Chief of Police

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Department: Public Safety
Work type: Staff Full-Time Exempt
Location: Huntsville, AL
Categories: Public Safety

The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is one of the nation's premier research universities. UAH is a public national university located in Huntsville, AL, which has been named one of the best places to live by U.S. News & World Report. UAH offers 88 degree programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate level, and its over 10,000 students hail from all 50 U.S. states and more than 50 countries.

The university’s 505-acre campus, which includes 17 high-tech research centers and labs responsible for nearly $110 million in annual research expenditures, serves as the anchor tenant for the second-largest research park in the nation. It also maintains strong partnerships with federal agencies and commercial organizations that include the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the Missile Defense Agency, the DIA Missile and Space Intelligence Center, and the U.S. Army Materiel Command.  Additional facts and figures about the University can be found here.

Role of the Chief of Police: 

Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Chief of Police serves as the chief law enforcement officer with responsibility for protecting life and property, preserving peace, maintaining order, and directing the enforcement of all federal, state and local laws within the jurisdiction of the University.  The chief develops strategic goals and objectives for the police department to include positioning the department as a responsive police department that is recognized broadly as committed to the safety and care of the members of our vibrant and diverse university community. The UAH Chief of Police provides direction and guidance in alignment with department and university mission and values serving as the framework by which all security activities, patrol operations, investigations and event management are planned, organized and executed; and develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure the health, safety, and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors. The chief provides leadership for a staff of twenty-four including seventeen sworn officers.

Opportunities and Challenges

Demonstrate problem-solving, strong collaboration, and a broad and deep understanding of national best practices with regard to community policing, campus culture, modern technology, and staff development.

Manage crises and complex situations at both a strategic and tactical level to support a vibrant, dynamic, and large higher education environment. 

Utilize national best practices, innovative new trends, and professional networks to employ the further development of a kind and compassionate policing philosophy, and implement and maintain a progressive policing philosophy that ensures officers are visible, accessible, and engaged with the student body, staff, faculty, and visitors to the University community.

Network with faculty and administration, interactively involving the campus in safety and security endeavors, and provide a positive representation of the department as an active member of the UAH community.

Model and promote the University’s deep commitment to the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and community and human relations, and keep these concepts as a top priority at all times, ensuring inclusion of education and training around diversity, equity, bias, discrimination, and inclusivity in all areas of the department.

Commit to a comprehensive culture of collaboration and partnering both within the organization and externally for maximum effectiveness, build relationships as a foundation of the campus culture, and foster strong collaborations in all endeavors in order to assess real needs, design student-centered programs, provide high-end customer service at all times, and ensure the overall success of UAH public safety efforts.

Promote and work towards a safe and secure environment in which students may voice their views and display an understanding of and effective response to student body activity on social issues, so that student gatherings may be safely and positively supported by campus law enforcement, while also holding community members accountable when laws or university regulations are violated.

Prioritize accountability and forge a balance between enforcing rules and supporting UAH’s mission in working hand-in-hand with the dean of students’ office to promote restorative justice and the educational mission of the university.

Minimum Qualifications: 

The successful candidate must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a major in Criminal Justice or related field.
  • Minimum of 15 years of progressive policing experience and training in law enforcement, including at least seven years serving at a command level rank (i.e. lieutenant, captain, major or above) with diverse responsibilities, to include assignments in administration or supervision;
  • Current certification by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) or the ability to become APOSTC certified within one year of being hired; must have an acceptable driving record, and maintain a valid Alabama Driver’s license during employment; appropriate firearms training; ability to successfully pass a criminal and financial background check.

In addition, the chief should maintain primary residence in Madison County.

Application Procedure:

The position will be posted until a candidate is identified, however, applicants must apply by the soft-deadline of February 16, 2021, to ensure review and consideration.  After this date, a candidate may be selected at any time.

The approximate salary range for this position is $125,000 - $132,000.

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