-Provides visionary, collaborative, service-oriented, operationally and fiscally sound leadership for program, policy, operations and assessment of all Public Safety functions at Berea College ensuring compliance with all relevant laws, regulations, and reporting requirements.

-Serves on and provides relevant expertise to the Campus Safety Committee.

-Maintains a comprehensive Emergency Management Response Plan providing for emergency response to disasters, critical events, and safety hazards. The Director of Public Safety establishes emergency headquarters and provides for personnel as needed in response to emergency and disaster situations, and, upon request of the President, acts as Emergency Coordinator of

-Operations during crisis situations.

-Works confidentially with Title IX staff on related complaints and cases.

-The Director of Public Safety is on call 24/7/365.

Other roles/duties will be assigned as necessary to assist the College in the attainment of the goals set forth and the enhancement of a positive, respectful learning environment for all staff, faculty and students.

Leadership requirements:

Does the person in this position directly supervise other staff/team members? Yes
If yes, how many? ___3-4_______                                                                                                                                  

Does the person in this position directly supervise students? No

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has along standing commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together.

Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.


Berea College is always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team. If you think you are ready to be a part of an exciting team, then we encourage you to continue with this applicant friendly, online job application! 

Berea College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.


Note to Prospective Employees:

Each year, Berea College Public Safety publishes an annual report to the campus to make public crime statistics, policies, and procedures for Berea College.  This Annual Security Report, required by the Jeane Clery Act, Minger Act, and the Student Right To Know Act is now available for review.  For a full, printable version of the ASR, you can click here:

For a policy-by-policy version that is easier to read and browse, please visit Public Safety’s website here: