Chief of Police

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Work type: Full time
Location: Harper College Main Campus (Palatine)
Categories: Administrator, Supervisory/Management
Salary: $82,797-$113,181
Division: Finance & Administrative Services
Department: Harper College Police

Schedule Information: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm. Employee is on call 24/7/52 to respond to campus security and/or safety problems. Employee must carry and maintain a personal cellular telephone, subject to College business use reimbursement rules.

Hours per Week: 37.5 hours

Benefits:  Health, Dental, Life & Disability; Sick, Vacation & Holiday Pay; Personal Business; Harper Tuition Waivers; and Professional Expenses

Work Conditions: While work is primarily indoors, the employee shall maintain appropriate readiness for outside inclement work as required by immediate circumstances. The employee will regularly inspect the entire campus for security and safety issues.

Employee is on call 24/7/365 to respond to campus security and/or safety problems. Employee must carry and maintain a personal cellular telephone, subject to College business use reimbursement rules.

Duties of Position: The Chief of Police directs all activities of the Harper College Police Department (HCPD) including patrol, traffic, criminal investigation, parking enforcement, emergency management, safety and security, and administration services.  This position also develops and implements policies and procedures to assure continuing efficient operations; establishes short- and long-term goals; and creates an inclusive work and campus environment.  The Chief of Police must have an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, and will ensure all employees in the department to demonstrate a similar commitment.

Be a visible, approachable, accessible, and engaged leader of the college;

Maintains rules, regulations, and policies that reflect law enforcement best practices that increase effectiveness, improve efficiency, and build public trust.

Responsible for hiring, training, discipline and performance of entire staff. 

Prepares, monitors, and oversees the department’s annual budget and expenditures. 

Develops short and long-range departmental objectives and goals.

Maintains working knowledge of compliance and legal issues related to campus policing and college administration of acts and rights such as FERPA, Title IX, Title VII, ADA, FOIA, freedom of speech, and the Jeanna Clery Campus Crime and Reporting Act. Prepares the police department’s portion of the Annual Security Report. 

Administers parking and traffic control program functions including patrol of roadways and parking areas, control of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and issuance of warnings and citations to violators of state and college traffic and parking regulations. Manages issuance of parking permits and parking citation appeal process.

Ensures monitoring of alarm systems and works collaboratively with various departments for the maintenance of the alarm systems.

Serves as the college’s designated Emergency Management Coordinator. Plans, prepares and disseminates appropriate Emergency Operations Plans consistent with the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS).   

Conducts regular emergency drills to ensure preparedness for emergencies. 

Oversees and ensures proper operation and appropriate utilization of the campus video surveillance and card access systems. 

Manages distribution, collection and inventory of keys issued to employees, contractors, etc.

Manages and motivates an engaged workforce while maintaining compliance with union contracts and labor law.

Actively participates in the collective bargaining process with pertinent unions

Stays informed of relevant legislation and court decisions as it pertains to police department operations. 

Receives and handles complaints and assures follow up action is taken. 

Responsible for execution of the college’s criminal background check program for students enrolled in certain identified educational programs. 

Develops, monitors, accounts for, and maintain reports on campus police-related revenue sources, including parking permits, parking citations, and fingerprinting. 

Serves on various college and community committees as assigned. 

Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration, social science or related field required.  Master’s preferred.  Completion of a major police management program such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI National Academy is preferred.

Experience Requirements: A minimum of five years of supervisory experience with a college/university police department or a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement agency is required. Community College experience is preferred.  Experience must include a strong emphasis on crime prevention, safety management and physical security. Must be a Certified Illinois Peace Officer, or be able to receive Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) certification.  Annual mandatory qualification/certification required by law to include: Annual Firearms qualification and Police Chiefs 20-hour annual training.

Must have strong functional computer and software skills to include Microsoft Office Suite products and Oracle as well as law enforcement related software products.

Openness to change and new methods, a passion for continuous learning and self-improvement, and a willingness to meet change with innovation to promote and carry out the College mission.

Demonstrated ability to organize, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff.

Ability to be a fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility.

Personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with all segments of the College and the public.

Understanding, sensitivity, and commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations.

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before: September 3, 2020

Required Documents: ***A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process***

* Official transcripts required upon hire 
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.
* Employment sponsorship is not available.

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