Temple University — Vice President of Public Safety

Founded as a night school by Russell Conwell in 1884, Temple University has evolved into an international powerhouse in higher education and a top-tier research institution with roughly 37,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. As the largest university in one of the nation’s most iconic cities, Temple educates diverse future leaders from across Philadelphia, the country and the world who share a common drive to learn, prepare for their careers and make a real impact. Temple offers students a dynamic and nurturing learning environment with the support of a renowned faculty, dedicated academic advisors focused on setting a clear path to graduation and a broad curriculum of more than 500 academic programs. A longtime leader in professional education, Temple is also among the nation’s largest educators in the combined fields of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy and podiatry.

Reporting to the senior vice president, chief operating officer, the vice president of the division of public safety (VPDPS) is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program across five campuses within the Philadelphia area, in close collaboration with the university’s stakeholders. The VPDPS is a relationship builder who works with a diverse and multi-faceted community, collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the university’s neighbors in support of a positive campus experience for all. The VPDPS provides comprehensive vision, strategic leadership, and effective management for the Division of Public Safety, which includes a sworn police department, proprietary and contract security services, emergency communications, security technology and emergency management and preparedness. The VPDPS implements current and emerging best-practices in the field of campus safety; prioritizes prevention and community caretaking; utilizes procedural justice initiatives to ensure organizational impartiality, transparency, fairness, respect, and dignity; and serves as the university’s representative with external law enforcement agencies, other external entities on general public safety and emergency response issues. The VPDPS manages a staff of 165 and oversees an annual operating budget of $28.7 million.

A bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of progressive experience in a related field are required. A master’s degree and experience in the field of public safety, law enforcement, or community engagement in a higher education setting; and at least five years of senior management experience are preferred. 

The successful candidate will possess significant knowledge of higher education safety and emergency response practices, excellent strategic and operational abilities, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, and a clear and demonstrated commitment to community caretaking as a core professional value. The ideal candidate will possess high emotional intelligence and an appreciation for the complexity of campus safety in the context of a residential and dynamic university on and off campus environments.  The candidate must internalize and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in every facet of the division’s programs and activities.

Review of applications will begin May 27, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at mah@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

Visit the Temple University website at www.temple.edu 

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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