Washington University in St. Louis — Chief of Campus Police

Founded in 1853, Washington University is nationally and internationally renowned for teaching and learning, patient care, research and service to society. Washington University invests in the highest quality of both undergraduate and graduate education and has established distinctive programs in the life sciences; a strong arts and sciences core; a rich collection of professional schools spanning architecture and the arts, business, engineering, law, and social work; innovative, interdisciplinary graduate programs; and a top-ranked, thriving academic medical enterprise. Today, the University has 7,858 undergraduate students, 8,433 graduate students, 4151 faculty, and 16,323 employees. Washington University belongs to a small class of elite universities characterized by a deep commitment to excellence in education and research. The School of Medicine is an essential piece of the academic success and culture of excellence. The School of Medicine accounts for ten percent of the student population; sixty percent of the faculty; seventy percent of the staff; seventy-five percent of the revenues and eighty- five percent of sponsored research.

The Washington University Police Department (WUPD) provides law enforcement services on the Danforth Campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, and in cars. The staff of 67 includes 47 deputized officers and 20 professional staff who have been trained in accordance with county and state requirements at the St. Louis County Police Academy. Officers have the authority to enforce state and local laws and university policies. They are armed and authorized to make arrests, investigate criminal and noncriminal incidents, and cooperate in the criminal justice process.

Reporting to the executive vice chancellor for administration, the chief of campus police is responsible for the operations of the Washington University Police Department (WUPD), which provides law enforcement, crime prevention, and education services related to safety and security on and off-campus. The chief provides leadership and supervision to 67 sworn and civilian employees and is responsible for the department’s annual budget preparation and financial management. The chief will interact daily with students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, and law enforcement agencies in the St. Louis region and represent WUPD in meetings with neighborhood leaders and other constituencies. Additionally, the chief serves as the chair of the University’s Crisis Management Team, an active member of the Care Committee. It is expected to provide daily law enforcement related updates to key university administrators.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement or a related field from an accredited institution with a minimum of eight years of experience in law enforcement supervision. Completion of advanced training such as the FBI National Academy and previous service in a college or university police department or in a community with a significant higher education institution are preferred attributes. In addition, the next chief will have strong leadership skills, excellent interpersonal skills, including oral and written communication, the ability to function under significant pressure or in times of crisis, and proficiency to receive and maintain confidential information. It is critical for the chief to have experience in understanding and addressing the interests and needs within a highly diverse, decentralized environment, including demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, and faculty and the capacity to inspire confidence and trust. Further, the chief will have experience with building strong partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies and other service providers who have direct engagement with the campus. With direct supervision of the department administrator/accreditation manager and three lieutenants and indirect supervision of 50 sworn and civilian personnel, the chief is also responsible for working in and creating a team environment and managing an annual budget of approximately $4 million. The successful candidate must be eligible to be POST certified by the State of Missouri.

Review of applications will begin March 21, 2022, 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 Washington University in St. Louis website at https://wustl.edu

Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.