Director of Campus Safety

Applications are being accepted for the position of director of campus safety. This position will implement, evaluate, and maintain effective procedures to assure the optimum level of security for students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors, to include the safeguarding of college property. The director of campus safety is responsible for the enforcement of security, life safety, fire safety, and parking policies and procedures. The director will coordinate investigations, ensuring that investigations are dealt with professionally, sensitively, and in accordance with College policy and statutory legal guidelines. The director supervises the work of contracted safety officers and serves as the liaison to the contracted security agency. The position requires excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills and the ability to interact effectively with campus constituencies, law enforcement professionals, community leaders and neighboring area residents.

Cornell College: Cornell College is a nationally ranked, highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 1,200 students distinguished by its One Course At A Time curriculum. One Course At A Time offers unparalleled academic rigor and focus, flexibility for experiential study, and highly personalized mentoring—attracting a diverse student body that is intellectually curious, academically motivated, adventurous, and passionate. Cornell is one of 40 colleges featured in “Colleges That Change Lives,” was identified by the New York Times as one of 20 "stealth powerhouse" colleges, and is one of only 270 colleges in the United States to host an active chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Founded in 1853, Cornell was the first campus named entirely to the National Historic Register. It is located in the picturesque town of Mount Vernon, Iowa– a town distinguished by its vibrant local art scene and recognized by Frommer’s as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns.”


  • Associate’s degree required, bachelor's degree preferred
  • Three or more years of related experience
  • Supervisory, organizational, and good written and verbal communication skills
  • CPR/first aid/defibrillator certification or ability to become certified within one year of employment
  • Knowledge of college-based campus safety regulations and procedures
  • Understanding and appreciation of current student issues
  • Ability to work independently
  • Diplomacy and ability to employ good judgment
  • Ability to manage crisis and emergency situations
  • Maturity supported by strong ethical character
  • Ability to relate to diverse populations
  • Tolerance for ambiguity
  • Sensitivity for confidentiality of materials and information
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software (Word, Excel) and e-mail; experience learning and working with data management systems
  • Ability to adjust to varied work hours
  • Good general physical condition and mobility
  • Ability to walk several flights of stairs repeatedly
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 70 pounds
  • Satisfactory results from criminal background checks and possession of valid driver’s license

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, submit cover letter, resume and names and contact information of three references to:

Vickie Farmer, Director of Human Resources
Email (preferred):
Mail:  Cornell College
          Attn: Human Resources
          600 First Street SW
          Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. Cornell complies with Iowa’s Smoke Free Air Act and participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility.