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Executive Director of Public Safety & Police Chief-Salem State University (MA)

Date Posted: February 15, 2024

Employer: Salem State University


Salem State is seeking an Executive Director of Public Safety. The ideal candidate will possess strong leadership skills, proven abilities in supervision, interpersonal and management capabilities, ability to manage organizational change, demonstrated strategic planning ability, and experience in developing emergency planning, protocols, and procedures. The executive director specializes in critical incident response, NIMS, and crisis management; excels in written/oral communication and presentation skills; and exhibits a demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing, procedural justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required in police administration, public administration, business management, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university
A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible municipal or campus law enforcement experience, including at least 3 years of police management experience at a lieutenant rank or above
Must successfully complete a CORI and background check and pass a psychological evaluation
Must meet requirements under the Massachusetts General Laws to obtain and maintain a license to carry a firearm
Must be able to obtain a Massachusetts State Police Special State Police Officer- Warrant
Must hold and maintain a valid driver's license
Must have substantial experience in handling personnel matters, preferably in a labor-management environment
Must have the ability to administer a department effectively, including the preparation and maintenance of reports, records, programs, and scheduling
Must have values aligned with Salem State's strategic plan
Demonstrated commitment to community-oriented policing
Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree
Campus policing experience
Professional training such as the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, Northwestern Center for Public Safety, COPS, etc.
Experience of successful leadership in a union setting

Working Conditions:
This is a on site, in person position with on-campus, in-person responsibilities which may require work on evenings and weekends.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email [email protected].

Application Instructions:
Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

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