The University of Illinois Springfield is seeking a qualified Chief of Police to serve as the chief law enforcement officer for the UIS campus. The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a law enforcement setting dedicated to a community policing philosophy.
Responsibilities: The Chief of Police oversees 23 personnel, including 16 sworn officers charged with protecting and prioritizing the health, safety and security of a diverse body of University of Illinois Springfield students, faculty, staff and visitors, 24 hours per day in alignment with all federal, state and local laws as well as the values of the university. This individual is responsible for designing, developing, implementing and overseeing the university’s comprehensive and dynamic safety and security strategy, with a strong focus on community building and education and administering responsibilities with a community policing philosophy by establishing, encouraging and maintaining collaborative relationships throughout the university community with a genuine commitment to campus outreach. This is a highly visible role requiring flexibility, critical thinking, high integrity and other key leadership attributes.
Main responsibilities include: Directing all police activities utilizing best-practice approaches for community policing; developing and implementing programs that maintain the trust of the community and creates a positive relationship within the department; directing and coordinating the university’s security, safety and protection programs; developing programs to recruit, train and retain a diverse Police staff with the skills, talents and demeanors to excel at serving a university campus; contributing to the university’s anti-racism and social justice priorities; establishing short- and long-range goals consistent with the university’s mission, vision and values; establishing emergency operation plans; collaborating with state and local police and governmental agencies; directing budget activities; advising UIS executive management; ensuring compliance with federal, state and local statutes, including the Jeanne Clery Act; and directing the university’s key and lock program.
Qualifications/minimum education, certifications and work experience: A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required; master’s degree strongly preferred. At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in a law enforcement agency, including at least five years of direct supervisory experience. Experience implementing successful community policing strategies. Management experience in a union environment and/or a university environment preferred. Administrative experience that includes managing a budget, developing and disciplining staff; developing and implementing policies; conducting investigations; preparing reports and interpreting legal documents, policies and procedures. Must be a certified police officer. Must possess a valid driver’s license and FOID card. Certification through the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command or the Police Executive Role program at the ILETSB Executive Institute preferred.
Required skills include: Ability to qualify for firearms certification twice a year; proficient in relevant computer applications such as Microsoft Word and report-generating software; effective written/verbal communication, crisis response and time-management skills; ability to handle multiple priorities; demonstrated commitment to community policing and servant leadership; proven ability to build strong, effective relationships with key partners; excellent interpersonal skills with ability to relate to a variety of groups, with experience facilitating delicate conversations; ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
Application Process: Online applications are accepted at https://jobs.uis.edu/job-board. Submit cover letter, resume and list of three references (with phone number & email addresses). Please include all applicable certifications, skills and trainings on your resume as it pertains to the requirements of this position. Cover letter should address your community policing and leadership philosophies.