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Director, Public Safety 

Reporting to the Chief Occupational and Environmental Safety Officer, the Director of Public Safety - Philadelphia Campus is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the public safety, security and emergency preparedness functions for the campus—including on-campus housing—and associated health care centers. Works closely with the Director of Public Safety - Georgia Campuses to ensure a consistent public safety and emergency preparedness program for the College as a whole.

This position is based at PCOM (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans and establishes a protective and preventative higher education public safety program.
  • Supervises the security program for on-campus housing, including plans, procedures and training.
  • Directs investigations of alleged losses, thefts and wrongful acts.
  • Responsible for strategic planning which includes providing input into master planning and the design and renewal of facilities to address safety and security priorities.
  • Provides overall supervision and direction of the 24/7/365 contracted security staff and ensures the staff is proficient and properly trained for a campus environment.
  • Manages the daily operational functions for the Philadelphia campus by leading, directing and controlling daily security-related events.
  • Reviews and audits campus-wide access control security systems, features and related reporting.
  • Take an active role with events planning and major events, such as commencement, Founder’s Day, orientation and prospective student tours.
  • Serve as the College's liaison to the criminal justice system, especially the Philadelphia and Lower Merion Police and other local emergency services.
  • Works collaboratively with administrators, faculty and students to provide a safe, inclusive campus environment compliant with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), and other relevant federal and state laws
  • Tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with College, state and federal reporting responsibilities.
  • Develops and implements the emergency management program for the Philadelphia campus and healthcare centers including coordinating emergency, disaster and crisis response drills.
  • Ensures that plans and procedures are fully compliant with Federal Emergency Management Agency, Higher Education Opportunity Act, and the Clery Act mandates.
  • Conducts and coordinates training programs for faculty, staff and students on topics relevant to public safety and emergency management, including active shooter response training.

Position Requirements

*Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. and pass a criminal background check.
  • Bachelor's or associate's degree from an accredited college required. A major in public safety administration, public administration, criminology, criminal justice, emergency management or related field is preferred.
  • Ten (10) or more years of law enforcement or higher education public safety experience, three (3) years in a supervisory role
  • Experience with Title IX preferred.
  • Experience with video surveillance and an understanding of internal security and executive protection strategies.
  • Experience with the oversight of contracted security, non-sworn officer operations and event security.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
  • Knowledge of all phases of emergency management, including Incident Command System experience and the implementation and assessment of emergency plans and training exercises, preferred.
  • Knowledge of all facets of security and public safety, including security related technology.
  • Ethics and integrity training, bias and fairness training and training in de-escalation tactics, preferred.
  • PA Act 120 and 180 training preferred.
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend coverage assignments.
Licenses/Certifications Required
  • A valid PA driver's license required for work-related travel.
Working Conditions
  • May require work travel to other locations in Philadelphia.

Application Instructions

All inquiries MUST include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

For more than a century, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has provided high quality, hands-on training in osteopathic medicine. As the field of medicine has changed, we've changed with it-adapting our program offerings to better meet the needs of healthcare providers and the communities they serve.

At the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PCOM), the branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM Georgia), and our newest location in Moultrie, Georgia (PCOM South Georgia), PCOM students learn to approach problem solving in a more professional, more team-oriented manner, which prepares them to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other health professionals. All campuses feature modern facilities and state­-of­-the-­art technologies, all part of an innovative learning environment designed for collaboration and interaction.