Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what's Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America's top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as the most ambitious campus design program in the country".

Job Overview

Plan, direct and exercise total responsibility for comprehensive law enforcement, security, and emergency management programs for the University of Cincinnati ( university ). Direct activities and establish policies and procedures for the university's Department of Public Safety ( Public Safety ). Supervise sworn supervisors/commanders, law enforcement and security officers, and all other Public Safety administrative personnel.

Essential Functions
  • Work closely and collaboratively with university leadership, all academic, administrative, and service units of the university, federal, state, and local law enforcement, and other public service agencies regarding university public safety operations.
  • Lead Public Safety in a manner that highly values a service to the university community in an urban environment.
  • Direct, plan and analyze university resources to ensure comprehensive law enforcement, security, and emergency management programs.
  • Coordinate with internal and external organizations (including local municipal law enforcement) regarding major activities held on or near campus, including but not limited to athletic events, concerts, speakers' series, commencements, and student/public assemblies.
  • Oversee, assess, and respond to critical campus law enforcement, public safety and security concerns, issues, and situations; ensure that appropriate threat assessment/management and risk mitigation measures are in place and that Public Safety has the requisite capacity and ability to respond to catastrophic events, either criminal or natural in origin.
  • Direct and oversee administration of the budget for Public Safety. Manage budget allocations, scheduling of employees, usage of overtime, and relevant collective bargaining agreements to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
  • Design, implement and maintain organizational structures and/or changes that may include updates to policies, procedures, practices, training, pipeline development, recruitment, hiring, and retention, which are designed to promote best practices in law enforcement.
  • Ensure that the service mission of Public Safety is met, providing all employees with appropriate training, including such areas as community policing, constitutional issues, customer service, de-escalation tactics, diversity and inclusion, as well as fair and impartial policing.
  • Maintain an in-person presence on campus in order to conduct essential functions fully and appropriately, including but not limited to, supervising Public Safety employees, participating in meetings with students and employees, engaging in university leadership activities, and overseeing the university's law enforcement, security, and emergency management needs.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with other police agencies, department heads, public officials, and courts.
  • Oversee the development, monitoring, maintenance, testing, and execution of incident management, contingency and disaster recovery plans and proceduresOversee Public Safety compliance with federal, state, local, and University laws, regulations, rules, and policies, including but not limited to, compliance with the Clery Act.
  • Work with appropriate university leadership to respond to news media requests and inquiries.
  • Promote public and institutional support for Public Safety.
  • Foster agency transparency by serving as the primary point of contact and convener of the Community Compliance Council.
  • Serve as the chair of the Threat Assessment Group.
  • Oversee and monitor security and fire safety inspections of university facilities.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.) in Public Safety.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. This job description can be changed at any time.
Required Education

Bachelor's Degree

Required Trainings/Certifications
  • Certification by Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) within one year of hire.
  • Must pass background investigation.
  • Must have a current valid state operator's license with acceptable driving record.
  • Completion of at least one of the recognized police leadership schools (e.g., FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police, or an equivalent).
Required Experience
  • Ten (10) years of experience in criminal justice field and a minimum of five (5) years of successful progressive police command experience.
  • Demonstrated success in policing in an urban multicultural environment.
  • Strong organization, planning, analytical, and problem resolution abilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to understand the needs of the campus and to work collaboratively with students, faculty, staff administrators, and community partners.
  • Demonstrated leadership advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an organization, team and/or campus environment.
Additional Qualifications Considered
  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or related field (e.g., social work, psychology).
  • Master's Degree or terminal degree in a related field.
  • Prior experience in a university setting or with a university.
Physical Requirements/Work Environment
  • Repetitive hand motion (such as typing) - Continuously
  • Hearing, listening - Continuously
  • Talking - Continuously
  • Standing - Often
  • Walking - Often
  • Bending - Seldom
  • Stooping - Seldom
  • Climbing stairs/ladders - Seldom
  • Kneeling, squatting - Seldom
  • Crawling - Seldom
  • Crouching - Seldom
  • Reaching overhead - Seldom
  • Pulling, pushing - Seldom
  • Lifting - up to 20 pounds - Seldom
  • Outdoor Environment: Employees work outdoors and may not be protected from weather conditions.
  • Hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts of machinery or tools used to perform work, moving vehicles, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, or exposure to chemicals.
  • Atmospheric Conditions: Conditions that affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.
  • Sitting - Often
Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.
  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.
The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.



Posted: 01/20/2022