Chief of Police (APPLY VIA SEARCH FIRM) (503450)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Jose
  • San Jose, California
  • Sep 08, 2021
Full Time Administration and Management Public Safety

Job Description


Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer, the Chief of Police provides the leadership, supervision, and development of law enforcement professionals and support staff of the University Police Department (UPD). Serving as a key member of the university management team, the chief will demonstrate a leadership philosophy that is effective in a very diverse educational environment and takes into consideration the sensitivities and complexities of campus life. The chief administers a comprehensive university law enforcement program that includes facility security, emergency preparedness, parking, traffic control, and an access control program with an exceptional team of 24 sworn officers and 50 civilians. Responsible for the management of UPD personnel policies and decisions, the chief will ensure that recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of all staff is done in a manner that attracts, develops, and retains a cutting-edge professional and diverse workforce. In addition, this position manages the UPD budget in a manner consistent with budget authorization and University mission.

As a high visible member of the SJSU community, the chief fosters and maintains a close working relationship with all members of the University community including students, faculty, staff, and administrators consistent with a "service based" philosophy and a strong community policing approach. The chief serves as an active member of the vice president for administration and finance's executive leadership team and on the University's Strategic Preparation Advisory Board and is expected to recommend initiatives and changes to improve both the quality and services for UPD Service Group, Administration and Finance Division, and the University. Further, the chief acts as the University's law enforcement liaison with external public safety agencies and community organizations (especially the City of San José), maintaining regular contact and involvement in professional law enforcement and public safety organizations with a focus on bringing the highest levels of excellence to the department.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Ability to interpret technical procedures or regulations; write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals; effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers and the general public.
  • Knowledge of policies, laws and related case law that impact the law enforcement profession; regulations and standards that govern the operation of a law enforcement agency.
  • Ability to demonstrate an open, participatory, flexible, team-oriented management style.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain dignity and self-control in stressful situations.
  • Excellent customer service and public relations skills.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in budget management, and supervision of staff and staff development.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in police science, public or business administration, or a related field
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of responsible law enforcement experience including five (5) years of recent experience at the command level (Lieutenant or above) in a department of similar size or larger
  • San José State University required current POST management certification in California or certification at the management level within a six (6) month period of time
  • Demonstrated vision, positive energy and embrace the University's shared values including an unwavering commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Demonstrated experience and a genuine commitment to working with and for diverse communities, a focus on social justice, and fostering an inclusive environment based on trust and mutual respect

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree or graduation from Command college
  • Graduation from the FBI National Academy
  • Evidence of successful community policing initiatives and practices


Classification: Administrator IV
Hiring Range: Commensurate with experience

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.

Application Procedure

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 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 Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Contact Information

Heather J. Larabee

Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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