Director of Campus Safety and Security


The Director of Campus Safety and Security is responsible for maintaining, developing, implementing, and managing campus safety and security programs, initiatives, and services, including but not limited to security, environmental health and safety, fire safety, emergency management, parking management, and key control; assessing threats and possible threats to the campus and plan appropriate strategies and countermeasures; helping to ensure compliance with all campus local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations related to campus safety; and ensuring that day-to-day security, public safety functions, and new initiatives are aligned with Southwestern Law School’s mission, core values, and strategic goals.

The Director position is new and reports to the Associate Dean of Operations and Risk Management. The Director will oversee a security force provided via a third-party vendor. Many members of the security team have worked on our campus for many years.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leading and managing Southwestern’s safety and security program, a 24/7/365 operation.
  • Developing a strategic campus safety and security plan and working collaboratively to evaluate and implement identified safety and security projects and initiatives.
  • Building and maintaining excellent and trusting working relationships with students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, community leaders, and others. 
  • Developing and implementing comprehensive public safety programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Evaluating, recommending, and using state-of-the-art security systems, equipment, and technology.
  • Complying with local, state, and federal crime reporting mandates.
  • Coordinating and managing the contract with private security entities to provide uniformed security officers on campus.
  • Coordinating and managing the designated security supervisor and staff, who are deployed on-campus by a private security services vendor.
  • Working collaboratively with other departments to enhance campus safety and security.
  • Developing and coordinating safety drills and exercises.
  • Overseeing sensitive and confidential investigations and report preparation for security incidents.
  • Collaborating with local officials and neighbors to address matters of mutual concern.
  • Serving as one of Southwestern’s representatives to community, governmental, and law enforcement agencies for physical security and safety measures; maintaining effective communication with law enforcement officials.
  • Coordinating internal and external emergency response protocols and law enforcement offices in the jurisdiction.
  • Developing and administering the safety and security budget.
  • Serving on the Student Support and Emergency Team and leading or serving on other collaborative teams that relate to campus safety and security, such as the Violence Prevention Committee and Crisis Intervention Team.
  • Attending department head and other meetings for senior campus leaders.
  • Continuously improving services to meet or exceed internal and external customer expectations.
  • Overseeing the key control program for all academic and administrative buildings
  • Other assignments as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • At least ten years of experience in safety, security, law enforcement, or a related field;
  • At least five years of experience in a supervisory capacity, including personnel management;
  • Experience administering a comprehensive safety and security program;
  • Advanced conflict management and resolution skills;
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, codes, and currently accepted principles and practices relevant to safety and security operations in an educational or public facility including OSHA, NFPA, and FEMA NIMS;
  • Valid California Class C driver’s license (or ability to get one within 30 days of hire);
  • Current CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications;
  • Up-to-date COVID vaccination;
  • Must be able to pass pre-employment California Department of Justice and FBI criminal background checks, a comprehensive physical exam, and a drug test.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or other degree beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working in a campus-based environment.
  • Bilingual (Spanish or Korean).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:

  • Thorough knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn and keep current with higher education-related regulations (e.g., Clery Act, Title IX, Violence Against Women Act), policies, standards, and procedures.
  • A deep, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • An understanding of and appreciation for current student issues.
  • An ability to relate to and interact effectively with diverse populations.
  • Thorough knowledge of Uniform Crime Report definitions, particularly as it relates to mandated criminal incidents on school campus reporting.
  • Leadership and management skills sufficient to lead a staff operating on a 24/7 schedule.
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, organizational, and communication skills (oral and written); an ability to explain technical information in understandable language.
  • Ability to handle crisis situations quickly, calmly, and professionally.
  • Respectful and diplomatic.
  • Solution-oriented.
  • Ability to give clear instructions and feedback.
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and tasks in a face-paced environment.
  • A high level of maturity and integrity.
  • Strong background in emergency management, NIMS, and ICS.
  • Willingness to engage in continued professional development.
  • Ability to use the Office 360 suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); a comfort level with using technology and interacting with individuals via Zoom, Teams, and other virtual platforms.

Physical Demands:

Ability to:

  • perform desk-based computer tasks;
  • walk, run, climb multiple flights of stairs, crouch, kneel, bend, push, pull, and reach;
  • stand and walk for prolonged periods;
  • lift and carry up to 20 pounds;
  • hear and see; and
  • use and manipulate both hands to hold and grasp items.

Working Environment:

Southwestern Law School is a private, independent, non-profit, non-sectarian, 110-year-old institution of higher education located in the Koreatown area of the Mid-Wilshire district near downtown Los Angeles. The campus includes the Westmoreland Building and the Bullocks Wilshire Building, which house classrooms, administrative offices, and faculty offices; The Residences, a student apartment complex; a two-level parking garage; and several residences near campus managed by an off-site property manager. The Bullocks Wilshire Building also houses the Leigh Taylor Law Library, the Julian Dixon Courtroom and Advocacy Center, a fitness center, a dining area, and student lounges.

The Westmoreland Building is a typical campus-style building, while the Bullocks Wilshire Building is a fully renovated art-deco landmark restored to its 1929 state and listed on the National Historic Register.

The school has just under 1,000 law students; more than 50% of the students are diverse and about 58% are female. The average student age is 25.

Southwestern is a smoke-free campus.

Work Schedule:

Varied hours and schedule; occasional inclement weather, confined spaces, and large crowds.


Generally 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but hours are flexible to include special events, overnight testing, holiday work, and 24/7 on-call emergency response.

Note: The information listed above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the person assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, and physical demands.

To be considered for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to

Diversity Statement:

In addition, applicants must submit a brief diversity statement in which you describe how you will contribute to Southwestern’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion through this role and give examples of how you have demonstrated these values in prior positions (350-word maximum).