The Director of Public Safety is responsible for establishing, implementing, and overseeing programs, systems, and services to protect the safety and security of the campus community and to conserve the physical assets of the College from loss. The Director also provides for and manages operations of the traffic and parking control.
Education required to ensure success in this position: Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Law, Police Studies or related field, required. Master’s Degree in related field, preferred.
Experience required to ensure success in this position: 5+ years’ experience in a public safety or security-related position, preferably with administrative, leadership, and supervisory responsibilities. Experience in a higher education setting is highly desirable.
Special skills, knowledge and abilities: Knowledge of criminal law and crime prevention and public safety and security issues. Must be able to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Supervisory skills and excellent organizational skills. Investigation skills and the ability to make appropriate judgments under extreme pressure in response to situations including but not limited to emergency response. Must have basic working knowledge of applicable KAR, applicable KRS and applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards. Must be able to establish effective working relationships with the College’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety, with faculty, staff, and students, and with outside response agencies such as the local police, fire department, and Madison County Emergency Management Administration. Must understand and apply basic budgeting and accounting procedures. Knowledge of current Title IX regulations.
License, certification, or registration necessary: Valid KY Driver’s License CPR Certification First Aid Certification
Physical requirements: Must be able to communicate effectively through use of telephone, radio, and computer. Be able to monitor auditory and visual data provided by alarms and cameras. Mobility is necessary to move between campus locations, re-locate to emergency sites, and respond quickly in the event of an emergency. Requires stooping, bending, occasional running, and lifting up to 25lbs. Must be able to respond on foot or by vehicle in all types of weather conditions.
About Berea College
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.