Miami University — Chief of Police

Miami University (Miami) is seeking a student-centered, forward-looking, and experienced campus police or public safety leader to serve as its next chief of police. The expected start date is summer 2021. 

Ranked as a Top 50 National Public University, Miami is one of the oldest public universities in the country, chartered in 1809 and welcoming its first students in 1824. Deemed as an inaugural Public Ivy institution, the university maintains that esteemed distinction today as a highly respected public institution of higher education that is recognized for outstanding undergraduate education and selective graduate and research programs. Deeply committed to student success, Miami builds strong student and alumni loyalty and empowers its students, faculty, and staff to become engaged citizens who use their knowledge and skills with integrity and compassion to improve the future of our global society. Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

Covering a three square-mile area, Miami’s main campus is located in Oxford, Ohio, 35 miles north of Cincinnati. With over 21,000 residents, and named ‘The Best College Town’ in the United States by Forbes magazine in 2014, Oxford features a wide variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the main campus. Additional regional campuses are located in Hamilton, Middletown, and the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio. 

The Position
Reporting to the senior vice president for finance and business services, the chief of police (chief) provides strategic and operational leadership to the Miami University Police Department including patrol operations, community policing, investigations, parking enforcement, technical services, dispatch and communications, crime prevention, special events, and emergency response for the entire university. 

The chief is responsible for the overall planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive and dynamic public safety and law enforcement program at Miami University; upholds a strong departmental commitment to the university’s mission; promotes collaborative and respectful relationships with students, faculty, staff, and the City of Oxford; ensures proper and adequate coverage by police department staff for all athletic and special events; and maintains open and continuous communication with senior leadership and City of Oxford Police Department to keep them apprised of actual and potential risks. 

This senior leader works closely with university communications colleagues and serves as a spokesperson for the university on public safety, law enforcement, emergency management, and security matters. The chief provides leadership for a team comprising 22 sworn officers, six communications specialists, and three civilian staff and manages approximately a $10 million budget covering both public safety and the university’s transportation auxiliaries. The Miami University Police Department is certified by and a participating agency in the Ohio Collaborative for Community-Police Relations. 

Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, or a related field coupled with significant experience in a management level position within a public safety or law enforcement organization are required. A master’s degree, experience working with a diverse campus population, and leadership experience in an institution of higher education’s police or public safety department are strongly preferred. 

Miami University is particularly interested in candidates who have completed an executive leadership certification program and possess extensive knowledge of federal, state and local laws, policies and procedures that promote campus security; experience in and considerable knowledge of the concept of community policing; and strong customer service skills. A criminal background check and the ability to obtain a certification as a State of Ohio Peace Officer are also required. 

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin Tuesday, April 27, 2021 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 Michel Frendian at mrf@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Visit the Miami University website at https://miamioh.edu and the Miami University Police Department website at https://miamioh.edu/police/. 

While every effort will be made to preserve confidentiality until finalists are selected, the search is subject to the Ohio Public Records Act.

Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices.  Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to ADAFacultyStaff@MiamiOH.edu or 513-529-3560.

As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at: http://www.MiamiOH.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/index.html, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities.  This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students.  Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees.  Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.  A criminal background check is required.  All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free.

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