Buffalo State College (SUNY) — Chief of Police

Founded in 1871 as the Buffalo Normal School to train teachers, SUNY Buffalo State College is the largest comprehensive college in the State University of New York system. Buffalo State offers 79 undergraduate majors with 11 honors options, 11 postbaccalaureate teacher certification programs, and 64 graduate programs that currently serve 7,309 undergraduate and 1,030 graduate students. Buffalo State is an institution with a tradition of transforming lives. More than half of Buffalo State’s students identify as individuals from diverse backgrounds, and 53.7% of students receive Pell Grants. In 2021, Buffalo State ranked 33rd out of 1,458 benchmarked colleges and universities in CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index, and U.S. News and World Report ranked Buffalo State 16th out of 174 regional colleges and universities in the north for social mobility.

Buffalo State continues to breathe life into its urban-engaged mission by forging strong connections with the Western New York community, providing high-quality lifelong-learning opportunities to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, and generating more than $680 million in total economic impact annually as an anchor institution for the City of Buffalo. The college strives to foster a sense of civic responsibility and empowers more than 8,000 students to become active citizens who positively impact Buffalo and beyond.

The Position
Reporting to the vice president for finance and management, the chief of university police provides leadership, strategic planning, and administrative direction for Buffalo State’s accredited comprehensive, full-service police department. The department promotes a safe, secure, and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to the college. The chief is an experienced and engaged leader who is responsible for the strategic direction and overall management and administration of police operations, security and support services programs, crime prevention, community policing initiatives, personal safety education, the enforcement of laws and college regulations, leadership for the incident command center, and the protection of life and property at the campus. Due to the high visibility and public contact required of the position, the chief must manage these operations with a high level of professionalism while promoting good public relations. The chief will maintain the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Police Department Accreditation. The chief provides leadership and oversees the hiring, training, and supervision of a staff of approximately 36, which includes officers, lieutenants, investigators, administrators, dispatchers, assistants, and clerical support. The position represents the department to the campus, the SUNY Police Commissioner, college executives, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, the media, and private agencies and organizations.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and significant responsibility and experience as a campus law enforcement administrator and/or municipal law enforcement administrator at an upper management level (master’s degree preferred). The chief must maintain a New York State Bureau of Municipal Police Officer certification (approved through the Municipal Police Training Council), or, if certified as a police officer in another state, must be eligible for certification through the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and achieve such certification within one year of appointment. The successful candidate will also possess knowledge of trends and best practices in law enforcement; experience with community policing strategies; excellent interpersonal and communication skills in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships and management; experience in leadership for incident command and crisis management; demonstrated knowledge of organizational development and expertise in planning, staffing, organizing, directing, and evaluating a police department; understanding of law enforcement technology; knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and ordinances; Strong knowledge of higher education law enforcement policies, practices, techniques, accreditation standards, and federal and state law including the Campus Crime Reporting Act (Clery Act), Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and Title IX compliance; commitment to the professional development and training of officers with a solid commitment to staff retention and morale; and evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and to promoting an inclusive campus climate.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin on April 1, 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 Laura Puckett-Boler at lpb@spelmanjohnson.com Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

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Pursuant to college policy, the college is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs and activities, without regard to an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction. 

The college’s policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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