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Peralta Community College District



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The District is strongly committed to achieving staff diversity and the principles of equal employment opportunity. The District encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or genetic information, gender identity or expression, citizenship status, veterans status, status with regards to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law, in any of its policies, procedures or practices.

The Chancellor is pleased to announce the official search process to identify and select a DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY for the District Administrative Center. The Peralta Colleges are located in the beautiful Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area, an area which leads the world in technology and innovation. This District is seeking an individual who will become part of the Chancellor’s team responsible for implementing an ambitious agenda in advanced training and higher education to serve all segments of a culturally diverse urban community. The District serves six cities in the East Bay. The Peralta Colleges have a reputation for developing effective approaches to serving the varied interests and needs of the community. The District was founded in 1964, serves 29,000 students, and is one of the top community college districts in California in transferring students into the University of California system.  


Individuals are invited to apply who are interested in joining a team of educational leaders, who understand the principles and distinction of excellence in management and commitment to visionary leadership, and who are committed to community service and academic excellence. 


Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor of General Services, the Director of Public Safety is a Security Services Leader that understands the nuances and intricacies of a community-based security model. The Director will oversee a non-lethal, non-traditional, mental health and restorative justice-oriented security ecosystem that proactively responds to challenges before traditional policing services are activated. The Director will manage community-based security service vendors, traditional private security firms, the student safety aide program (administered by the Merritt College Administration of Justice Program), and the Dispatching apparatus.

The Director will be tasked with creating a culture of personal engagement between security vendors and the students, faculty, staff, and administration that they serve. The Director will understand restorative justice principles and de-escalation techniques. They will encourage those that they manage to earn the trust of the college community by demonstrating particular sensitivity to communities of color, and those that have experienced the de-humanizing effects of institutional racism, oppression and willful neglect.

Additionally, the Director will approach security through a lens of community engagement, restorative justice, and respect. They will have, or be willing to gain, a familiarity with the District’s many communities that encompass all forms of ethnic, cultural, religious, gender-identity, sexual orientation, political, philosophical, ability-disability and other forms of diversity. The Director will engage regularly and actively with the counseling, mental health and other related services that the District provides. The Director will actively engage with and be open to feedback from community groups, peer groups, neighborhood groups, student groups, and faculty, staff and administration. The Director will consider informal partnerships that may exceed the scope of traditional security services, building relationships that extend beyond the District’s four college borders.

Daily tasks include planning, organizing, coordinating and directing the community-based security services operation. The Director will inspect, monitor, review and audit the safety services functions and activities; serving as a resource to College and District personnel regarding security service procedures. When necessary, the Director will serve as a liaison to external public safety organizations, and will perform other related functions as directed. This position may require occasional supervision at a college campus, and will require regular attendance at faculty and student meetings, as well as meetings with the College Presidents.


Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to the following: 

Plans and organizes, coordinates and directs, the District’s community-based security safety services operation.

Determines and enforces operational policies, guidelines, and priorities, and approves schedules of consultants and staff members, with ongoing control of operational functions.

Plans and coordinates activities for emergency preparedness, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation throughout the District.

Continually reviews legislative changes and legal mandates to ensure District compliance.

Plans, organizes, develops and implements operational procedures to ensure adherence to a cost effective and cost beneficial operational mode, and to ensure that appropriate quality control and performance standards are maintained.

Plans, organizes and supervises the development and maintenance of mid-and long-range security programs, including implementation and maintenance of a systematic data management, storage and retrieval system related to security.

Plans, organizes and supervises an inspection program, and regularly reviews facilities and equipment to ensure that safety hazards are corrected and prevented.

Reviews, approves, requisitions and orders operational supplies, materials and equipment.

Plans, organizes, and participates in the District’s budget planning process, and develops and implements the expenditure control processes.

Counsels and advises college personnel regarding facility security, parking regulations and safety services related problems and concerns expressed by the PCCD community.

Assists in the development of policies and procedures pertaining to community-oriented safety services operations, and provides communication forums for interior and exterior stakeholders.

When required, assists subordinate personnel in resolving complex and unusual safety services addressing problems and concerns.

Evaluates the performance of supervisory personnel, including the use of motivational strategies and techniques, with empathy and compassion, in order to ensure improved performance.

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, experience and understanding of the following:

Implementation strategies, methods, and techniques pertaining to a community-based security model, featuring restorative-justice and non-lethal principles, and utilizing mental health services and counseling before traditional policing services are activated.

Experience working on a college or university campus.

Experience with, and understanding of, the shared governance decision making process that incorporates the input of all campus constituency groups.

Legal mandates, policies, regulations, operational procedures and best-practices pertaining to a community-based, non-lethal college security operation.

Best practices for community-based security, operational safety standards and other relevant standards regarding ethical conduct of security staff.

Practices, procedures, techniques and strategies for determining operational effectiveness.

Experience with the procurement of equipment, materials and supplies commonly utilized in a non-lethal security operation.

Understand when to dispatch community-based security services (including mental health and/or counseling services), and when to dispatch traditional policing services.

Effectively and efficiently plan, organize and supervise the functions and activities of a comprehensive community-based security program.

Coordinate and interface with mental health services providers, to develop effective programs that will serve the students, faculty and staff in an effective and cost-effective manner.

Plan, organize, assign, direct, and evaluate the functions and activities of a community-based security service organization.

Accurately estimate operational time requirements, determine work performance standards and evaluate based on those standards.

Plan, organize, establish, and maintain an effective and efficient data management, storage and retrieval system.

Communicate effectively in oral and written form.

Understand and carry out oral and written directions with minimal oversight by Supervisor.

Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, politics, philosophy, disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff.

Establish and maintain effective organizational human relationships. 


An equivalent combination of education and experience.


Five (5) years of increasingly responsible management or leadership experience in public safety, security, or law enforcement, ideally with demonstrated leadership experience/ability in a community-oriented public safety program. If primary experience is in traditional law enforcement, at least (2) years of management experience at the lieutenant level or higher. Experience in safety/security position in an academic setting with the specific competence in and knowledge of the issues outlined in the “Position Description” above. Formerly incarcerated or systems-impacted individuals are encouraged to apply.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Possession or eligibility to obtain a POST Management Certificate is optional.

Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.



Occasional work performed alone. Constant work around and with other people 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Typical physical abilities for this position are: 

Prolonged and frequent sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping 

Moderate to heavy usage of hands in grasping, repetitive hand movement and finger coordination in keeping records and preparing reports using a computer keyboard. 

Speech and hearing to communicate effectively in group settings and by telephone to students, faculty, staff, and others.


Visit the Peralta website and click on the “Community” link or go directly to and click on the “Search Jobs” link to find this job posting. Should you decide to apply for this position and you have not already established an account, you will be prompted to do so. Your account will give you secure and ongoing access to check on the status of your application for the position. Required documents will include:

Current resume of experience, formal education/training and qualifications.

Copies of supporting credentials, if applicable.

Copies of transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions. (Copies of diplomas will not substitute for transcripts.) (If hired, it will be required to submit official transcripts from fully accredited college or university institutions.)  

Transcripts must include degree awarded and confer date. Transcripts without this information and online applications without transcripts will be disqualified.

Note: A written evaluation by an official foreign credentials/transcripts evaluation and translation service must be submitted for Foreign Degree(s) (non-U.S. granted degrees) by the application deadline date.

Applications and attachments (resume, cover letter, copies of transcripts, letters of recommendations, etc.) will ONLY be accepted through the online process. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED OR FAXED APPLICATIONS OR ITS ATTACHMENTS.

Travel expenses for the interview and selection process will be borne by the candidates.

Video conference (Zoom) interviews may be conducted for first-level interviews if the candidate lives in excess of 250 miles from the Peralta Community College District office.

Appointment to the position is conditional upon the approval of the Board of Trustees.


This is a full-time, twelve-month classified management position. The management annual salary range (3) is $126,816 - $149,874/year. The maximum initial placement is Step 3 depending on experience.


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribution.

• Dental coverage. Depending on choice of coverage, you may be required to make a contribution.

• Life insurance of $100,000

• Long-term disability coverage

• Employee Assistance Program

• 22 days/year vacation leave, 12 days/year sick leave, and 18 holidays/year

In addition to your contribution, Peralta pays 20.70% of your salary to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect. Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalPERS. A summary of those changes is available at For further up to date information on CalPERS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at The CalPERS member handbook is available at 

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

Subject to change. 


A selection committee will review and evaluate applications to select a limited number of candidates for interview. Meeting minimum qualifications for a position does not assure the candidate an interview.


Employees must satisfy all pre-employment requirements to work for the District which include, but are not limited to, the following items:


Tuberculosis Examination: Prior to employment, the successful candidate will be required to submit evidence (either skin test or X-ray report) of being free of tuberculosis within the past sixty (60) days. The TB test is a condition of employment and any expense must be borne by the successful candidate.

Fingerprinting Requirement:

As a condition of employment, all employees working for community colleges in the State of California are required to be fingerprinted within the first ten (10) working days of the date of employment pursuant to Education Code Section 88024. The District Office of Human Resources processes fingerprints electronically. During the employment intake process, new employees will be given information to have their fingerprints taken at another location.

Immigration Requirement: According to the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the Peralta Community College District is required to verify that all new employees are:

A citizen or national of the United States;

An alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or

An alien authorized by the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to work in the United States.

All new employees are required to complete and sign a verification form and provide documentation attesting that he/she is a United States citizen, national, or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

District Policy: A Social Security Card will be required following selection and prior to completion of the hiring process. The employment process cannot be completed without a copy of the Social Security Card on file in the Office of Human Resources.


Medical Examination: Under state regulations and as a condition of employment, certain positions may require a medical examination prior to employment. Expenses incurred will be borne by the employee.

Peralta Community College District



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Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    May 31, 2021
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


333 East 8th Street, Oakland, CA 94606

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