Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges — Chief of 3 College Campus Police

The 3 College Campus Police Department serves Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith colleges. The department is responsible for the safety and security of each campus, including community building, crime prevention programming, investigations, patrol and response services, and assistance to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

Hampshire College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. It opened in 1970 as an experiment in alternative education, in association with four other colleges in the Pioneer Valley: Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke College is the nation’s oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning for women and is consistently ranked among the most selective, private, residential liberal arts colleges in America. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,199 and is located on 800 acres in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Mount Holyoke College is renowned for educating women leaders, from medical pioneers to Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights.

Located on 147 acres in Northampton, Massachusetts, Smith College is an independent, nondenominational college. Smith College opened in 1875 with just 14 students; today, Smith is among the largest women’s colleges in the United States, with a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,514. Smith remains strongly committed to the education of women at the undergraduate level, but admits both men and women as graduate students.

The 3 College Campus Police Department seeks a transformative and proactive leader to serve as its next chief of police, the administrative and executive officer of the department. The chief oversees the delivery of professional and responsive law enforcement, safety, and security services, utilizing a strong community policing approach for all three communities. To that end, the chief of police is responsible for organizing, planning, directing, and controlling department activities and functions to provide the highest degree of safety, security, and service. This position works closely with presidents, senior administrators, students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses, especially in the areas of student affairs, residential life, facilities, and health services. As well, the chief maintains a close working relationship with the local police and fire departments, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office. In addition, the chief leads emergency planning, preparation, and response initiatives; ensures the department’s compliance with all applicable state and federal laws, including the Clery Act; and incorporates best practices to create programs and services that enhance the department’s educational focus and assists each of the colleges in achieving its mission. Reporting to the vice president for finance and administration at Mount Holyoke College—but working closely with the vice presidents for finance and administration and the deans of students at all three campuses—the chief oversees a team of approximately 50 officers and staff members and is responsible for their evaluation, training, and professional development.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten years of experience in increasingly responsible, high-level leadership positions within a police or public safety agency. A master’s degree and/or public safety experience within a higher education environment are preferred. Candidates must meet, or be able to meet, all requirements for certification under Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 22C, Section 63 as a Special State Police Officer and be warranted to receive police powers by the Massachusetts State Police Licensing Unit. Candidates must also maintain a valid MA driver’s license and certification in first responder, CPR, and defensive tactics. The chief will possess proven creative and strategic thinking skills and financial management experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; highly effective command presence, unquestioned integrity, and a deep commitment to service. The chief will have extensive experience in emergency management, supervision, and promoting the professional development of all police officers and staff as well as professionalizing police practice consistent with community culture and standards. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement and to staying up to date on the best policing practices; a track record of consistently practicing community policing; knowledge of processes required to maintain accreditation and correlating standards of practice; success and expertise working in culturally diverse communities; and the ability to work effectively with the broadest range of constituents on campus. A service-oriented approach to working with colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and other community stakeholders, a strong desire to support and be part of the educational process, and a genuine appreciation for the people and cultures of the three campuses are also characteristics of the next chief.

Review of applications will begin July 3, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the colleges’ websites at www.mtholyoke.edu/campuspolice/.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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