University of Rhode Island

Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police

blue square with text university of rhode islandThe University of Rhode Island is seeking an innovative and experienced police executive to become the University’s next Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police. Position is full-time calendar year, permanent.

The University of Rhode Island, located in the beautiful seaside region of Rhode Island known as South County, has achieved dramatic growth at a time when the number of high school graduates in the Northeast has been declining steadily. Enrollment has steadily grown over the last ten years, while student quality in terms of the test scores and GPA of entering students has simultaneously improved. The University, a doctoral institution, is classified as “High research activity” in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and research grants received grew from $83 million in 2009 to $117 million in 2020. More than $900 million has been invested in new construction and renovation of University facilities in the last 12 years. URI is a university on the move.

The University is seeking a transformative and visionary leader who can lead the Department of Public Safety with an emphasis on safety, preparedness, community collaboration, inclusivity, and transparency. As the chief public safety executive at the University, the Director of Public Safety provides strategic vision and guidance for the department and must be a trusted advisor to the University’s leadership. The Director works closely with staff, students, administrators, and faculty, as well as the local community, to maintain a safe and well-prepared University community and physical plant, while championing a community-oriented approach to the delivery of all Public Safety services and programs.

If you are a community-minded public safety professional dedicated to community safety, committed to professional integrity, possessing sound judgement, and with a commitment to working within a dynamic university community, this position deserves your serious consideration. Visit the URI jobs website at to apply and view complete details for posting (SF01019).

Please attach the following 3 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application: (#1) Cover letter, (#2) Resume, and (#3) “Other Document” – the names and contact information of three professional references (pdf doc).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 2, 2021. Second consideration may be given to applications received by April 16, 2021. Applications received subsequent to second consideration date (April 16, 2021) may not be given full consideration.


The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer. Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply