Director of Public Safety and University Police

Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania

Deadline August 11, 2014
Date Posted July 21, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), one of the largest universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Public Safety and University Police.

Founded in 1875, IUP is a vibrant, comprehensive, research-based, teaching-focused, student-centered learning community located approximately 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.  IUP combines the academic opportunities of a large university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college and serves approximately 14,400 students, 1500 employees and a diverse community of visitors on the Indiana (main), Punxsutawney, and North pointe Campuses as well as the Kovalchick Complex.   IUP is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the region for quality and cost, recognized most recently as one of the top 100 public universities in the United States: U.S. News and World Report, 2014

Position: Under the direction of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, the Director of Public Safety and University Police plans, organizes, directs and administers all police and public safety functions. He/she is responsible for the administration, operation, strategic planning and financial oversight of a comprehensive full-service police agency and policing program, comprised of thirty-three (33) employees.  The director interacts with a variety of university constituents as well as local, regional, state and Federal public safety agencies to development and implement comprehensive services and programs for the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.  He/she represents the department in the local community and serves as a central role in forging partnerships and engaging stakeholders in strategies and programs that add value to the collegiate experience and contribute to providing a safe and secure campus environment.

Areas of responsibility also include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing effective University safety policies and programs and appropriate crime prevention strategies for the University
  • Overseeing officer and staff recruitment, staffing, training, promotions and retention efforts and assuring compliance with all professional standards/requirements for police officers
  • Providing accurate and timely reporting as related to local, state, and federal regulations
  • Supervising the sworn and non-sworn police and public safety officers

Required qualifications and experience:

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelors degree in criminal justice, public or business administration, social science or a related field and seven to ten years of demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience in law enforcement in a higher education setting.  A current certification as a law enforcement officer by his/her respective state with no more than one year break in sworn service at the time of appointment is also required. Preference will be given to candidates with a Masters degree and executive law enforcement training.

The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to community policing with an understanding of student development and the needs of a complex, diverse campus community; demonstrated experience with emergency preparedness, managing large events and facilitating organizational change; knowledge of organizational development and management as well as best practices in higher education law enforcement policies, practices and techniques for safety and security; understanding of progressive law enforcement technology and computerization; skill in planning, staffing, organizing, directing and evaluating a police department.

A demonstrated record of leadership, strategic thinking, and collaboration, as well as superior oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills are essential for success in the Director role. Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well in the interview(s).

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applications should be submitted no later than August 11, 2014. 

All applications for this position must be submitted via the online application system. Hard-copy, emailed, or faxed documentation will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be reviewed.  A complete application will contain cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, and a minimum of three letters of references which include telephone number and email addresses. Official transcripts will be required prior to hire. 

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity and through providing equal employment to minorities, women, veterans and disabled individuals.

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