Iowa State University — Assistant Vice President, Chief of Police

Iowa State University is the most student-centered public research university in the nation. It is a place where adventurous minds are encouraged to accomplish amazing things. As a major international university ranked in the top 50 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report and a member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State offers a student experience rich in social and academic diversity. Over 36,650 students choose from 100 majors, study with world-class scholars, and hone their leadership skills in more than 800 student organizations. Students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries converge on one of the nation’s top 25 most beautiful campuses. Big 12 sports and a tradition of cultural and popular performances make campus life fun and memorable. Iowa State is a land-grant university, has set enrollment records the past nine years, and is the largest university in the state of Iowa. Iowa State is located in Ames, a community of 60,000, ranked as the second-best college town (under 250,000 population) and among the top 10 best places to live in America.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President of University Services, the Assistant Vice President-Chief of Police directs the operations of the University’s Department of Public Safety, including University Police and Parking Services. The Assistant Vice President-Chief of Police (AVP-COP) oversees investigations, emergency planning and management, training, threat assessment and response, and parking services. The AVP-COP ensures compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, University policies, and Board of Regents/State of Iowa rules and requirements and serves in the dual capacity of certified law enforcement officer and University official. The AVP-COP prepares and administers the departmental budget to ensure sound fiscal management; oversees campus criminal investigations; serves as contact and spokesperson for the department during major events or incidents; and develops, reviews, and provides consultation on safety and emergency management policies for the University. In addition, the AVP-COP coordinates and monitors campus and community outreach; maintains strong working relationships with area law enforcement agencies; and oversees compilation of crime statistics, notification standards, campus emergency training, and other requisite elements of the Clery Act.

The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree and ten years of related experience; OR a master’s degree and eight years of related experience; OR a Ph.D., or other professional degree, and five years of related experience. Experience must include community engagement, diversity, incident management, threat assessment and community security. Current Iowa certification or completed certification from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy within one year of hire and the ability to become firearm certified within one year of hire are required. Must have and maintain a valid U.S. state driver’s license and the ability to be authorized to drive University vehicles.

Demonstrated successful supervisory experience in a university or institutional environment is preferred. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess experience in operationalizing contemporary security methods; demonstrated visionary leadership; experience developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with diverse populations, and experience with university police. The successful candidate will have broad skills, including an appreciation for community engagement and outreach, the ability to effectively work in a diverse environment, the ability to assess threats and community security, the ability to provide strategic leadership, and the ability to build and maintain a regional and national reputation.

Review of applications will begin November 18, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Spelman Johnson
Iowa State University – Assistant Vice President-Chief of Police
Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612, email