Director of Public Safety

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

ID: 7063199
Posted: January 22, 2020
Application Deadline: February 21, 2020

Job Description

Founded in 1908, James Madison University (JMU) is a public university with an enrollment of 21.800 students located in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. JMU is fast becoming one of the nation’s leading lights in higher education because students enjoy unusually engaged relationships with world-class faculty who are here because they want to pursue knowledge and make teaching their No. 1 priority. Providing engaged experiences has been central to JMU since its founding. JMU is ranked number one in the U.S. for graduation rate for large, master’s level public universities and has a 90% freshman retention rate. JMU athletics sponsors an 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program that competes at the Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Reporting to the senior vice president for administration and finance, the director of public safety provides leadership to the JMU police department including patrol operations, technical services, dispatch and communications, investigations, crime prevention, special events, the cadet program as well as life safety and risk management for the entire university. The director is responsible for developing, planning, implementing and managing a comprehensive law enforcement program that ensures a safe and secure environment to the JMU community; upholds a strong departmental commitment to the university’s mission as well as the divisional and departmental missions; verifies proper and adequate coverage by police department staff for all special and athletic events; and maintains continuous communication with senior leadership to keep them apprised of actual and potential risks. The director provides leadership for a staff of 73, including 51 sworn officers, and manages a $4.6 million budget.

A bachelor’s degree and significant experience in a management level position within a law enforcement organization are required. A degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field and experience in an institute of higher education’s police department are preferred. The ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws, policies and procedures that promote campus security; experience in and considerable knowledge of the concept of community policing; and strong customer service skills. The ability to obtain a certification by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is also required.

Review of applications will begin February 21, 2020 and 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 Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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James Madison University does not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race or color, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation or belief, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, parental status (including pregnancy), marital status, family medical or genetic information, in its employment, educational programs, activities, and admissions. JMU complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, affirmative action, and anti-harassment.


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