Associate Vice President of Public Safety

Associate Vice President of Public Safety




Clemson University is seeking an experienced, collaborative, and dynamic public safety leader to serve as the Associate Vice President of Public Safety reporting to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations.

The AVP of Public Safety (AVPPS) promotes an inclusive educational and working environment at University locations while also consistently building relationships and collaborating with students, faculty, and staff in support of a positive experience for all members of a diverse and learning-focused community. The AVPPS provides comprehensive vision, strategic leadership, and effective management for the Department of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the Clemson University community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The department encompasses various units, including law enforcement, fire, and emergency management and Tiger One involving safety technology systems. DPS plays a vital role in maintaining a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community, contributing to the overall well-being and success of Clemson University. For more information on Clemson's DPS, visit the website.



Responsibilities include:

  • Establishes strategic priorities and objectives for Public Safety departments. Maintains authority to issue, modify and approve written departmental directives. Coordinates with department leaders in decision-making with incidents impacting University safety. Works collaboratively to develop, update and train all critical response plans. Informs University officials statewide of reported safety concerns. Directs the activities of the Emergency Operations Center during emergencies. Leads multi-disciplinary teams to develop technology proposals to enhance safety and lead security.
  • Oversees all public safety and crowd management activities at major special events. Develops collaborative relationships with University event hosts, sponsors and key partners including Student Affairs, Athletics, Facilities, and Academics Affairs. Coordinates with appropriate University departments and local, state, and federal agencies to review event security planning and fulfill event responsibilities. Issues final approval of event operations.
  • Leads multi-disciplinary teams to coordinate risk assessments and technology planning to enhance safety and security capabilities and address threats including cyber-related incidents.
  • Coordinates with public safety departments and key partners to develop a strategic technology roadmap that sustains and optimizes current systems while exploring the integration of new and emerging applications to enhance safety and security capabilities for the future.
  • Collaborates with University leadership and regional public safety partners to identify and implement policies, procedures and practices based on relevant and emerging knowledge, needs and technologies in public safety. Serves as the principal advocate for Public Safety to educate the University and surrounding communities regarding their vision, priorities, efforts, and strategies.
  • Develops methods and protocols to share data regarding operations, policies, and practices of public safety departments to increase information sharing, transparency and accountability within the University and the surrounding community.
  • Monitors compliance with state and federal requirements and education guidelines including Clery Act compliance.
  • Directs personnel management and is responsible for the selection of departmental leaders. Responsible for oversight of training, growth and development initiatives, and assessment of all matters related to staff performance and behavior. Collaborates with senior leadership to establish appropriate staffing levels to enhance safety and reduce risk.
  • Leads the co-creation of strategic plans for public safety departments ensuring alignments among departments, Finance and Operations and Clemson Elevate. Requests and allocates departmental resources in alignment with the Finance and Operation's strategic goals, Clemson Elevate, and University goals and objectives; aligns resources to promote and enhance University safety and security in an efficient and transparent manner. Identifies, supports, and applies for grants to support Public Safety operations and new initiatives.


  • Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field from an accredited institution.
  • 15+ years in public safety with at least 4 years of experience as a senior leader in a public safety-related field.
  • Knowledge of Incident Command Structure and the development of emergency management planning exercises.
  • Comprehensive understanding of video access controls and current and emerging public safety technology systems.
  • Experience in command supervision, budget management and operational/programmatic responsibilities for safety.
  • Proven success in the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse workforce units.
  • Experience with securing and maintaining accreditation and certification.


  • Master's degree in criminal justice, public administration, or related field preferred.



Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

Manages Work of Others - Manages work of others including hiring, terminating, training and developing, reviewing performance and administering corrective action for staff. Plans organizational structure and job content.

Develops Department Budgets - Responsible for developing one or more departmental budget(s). Estimated amount of budgetary responsibility in dollar amount must be added.



  25% - Stand for prolonged period
  25% - Sit (stationary position) for prolonged period
  25% - Walk or move about
  20% - Use hands or feet to operate or handle machinery, equipment, etc
  10% - Ascend or descend (i.e. stairs, ladder)
  15% - Position self to accomplish task (i.e. stoop, kneel, crawl)
  60% - Communicate, converse, give direction, express oneself
  50% - Recognize or inspect visually
  50% - Extends hands or arms in any direction
   5% - Use taste or smell to detect or determine particular flavors or odors
  70% - Perceive, observe, clarity of vision



  50% - Exposure to heat or cold
   5% - Exposure to dust/fumes
  10% - Wet or humid
  50% - Noise
   5% - Vibration
   5% - Chemical hazards
   5% - Exposure to bio-hazards (i.e. blood, bodily fluids)
   5% - Overnight Travel



Standard Hrs: 40



Salary is dependent upon several factors including, but not limited to, a candidate's previous experience, knowledge, skills and performance in accordance with Clemson's compensation guidelines.




Essential Level 2 employee

Required to maintain/resume essential support functions, deliver direct care services, and/or provide recovery support before normal operations resume. Some positions in this category may be required to work remotely or be on-call.



Clemson, SC



Clemson University, in consultation with Summit Search Solutions, Inc., will begin a confidential review of application materials immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by May 31, 2024, will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV/resume, letter of application, and a list of five references upon application. All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.

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For more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:

Caitlin Hummel
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: (585) 880-7550

Beth Baldino
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: (828) 216-6606




Clemson University is proud to allow educational equivalency for military technical certifications and trainings that directly relate to the job duties.

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State policy for veteran preference states that for qualifying, full-time permanent positions, a veteran applicant may receive preference if they meet the job's minimum qualifications, were discharged under honorable conditions from the military, and submit their DD-214 for confidential review by the Office of Human Resources.

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Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.

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