Director of Security and Safety

  • Clark College
  • Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA
  • Mar 04, 2024
Full time Security

Job Description

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, 12-month, exempt Director position in the Security and Safety department. This position is responsible for ensuring a safe and orderly environment in which all members of the college community can pursue their educational and professional goals. This position plans, implements and evaluates programs that protect life and property; provides services and assistance to students, faculty, staff, and community members; provides fair and equitable access to college facilities; and assures compliance with state, federal, and college regulations. 
About the Department:
Clark College’s Security & Safety Department is comprised of non-sworn personnel that includes a Director, a Sergeant, an Administrative Manager, an Emergency Management Specialist, Communications Officers (dispatchers), Campus Security Officers and Office Aides that support the Lost and Found function. The department supports main campus with 24/7/365 coverage as well as support for our satellite campus in eastern Vancouver during that facility’s operational hours.


  • Administer, plan and implement security services for all college properties, including oversight of the hiring, training, and supervision of all department personnel.
  • Oversee and manage the operating budgets for the department.
  • Oversee, revise and enforce college policy related to security and emergency management.
  • Oversee, revise, and enforce department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert to support projects, policy development or other college operations, as needed.
  • Ensure college compliance with federal and state requirements and serve as the college’s Compliance Officer with respect to the Jeanne Clery Act.
  • Maintain and distribute public information, including the publication of the college’s Annual Security Report. Provide timely warnings to the college in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act.
  • Serve as a liaison between the college and local response agencies such as law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, public health and the Clark Regional Emergency Management Agency (CRESA).
  • Represent the college on formal and informal committees involved in local public safety issues.
  • Serve as a member of the SBCTC Safety, Security and Emergency Management Council (SSEMC).
  • Prepare and conduct safety and security awareness trainings and serve as a presenter during orientation sessions. 
  • Develop written safety training materials for brochures, catalogs, and faculty/student handbooks.
  • Oversee or conduct investigations as needed. 
  • Participate and support in several interdisciplinary groups such as the Safety Committee, Title IX Team, Bias Response Team, Safety and Compliance Team, Emergency Management Planning Committee, Student Care and Commencement Planning Committee.
  • Working with the VP of Operations, coordinate and facilitate meetings related to inclement weather as well as monitor campus conditions and weather forecasts/alerts from Clark County, the National Weather Service, and other sources. 
  • Maintain close ties with administration and security at Hudson’s Bay High School and Washington State University Vancouver. 
  • Oversee the college’s parking enforcement program. Review and respond to appeals of parking citations.
  • Oversee the authorization and production of employee identification credentials and electronic access cards.
  • Supervise the Emergency Management Specialist and oversee the college’s emergency response program and protocols.
  • Ensure that the college’s Emergency Operations Plans, and continuity of operations (COOP) plans are in place and regularly updated.
  • Provide leadership and guidance during emergencies or other incidents that affect the safety of the college community or college operations. 
  • Work closely with Facilities Services to plan, coordinate, and implement improvements and modifications to college facilities that involve safety and security. 
  • Work closely with Events Scheduling, Facilities Services, and Student Life to ensure compliance of on-campus events with college rules and regulations, building use rules, and fire regulations.
  • Coordinate and monitor First Amendment Activities that occur on college property.


  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field AND four (4) years of experience in security, law enforcement, or related field, OR Associate’s degree in criminal justice or related field AND six (6) years of experience in security, law enforcement, or related field, OR; a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in security or law enforcement with a minimum of five (5) of those years in a formal supervisory or managerial role.
  • Ability to work well with people of all ages from academically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to navigate complex circumstances, often with incomplete or inaccurate information.
  • Ability to receive calls and potentially respond to campus emergencies at all times, day, or night.

SALARY RANGE: $94,571-$109,502 annually (commensurate with qualifications and experience).
Successful candidates are typically hired at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases.
Clark College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes vacation/sick leave; medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; and tuition waiver.
Required Online Application Materials:

  • Clark College Online Application 
  • Current resume, with a minimum of three (3) references listed.
  • Cover letter describing background and experience related to qualifications and responsibilities of the position.
  • Responses to the supplemental questions included in the online application process. 

Please apply online at 

To contact Clark College Human Resources, please call (360) 992-2105 or email
Required application materials must be completed and submitted online by 3 p.m., March 25, 2024.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position. Completion of academic degrees will also be verified through receipt of official transcripts.

Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360)992-2105 or by video phone at (360)991-0901.

The security of all the members of the campus community is of vital concern to Clark College. Information regarding crime prevention advice, the authority of the Security/Safety Department, policies concerning reporting of any crimes which may occur on or near college property, and crime statistics for the most recent 3-year period may be requested from the Clark College Security/Safety Department, (360) 992-2133 or The most recent Annual Security Report, written in compliance with the Clery Act, can be reviewed here:
If you are hired, you will need proof of identity, and documentation of U.S. citizenship or legal authorization to work.
Corrected or extended notices will be posted online and in the Human Resources Office.
Clark College’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) supports individuals with their academic, personal, and professional development, as well as provides training and educational resources for all members of the college community around diversity, inclusion, power, privilege, inequity, social equity, and social justice. The college offers further professional development for our employees through opportunities such as Employee Resource Groups, Social Justice Leadership Institute, Cross Institution Faculty of Color Mentorship program, Administrators of Color Leadership Program, and Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.
Clark College values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Educator. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply. Clark College provides equal opportunity in education and employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, citizenship, immigration status or use of a trained guide dog or service animal. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (unwelcome sexual conduct of various types). The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, vision, and values of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support, and enhance social equity on our campus and in our community.  The college provides reasonable accommodations for qualified students, employees, and applicants with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, Title II and Title IX, and Affirmative Action: Gerald Gabbard, Director of Labor and Compliance, 360-992-2317,, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Baird 142, Vancouver, Washington 98663. Clark College is a smoke-free/drug free environment. This recruitment announcement does not reflect the entire job description and can be changed and or modified without notice.

Clark College Human Resources

March 4, 2024



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$94,571.00 - $109,502.00 Annually