Chief Safety Officer

Galesburg, IL
Carl Sandburg College

Salary: $76,080.00 – $81,840.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Responsible for administering, managing and directing the College’s comprehensive risk management program and day-to-day functions of the campus Public Safety Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee all aspects of campus safety.
  • Provide leadership to public safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors of all Carl Sandburg College district locations.
  • Administer, enhance, and implement the College’s risk management program in a manner that fulfills the College’s mission and strategic outcomes while complying with state and federal laws related to safety and risk management.
  • Direct and supervise the College’s Campus Public Safety Department.
  • Maintain eligibility for Illinois State Certification as Peace Officer by adhering to continuing education and training requirements.
  • Maintain Illinois State Police certification on a firearm.
  • Responsible for proper use, storage, and maintenance of college owned firearms included but not limited to a handgun and assault rifle.
  • Ensure compliance and technical expertise with all security related regulations. Including but not limited to: the Campus Security Act of 1990, the Illinois Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, Clery Act, and any other security related regulations.
  • Maintain a current key stock inventory and control program.
  • Train employees on, including but not limited to, OSHA requirements, campus alcohol & traffic safety procedures, campus safety procedures, blood borne pathogen procedures, and other communicable diseases.
  • Develop and monitor security and risk management budget.
  • Report/track incident and accident reports and ensure that follow-up procedures are performed.
  • Process and file all required external reports such as Campus Security Act, Clery Act, etc.
  • Provide leadership to the Sustainable Security Program (SSP).
  • Provide leadership in continuous assessment process of security programs.
  • Provide leadership in constructing future strategies and goals for the security programs aligned with the mission of the Institution.
  • Recommend continuous process improvement/professional development opportunities for the entire Public Safety Department.
  • Develop and assess outcomes for departmental initiatives and activities. Report associated metrics and make data-driven decisions regarding plans and actions.
  • Determine security system needs and develop a long-term maintenance and replacement plans, including a security master plan.
  • Maintain the College’s security monitoring system. Including coordinating maintenance and installation of equipment working with providers and ensuring long term system feasibility.
  • Work in cooperation with continuing education to provide CPR and first aid training.
  • Provide opportunities for safety awareness and violence prevention training to the College Community.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree or 120 semester hours or specialized related training and four years related experience required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Supervisory experience in law enforcement, security, military or related field required.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Working knowledge of Federal Title III (SARA) reporting requirements preferred.
  • Current Illinois Peace Officer Certification.
  • Current Illinois State Police certification on a firearm.
  • The ability to communicate successfully with clients of all ages, socio-economic status, sex, or race.
  • Spanish or French proficiency preferred.