Director of Department of Public Safety

McKendree University is seeking to hire a Director of Public Safety. This is a full time position with benefits and reports to the Vice President of Operations. The Director is responsible for the organization, direction and supervision of the University’s Public Safety. The Director administers the program’s activities by formulating polices and providing sound leadership and management.

Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to:


  • Ensures safety and security for students, faculty, staff and visitors

  • Ensures University compliance with federal, state and county security and safety requirements

  • Performs management functions such as scheduling, staffing, evaluating, reporting and budgeting

  • Responsible for planning, implementing, administering and coordinating the University’s Emergency Response Plan, Public Safety Procedures Manual and the overall operations of the Department of Public Safety, in addition to providing consultative, technical and administrative direction

  • Develops proactive programs to provide reasonable safety and security for students, faculty, staff and the general public on University property

  • As chief law enforcement officer for the University; responsible for training University staff and administers and directs law enforcement functions in all areas relating to the protection of life and property, including police services, crime prevention programs, fire safety and key control

  • Directs investigations on criminal incidents as needed and coordinates all criminal incidents through the Lebanon Chief of Police

  • Administers campus parking, traffic programs and enforces all laws

  • Manages parking rules and regulations, traffic enforcement and violator ticket appeals

  • Provides or assists with safety, security and crowd control at athletic, cultural, social  and public events on campus

  • Maintains crime statistics and annually updates the Federal Clery Act Safety and Security Survey/ Report

Minimum qualifications include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree

  • At least 10 years’ experience in law enforcement, military experience is a plus

  • Must be a US Citizen.

  • Professional certifications in Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services or other areas related to Public Safety desirable.

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License. Must have a good driver’s record with the Illinois Secretary of State Office or other states.

  • Possess a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID).

  • Must Possess an Illinois Police Officer Certification within six months of the appointment unless waivered in accordance with ILCS 50, Act 705/8.1.g

  • Must pass background check and drug tests

  • SALARY:  Commensurate with education and experience.

  • WORK LOCATION: McKendree University, Lebanon Campus

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position will remain open until filled

McKendree University is a private university located in the historic city of Lebanon, Illinois, 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis.  With a total enrollment of over 2,500 students, McKendree offers undergraduate and graduate programs on campus, online, and at off-site locations in Southern Illinois and Kentucky. 

Interested candidates should send a letter of application referencing job #DPS09 with current email address, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Rick Ortega, Director of Human Resources,

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.