Grinnell College — Director of Campus Safety

Founded in 1846, Grinnell College is a private, coed, residential liberal arts and sciences college located in Grinnell, Iowa. The College’s 1,600 students come from nearly every state and more than 60 countries to receive bachelor of arts degrees in 26 major fields. The College’s mission is to provide students with a broad, deep, life-enhancing education that fosters professional success, personal growth, and social responsibility. The beautiful 120-acre campus is alive with student clubs, intercollegiate and intramural athletic teams, music, theater, and art, and hosts more than 500 free, on-campus events every year — ranging from guest lecturers, to concerts, plays, symposia, and all-campus social events. The College is adjacent to the thriving downtown of Grinnell (population 9,200) amid the rolling farmland of central Iowa.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and serving as a leader within the Division of Student Affairs, the Director of Campus Safety is responsible for the comprehensive operations of the College’s Department of Campus Safety including overseeing staff, programs, facilities, compliance, emergency preparedness, and parking services. The Director serves on the Deans and Directors leadership team and will be actively engaged in the campus, working collaboratively with students and all other internal and external constituents to promote a safe and secure campus environment. In addition, the Director plans, organizes, directs, and evaluates all activities of the department, ensuring compliance with Clery, Title IX, all laws and local ordinances as well as adherence to College’s policies and procedures; develops, implements and monitors the effectiveness of campus safety policies and procedures; coordinates and reviews assignments and projects; hires, trains and supervises staff; and prepares and administers the departmental budget. The new Director will perform risk management functions and coordinate emergency and crisis response for the campus; serves as the liaison between the public services of the town of Grinnell and the county; plans and implements safety and security operations and programs and initiatives in support of the College’s mission and vision; and maintains awareness of best practices and national trends related to campus safety/security and legal issues impacting higher education. Overseeing a staff consisting of 12 non-sworn officers and two administrative staff, the Director will be instrumental in providing the leadership, vision, and foundation for the future success of the Office.

A bachelor’s degree is required with a minimum of five years of progressive management experience in campus safety. Additionally, candidates must be able to obtain an Iowa Security Certification within three months of employment and maintain a valid Iowa driver’s license. A demonstrated understanding of private undergraduate, liberal arts institutions and experience with student development on a college campus is preferred. Additional preferred qualifications include the completion of NIMS ISC – Levels 100 – 400, 700 courses; first aid, CPR, and AED certification; and completion of FEMA Professional Development Series Training or be a Certified Emergency Manager. The next Director will demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission, values, and vision of the Division of Student Affairs and be willing to actively participate in both departmental and division committees, projects, and professional development opportunities. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about the federal, state, and local laws governing safety in higher education institutions, particularly as they relate to the college community; possess demonstrated experience with community policing; possess demonstrated ability to contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion; maintain proper certifications and licenses required by the state of Iowa; and partner with local support and law enforcement agencies to promote the safety of the campus  community. Further, the Director will have experience in crisis and risk management and overseeing the resolution of complex student issues.

Review of applications will begin September 28, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Grinnell College – Director of Campus Safety
Heather J. Larabee, Search Associate

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Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, religion, disability, creed, or any other protected class.