Director of Campus Safety

Gustavus Adolphus College is one of the nation’s leading private liberal arts colleges serving over 2,200 students. The College aspires to be a community of persons from diverse backgrounds who respect and affirm the dignity of all people. Known for its strong science, writing, music, athletics, study-away, and service-learning programs, Gustavus is located on a scenic 340-acre hill in St. Peter, Minnesota only one hour southwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

Department Profile: The Department of Campus Safety supports the College in its mission by providing exceptional services that promote a safe and well-ordered environment for our community. We respect all people and encourage their contributions to the department and our community. We aspire to carry out our mission in a compassionate manner guided by the College’s values of Excellence, Community, Justice, Service, and Faith.  Campus Safety is a service organization whose product is safety and our work makes a difference in people’s lives. We succeed by working as a team to be helpful, trustworthy, fair, courteous, reliable and adaptable in an ever-changing environment. Campus Safety runs a non-sworn, unarmed operation that values relationships, proactive education and student learning and development.

  • Lead the Department of Campus Safety, a 24/7/365 operation employing twelve (12) FTE plus a pool of six (6) on-call officers.
  • Manage a $90,000 budget
  • Directly supervise two Assistant Directors, one Administrative Assistant, and one Lock, Access, and Surveillance Coordinator
  • Implement best practices in the field of public safety as well as introduce new measures that will safeguard the entire College community and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations
  • Demonstrate a continuous commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of the role.
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with students, faculty, staff and external customers/constituents (such as local and county law enforcement).
  • Develop and implement comprehensive public safety programs, policies, and procedures
  • Ensure compliance with local, state and federal crime reporting mandates.
  • Collaborate with local officials to address matters of mutual concern.
  • Oversee campus parking regulations and enforcement.
  • Coordinate with internal/external emergency response protocols and/or agencies.
  • Prepare and distribute the college’s Annual Security Report as directed by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998.
  • Oversee lock, access, and surveillance operations for both existing facilities and new construction projects.
  • All other duties as assigned.

  • Experience in management within law enforcement, public safety, military, or related field.
  • Experience in administration of a comprehensive public safety program; skilled in conflict management and resolution.
  • Possess a valid Minnesota Driver’s License within 30 days of hire date.
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively and sensitively with a diverse student body, administration, faculty and staff.
  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule to meet requirements of the position, including nights and weekends.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Experience in higher education Campus Safety setting.
  • Ability to develop, implement and communicate complex, campus-wide safety and security plans and interventions.
  • Successful track record of providing broad leadership, including planning, organizing, supervising and establishing goals and objectives.
  • Expertise in the development and evaluation of a broad dissemination of policies, statutes, trainings and workshops.
  • Strong knowledge of laws, rules, codes and currently accepted principles relevant to campus public safety operations in an institutional environment including OSHA, NFPA, FEMA, NIMS, ICS, Clery, Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Uniform Crime Reporting and emergency management.


  • Working hours may vary, dependent on need
  • Serve as a weather- or emergency-essential employee. In the event of a closure of the College, it is vital that the employee reports to work if scheduled. In addition, as a member of the Essential Weather Employee Team, the employee may be asked to work beyond their normal hours to ensure coverage within their department/office.
  • The employee must reside within a fifteen (15) minute response time from campus.

Application Procedures: To apply for this position, please visit  A complete application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee. Applications will be reviewed starting October 19, 2020.

Cover Letter
Online Application
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Contact information for three (3) references

Gustavus Adolphus College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.  

Click on the following link to learn more about Gustavus's campus-wide commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

Megan Ruble | | 507-933-7526