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Director of Public Safety


Director of Public Safety

Trinity is seeking nominations and letters of application for the position of Director of Public Safety.  Interested professionals will be a superior communicator whose leadership, management, and strategic planning skills will continue to move the Department on the progressive path and delivery of exemplary campus police services.

Reporting to the Vice President of Administration, the Director of Public Safety is responsible for promoting a safe and secure educational and work environment for the campus community through community based education, outreach, and problem solving through partnership building.  The Director plans and directs the daily and long range goals and objectives of all proprietary campus police and all contracted security officers, in partnership with the institution’s security service provider. The Director is responsible for oversight and enforcement of all applicable policies, procedures, rules and regulations and is expected to cultivate positive and effective working relationships with state, federal and local law enforcement agencies as well as with other law enforcement and campus safety officials from universities throughout the District of Columbia and the immediate adjoining regions of Virginia and Maryland.


The Director will demonstrate sensitivity to working collaboratively in a diverse university environment, including the supervision of a diverse staff.  The director will identify and develop written safety and security policies and procedures, having responsibility for compliance with all local, state and federal reporting requirements, (e.g. Clery Act). Excellent written communication skills as well as strong presentation and interpersonal skills are required, in addition to demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.


The responsibilities of the position require periodic evening and weekend commitments and as such, the Director must be capable of responding to and traveling to any university facility or function for planned and unplanned events or emergencies that may occur at any time or day.


  • Plans, directs, controls and reviews all Department operations and procedures;
  • Meets with and assists staff in making daily and strategic operational decisions;
  • Reviews work assignments, mentors, coaches and evaluates performance of subordinates; Reviews reports submitted by subordinate staff and responds to related questions;
  • Provides outstanding leadership and expertise in the delivery of comprehensive campus safety programs while supporting the University’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Plans and executes policies, procedures and public safety programs and initiatives, including crime prevention, crime awareness and community based education and outreach.
  • Develops and maintains positive public relations and partnerships with internal and external constituencies including emergency care and response providers at the local, state and federal level.
  • Develops and customizes a balanced vision, mission and strategy for the Department through thoughtful assessment of community conditions/influences, institutional goals and objectives and fiscal solvency;
  • Liaisons with the community law enforcement partners on community public safety; aligns department operations with other Consortium organizations and agencies in the District of Columbia;
  • Devises and assesses data and reports related to current crime trends and recommends procedural changes for public safety;
  • Investigates and responds to public complaints and implements changes to address public safety concerns; responds to public safety calls for service and directs ongoing enforcement activities;
  • Prepares department budget and provides ongoing fiscal oversight; prepares or reviews budget reports and identifies budgetary issues or problems; manages the department budget with judicious use of overtime to support university activities, overseeing all departmental functions and aspects to insure quality, timeliness, thoroughness and accuracy;
  • Participates as an active member of the District’s Consortium of Universities, effectively interacting with public safety and emergency management teams for progressive management;
  • Actively participates in campus, community, and municipal law enforcement forums and meetings and addresses various constituencies as needed or requested.


About the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Trinity

The Department established itself as a campus police department in August 2005.  All efforts since that time have been directed toward developing a professional full service public safety team that has immediate oversight and responsibility for campus safety, campus crime awareness and campus crime prevention and education. Additionally, DPS has oversight for parking services, ID card services, emergency management services, residential security, and a vast array of duties including staffing special events.  DPS administrators, officers and supervisors are a well trained team of twenty-three (23) inclusive of campus special police officers and contracted security officers.  The DPS team sustains positive and meaningful communications with safety, security and emergency response professionals at the local, state and federal levels, and enjoy a sound working partnership with multiple District emergency response agencies. The Department of Public Safety is committed to building strong alliances with all members of the community, at all levels, extending beyond the campus boundaries, for the purpose of creating and sustaining a safe and secure environment in which to live, learn, teach and work.

About Trinity

Trinity is a medium size private institution consisting of 25 acres with 8 buildings, for a total of 584,000 gross square feet.  The campus perimeter is gated and campus security officers perform access control at two entrance points, one of which leads to campus residential facilities and is therefore staffed continuously, 24/7 year round.  Campus buildings are conveniently situated within walking distance of each other, including two (2) residence halls that together, house approximately 400 students.   Trinity’s wooded campus is situated in a dynamic urban setting, located at125 Michigan Avenue NE,Washington,D.C., within a residential neighborhood, just two-and-one-half miles north of the United States Capitol.  Trinity’s campus is situated in the Fifth District/Ward 5, MPD Patrol Service Area (PSA) 501.  Trinity is a comprehensive institution enrolling nearly 2,000 students in degree programs, with another 3,000 students participating in Trinity’s continuing education programs.  Trinity’s full time faculty and staff number more than 200 (not including part time faculty and staff).


Qualified candidates must have a record of achievement and administrative experience in the field arising from leadership in a senior position or demonstrated excellence and progression within a campus police department. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public safety or a related field is required.  Eight years of protective services experience, to include at least five years of administrative supervision, assessing training needs, staffing and analyzing the effectiveness of policies/procedures within a policing operation is necessary.

Knowledge and experience in community education, community liaison, campus safety operations or related activities is preferred.  Possession of a District of Columbia Special Police Commission or the ability to obtain a DC commission within 120 days of employment is necessary. Must possess a valid driver’s license and meet all eligibility requirements to drive a university vehicle and be insured under the university’s automobile insurance. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office is required as is the ability to provide all necessary and applicable departmental reports. Proof of U.S. Citizenship is necessary. Trinity (Washington) University is an EEO employer.


The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications, experience and responsibilities. Trinity offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.


To apply, via email, send a cover letter addressing specific required qualifications, current resume, and official transcript for highest degree:

Subject Line: Trinity Washington Search



Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.


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