Director of Campus Safety

  • Interlochen, MI
  • Full-time

Company Description

Interlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at


Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:


Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.


Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.


Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.


Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.


Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.


Job Description

The Director of Safety is responsible for the campus safety environment, security and transportation services at Interlochen, a campus community similar to a small college; the 1200-acre wooded campus with more than 400 buildings spans a state highway and sits on two lakes.  During the academic year 500 resident students and 350 full time employees work on campus.  In the summer the population grows to more than 2500 students, an additional 800 seasonal employees and as many as 5000 guests each day attending concerts and events.  Uniformed security officers patrol the campus in marked vehicles, bicycle and on foot, respond to emergencies, investigate all complaints from students, staff and guests, and handle car registrations, campus parking and traffic flow.  Thousands of students, parents, artists and visitors are transferred to the regional airport, to Traverse City, and on day trips in the region.  Interlochen owns its own fleet of vehicles and buses.


Campus Safety is a 24/7, 365 day operation.  Flexible and extended hours and on-call responsibilities are a necessary and regular part of the position expectations.  The Director is strongly encouraged to live on the Interlochen campus, and housing could be provided.


Reporting to the Executive Director - Human & Institutional Resources, the Director of Campus Safety and Transportation is responsible for assessing and administering all campus security and safety needs, including: 

  1. Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate a diverse department of 7 full time security officers and 13 transportation drivers, and 16 seasonal and non-seasonal part time officers and drivers in a department that operates around the clock, 365 days a year. 
  2. Train security staff in patrol procedures, reporting and documentation, proper investigation techniques, campus key and lock systems, crowd management and traffic control.
  3. Leadership in planning, organization and implementation of campus wide emergency procedures, documentation, lockdown and severe weather/fire preparedness drills, recommending changes to procedures, processes, equipment, facilities.  
  4. Compliance with all state and federal requirements, Homeland Security and Michigan Safe Schools requirements, mandated lockdown drills.
  5. Supervise the transportation coordinator in the delivery of transportation and student travel shuttle needs.
  6. Consultation and support for some student affairs processes, including student violation of the law.
  7. Interface with local, state and federal law enforcement and fire safety personnel.
  8. Building a visible, positive presence with students, faculty and employees.


This position requires a mature individual who possesses the ability to listen and learn in a new situation, think independently, use sound reasoning and judgment and a steady and consistent approach.  The director should possess:

  1. An associates degree in public safety and/or safety and environmental health, criminal justice, or a substantial body of related professional environmental safety, security and/or law enforcement experience and appropriate certifications in lieu of formal education.
  2. Progressively responsible experience in a school or campus setting is preferred, with knowledge and experience with state, federal, and local laws applicable to departmental responsibilities.
  3. Professional development and training certifications in emergency management from FEMA, NEMA or related agencies are a plus.
  4. Proven written and verbal communication skills as well as the ability to supervise, develop and motivate, all with a good sense of humor.  Experience working successfully and with sensitivity with a diverse range of people, especially those of culturally diverse backgrounds.  
  5. Ability to build effective relationships both within and outside the institution.
  6. Unquestioned integrity supported by a positive social and business presence that can successfully represent Interlochen within and outside the community.
  7.  Strong written, verbal and technological communication skills.
  8.  Ability to physically respond rapidly to any emergency situation and take appropriate leadership action.

Additional Information

Compensation and Benefits: 

A competitive salary and benefit package is being offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  On campus housing may be available.