1344 Associate Director, Safety and Transportation


TITLE Associate Director, Safety and Transportation




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of Safety and Transportation

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Administrative Services


The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation oversees daily operations of the patrol division and assists with leadership of the department.  The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation manages public safety operations and supervises public safety personnel, oversees the development of and maintains standards of performance for activities performed by public safety personnel, and monitors progress in achieving performance standards. The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation coordinates with other law enforcement agencies and the Springfield Police Department Substation, identifying and coordinating technical and professional resources to ensure the most effective law enforcement and public safety operation for the campus.  The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation advises University administration on law enforcement and safety issues, oversees the planning and implementation of safety training programs, reviews the emergency operations plan, and maintains Clery statistics.  The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation develops and implements the University's public safety program which is designed to anticipate and identify crime, accident, and other loss risks and initiate action to remove or reduce public safety risks.  


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required, with emphasis in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Safety, or Management preferred.  A Master's degree is preferred.

Experience: A minimum of five years of experience in law enforcement or public safety is required which must include two years of operations management and personnel supervision of full-time personnel in a campus or non-university law enforcement or public safety operation.

Certification: State Police Officers Standards and Training Certification is preferred.

Skills: Leadership and supervisory ability 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 people who represent all constituencies of the University is required. A working knowledge of federal regulations affecting campus safety 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. The ability to develop training programs related to public safety is preferred.

Effort: The nature of the job involves requires frequent travel throughout campus, including stairways in buildings.  The nature of this job requires both mental and physical ability to respond quickly to events and emergency situations throughout campus.  This position requires the ability to lift and move objects such as spare tires, wheel clamps, fallen tree limbs or other objects impeding traffic, etc.

Other: The scope of the position requires frequent weekend and evening work, providing management oversight of the activities of three shifts operating around-the-clock.


1. Provides leadership for the Department of Safety and Transportation by overseeing the development and maintenance of standards of performance for campus security, loss prevention, emergency and disaster response, the rendering of assistance to the public, establishing systems to monitor progress toward achievement of performance standards,  observing and evaluating staff performance, ensuring the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations in a manner consistent with established policies and procedures, correcting deficiencies in performance through coaching and training, assisting with planning and preparing annual budget recommendations, and serving as director in the director’s absence.

2. Assures the public safety and law enforcement capabilities and resources of the department are effectively applied by coordinating with consultants, developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, identifying and utilizing the technical and professional resources available from those agencies, communicating effectively with the Springfield Police Department Substation staff, and coordinating departmental coverage of the campus in conjunction with substation operations.

3. Oversees the training function of the department by reviewing training standards and approving the initial and ongoing training programs provided to officers and other staff.

4. Oversees security for special events, all security-related game day operations activities, and staffs the game day operations center.

5. Ensures compliance with the Clery Act for the Springfield, Mountain Grove, and associated campuses and serves as an advisor to the West Plains campus.

6. Oversees the daily operations of the patrol division by ensuring that relevant information about situations or events that may disrupt normal campus activity or threaten the safety and security of University persons and property is properly gathered and analyzed,  advises the Director of Safety and Transportation about vulnerabilities, recommends and implements appropriate corrective actions and monitors the expected outcomes, plans, implements, and oversees the evaluation of appropriate crime prevention programs, develops, monitors, and implements the patrol division budget, develops and implements training programs in safety and security for departmental personnel, University staff, and students, conducts routine crime and safety surveys, and provides environmental design input to enhance loss prevention in new construction and renovations of existing facilities.

7. Enhances campus safety and security by overseeing the development and implementation of effective community outreach programming for students, faculty, staff, and Public Safety Officers.

8. Maintains an effective  response to weather, fire, and security emergencies as well as natural disasters by assisting the review of the University’s emergency operations plan, coordinating with the University Emergency Manager and various University departments in determining and developing readiness for  their  unique roles in responding to emergencies and disasters,  and ensuring the development and publishing of prescribed procedures for those emergencies.

9. Determines traffic problem areas, such as vehicle congestion, occurrences of accidents, personal vehicle security, traffic flow and control, and violations of city and University vehicle regulations by conducting routine traffic flow surveys, making recommendations for appropriate changes and/or corrective actions, and conducting follow-up on those recommendations with responsible departments and agencies.

10. Promotes an awareness of safety issues to the University community and reduces the
potential for losses resulting from crimes by reviewing and approving presentations and printed resource material about public safety topics to students, faculty, and staff.

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

12. 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 Director of Safety and Transportation.

13. Contributes to the overall success of the Department of Safety and Transportation by
performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Associate Director of Safety and Transportation is supervised by the Director of Safety and Transportation and directly supervises the Patrol Lieutenant, the Administrative Specialist III, and other staff as assigned.  



Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 4 - 2300 Points: Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, engineering, social sciences, communications, education, law, or medicine. Knowledge permits the employee to complete assignments by applying established methods to recurring types of projects/problems susceptible to well-documented precedents or to schedule, plan, and carry out precedented projects. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out precedented projects requiring considerable experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty along with significant related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with substantial work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with substantial work experience. Knowledge requirements generally also include a significant amount of related work experience and may include administrative or supervisory experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 5 - 730 Points: Supervision of (a) several work teams or work team leaders, (b) a rather large group of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees, (c) a work group involving direction of skilled technical employees, (d) professionals in technical and skilled areas, and/or (e) subordinate supervisory personnel. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including the authority to hire, train, transfer, promote, reward, or discipline others. Supervision will likely be general rather than close supervision of others. At this level, supervisory responsibilities consume significant amounts of work time and include substantial responsibility for work planning activities, staffing, and performance management as well as budgeting and planning functions.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 4 - 1500 Points: Work involves the primary accountability for a smaller department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University. Work activities have a direct and substantial impact on the department. While work activities do have some effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center, departments, programs, or processes at this level represent a relatively minor function within the cost center. Employees in jobs at this level may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising the primary control over a relatively small budget.