Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 79-27987
School Name Division of Public Safety
Org Public Safety Administration
Posted to the Web 02/21/2018
Posted Job/Salary Grade 028
Employment Type Exempt
Hours N/A
Position Type Full Time
Position Schedule TBD
Months 12
Position Length Ongoing
Position End Date
University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

At Penn Public Safety, our mission is to enhance the quality of life, safety and security of our community. We strive each and every day to earn the trust, confidence and respect of our community. This website provides an overview of some of the many services we offer to those living, working and visiting Penn’s campus.


Provides general administration of contracted guard services. Ensures that the contract security provider delivers consistent professional, efficient and effective guard services. Works with the contractor’s management team to analyze the Public Safety security protection plans and develop security recommendations for Public Safety management review. Ensures seamless coordination and delivery of all contracted guard services. Works with contracted security provider to constantly evaluate and improve the operational effectiveness, deployment, and performance of the contracted security workforce. Identifies deficiencies and makes recommendations to the senior Division of Public Safety Leadership team. Works closely with school and center administrators, who are responsible for implementing security programs for buildings or areas under their jurisdiction, to ensure that effective security measures are in place consistent with Public Safety policies, procedures and guidelines. Serves as Public Safety liaison to mediate problems and complaints between the contract security provider and schools and centers. Ensures that environmental and security technology problems reported by security personnel are documented and directed to the appropriate division, department or persons; and that corrective action is initiated. Creates and maintains electronic and manual databases and spreadsheets to track the performance of the security contract management team and workforce. Performs daily reviews and analyzes data and reports provided by contract security provider for content and accuracy. Provides timely, concise reports to the Vice President for Public Safety. Reviews the security office training program (materials, methods, frequency) for effectiveness, consistency and adherence to University policies. Performs random unscheduled inspections of fixed and mobile security posts to ensure that security personnel are professional, knowledgeable and performing their duties in a prescribed manner. Participates in quality assurance assessments conducted by the security contractor’s management team. Works with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of payments and receivables. Reconciles quarterly statements. Ensures compliance with public safety security standards, policies and procedures. Investigates violations and takes appropriate corrective action. Investigates mediates and responds to problems and disputes between university entities and security contractors. Ensures seamless coordination and delivery of all contracted guard services. The Director is responsible for quality control of the appearance of Blue Light Emergency Phones. Partners with College House and Academic Services (CHAS), and other departments within DPS in conducting annual security audits of all of the College Houses, and ensuring security concerns are reported and repaired. Performs other duties as assigned.


The Director of Security Services must have knowledge of contract guard services; the person must have experience in contract management. S/he should have at least three to five years managerial experience.

In addition, the Director must possess excellent communication and listening skills. Must be ‘people oriented’ and have fine-tuned problem solving and decision making skills. Must have a keen understanding of the higher education environment. The manager must be effective in representing the Division of Public Safety with internal University stakeholders, and external community stakeholders. The Director is a member of the Division of Public Safety Leadership Team.

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience required. A minimum of 3-5 years supervisory experience; demonstrated skill in dealing with bureaucratic protocol at all levels of the DPS and University organizations; ability to work in a fast paced environment; ability to problem solve and to comfortably work through crisis situations; excellent verbal and writing skills; excellent interpersonal skills; flexible and agile in meeting demands of unexpected events and crisis. Project management skills and the ability to use technology to track projects; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, in particular, Excel, Access database and PowerPoint. Committed to serving the interest of the University community and the strategic goals of the Division of Public Safety.

This position is classified as essential personnel (24 hours/7 days), which may require weekend assignments and holiday assignments.

Must successfully pass a criminal background check. Must sign a confidentiality statement.

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability , veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Jobs@Penn
    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
    • Referred by a Penn Employee
    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
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    • Heard about it at a conference or career fair
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  2. * What is your highest level of education completed?
    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
    • 0 to 1 Year
    • 1 to 2 Years
    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
  4. * Do you have experience managing and administering a large security contact?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * If you answered yes to the previous question, please elaborate on your experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Do you have experience analyzing public safety security protection plans and developing security recommendations for public safety management?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. * Do you have prior experiencing ensuring that effective security measures are in place and consistent with public safety policies, procedures, and guidelines?
    • Yes
    • No
  8. * Do you have experience analyzing data and reports provided by a contract security supplier for content and accuracy?
    • Yes
    • No
  9. * Do you have previous supervisory experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  10. * Do you have excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written?
    • Yes
    • No
  11. * Do you possess the ability to be flexible and agile in meeting the demands of unexpected events and crisis?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Do you have proven work experience with Microsoft Office applications including Powerpoint, Word, Excel, and Access?
    • Yes
    • No
  13. * Do you have the ability to interact effectively and comfortably with a diverse group of constituents, including executive leadership, staff, suppliers, and other various stakeholders?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents