Chief of Police

Stephen F. Austin University -


This is an executive position responsible for planning and directing the activities of the Department of Public Safety. Responsible for establishing, directing, administering and monitoring the development and operations of the department and promoting a safe and secure educational and work environment for the university community through the communication and enforcement of university policies and federal, state and local laws and the development and implementation of effective crime-prevention strategies. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the vice president for University Affairs.

Essential Job Functions
1. Directs the administration, planning, and organization of the Department of Public Safety including the university police, emergency management and crisis response, and parking and traffic.
2. Collaborates with key university administrators and provides strategic leadership and direction to all law enforcement, security and public safety aspects of the university’s units, operations, policies, objectives and initiatives.
3. Interprets federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations related to the area of responsibility.
4. Develops, revises, interprets, explains and ensures compliance with university policies and procedures consistent with local, state and federal laws, statutes, codes and regulations.
5. Develops and implements effective crime prevention strategies.
6. Establishes and maintains strong collaborative relationships with university constituents and local, regional, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
7. Oversees, assesses and responds to critical campus law enforcement, public safety and security concerns, issues and situations.
8. Establishes priorities in and oversees the enforcement of proper investigative and enforcement procedures.
9. Ensures that appropriate threat assessment/management and risk mitigation measures are in place.
10. Reviews incidents of concern related to area of responsibility.
11. Oversees the development and administration of the department budget.
12. Prepares, analyzes and oversees the submission of various reports concerning law enforcement, public safety and investigative activities.

Non-Essential Job Functions
1. Supervises the receipt of payments from students and others for departmentally sponsored activities.
2. Represents the department on various university committees.
3. Directs and coordinates special projects, as assigned.
4. Discharges the responsibilities and obligations of a Texas peace officer.
5. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities or be able to explain and demonstrate that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
1. Knowledge of, or the ability to learn, university policies and procedures.
2. Knowledge of professional standards and law enforcement procedures.
3. Working knowledge of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crimes Statistics Act.
4. Skill in the operation of weapons used in law enforcement.
5. Ability to learn office and university-specific software.
6. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
7. Ability to interpret and apply state, federal, and university policies, rules, regulations and laws related to the area of responsibility.
8. Ability to provide administrative guidance within area of responsibility, providing direct training and supervision as needed.
9. Ability to organize work effectively, conceptualize and prioritize objectives and exercise independent judgment based on an understanding of organizational policies and activities.
10. Ability to work collaboratively and build strategic relations with members of the university community, prosecutors and law enforcement agencies.
11. Ability to manage a budget and work within the constraints of that budget.
12. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
13. Ability to diffuse and respond effectively to situations involving intense pressures and/or unpredictable persons.
14. Ability to be on-call and work evenings, nights, and weekends, as required.
15. Ability to obtain a Texas driver’s license, SFA permit and van certification prior to employment.
16. Physical condition adequate to permit full performance of duties.

Physical Demands Required Education
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field is required.

Required Experience and Training
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in public safety is required. Experience in the law enforcement field is required. Supervisory experience in an administrative or management position at the rank of police lieutenant (or the equivalent) or above is required. Must have, or be eligible to obtain, 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 following the date of the appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree is preferred. Law enforcement experience working in a higher education environment is preferred.

Special Conditions for Eligibility
This is a security-sensitive position subject to criminal record check.
This is a safety-sensitive position subject to drug and alcohol testing.
This is an IT-sensitive position subject to the Computer and Network Security policy.

Min Pay Rate Mid Pay Rate Salary Information Commensurate with Experience Specific Job Requirements/Duties for this Posting Is Background Check Required? Yes Benefit and Retirement Eligibility
This position is eligible for participation in the Optional Retirement Program (ORP), subject to the position being full-time and at least 4 ½ months in length, or the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retirement plan, subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

EEO Statement
Stephen F. Austin State University, an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and Educator, is committed to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, creed, color, age, national origin, religion or physical or mental disability as required by law. If, because of an impairment or disability, you need accommodation during any part of the employment process, please contact Human Resources at 936-468-2304.

Posting Detail Information
Posting Number S2018-240
Candidates Eligible to Apply Open to all qualified applicants
Number of Positions Available 1
Posted Date 09/11/2018
Review Start Date
Close Date
Work Schedule
Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
The search for chief of police is being managed by the firm of Spelman Johnson, and all applications should be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website. Access the job posting and apply at

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Contact Information
Contact Name Heather Howell
Contact Phone 936 468 2701
Contact Email
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Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

What is the highest level of education attained?
High School Diploma
Associates Degree
Bachelors Degree
Masters Degree
Do you have experience in the law enforcement field?
Do you have supervisory experience?
Do you currently have, or will you have by time of employment, TCOLE certification?
Documents Needed To Apply
Required Documents
Cover Letter
Optional Documents

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