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Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety

05/11/2017 2:34 pm

Rockford University invites applications for Chief of Police/ Director of Public Safety. The Chief will provide leadership and vision for the department, which will oversee the safety of the Rockford University community to support a learning environment. The Chief will insure that the overall mission and goals of the University as they relate to safety are implemented by the Department. The Department will be based upon a “community policing model” which is adapted to the campus environment and promotes teamwork, collaborative problem solving and service to students, faculty and staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain the organizational structure of the Department in accordance with professional standards and best management principles.
  • Enforce and ensure compliance with all federal and state laws and University policies.
  • Oversee and manage the department budget within approved parameters.
  • Handle major incidents and/or injuries related to safety and security.
  • Serve as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies and other first responders.
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate the daily activities of the Department’s personnel.
  • Establish, issue, and enforce policies and procedures for employees of the Department.  Ensure that written directives conform to legal requirements, reflect best practices, and provide practical, useful direction to personnel.
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, train, and execute the University’s Emergency Operations Plan.  Ensure that written emergency plans meet the requirements of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
  • Establish public safety procedures for the campus community and visitors.
  • Lead the University’s Campus Emergency Response Team during weather emergencies and all critical events.
  • Keep accurate records of Police calls for service, criminal offenses, traffic accidents, citations, arrests, student code of conduct violations, and on any and all other requirements of the University and of statute.
  • Ensure that the University meets all requirements of the Campus Crime and Reporting Act.  Accurately report all required data to the Department of Education regarding campus crime, while meeting required timeframes.
  • Administer crowd, traffic and parking control.
  • Treat all persons within the scope of authority in a civil, professional, and ethical manner while taking action to ensure the protection of their civil rights.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • The ability to think and plan strategically, to exercise excellent judgment and decision-making in stressful situations, and to problem-solve in a collaborative manner.
  • State certification as a peace officer in Illinois
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  • Demonstrated commitment to establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with diverse University constituencies.  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.
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
  • Working knowledge of legal issues related to campus police administration including, but not limited to, the laws of arrest, search and seizure, use of force, civil liability, FERPA, FMLA and the Jeanne Clery Campus Crime and Reporting Act.
  • Possess valid Illinois driver’s license and personal automobile insurance.
  • Ability to supervise and lead a 24/7 operation.
  • Effective time management skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Three to five years of experience in leading police personnel as an administrative level commander required, and experience in leading emergency planning and management preferred.
  • Experience in a higher education police department preferred.
  • Proven track record of ethical, effective leadership in Public Safety and/or Law Enforcement.


While performing the duties of this job, employee is required to have the ability to move about campus on foot at a rapid pace and run up stairs. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The incumbent must be able to stand, walk, stoop and kneel. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.  Visual acuity (with or without correction).  While performing this job, employee may be required to physically subdue combative subjects, must maintain an appropriate level of physical ability.


Employee works in a professional office environment that is highly visible to members of the University community. Work is performed primarily indoors but employee must be able to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.  24/7 availability is a must.


Employee has access to sensitive information. A high level of trust and confidentiality is required.


Please submit a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) professional references with contact information and two letters of recommendation to

The full consideration deadline is June 2, 2017. First round interviews will begin mid-June. The anticipated start date is July 2017.

Rockford University offers a rich benefits package including health, dental, vision, long term disability and a 403(b) retirement plan. Tuition remission for employee, spouse/partner and dependents is available upon date of hire. The salary range for the 2017-18 fiscal year is $50,000 – $60,000. Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications and related experience.

Candidates who reflect the diversity of Rockford’s student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community are strongly encouraged.


About Rockford University:

Rockford University, formerly Rockford College, is a four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. We offer approximately 80 majors, minors and concentrations, including the adult accelerated degree completion program for a B.S. in Management Studies. Through our Graduate Studies department, degrees are extended to include the Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).

Rockford University is home to one of only 11 Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) chapters in Illinois, the most prestigious honor society in the United States. Named by The Princeton Review as a Best Midwestern College and one of only 81 colleges in the nation as a “College with a Conscience,” we currently serve approximately 1,280 full-and part-time students. Our mission is to educate men and women to lead responsible lives by means of a curriculum grounded in liberal arts learning and complemented and extended by professional and practical experience.