Cal Poly Humboldt is a comprehensive, residential campus of the California State University welcoming students from California and the world to campus. Cal Poly Humboldt offers access to affordable, high-quality education responsive to the needs of a fast-changing world. Serving students by providing a wide array of programs and activities that promote understanding of social, economic, and environmental issues, Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is a newly designated polytechnic institution. As the first polytechnic in northern California, there is a significant investment to fuel the institution’s growth. Recognized as one of the West’s best college towns, Cal Poly Humboldt enrolls approximately 6,000 students and offers over eighty-five campus clubs and a state-of-the-art recreational facility, ensuring a robust student experience. Cal Poly Humboldt is in the town of Arcata, 275 miles north of San Francisco.

Reporting to the Vice President of Administration and Finance, the Chief of Police is responsible for the leadership, direction, and management of sixteen full and part-time employees, seven student employees, and a budget of $4.4M. The Chief is responsible for creating and implementing a vision that integrates the principles of community policing into a comprehensive university law enforcement program. The Chief leads three primary units within the University Police Department (UPD), Police & Dispatch/Records, Transportation and Parking, and Live Scan. The Chief must lead with an equity lens in working with all constituencies and ensure departmental training for staff to support individuals from all backgrounds.

The Chief ensures that UPD personnel are proactive, accessible, and accountable representatives of Cal Poly Humboldt and collaborate with local agencies. The Chief maintains strong partnerships with nearby law, medical, emergency management, and fire/rescue entities. The Chief is responsible for UPD’s close working relationship with Cal Poly Humboldt’s administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The Chief mitigates risk and liability; and competently guides UPD officers in their discretion and dual roles as sworn peace officers and Cal Poly Humboldt staff in the independent and objective enforcement of applicable state and university laws, with a mission that emphasizes student success. The Chief serves as a trusted resource and advisor to the Cal Poly Humboldt administration on campus safety, preservation of peace, laws and regulations, workplace violence, and other matters. The recent designation as California’s third polytechnic includes plans for significant expansion, and the new Chief will be a vital partner in housing and other infrastructure projects.

A bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least seven years of progressively responsible law enforcement or public safety administration experience, including five years in management and administrative responsibility at the command level (Lieutenant or above), is required. The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience and a genuine commitment to working with and for diverse communities, focusing on social justice, and fostering an inclusive environment based on trust and mutual respect. The candidate must also demonstrate strong communication and collaboration skills. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the development and implementation of a wide range of training and establish a culture of accountability. Graduation from advanced law enforcement education, such as FBI National Academy or California POST Command College; experience in budget and personnel administration, including experience working in a collective bargaining environment; and experience at a university-based law enforcement agency or complex organization are preferred. The Chief must maintain a current POST management certification in California or obtain a certificate at the management level within six months of the hiring date.

Review of applications will begin Tuesday, September 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

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Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state.