Rice University — Police Captain

Rice University is a private, coeducational university that is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States. The University provides teaching and research across a full range of academic disciplines, with a distinct focus on the quality of the student educational experience. The distinctive, highly recognized and respected residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish as individuals in a community of their peers. Rice’s 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students comprise a diverse population including students from over 95 countries. The relatively small size of the campus fosters close interactions between students and faculty members.

The Rice campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, situated on 300 acres in the heart of Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States. The campus is bordered by one of city’s largest parks, the Texas Medical Center, retail areas and neighborhoods, and is located on one of the city’s light rail lines and multiple bus lines. The Rice University Police Department (RUPD) maintains close working partnerships with several law enforcement and life/safety agencies throughout Houston, including the Houston Police Department and the METRO Police. Campus services include housing, retail, dining, facilities maintenance, utilities, emergency medical services, post office, recreation, transportation, and police. The RUPD is highly respected and a very visible part of the campus community.

The Position

Reporting directly to the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, the Police Captain directs and manages the operational and administrative components of the RUPD, including the patrol function, criminal investigations, security, training, Clery Act and UCR requirements, dispatch, and the accreditation process. The Police Captain provides leadership and direction to the department consistent with the mission of Rice University and the RUPD and both supervises and coordinates the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensures that procedures are conducted in accordance with all laws and regulations. In addition, the Captain organizes, plans, and delegates the workload of the RUPD; evaluates the operation of the department to ensure that it performs the functions for which it is responsible; maintains logs, prepares reports, and directs the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records; and reviews employee performance for meeting specific goals and conducting their work in a manner that is consistent with the department mission and vision. This position supervises up to four Police Sergeants, three Lieutenants, and one Security Supervisor.


A bachelor’s degree and seven years of law enforcement supervisory experience within public safety or law enforcement organization are required. Additionally, candidates must be able to obtain a permanent license as a Texas Peace Officer, with an Intermediate Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license with no more than three moving violations and/or at fault accidents within the past 36 months-, and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past 10 years. Eight or more years as a law enforcement supervisor, previous college/university law enforcement experience, law enforcement supervisory experience at a command level, and a TCOLE Instructor’s Certification or Master Peace Officer Certification are all preferred qualifications. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished and high-energy professional who possesses strong spoken and written communications skills, including the ability to give group presentations, media interviews and press releases, report preparation and personnel instructions, as well as having the capacity of analytical thinking and problem-solving, with particular emphasis on innovative abilities related to crime reduction. Additionally,  the Police Captain will exhibit personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with all segments of the university and the public, including a commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations and will possess a thorough understanding of community policing, crime prevention, and customer service as strategies utilized to achieve community awareness and partnerships in maintaining a safe University environment.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin June 11, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanandjohnson.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 Rice University website at www.rice.edu

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.