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Director of Security and Campus Safety- Bates College

Bates College: Staff Position: Security and Campus Safety

Director of Security and Campus Safety

Location: Lewiston, ME


Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.

Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.

The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.

The Position

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Students, the Director of Security & Campus Safety is responsible for the overall protection and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors at Bates and for the security of all college facilities and properties. The Director is responsible for ensuring that staff within Security & Campus Safety are equipped to appropriately and respectfully work with campus and community constituencies to enforce, investigate, and document possible violations of college policy. The Director supervises security officers, communications/dispatch officers, the college’s concierge and building control.  The Director serves as the primary liaison to federal, state and local law enforcement and emergency first responders.

With an increasingly racially and culturally diverse student body, our ideal candidate will view their work through a lens of diversity and inclusion. The Director will proactively develop a training model, policies, and procedures for all Security staff members specifically designed to build and strengthen relationships with the student body. Specifically, the Director will ensure these programs address the needs of students from historically underrepresented groups including students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and the student organizations dedicated to supporting these students on campus. Additionally, the Director will develop strong partnerships with various campus offices and key stakeholders to ensure the work of inclusion is effectively and holistically integrated into the entire organizations. Those offices may include: the offices of Equity and Diversity, Intercultural Education, Accessible Education and Student Support, among others.

As a core member of the Senior Emergency Response Group (SERG), the Director of Security & Campus Safety will apply topical expertise to both develop appropriate emergency protocols and training, and to respond as appropriate to campus emergencies.  Fulfilling these responsibilities involves working closely with the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the President’s Chief of Staff, and the college’s Chief Communications Officer.  The Director of Security & Campus Safety will also work closely with the Director of Environmental Health & Safety, as well as the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources and Environmental Health and Safety.


The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree.  Master’s degree preferred. Prior experience working on a college campus is strongly preferred.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 7+ years of law enforcement in community policing/campus security experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of recent developments in campus security and/or law enforcement practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of relevant laws and regulations applicable to college security.
  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of management and supervision, and a track record as an excellent manager of one’s team.
  • Ability to think and plan strategically in order to develop and implement short- and long-range plans.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate operations and develop and implement corrective action to resolve problems; proficiency with developing metrics and tracking outcomes.
  • The ability to set priorities to achieve objectives and to manage multiple, diverse assignments/projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and nurture relationships and work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., class, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, etc.).
  • A calm and steady approach to management and leadership.
  • A commitment to students and their personal development.
  • A penchant for fostering change within complex organizations.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills.
  • Strong organizational (time, task and project management).
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication and listening skills.
  • Experience with public speaking, specifically with news media, a plus.
  • An impeccable track record of integrity.
  • Deep understanding of challenges and opportunities of a small, closed residential community.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 22 days of vacation, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please apply on line with the following link:

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