invites applications for Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety. The Chief
will provide leadership and vision for the department, which will oversee the
safety of the Rockford University community to support a learning environment.
The Chief will insure that the overall mission and goals of the University as
they relate to safety are implemented by the Department. The Department will be
based upon a “community policing model” which is adapted to the campus
environment and promotes teamwork, collaborative problem solving and service to
students, faculty and staff.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and maintain the
organizational structure of the Department in accordance with professional
standards and best management principles.
Enforce and ensure
compliance with all federal and state laws and University policies.
Oversee and manage the
department budget within approved parameters.
Handle major incidents
and/or injuries related to safety and security.
Serve as a liaison with
local law enforcement agencies and other first responders.
Recruit, hire, train,
supervise and evaluate the daily activities of the Department's personnel.
Establish, issue, and
enforce policies and procedures for employees of the Department. Ensure that
written directives conform to legal requirements, reflect best practices, and
provide practical, useful direction to personnel.
coordinate, train, and execute the University’s Emergency Operations Plan.
Ensure that written emergency plans meet the requirements of the Illinois
Emergency Management Agency.
Establish public safety
procedures for the campus community and visitors.
Lead the University's
Campus Emergency Response Team during weather emergencies and all critical
Keep accurate records of
Police calls for service, criminal offenses, traffic accidents, citations,
arrests, student code of conduct violations, and on any and all other
requirements of the University and of statute.
Ensure that the
University meets all requirements of the Campus Crime and Reporting Act.
Accurately report all required data to the Department of Education regarding
campus crime, while meeting required timeframes.
traffic and parking control.
Treat all persons within
the scope of authority in a civil, professional, and ethical manner while taking
action to ensure the protection of their civil rights.
Perform other duties as
The ability to think and
plan strategically, to exercise excellent judgment and decision-making in
stressful situations, and to problem-solve in a collaborative manner.
State certification as a
peace officer in Illinois.
of and training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
to establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with diverse
University constituencies. Understanding, sensitivity, and commitment to
meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability,
and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations.
Outstanding written and
oral communications skills.
Working knowledge of
legal issues related to campus police administration including, but not limited
to, the laws of arrest, search and seizure, use of force, civil liability, FERPA,
FMLA and the Jeanne Clery Campus Crime and Reporting Act.
Possess valid Illinois
driver’s license and personal automobile insurance.
Ability to supervise and
lead a 24/7 operation.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
Three to five years of
experience in leading police personnel as an administrative level commander
required, and experience in leading emergency planning and management preferred.
Experience in a higher
education police department preferred.
Proven track record of
ethical, effective leadership in Public Safety and/or Law Enforcement.
While performing the duties of this job, employee is required to have the
ability to move about campus on foot at a rapid pace and run up stairs. The
employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The
incumbent must be able to stand, walk, stoop and kneel. Ability to lift up to 50
pounds. Visual acuity (with or without correction). While performing this job,
employee may be required to physically subdue combative subjects, must maintain
an appropriate level of physical ability.
Employee works in a professional office environment that is highly visible to
members of the University community. Work is performed primarily indoors but
employee must be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather. 24/7
availability is a must.
Employee has access to sensitive information. A high level of trust and
confidentiality is required.
Please submit a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) professional
references with contact information and two letters of recommendation to: