Director of Public Safety/Police Chief - Public Safety Services
Grand Valley State University - Allendale, MI

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The Director of Public Safety/Police Chief serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the university and works closely with all university departments and is responsible for the overall administration and strategic planning of the Department of Public Safety including police services, crime prevention, parking, traffic control, emergency management and other public safety activities. The Director of Public Safety/Police Chief reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Administrative and Operational Management
- Serves as primary campus representative to cultivate and maintain partnership relationships with town, county, and state-wide public and private agencies or organizations responsible for law enforcement issues
Budget and Planning
- Forecasts and controls expenditures for the department by projecting department needs, justifying requests, allocating funds, revising priorities, and monitoring expenditures of various department programs
- Plans and prepares goals and objectives for the department by conducting management team meetings, departmental meetings for effective communications, and optimal productivity; and ensures appropriate technologies are available and efficiently used in departmental operations and police activities

Development and Implementation of Comprehensive Law Enforcement Program
- Develops and maintains comprehensive law enforcement programs affecting all members of the university and surrounding communities
- Serves as an advisor to all university departments and administrators on law enforcement matters, security issues, investigations, etc.
- Develops and maintains programs to ensure compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations and provides timely reporting as necessary for compliance with such programs
- Engages with and is responsive to faculty, staff and student feedback

Safety and Security
- Develops, implements and coordinates comprehensive public safety and security planning.

Threat Assessment
- Provides leadership to ensure that the university is prepared for high-risk incidents or highly sensitive situations.

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Responsibilities - Non-essential Functions

Required Qualifications and Education
- Licensure by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) or be able to have certification conferred by other jurisdictions outside of Michigan. Candidates must have significant years of relevant command experience and be able to obtain Michigan licensure within 120 days of accepting this position
- Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration or a related field required.
- Experience as a persuasive and articulate leader who is able to communicate security-related and emergency preparedness concepts to a broad range of staff, university leaders and local officials; exceptional team-building skills, collaborative and process-management skills; effective critical thinking, reasoning, and judgment/decision making skills
- Candidate should have significant years of relevant experience with increasing responsibility in law enforcement, emergency management, or security services of which considerable years must be in a senior leadership role

Preferred Qualifications and Education
- Masters Degree and/or completion of a senior law enforcement management program such as the FBI Academic or a School of Staff and Command preferred

Job Classification/Range (For Hourly Staff Only)

Salary Range (For AP/Faculty Only)

Competitive with Excellent Benefits


Date Position will Post to the Web

Application Deadline Info
Review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

How To Apply
Click "Apply to this Posting." Attach a cover letter, resume and list of references. The online system will allow you to attach these documents electronically. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

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Full-Time 12 month

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