Chief of PoliceHarvard University is one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in North America. The University has grown from nine students with a single master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students and over 14,000 graduate students in the University’s ten graduate and professional schools. An additional 3,000 students are enrolled in one or more courses in the Harvard Extension School. Over 18,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,300 faculty. An additional 10,000 people have faculty appointments in Harvard’s affiliated teaching hospitals.
Harvard’s faculties oversee its twelve schools and colleges. The faculties and their respective academic divisions are: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the Faculty of Medicine (including Harvard Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine); the Graduate School of Business Administration; the Graduate School of Design; the Divinity School; the Graduate School of Education; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Harvard Law School; the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
Harvard University Police Department
Earlier this year, the University initiated an external review of the HUPD focusing on the internal practices and procedures of the department as well as its interactions with community members. The University is committed to a thorough re-examination of the role that HUPD performs and to the implementation of any necessary changes to secure the trust, wellbeing, and safety of all members of the Harvard community. The selected candidate will be charged with implementing recommendations emerging from the external review as well as advancing other best practices aimed at ensuring that every member of the campus community is treated at all times with dignity, fairness and full respect, regardless of status/suspected status within the community.
In addition, Harvard is not immune to the demands for policing reforms fueled by the death of George Floyd in May 2020 by a Minneapolis police officer. These times demand a significant assessment and re-imaging of the role that the HUPD performs in securing the safety and well-being of all members of the Harvard community.
It is critical that the successful candidate have demonstrated experience and a genuine commitment to working with diverse communities, a focus on social justice and fostering an inclusive environment based on trust and mutual respect. The next chief must be proficient and comfortable engaging in challenging conversations for the betterment of the department and institution as well as adept at designing practices and training consistent with the needs of a diverse community and the particular aspects of a university-setting and the value it places on free expression and support of peaceful demonstration/protest. The chief will have knowledge of, and commitment to, national best practices and community-centered security and law enforcement and both knowledge and experience with effective change management techniques with a proven record of instilling major changes within a complex organization. Strong interpersonal skills; thorough knowledge of security operations, applicable federal and state laws and Clery reporting requirements; and have a MPTC (Mass Police Training Committee) certification or the ability to attain a waiver are all required of the new chief. Further, it is highly desirable for the successful candidate to have prior experience working in a unionized environment and/or experience working with police reform advocates as well as the successful completion of an advanced, executive leadership training such as the FBI National Academy or other evidence of continued professional development.
Application and Nomination
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Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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