University of Chicago — Chief of Police

The University of Chicago is a private, nondenominational institution with an extraordinary history of world-renowned research and education programs across a broad spectrum of fields. Founded in 1890 by John D. Rockefeller, the University has grown to encompass the undergraduate College, which offers 50 concentrations, six professional schools, four graduate divisions, the Oriental Institute, and the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, which together support over 80 degree programs. The University enrolls over 5,000 undergraduate students and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. The University continues to build a strong global presence, with a University Center in Paris and newly established centers in Beijing, Delhi, and Hong Kong. The University is consistently ranked among the finest universities in the world.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Safety and Security, the Chief of Police maintains a high degree of visibility and represents the police department on campus and in the local community, serving a central role in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with university constituents and local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Chief of Police plans, organizes, directs, and administers the overall policing initiatives of the campus community and extended patrol area, and develops and implements effective crime prevention strategies, including a comprehensive community-oriented policing program. This position includes administrative responsibilities for the department’s budget, and timely and accurate reporting in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and higher education guidelines, including crime reports and the annual Department of Education/Clery Act report. Approximately 100 state-certified officers with full police powers comprise this nationally accredited department that serves as the primary policing authority on and around the University of Chicago’s campus. In addition, the University of Chicago Police Department provides police services to a patrol area encompassing a population of approximately 60,000 people, many of whom do not have a direct connection to the University. The direct reports for this position are the Deputy Chief of Operations, the Commander of the Professional Standards Bureau, and the Commander of the Community Engagement Bureau.

Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree and at least ten years of experience in a law enforcement or public safety environment. A master’s degree and campus law enforcement experience are preferred. Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) certification, or the ability to obtain ILETSB certification within the first six months of employment, is required. The ideal candidate will also possess demonstrated skill in dealing with bureaucratic protocol at all levels in large, complex organizations; the ability to work with people of various ages and backgrounds and with diverse constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, and staff in the University and the Medical Center; knowledge of EEO/Affirmative Action guidelines for recruitment, selection, and promotion; and the ability to fully understand the mission, values, objectives, and goals of the department and to incorporate them in the daily operations of the department.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin February 17, 2017, 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
University of Chicago – Chief of Police
Mark A. Hall, Vice President

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The University of Chicago is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.