Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, within an easy drive to the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon (UO) is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching. Founded in 1876, UO enrolls 23,202 students from all fifty states and 94 countries. Designated as a Tier 1 national public research university comprised of nine schools and colleges offering more than 300 undergraduate programs, the University of Oregon is one of just two institutions in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. US News & World Report ranks the UO among its top 100 National Universities and Oregon’s #1 public university.

The University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD), part of the Division of Safety and Risk Services (SRS), is a community-oriented, trust-based policing agency. UOPD plays an integral role in the University community by providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment, with a mission to foster a climate that encourages a free, open, and civil exchange of ideas in support of the educational, research, and public service goals of the institution. UOPD recognizes and promotes the value of multiculturalism and inclusiveness consistent with a spirit of responsible citizenship within an international community.

Reporting to the Chief of Police and serving as an integral part of the UOPD leadership team, the Director of Physical Security provides strategic and operational leadership to the Office of Physical Security and oversees the comprehensive physical security policies, design standards, and plans for all locations owned and operated by the University. The Director administers the daily operations and fosters the further development and evolution of a risk-based campus security program; establishes work standards and operational strategies; and plans and implements the staffing and scheduling of events for the department’s Community Service Officers. The Director manages the protection of critical infrastructure, facilities, intellectual property, physical assets, and the research enterprise; works closely with the academic, research, housing, administration, and athletic communities to mitigate their exposure to security risks; and collaborates with the SRS units (Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management & Continuity, Risk Management & Insurance) and other campus partners in developing integrated campus security strategies.

The Director of Physical Security supervises, evaluates, directs, and provides professional development opportunities for a professional staff of 23 and oversees an annual budget of approximately $3 million.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience (law enforcement or campus-based security in higher education, medical, corporate, or facilities) and a minimum of five years of progressive administrative, supervisory, and management experience in a variety of law enforcement or security assignments. The successful candidate will display honesty, integrity, ethical standards, a strong work ethic, and a high level of emotional maturity; possess demonstrated knowledge and ability related to effectively engaging with individuals and groups representing a variety of identities, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds; and maintain solid verbal and written communication skills, effectively presenting ideas and providing plans and procedures clearly and concisely. A proven ability to effectively, continuously, and discretely work with confidential and potentially sensitive information; strong coalition-building skills that promote effective collaboration; and ensuring the availability of professional development opportunities for all staff are expected. Adult CPR with First Aid and Automatic External Defibrillation (AED) certification is required within 60 days of employment, and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or similar security certification is required within 48 months of employment.

Review of applications will begin March 17, 2023, and 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

Expected Salary Range: $109,000-$120,000; candidates with advanced skills and experience may be considered for a starting salary above this range.

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