1361 Director, University Safety


TITLE Director, University Safety




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Vice President for Administration and Finance


The Director, University Safety plans, organizes, and leads all aspects of the University’s safety, security, and transportation systems by overseeing the Campus Safety, Dispatch, Transportation Services, and Emergency Preparedness units, and coordinating with the Springfield Police Department through its contract with Missouri State University. The Director, University Safety assesses the effectiveness of public safety efforts, programs, policies, and procedures and exercises oversight of various departmental budgets.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in emergency management, business administration, public administration, political science, criminal justice, or a related field is preferred.  

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience managing a complex organization is required; professional experience in emergency management, emergency services, security, transportation, or safety is required. Organizational planning and development experience is required. Experience in the management of complex budgeting systems is required. Grant writing and grant management experience is preferred.

Skills:  Leadership and supervisory skills are required. Analytical skills are required. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills are required. Computer literacy is required. The ability to develop training and performance standards is required. The ability to manage a budget is required. The ability to solve problems and make appropriate decisions is required. The ability to clearly communicate ideas, facts, and concepts to all constituencies of the University is required. The ability to develop policy and procedures is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Effort: The position requires travel throughout campus, including stairways in buildings. The nature of this job requires the mental and physical ability to respond quickly to events and emergency situations throughout campus.

Other: The scope of this position requires being available, except while on approved leave, twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week via communication devices to respond to emergency situations. This position may require evening and weekend work.


1. Oversees Campus Safety and assures a safe and secure environment and reduces the potential for on-campus crimes, property losses, and personal injuries.

2. Facilitates a cooperative working relationship with the Springfield Police Department Substation and other emergency services organizations.

3. Ensures the University's compliance with governmental regulatory programs regarding campus safety and security, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

4. Oversees a campus dispatch center that includes surveillance camera, alarm, mass communication, computer-aided dispatch, and radio communications systems.

5. Oversees the University’s transportation system, including vehicle fleet, parking, and shuttle systems.

6. Oversees the University’s emergency management program and assures the University’s ability to respond to emergencies, effectively manage incidents, and systematically restore the campus to full operation following adverse events.

7. Ensures the Office of University Safety has effective leadership, resources to develop employees professionally, and resources and equipment necessary to fulfill their mission.

8. Exercises leadership by coordinating the planning and monitoring of the departmental budgets.

9. Participates in community and professional organizations, represents the University at professional meetings, and establishes and maintains effective relationships with law enforcement, emergency planning/management groups, and community organizations.

10. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Vice President for Administrative Services.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the Office of University Safety by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President for Administration and Finance.


The Director, University Safety is supervised by the Vice President for Administration and Finance and supervises professional and support staff.