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Chief of Public Safety

Job no: 500920
Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Director/Executive/Management, Public Safety, Other

The Chief of Public Safety provides strategic vision and leadership for Pepperdine University’s Department of Public Safety and is responsible for all aspects of campus safety, including, community engagement, security, emergency preparedness and response, enforcement, surveillance, and communication with University administration.


  • Provide a strategic vision and leadership for the Department of Public Safety, ensuring campus safety and security on Pepperdine's Malibu campus and its surrounding community.
  • Coordinate and oversee third-party security efforts at other Pepperdine campus locations.
  • Develop and oversee comprehensive safety and security standards, operational plans, officer staffing and deployments, and enforcement of University codes and standards while upholding high standards of customer service.
  • Collaborate with a variety of key stakeholders to ensure the work of the Department reflects the University's goal of building and maintaining inclusive relationships with the community.
  • Interface effectively with senior University leadership and appropriate offices (e.g., Student Affairs, Human Resources, Office of the General Counsel, and Office of Emergency Services, among others).
  • Work closely with a variety of departments (e.g., Planning Operations & Construction, Insurance & Risk, and Information Technology, among others) on safety, security, and access protocols.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with local law enforcement and internal University leadership to implement effective crime prevention strategies and emergency response protocols.
  • Establish and maintain positive relationships with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the fire department, and certain city, county, and state officials.
  • Coordinate investigations, working collaboratively with relevant University departments and/or local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Ensure compliance with University policy and local, state, and federal laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, the Clery Act and Title IX.
  • Work closely with the University's Threat Assessment Team and Emergency Operations Committee on urgent and emergent matters.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications

Required: Bachelor’s Degree. Passionate commitment to Pepperdine and its mission, vision, values, and goals. Ability to establish effective collaborative relations with local law enforcement agencies. Demonstrated situational intelligence and decision-making with the ability to exercise discretion and ensure confidentiality as appropriate, while maintaining the highest ethical standards. Demonstrated experience in law enforcement, public safety, or security organizations, with the ability to learn, understand, and effectively apply regulations, policies, and procedures. Demonstrated experience building, implementing, and operating a safety and security program designed to serve and benefit a given community. Demonstrated leadership and administrative supervisory experience with the ability to foster community and build high-performing teams. Demonstrated track record of working effectively with a highly diverse group of constituents, engaging communities, and fostering inclusivity and belonging. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to distill and concisely explain complex information to senior leadership and provide feedback to one’s team in an educational and encouraging manner. Experience in preparing and overseeing Department-wide training to ensure team alignment on University expectations, policies, and response measures. Excellent organizational skills with a demonstrated ability to simultaneously balance, prioritize, and ensure the success of multiple objectives. Demonstrated knowledge of organizational development with skills in evaluating operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Possess a valid California driver’s license, or obtain this license within six months of contingent offer acceptance.

Preferred: 10 years of relevant law enforcement, public, safety, or security organization experience. Master’s degree with an emphasis in law enforcement administration, criminal justice, homeland security, public administration, public policy, security management, business administration, or a related area. Experience working at a law enforcement agency or public safety/security organization in a supervisory administrative or executive capacity (e.g., Chief/Director/Sheriff, Assistant Chief/Director/Sheriff, Commander, etc.). Experience working at an institution of higher education. Law enforcement or security leadership training from an accredited or nationally recognized organization certification (e.g., Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, FBINA, FBI LEEDA, ASIS, etc.). Possess California POST certification or equivalent and a Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Firearm Permit and Guard Card. Experience managing internal and third-party contracted employees. Experience developing, implementing and maintaining recordkeeping systems and procedures. Working knowledge of California BSIS laws and regulations.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Exempt, 40 hour per week position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. 

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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