The City of Albuquerque is looking for an experienced professional to lead a cutting-edge office dedicated to police reform. Overseeing discipline and training, the Office of the Superintendent of Police Reform sits at the heart of culture change at the Albuquerque Police Department. The Superintendent of Police Reform is an executive-level position, developed to ensure that constitutional policing reforms are transparent and effective. As a direct report to the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the Superintendent will provide candid assessments of the Police Department’s implementation of reform initiatives. The creation of an independent position institutionalizes this role, so that reform measures will continue regardless of court or federal involvement.

Because the Police Academy is integral to both training and creating a culture that embraces reform, the Superintendent will directly oversee all Academy operations. This includes cadet training, continuing education, development of innovative curriculum, and creating a continuous feedback loop between issues in the field and training topics. The Superintendent will ensure compliance with court-approved settlement agreement (CASA) requirements related to training.

Recognizing what the Department of Justice has described as the inherent need for internal affairs to exercise independence and have some separation from institutional politics and pressures, the Superintendent will also directly oversee all internal affairs matters related to the Police Department. Exercising the delegated authority of the CAO, the Superintendent will have the final say on police disciplinary matters. The Superintendent will ensure consistency and fairness in the application of disciplinary policies and compliance with CASA requirements related to discipline. The Superintendent will also develop policies and practices to ensure that the Police Department has a wide range of tools to foster culture change, in addition to discipline.

The ideal candidate has experience working within a law enforcement agency that has been through the reform process, and possesses exceptional leadership, analytical and communication skills. In addition, the ideal candidate possesses significant experience as a police officer working in both field and investigative units, project management experience, and experience with inter-agency partnerships.

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random drug/alcohol testing.

This position subject to confirmation by the Albuquerque City Council.

This is an unclassified at-will position.

Job descriptions are intended to present a general list of tasks/duties performed by employees within this job classification. Job Descriptions are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Minimum Education, Experience And Additional Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in a law enforcement related field preferred.
Ten (10) years or more of progressively responsible and supervisory experience working in or with law enforcement or other public safety agency(ies) or equivalent preferred.
Experience supervising in an organized (union) environment preferred.
Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.
Ability to obtain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.
Ability to obtain a New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification: Must currently hold a law enforcement certification and be eligible to qualify for the New Mexico Law Enforcement Certification by Waiver course (Non-NM applicants).
Preferred Knowledge
Principles and practices of police reform and constitutional community policing
Principles and practices of employee disciplinary policies and best practices
Principles and practices of project management
Administrative organization principles
Principles and practices of management and staff supervision.
Principles and practices of crime reduction strategies
Contract negotiation and administration
Conflict resolution techniques
Principles of budget development and monitoring including development of control measures to remain within budget
Computer systems and applications
Principles and techniques for persuasive presentation of ideas and concepts in both oral and written formats
Municipal government and organization
Applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations
Understanding of collective bargaining agreements
Preferred Skills & Abilities
Plan and coordinate project work, timelines, roles and responsibilities; establish, evaluate and implement administrative/operational policies, practices and procedures; assess, develop and administer appropriate organizational and staffing structures
Assess, procure and implement multi-user data collection and analysis systems.
Supervise and direct multiple and diverse functions
Prepare, develop and administer a large and complex budget system; negotiate and administer a variety of contracts; employ cost containment strategies
Develop and maintain positive relationships with community leaders, organizations, businesses and staff; coordinate a variety of projects and activities inter-departmentally and with outside agencies; plan, organize, direct and coordinate a variety of functional specialties and activities with overlapping work areas
Provide leadership and direction to staff; supervise and direct subordinate professional and support staff; interpret and enforce administrative/operational polices, practices and procedures; analyze and solve problems of a complex nature; maintain departmental and state safety standards
Analyze complex technical, administrative information and/or telecommunications systems problems, evaluate alternative solutions and recommend or adopt effective courses of action
Communicate effectively and persuasively; speak in large and small group settings; prepare and analyze comprehensive reports; conduct staff meetings
Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines
Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties
Work effectively with diverse community groups
Encourage and leverage different perspectives, wisdom and experience of group members
Develop inclusive solutions
Cultivate shared responsibility and collective accountability
Perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation

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