Director-Southern Police Institute (KY)

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice or a related field and five years of progressive law enforcement leadership experience, culminating in command level or higher. Law enforcement executive leadership and/or experience in educational/professional program development is preferred. Additional experience may be used on a one-to-one basis to offset the educational requirements. Grade EI. Salary Minimum $66,153. Midpoint: $92,172 Maximum: $120,557.

Position Description
Nominations and applications are sought for the position of Director of the Southern Police Institute.

The Southern Police Institute is a part of the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Louisville. The Institute awards both academic (graduate and undergraduate) and continuing education credits through its programs.

This is an executive staff position with responsibilities for programs and services at the Southern Police Institute (SPI). This is a five-year appointment with the possibility for renewal following a successful five-year review.

The mission of the Southern Police Institute is to provide advanced leadership and professional development training to law enforcement practitioners, nationally and internationally. In fulfilling this mission, the Institute is committed to best practices in law enforcement, police reform and policing strategies that promote social justice. Since its inception in 1951, its program of instruction has been based upon the belief that law enforcement is a demanding activity requiring the highest levels of professional preparation and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Administration, leadership and participation in the instruction, research, and service missions of the Southern Police Institute. This includes teaching one course each semester in the Administrative Officer’s Course (academic credit program).

The successful candidate for Director must be capable of moving the Southern Police Institute forward as a leader in police reform and social justice as well as ensuring that SPI continues to promote responsive and progressive professional education and training programs.

The Director works closely with the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and interfaces with members of the Southern Police Institute Alumni Association.


Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Commitment to police reform and best practices.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and to promote and market the institute nationally and internationally and
Demonstrated ability to be creative and responsive in program and organizational development activities.
5) Effective written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Candidates with Juris Doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy degrees will be given preference as well as candidates with experience in both organizational leadership and the administration of police educational and/or training programs.

Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply

Please see Note below on further instructions on How To Apply.

An application form must be combined and submitted electronically online. Job ID: 41208 must be referenced in the application. Along with the application form, a letter of application, resume or vitae, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable with official transcripts required prior to employment) and contact information for three references.

Questions should be directed to:

Deborah G. Keeling, Chair, SPI Director Search Committee

University of Louisville

Department of Justice Administration

102A Brigman Hall

Louisville, KY 40292

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at or 502.852.6258.

How To Apply -Staff Positions
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Computers are available for application submission at the Human Resources Department located at 1980 Arthur Street – Louisville, Kentucky 40208. For more information, please contact us by email at or by phone 502-852-6258.

If you require assistance or accommodation with our online application process, you may schedule an appointment at (502) 852-6258 with Employment Services at the Human Resources office located at 1980 Arthur Street, Louisville, KY 40208.

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