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Director of Public Safety, Claremont McKenna College

Job Title:  Director of Public Safety, Claremont McKenna College


Claremont McKenna College seeks a Director of Public Safety to work closely with the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students staff in developing a Public Safety department to supplement the work of the Campus Safety department of The Claremont Colleges. 


About Claremont McKenna College (CMC)

Founded in 1946, Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is a residential liberal arts college that serves a diverse and talented community of 1,300 students. CMC ranks #8 in the US News and World Report National Liberal Arts Colleges ranking list and has 12 academic departments, 11 research institutes, and more than 30 majors, and the majority of classes have fewer than 20 students. CMC is a member of The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges and two graduate institutions nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles. Uniquely positioned in higher education, Claremont McKenna is an eminent liberal arts college with a distinctive commitment to cutting-edge research, leadership education, and applied learning – all intended to generate a real world impact.


The College recruits students for academic strength and for early signs of leadership. It recruits students engaged in the life of their school, from non-governmental organizations and student government to performing arts and athletics. Nearly 90 percent of seniors report participating in internship programs and 50 percent engage in some type of off-campus study during their time at CMC. The tradition at CMC encourages a variety of entrepreneurial and leadership activities. From the beginning, the campus had an enthusiastic, welcoming, and challenging quality that it retains to this day. Thirty percent of students are varsity athletes, with the College fielding 21 NCAA Division III teams (CMS Athletics includes student from Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Scripps Colleges). CMS teams have won over 300 conference championships and four team national titles with 14 of our 21 sports finishing in the top 10 in the nation.  In 2017, CMS Athletics finished 4th nationally in the Learfield Director’s Cup.


The Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges Consortium benefits both students and faculty and has always been one of the keys to CMC’s success. CMC exists as a small, intimate college in an impressive and appealing seven-college campus. CMC has a close association with its sister institutions, Pomona, Scripps, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Keck Graduate Institute, and Claremont Graduate University. The Colleges reside on a single, lovely geography, and students and faculty move freely among them for classes and projects. They jointly operate a number of centralized services including the Honnold/Mudd Library, student health and counseling services, and campus safety. The Consortium enrolls more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, and provides more than 2,000 courses offered by approximately 700 faculty. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, provides leadership, strategic planning, and management of a newly developed 24/7/365 Public Safety department;
  • Develop programs to promote a safe, secure, and service-oriented campus environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors to the College;
  • Works in close collaboration to supplement the existing work and scope of the Campus Safety department of The Claremont Colleges;
  • Develop a community policing/security model that is built on a foundation of interpersonal engagement with students, faculty, and staff at Claremont McKenna College;
  • Implement methods and practices that will assess the effectiveness of the Program’s various components;
  • Assists in defining and plugging into existing working and jurisdiction relationships with The Claremont Colleges Campus Safety department, local Claremont Police department, LA County Fire Department, and other agencies;
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local regulations and standards related to campus safety and security;
  • Oversees the hiring, supervision, training, evaluation and discipline of Public Safety departmental employees;
  • Conducts regular staff meetings, provides leadership to the Public Safety department. Plans, develops and coordinates Public Safety operational guidelines, policies/procedures, manuals and programs;
  • Meets regularly/as needed with members of The Claremont Colleges Campus Safety department to build and maintain a positive and effective working relationship.
  • Provides oversight and develops the campus public safety annual budget; forecasts funding needs for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; ensure accurate financial record keeping;
  • Monitors public safety conditions, conducts ongoing analysis of data received from external and internal sources and advises administration on appropriate risk mitigation strategies;
  • Collaborates with various departments, external stakeholders and first responders, in the intelligence gathering and security planning of unplanned and planned campus events;
  • Serve as incident management or other appropriate role in support of the command and control of any security or safety components of planned or unplanned campus events;
  • Works closely with campus emergency management services and staff;
  • Develop a robust crime prevention program including proactive educational sessions for students, preventive theft measures, ongoing assessment of environmental conditions, etc.;
  • Works closely with a multidisciplinary team of institutional leaders to create a comprehensive culture of campus safety that supports the developmental and educational goals of the college;
  • Develop strategy, protocols and initiatives to incorporate technology, where applicable, efficient, and effective, into the various components of the Department’s operations;
  • Assists the Emergency Management Coordinator to evaluate the College’s disaster /emergency preparedness plans and training. Apprises the College leadership of incidents, emergencies or crisis that may affect the campus community including; but not limited to, the students, visitors, faculty, staff, facility operations, or having a fiscal or reputational impact;
  • Maintains all required federal, state and local crime reports working in close communication with Campus Safety at The Claremont Colleges. Has knowledge of, and assures compliance with federal, state and local laws, and regulations that affect campus public safety in a higher education environment including, but not inclusive to the Jeanne Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, FERPA, DFSCAand Title IX;
  • Reviews all campus incidents. Directs necessary investigations and follow up activities in order to resolve complaints and/or address violations of law or policy;
  • Selects and implements all required training for Public Safety personnel including those required forfirst aid, fire safety, the legal aspects of their responsibilities, community policing model, and other duties;
  • Maintains a department structure to effectively accomplish the College’s strategic plan, goals, and objectives;
  • On-campus availability and high visibility during routine work hours, evenings, weekends, special events, and holidays, as necessary, to fulfill position requirements;
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Vice President for Administration and Finance and/or the President.

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • 10 Years of progressive responsibility and experience in community based law enforcement and/or public safety with a minimum of 5 years of command and administrative experience of sworn law enforcement personnel.
  • Knowledge and certification of FEMANIMS incident command.
  • Knowledge of state and federal compliance especially, Clery ACT, Title IX, FERPA, DFSCA, VAWA, etc.
  • Ability to maintain on-call availability for emergency consultation and response to campus for crisis incidents as necessary.
  • Must be able to get to campus within 20 minutes for emergency situations.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Excellent listening, observational and questioning skills with strong social perceptiveness and the ability to facilitate community-wide engagements to resolve challenging issues. Effective at resolving problems and conflicts.
  • Refined judgment and decision-making skills, including in emergencies.
  • Training IS-100, 200, 700 and 800 or equivalent at time of hire and completion of IS-300 and IS-400 within one year of hire.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively in a diversified community of individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds and ideologies, as well as external stakeholders, law enforcement, emergency preparedness entities, and first responders.
  • Demonstrated record of integrity and strong ethical character.
  • Goal oriented thinking; strong organization, communication skills (written and oral) leadership, strategic planning and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Higher Education campus community experience.
  • An understanding of student life and the needs/issues of a campus community, including outreach and inclusion with marginalized populations, youth development, plus special and sports events management experience.
  • Demonstrated passion for community policing and a commitment to campus safety and security
  • Experience in the area of Emergency Management plan development and execution, plus a track record of conducting trainings for a multitude of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated proficiency in emerging technology related to community policing, security and emergency management.
  • Qualified in CPR, AED and basic first aid.



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