Chief of Police

Hardin-Simmons University


EducationBachelor’s Degree
Master’s Degree
SkillsLeadership Experience
Driver’s License
An application for this position consists of an HSU Application, a resume and a Statement of Faith. The completed application package should be emailed to Human Resources at and cc:

DEPARTMENT: Campus Police

POSITION: Chief of Police

LOCATION: Abilene, Texas

START DATE: As soon as possible

SUPERVISOR: Vice President for Student Life

HSU CHRISTIAN STANDARD REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYMENT – Candidate must profess a Christian Faith, maintain membership in a local congregation, and respect the values and distinctives central to the historically Baptist values of HSU.

SCOPE: The Chief of Police is the chief administrative officer of the Police Department at Hardin-Simmons University. The Chief of Police is responsible for providing professional, courteous, and responsive law enforcement, safety and security services. The Chief of Police issues all general orders and policies necessary to ensure the effective functioning of the department and its personnel. The Chief of Police is responsible for developing and maintaining close cooperation between the University Police Department and the University community. The Chief of Police is also responsible for coordinating the law enforcement of the University with federal, state and local agencies.

Frequently stands for prolonged periods of time
Frequent lifting (25-30 lbs.) and pushing or pulling items may be required
Ability to defend themselves or others if the need arises

40-hour, Monday – Friday workweek, with additional hours and weekends to meet job demands.
On-call duty is required when a response is necessary
Must be able to work flexible shifts when required. May include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Some travel may be required as needed for training purposes.
All hours worked beyond 40-hours in a single work week will be compensated at time and a half, per FSLA guidelines.

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate or related field.
Deep personal Christian commitment and an appreciation for, and understanding of, Christian Higher Education.
A minimum of ten years of progressively varied and responsible experience as a certified full-time police officer with a recognized law enforcement agency(ies), including at least three years of service in an administrative, supervisory, or management position at the rank of Police Lieutenant or above (or the equivalent).
Have or be eligible to obtain a Texas Driver’s License, a Texas Peace Officer License, and Master Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). If not possessed, the required license(s) and certification must be obtained no later than six months from date of hire.
Collaborative, effective, team leader with a strong commitment to working in collaboration with a diverse population of direct reports, senior administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni. Enthusiastic about working in a team-oriented environment.
Excellent interpersonal (Emotional Intelligence) and communication skills required (ability to clearly express ideas and concepts orally and in writing).
Demonstrated ability to benchmark and use data to inform the development of best practices.
Strong commitment to the values of diversity and human compassion.
Demonstrated understanding of changing student needs and ability to articulate these needs to the University community.
Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and autonomous.
Experience engaging student crisis and at-risk student needs.
Appreciation for the Baptist tradition, including the ability to communicate effectively within the context of a Baptist university and Baptist life.
Ability to work with complex software packages used by the university.

Master’s degree in an appropriate or related field preferred.
Working knowledge of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
Experience as a chief of police.
Executive training through the FBI National Academy or an equivalent venue.
Law enforcement leadership experience working in a higher education environment.
Experience in a leadership position in a major municipal police department.

Direct department personnel appropriately.
Plan, direct and modify, when necessary, all department programs to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
Develop new methods and techniques, as necessary, to improve the delivery of departmental service.
Delegate the necessary authority to department personnel to carry out their duties in keeping with their rank and abilities.
Ensure proper enforcement of all laws which the department has the authority to enforce.
Plan, organize and oversee all resources of the department.
Assign or transfer any department employee to any shift or assignment whenever such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the department.
Maintain high standards of conduct and performance for all department personnel. Regularly evaluate performance to ensure that appropriate levels are met and maintained.
Establish an adequate and progressive program of training for all employees.
Promulgate general or special orders and all policies of the department, either written or oral, for the information and guidance of employees.
Periodically review and update all policies, procedures, orders and job descriptions to ensure their continued viability.
Ensure all personnel have a copy of the department manual with any changes and amendments.
Review the daily operations of the department to ensure that the duties of all employees are being properly conducted.
Conduct investigations of alleged misconduct by employees and assure appropriate action is taken in each case.
Encourage suggestions from other departments and all university employees to ensure maximum compliance with federal, state and local law, ordinances, rules and directives.
Prepare and justify the annual budget and oversee all expenditures.
In coordination with Human Resources, maintain a personnel record system on all past and present department employees.
Establish the minimum qualifications for each job title in the department as well as criteria for promotions.
Keep University authorities adequately informed of department activities.
Release information to the media and others, as deeded appropriate, including coordination of Public Information Act requests directed to documents maintained by the Police Department.
Perform the duties of a police officer, as necessary.
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS: For more information concerning benefits offered to HSU employees, see the HSU Benefits Summary.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, HSU complies with all applicable anti-discrimination laws including those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of age, sex, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information and military service. HSU is a private university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and may lawfully consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. HSU is committed to hiring faculty and staff who share an active Christian faith and fully support HSU’s mission.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HSU provides reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the organization or would change the essential functions of the job. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to Human Resources.

HSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law. HSU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university’s financial and physical assets. Therefore, Hardin Simmons University conducts background checks. Depending on the position applicants may also be required to consent to a credit check as part of the background check process. As a non-profit institution of higher education committed to Christian faith and values, the University exercises its rights under state and federal law to use religion as a factor in making employment decisions. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
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