Job Details

Southern Oregon University
  • Position Number: 1654835
  • Location: Ashland, OR
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Director of Campus Public Safety

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: A00380

Rate: $82,000(@ 1.0FTE)

Position Summary:
The Campus Public Safety (CPS) Director reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). The VPFA provides business services to the campus in the areas of Safety, Human Resources, Business Services, Information Technology, Facilities Management, University Housing, a Service Center and the Budget Office. Campus Public Safety serves Southern Oregon University in providing a safe and secure campus environment for University staff, faculty, students, residents, and visitors, as well as protecting campus property at both its Ashland and Medford campuses.

The CPS Department achieves this mission by recommending and enforcing related campus policies and procedures while providing appropriate training for personnel and students. The Department patrols, investigates criminal activities and takes enforcement action for violations of local and state law, while working in concert with outside law enforcement agencies.

The CPS Director carries out activities that support the Department's purpose and serves as the liaison between the University and law enforcement agencies for public relations, coordination of enforcement, and investigations. The CPS Director is responsible for parking on campus, as well as parking enforcement. In addition, the CPS Director is responsible for structuring, implementing, and updating the University's emergency preparedness program, campus parking management system and the annual safety and fire report as required by the department of Education (Clery). The CPS Director supervises the Sergeant, Parking/Office Support Specialist and five Campus Public Safety Officers.

Minimum Qualifications:
Required training may include, but is not necessarily limited to: first aid or first responder medical training, CPR training, crisis intervention techniques, fire or emergency response techniques, special driver training, physical fitness training, or the basic course(s) provided by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training. Must be able to successfully pass a criminal history and background check. Possession of a valid Oregon drivers license and clearance to drive Oregon State owned vehicles or the ability to obtain by the date of hire. Ability to obtain current Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Certification within 6 months of hire. Evidence of strong organizational, analytical, supervisory, and communication skills; experience integrating public safety and strategic planning; ability to think creatively and strategically; and an understanding of the compelling mission, challenges, and governance of public higher education. Bachelors Degree in criminal justice or related field with a minimum of five years experience of managing and leading a public law enforcement agency, bureau and/or division. Current and valid drivers license, a clean driving record, and clearance to drive on SOU business. Criminal background check is required.

Preferred Qualification:
-Masters Degree in criminal justice or related field -Experience in higher education public safety/Campus Public Safety Department -Possess ICS training 100, 200, 300, 400, 700

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to interpret, apply and write applicable laws, rules and regulations
Ability to enforce laws and policies tactfully with respect for the rights of others. ; ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations
Ability to plan, implement, supervise, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the specific functions and services of the Public Safety Department, including operating policies, procedures, and methods.
Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, visually, verbally and in writing. Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high level of diplomacy and professionalism to effectively handle a broad range of sensitive interpersonal situations.
Ability to interpret and consistently apply a wide variety of policies and procedures. Ability to work with frequent changes in policies and procedures, under pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain standards for security operations and performance, as well as related community programming.
Demonstrated ability to promote and maintain professional security affiliations and up-to-date knowledge of both technical and legal developments in the field.
Demonstrated ability to work with external Police agencies, senior officials and executives from within and outside the University
Analytical and research skills; ability to gather, evaluate, and to develop well-reasoned conclusions and recommendations. Ability to proactively assess work operations and anticipate potential problems; ability to develop and implement strategies for preventing/resolving problems.
Proven experience developing, organizing, and administering budgets.
Ability to effectively perform work of a highly sensitive and confidential nature that requires access to information. Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, tact, and diplomacy. Must have high ethical standards.
Proven ability to mentor and develop direct reports and enable high performance as individuals and as teams. Strong personnel management skills, including strategic planning, the ability to manage multiple functions, and organize institutional resources to meet goals and objectives.
Must be able to make decisions under pressure.
Initiative in independently planning, organizing, and performing work assignments within broadly defined parameters.
Ability to coordinate various matters and determine the relative importance of each; ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail. Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
Computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, online systems, social media platforms, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
Ability to adapt to and work effectively in a heavily bureaucratic environment which requires regular interaction with a number of levels within the organization and outside agencies.
Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university infrastructure, policies and procedures.
Demonstrated skill and knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of first aid. Ability to render assistance in accordance with procedures.
Demonstrated knowledge of crime prevention. Ability to assess hazardous situations and determine an appropriate course of action.
Familiarization with current briefing information, orders directives, and bulletins.
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background/fingerprint check.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the Oregon Revised Statutes and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in the Oregon Department of Human Services
Must be able to work a variety of shifts in all weather conditions and patrol campus in vehicles and on foot. Must be physically fit to perform the essential functions of the position and defend oneself and others if necessary.
This position classification has been defined as exempt and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Each applicant is encouraged to provide (preferably as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicants qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please email:

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553

Special Conditions

Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as exempt are not subject overtime
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the Clery Act), requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOUs Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email

All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

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