Williams College is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts (population 7,750). Williamstown is nestled in the Berkshires of Northwest Massachusetts, a rural area with an unusually rich array of nearby cultural institutions. Williams is a coeducational residential liberal arts institution distinguished by a reputation for outstanding and inclusive teaching and scholarship, academic excellence, and exceptional alumni loyalty. The college is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning community of approximately 2,100 students and over 1,200 faculty and staff.

The Position
This is an exciting time for a new director of campus safety services (CSS) to join the Williams community. As is the case on college campuses across the country, there is much work to be done to maintain the safety of the campus while simultaneously building confidence and authentic relationships with students, faculty, and staff. The next director of CSS will be exceptionally attuned to the needs and experiences of Williams’ broadly diverse community and will be adept at supporting and enhancing the campus experience of all those with whom they work.

The new director of CSS is responsible for the leadership and administration of the Department and ensuring the safety of the college community and will prioritize the critical objectives of fairness, equity, and social justice, and actively instill and model these values throughout the department. CSS employs a community- and prevention-based approach to their work, which relies on building and maintaining productive relationships with campus and community constituents. The next director will have a robust and nuanced understanding of contemporary challenges inherent to a small residential college campus. Their knowledge should be informed by substantial experience supporting the experience of diverse communities and an eagerness to maintain productive working relationships with student affairs departments, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and other key administrative stakeholders throughout the campus.

Reporting to the vice president for finance and administration, the director serves as a key member of the senior team of the vice president and will be a valued and trusted colleague at Williams and in the surrounding community. The director will collaborate with a large number of key partners on campus, including the Dean of Students Office, Facilities, Athletics, Dining Services, The Office of Campus Life, and the Office of Accessible Education, among others. In addition, the next director will be expected to form meaningful working relationships with local law enforcement agencies and with community associations and partners. Further, this position will provide a range of operational services and protect college operations and property as well as serve as a campus leader in emergency management and all safety and security initiatives including being responsible for emergency response planning, preparation and maintenance of the College-wide emergency response plan. The next director will supervise a team of CSS members who are seasoned, engaged, and motivated to perform at their best and in a manner consistent with the mission, vision, and values of the department and the college. Team members, who are not sworn officers, hold a wide range of backgrounds including previous experience in law enforcement, corrections, emergency management and safety/access technology management.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of seven years of experience in safety and security or law enforcement in a management capacity and a strong record of work in a college/ university campus safety department. A master’s degree in criminal justice or another relevant field is preferred. In addition, the next director will have an extensive track record of effective supervisory, leadership, management, and team-building skills; strong decision-making ability, organizational, budgetary, and fiscal management skills; and excellent interpersonal skills including oral and written communication and presentation skills. It is critical for the director to have experience in understanding and addressing the interests and needs of broadly diverse populations, including demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, customers and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Further, the director will have experience with building strong partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies and other service providers who have direct engagement with our campus.

Williams’ expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Applicants should highlight relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly diverse and inclusive community.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin June 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.