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Director of Security

Takoma Park, md
Director of Safety & Security
Position is open until filled
(Position and qualifications modified  - Prior candidates need not re-apply)


Washington Adventist University (WAU) is a Christ-centered institution of higher education that supports a culture of excellence where all feel valued.  Nestled in a desirable residential community in Takoma Park, Maryland, WAU offers its faculty and staff an environment where professional expertise is valued and lasting connections between co-workers are formed as we work together to ensure the success of our students.  Regardless of title, every employee supports WAU’s vision of producing graduates who bring moral leadership and competence to their communities.

WAU is seeking a quality- and customer-oriented candidate to serve as Director of Safety & Security.  Reporting directly to the Executive VP of Finance, the successful candidate has hands-on responsibility to plan, direct and coordinate activities relating to campus safety and security of the students, faculty and staff, and the protection of University property.  

  • Establishes operational procedures for activities such as fire prevention and firefighting, crime prevention, traffic control, guarding and patrolling physical property, orienting and monitoring of personnel involved with classified information, and investigation of accidents and criminal acts.
  • Serves as the University’s liaison and confers with public law enforcement, fire and other agencies as it relates to campus safety and security.
  • Studies and ensures compliance with federal and state security regulations and restrictions relative to University operations.  Consults with local, district, or other federal representatives for interpretation or application of particular regulations applying to University operations.
  • Develops the University’s security measures in compliance with federal and state regulations.
  • Assists in threat assessment; and crisis and emergency response management.
  • Assists in preparation of emergency response and contingency plans.
  • Conducts safety and security training for security personnel and for students, faculty and staff.
  • Directs and coordinates activities of personnel in revising or updating security measures due to new or revised regulations.
  • Completes investigations by gathering evidence, conducting interviews, collecting documents, coordinating with law enforcement personnel, and presenting evidence at internal and external hearings and/or trials.
  • Resolves emergency situations by directing actions on location and coordinating with administration, public relations, government, and first-aid personnel.
  • Prepares security manual outlining and establishing measures and procedures for handling, storing, safekeeping, and destroying classified records and documents, and for granting University personnel or visitors access to classified material or entry into restricted areas.
  • Oversees the preparation of periodic crime reports and statistics in consultation with relevant personnel for inclusion into the required annual Clery Act report and other required reports.
  • Directly supervises the Assistant Director of Security and subordinate Officers.
  • With the input of subordinate supervisors, prepares and ensures adherence to annual budget.
  • Supports and affirms a culture of distinctive excellence and exceptional service.
  • Attends University events and required meetings (including weekly Convocation)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, security or a closely related field and five to seven years of related experience, with at least three years’ supervisory experience.
  • Understanding of safety and security in a higher education context.
  • Certification in Title IX training and any professionally recognized certifications in the security related field, preferred.
  • Knowledge of higher education regulations as they relate to student information and security; (preferred (Clery, FERPA and Title IX).
  • Superior written and oral communication skills, including the ability to present complex material in a useful and understandable fashion to diverse audiences.
  • Proven analytical and organizational skills.
  • Ability to build comprehensive reports for data within spreadsheet and database systems.
  • Ability to produce accurate, timely delivery of complex materials.
  • Must possess a valid Maryland driver’s license.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
  • Conflict Management - Ability to use appropriate interpersonal skills and methods to reduce tension and resolve conflict in difficult and complex situations to achieve resolution or adherence to laws and/or regulations.
  • Customer Service - Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service ; Responds to requests for service and assistance; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others' ideas and tries new things; Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse internal and external stakeholders in both oral and written forms.
  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  • Stress Tolerance - Ability to deal with high stress situations calmly and effectively.

Mid to Upper 60's

Benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare, including vision, dental and prescription drug
  • Flexible Spending Plans
  • Competitive 403B plan Retirement Plan
  • Tuition assistance for employees, spouse and dependents
  • Life insurance, including supplemental and accidental death and dismemberment policies
  • Long Term Disability
  • AFLAC supplemental insurance
  • Legal Assistance Program
  • Employee Assistance Program
Title VII Exception Notice
Washington Adventist University is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  As such the University has the legal right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist ("SDA") Church in its hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not identified, the University will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand and respect the mission, purpose, and identity of Washington Adventist University as a condition of their employment.
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