Police Commander

Northwestern University

The Police Commander manages the Field and Support Services Division of the Police Department. Develops operational plans; partners with Sr. Leadership to develop goals, objectives and policy and procedures. Provides guidance and direction to staff.

Specific Responsibilities:
Directs and manages the daily operations and services of a major function or functions of the police department that can include police services, emergency services, and specialized/support services being delivered on multiple campus locations. Identifies priorities for allocating resources.

Directs and coordinates activities at major incidents and major special events involving multiple jurisdictions/agencies and various first responder disciplines. Respects and is sensitive towards the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community.

Prepares, coordinates development, and implements complex operational plans.

Conducts analysis of operational functions and prepares and reviews a variety of operational reports

Directs and monitors the activities of managers and supervisors in carrying out a variety of assignments.

Coordinates the implementation of corrective actions necessary to ensure conduct, performance and effectiveness of staff in meeting objectives and conforming to all rules, regulations and policies; completes personnel performance evaluations in accordance with university policies; reviews and recommends corrective actions of staff.

Performs on-call duties; provides guidance and direction to staff remotely; makes timely notifications to senior department and university administrators. Prepares executive summary reports to meet senior administrator’s critical information requirements.

Manages and participates in the development of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the delivery of services; recommends and administers policies and procedures.

May have to attend evening/weekend meetings, work shifts, be on-call, and take stand-by duties.

Ensures effective liaison and cooperation with campus leadership, campus units, community members and groups, and external public safety sector agencies.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.

A minimum 7 years of supervisory experience required, preferably in a law enforcement, public safety, or university environment. Campus law enforcement experience preferred.

Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board certification, including, if applicable, successfully completing Basic Recruit Training in a state certified academy within the first 6 months of employment required.

Valid driver’s license that grants reciprocity in the State of Illinois or ability to obtain a Valid Driver’s Licenses within 60 days of appointment.

Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)

Works independently within general guidelines.

Respects and is sensitive towards the cultural and ethnic diversity of the community.

Ability to work and supervise activities in several diverse areas of the department.

Ability to identify, adopt and adapt to new techniques and procedures to meet changing requirements.

Ability to communicate and establish relationships across a spectrum that encompasses all types essential for good management.

Significant working knowledge of management and leadership principles.

Ability to analyze complex situations effectively and take appropriate actions.

Considerable knowledge of principles of crime prevention and problem solving, community policing, law enforcement operations, and emergency management.

Knowledge of current trends and issues in public safety and community relations.

Considerable ability to act effectively in emergency and stressful situations.

Ability to obtain specialized training or advanced education.

Preferred Qualifications:
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master’s or higher degree.

Completion of FBI National Academy, Northwestern University School of Police Staff & Command, or similar advanced public safety management program and a master’s degree.

Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)

Campus law enforcement experience

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

To apply for this job please visit careers.northwestern.edu.