Chief of Public Safety

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Loyola Marymount University has an opening for a full-time Chief of Public Safety in the Department of Public Safety. The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to create a safe environment for the whole LMU community.  The Chief of Public Safety leads a multifaceted unit within the department, including patrol, investigations, and dispatch, which is a 24/7/365 operation. The Chief, applying the department’s guiding principle—to foster an environment where students, faculty, staff, and visitors on our campus feel safe and respected—is responsible for leading the daily and emergency field response, thorough and thoughtful investigations, and excellent communications. The Chief directs budgets, personnel, and resources tied to the unit. The Chief cultivates and stewards relationships with all campus constituents and external leaders including but not limited to police and fire departments, the FBI, and other interested entities. It is expected that the Chief will be available/on-call after-hours, weekends, and holidays.


Additional responsibilities include:  maintain community relations and exemplar communications with the campus community, neighbors, first responders, law enforcement and other governmental agencies; provide continuous process improvement in the following areas of emergency response, policy and procedure, training, managing crime statistics, and investigate/follow up on all service complaints and complaints of misconduct. The Chief will supervise and monitor performance of the Captain(s) and Investigations Team and assess outcomes. The Chief will also maintain knowledge of applicable laws, training standards, and educational institutions best safety practices.


Loyola Marymount University, a Carnegie classified R2 institution in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education, seeks outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to inclusive excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We invite all persons in the full diversity of their being, life experiences, and beliefs to apply. Please read more about our commitments and our efforts at (


We seek candidates who typically possess a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Police Science or related field or equivalent experience. Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in and leading a public safety department or like team that includes but is not limited to: management experience including hiring, training, and evaluating employees; budget oversight, policy & procedure development, and community building. Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of criminology, law enforcement, community policing, psychology, sociology, emergency response, threat assessment, and basic first aid. Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws governing crime prevention, powers of arrest, search and seizure, as well as liability of self or staff for acts in carrying out duties. Highly collaborative style with experience developing and implementing communications strategies successfully; a background that demonstrates relationship-building, consensus-building, flexibility, and managing through influence. Successful candidates will have the demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a cross-functional and diverse team. Proficient in Incident Command Systems (ICS) and demonstrated experience managing and coordinating emergency response at an Incident Command Post and an Emergency Operations Center.  An understanding of Title IX and the CLERY act is helpful but not required. The Chief will need to possess a valid California driver's license and maintain a “satisfactory” driving record as evidenced by the DMV.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary. Interested candidates may apply at (reference #0190483).