Assistant Director of Public Safety

  • Northfield, Minnesota, United States, 55057
  • Staff

About the Role:

At St. Olaf you’ll be working alongside a dedicated team that brings their passion and pride to all that they do. Public Safety works in partnership with students, faculty and staff to create and maintain a safe, secure and stable environment for living, learning and working. Since our department is a 24/7/365 operation, the college community counts on Public Safety to be visible and service oriented while performing their duties and responsibilities. On a daily basis you will interact with a diverse and caring community who take pride in St. Olaf and the mission of a liberal arts institution.

The shift is Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and you must be available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, on an on-call basis as needed.

What You’ll Do:

The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to provide each member of the St. Olaf College community with a sense of security throughout campus by creating a safe learning environment at all times and educating students, faculty and staff in matters of protection and personal responsibility. Our philosophy is to break down barriers between the students and public safety, providing a more meaningful channel of communication for the department to receive candid feedback from the College community that will enable the department to better fulfill its mission.

You’ll be the one to:
• Compile, prepare, publish, and distribute reports, such as Annual Security Report, Fire Safety Report, and other crime statistic reports.
• Provide, facilitate, or manage the training of Clery Act to campus, including educating identified parties regarding to HEA fire safety regulations and campus security authorities’ roles and responsibilities.
• Coordinate all radio and cell phone communication for the department.
• Oversee the implementation and installation of surveillance cameras on campus.
• Supervise and manage all aspects of the student dispatch program to include hiring, training, scheduling and evaluations of student employees.
• Primary answerer of the Public Safety 24/7 phone during work hours, including disposition and referral of calls, i.e., dispatching.
• Assist the Director in coordinating and facilitating all departmental training to include new officer orientation, annual training, in-service training and external staff training.
• Provide supervision to the Public Safety Department in the absence of the Director.
• Coordinate College response related to critical incidents and emergencies affecting the College; ensure compliance with local, state, and federal laws and regulations; and provide appropriate, timely response to all safety and security issues.

Who You Are:

You’re a great fit if you have…
A bachelor’s degree; 3+ years of experience in a law enforcement, security or higher education setting; maintain a valid driver’s license with a good driving record; experience in customer service, community engagement or volunteer work; and you genuinely enjoy helping people

A helpful background includes:
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement, psychology, or sociology; previous experience working in a security or law enforcement setting focused on community engagement; 1+ year experience in a leadership capacity; knowledge of Clery Act and compliance requirements

If this describes you, apply now to join St. Olaf’s dynamic community!

Please review the job description here:


Who We Are:

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. The college is located on a picturesque 300-acre campus in Northfield, Minnesota, a vibrant, restored, historic river town of 20,000 located 45 minutes south of culturally rich and diverse Minneapolis and St. Paul. 

The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community. We encourage applications from candidates committed to multicultural understanding and the enrichment of our diverse community.

The college offers a comprehensive benefits package including a 9% company retirement match, company monthly contributions to a retirement healthcare account, company contributions to eligible employee’s health savings account, significant tuition discount (up to 80% off) at ACM and ELCA colleges and universities for employee’s children, and generous paid time off. For a full review of benefit offerings, see the summary of the benefits program here:

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.


A summary of the Flexible Work Policy:

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An overview of Northfield:

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St. Olaf College requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by the CDC. A reasonable accommodation may apply because of a disability or sincerely held religious belief. Compliance with St. Olaf's COVID-19 policy is a condition of employment. Under current guidelines, "up to date" means one updated (bivalent) booster, which became available on September 7, 2022. If and when this guidance changes, employees will be required to get additional boosters as indicated by CDC guidelines.


St. Olaf College is an equal employment opportunity and voluntary affirmative action employer.  The College is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community.  With regard to its hiring and employment practices, the College prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment based upon an individual’s legally protected status including race, color, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status with regard to public assistance.


For Staff Application Assistance:

For Faculty Application Assistance:

Title IX Contact Information:
Pamela McDowell, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator
1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Tomson Hall 180
Northfield, MN 55057

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