Division/Department
Campus Police
Reports to

Vice President for Administration and Human Resources

Position Type

Full-Time/Non-Exempt Staff

Job Summary

Wilberforce University invites applications for the position of Campus Chief of Police and Safety. Reporting directly to the Vice President for Administration and Human Resources the Chief of Police and Safety is considered an Administrator with the University and provides leadership and strategic direction for the University’s Campus Police Department. In leading this department and setting innovative public safety goals and objectives, the Chief provides leadership for law enforcement officers, and security officers. While developing programs that ensure a safe, secure, environment for students, employees and visitors. The Chief directs the departments operational, personnel, law enforcement and budgetary activities; also coordinating department fundraising efforts. The Chief of Police works collaboratively to promote University programs for disaster preparedness, public safety, and emergency planning, and represents the Police Department as liaison to other University and community constituents. Understands and actively promotes community policing.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads, directs, and manages the Campus Police Departmental operations (administrative services, investigations, uniformed patrol, etc.); with the objective to enforce laws, prevent crimes and protect life and property; ensures law enforcement personnel are well-trained and qualified to deliver public safety services to the University community and surrounding areas.
  • Provides law enforcement advice, recommendations and services to the University President, Executive Cabinet, Department Heads and other University Officials.
  • Proactively manages campus and community-based initiatives designed to deter criminal activity and prevent crimes; identifies community and campus law enforcement priorities.
  • Serves as liaison to various federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies within proximity to the University, to monitor, prevent and control criminal activity.
  • Oversees, plans, and directs security for special events, including all sporting and extracurricular activities, both on and off campus; addresses crowd management and safety matters.
  • Represents the department in all significant public relations matters and serves as the University’s liaison with external agencies, federal, state and local representatives, and private sector regarding campus law enforcement and manages crisis communications in collaboration with the Public Relations and Marketing Department.
  • Supervises programs that ensure compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including Jeanne Clery Act, Campus Security Act, and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 8. Develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), Hazard Mitigations Plans and University Crisis Management Plan, as well as establish and update WU Police Department policies and procedures.
  • Establish goals and objectives for the University Police Department and ensures existing policies and procedures are current and complete; oversees the departmental budget and monitors the department’s financial status. Thinks proactively and incorporates departmental fundraising and developmental strategies
  • Develops and implements proactive community relations programs designed to enhance overall social conditions and encourage active participation in community affairs which affect the quality of life for the University and the Community.
  • Supervises all operations of the Police Department to ensure maximum safety protocols are followed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Considerable progressive law enforcement experience, generally equivalent to a minimum of 15 years, as a sworn police officer, with preference given to officers with senior level command rank experience; preference given to those with campus safety experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, Public Administration, Police Science or Higher Education Administration required. Commensurate years of experience will be considered;
  • Commissioned Police Officer certification; must possess or be eligible for OPOTA certification;
  • Documented experience supervising the work of others, setting performance standards, and leading and setting measurable attainable departmental goals;
  • Strong cold-calling, relationship-building and fundraising ability both in-kind and monetary;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of law enforcement standards, emergency operations and hazard mitigation planning;
  • Exceptional verbal communication and customer service skill;
  • Must pass extensive background check, which may include criminal and credit history

Minimum Qualifications

  • Considerable progressive law enforcement experience, generally equivalent to a minimum of 15 years, as a sworn police officer, with preference given to officers with senior level command rank experience; preference given to those with campus safety experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Administration, Public Administration, Police Science or Higher Education Administration required. Commensurate years of experience will be considered;
  • Commissioned Police Officer certification; must possess or be eligible for OPOTA certification;
  • Documented experience supervising the work of others, setting performance standards, and leading and setting measurable attainable departmental goals;
  • Strong cold-calling, relationship-building and fundraising ability both in-kind and monetary;
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of law enforcement standards, emergency operations and hazard mitigation planning;
  • Exceptional verbal communication and customer service skill;
  • Must pass extensive background check, which may include criminal and credit history

Wilberforce University

Founded in 1856, Wilberforce University is America’s first private, coeducational University established to educated men and women of African descent; and is closely affiliated with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Today, Wilberforce is a well-respected private, residential liberal arts university with a clear mission, core values and vision for the future and is a noted pioneer in the Co-Operative Education Movement.

Wilberforce awards the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of business, engineering and computing science, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences; as well as the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree. The University is located in Wilberforce, Ohio, a community readily accessible to the Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus metropolitan centers’ social, professional and cultural amenities and airports.

Wilberforce University is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to Apply:

To apply for the Campus Chief of Police position, use the “Quick Apply/Submit Resume” button below to submit your information,  cover letter and resume to the Wilberforce University Department of Administration and Human Resources.

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