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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Candidates are required to submit a video presentation answering pre-screening questions through a third-party vendor (at no cost to the applicant), participate in oral board and in-person interviews 

This position requires the candidate to successfully pass a thorough background investigation and drug screen.

Job Summary

Under the direction of the DPSS executive director, the DPSS Advancing Public Safety Project manager will be responsible for collaborating with the DPSS executive leadership, the DPSS Crime Analyst, and other stakeholders to review DPSS data and create related project plans, identify specific deliverables, and track action items to completion. The Project Manager will work with subject matter experts, conduct research, facilitate project meetings, provide progress updates, and publish final reports upon completion of action items. The first deliverable is included in the roles and responsibilities outlined below. Further duties will be similar in nature and align with division priorities. The process and final report for the initial outlined set of work will be made available to the public to ensure accountability and transparency, and reassure our community that DPSS is following best practices in policy, operations, administration, hiring, communication, and oversight.

Organizational Status This position reports to the DPSS executive director.

Mission Statement

DPSS Mission Statement
The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security supports the mission of the University as a partner serving to ensure a safe and secure environment while improving the quality of life for all those living, learning, working, healing, and visiting within our community.



Roles & Responsibilities

As identified by UM President Schlissel and Provost Collins in their June 10 letter, the project manager will:

  • Create a process, based on best practices, to provide policy and procedure documents to the U-M Police Department Oversight Committee
  • Work with subject matter experts to make additional data and statistics about DPSS publicly available
  • Partner with U-M’s Office for Information Technology (ITS) on improving data categorization, tracking, and reporting through more efficient data collection and tracking systems
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to publish additional information on the DPSS website about DPSS officer selection and training, the structure of DPSS, and the role of the division, building upon our current transparency efforts.
  • Establish a regular cadence for reviews and updates of the Mutual Aid Agreement that DPSS has with the City of Ann Arbor and other public safety partners.
  • Review and leverage the results from the 2021 Healthy Minds survey — an annual web-based study that examines mental health, service utilization, and related issues among undergraduate and graduate students — as it relates to policing and public safety.
  • Create project plans in collaboration with DPSS executive leadership
  • Facilitate implementation planning meetings
  • Coordinate and collaborate with internal and external resources
  • Manage implementation progress on project deliverables and adapt work as required
  • Maintain relationships with community stakeholders
  • Ensure project deadlines are met
  • Create detailed project progress reports for executive staff, external stakeholders, and the public
  • Perform other duties as assigned that are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience in public safety audits, inspections, project management, assessments, quality assurance activities, and/or other related fields of expertise.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in any of the above areas
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations and facilitating the interests of divergent stakeholders
  • Capacity to manage high-stress situations
  • Ability to multitask and manage various project elements simultaneously
  • Demonstrated success at big picture thinking and visioning
  • Detail-oriented, but able to see the bigger picture
  • Flexibility to work nonbusiness hours as needed
  • Ability to complete projects by applicable deadlines
  • Proven leadership, organizational, and conflict management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • An advanced degree or comparable certification, training, or educational experience in public safety,  criminal justice, public administration, auditing, project management, or other related fields is preferred
  • Passion for public safety and community engagement
  • Experience working within higher education law enforcement and/or security
  • Well versed in public safety and security
  • Familiarity with problem-solving and/or Problem-Oriented Policing
  • Familiarity with the University of Michigan and working knowledge of university policies and procedures

Additional Information

All members of the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. As such you are required to report Clery reportable offenses that come to your attention.

DPSS employees are required to complete Clery Compliance Training within the first 14 days of employment and annually thereafter.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

COVID-19 vaccinations are now required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all three campuses, including Michigan Medicine.  This includes those working or learning remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the U-M Dearborn and U-M Flint websites.