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Chief of Police, Tulane University
By the Spelman Johnson Group
Apr 25, 2018 - 7:57:37 PM

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Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane University is one of the nation’s leading educational and research institutions offering degrees in the liberal arts, science and engineering, architecture, business, law, social work, medicine, and public health and tropical medicine. Enrolling over 13,500 students, both graduates and undergraduates, Tulane students represent all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries. Tulane’s main uptown campus of 110 acres includes 80 buildings and houses the majority of its schools and colleges. The Tulane University Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans includes the School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Tulane Medical Center, the School of Social Work, and Technology Services, while the Tulane National Primate Research Center is located in Covington, Louisiana. With 4,400 full time employees, Tulane is one of the largest employers in New Orleans and is dedicated to attracting and retaining the very best faculty, staff, and students.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the Chief of Police is responsible for providing public safety and related security services to the Tulane University community. The Chief manages all administrative, personnel, and financial responsibilities for a comprehensive 24-hour/365 day-a-year department with 80 full-time commissioned officers and 40 security officers, with a $9.0 million annual budget. The Chief provides leadership and oversight for patrol operations, investigations, community policing, crime prevention strategies, crime statistics and federal compliance reporting, and the maintenance of accreditation requirements for the department. The position oversees officer recruitment, staffing, training, promotions, and retention efforts, and assures compliance with all professional standards/requirements for police officers. The Chief ensures the utilization of CALEA best practices for private, urban, research universities and may serve as Incident Commander during emergency response situations. The position has a high public profile and collaborates with a broad array of campus stakeholders, the New Orleans police department, and multiple municipal/state/federal agencies to develop and implement comprehensive services and programs for the safety of students, faculty, staff, visitors, and property.

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a closely related field and a minimum of 10 years of federal, state, municipal, and/or university police experience, including five years of command staff experience. The new Chief will have demonstrated command and management experience in law enforcement administration; extensive training and experience in community policing; and significant experience in evaluation and assessment of law enforcement policies and procedures. Additionally, this position must meet all requirements for POST certification and licensing under Louisiana State Law within one year of hire date. Preferred qualifications include experience in planning and supervising VIP visits including dignitary protection, FEMA certifications, experience with CALEA Accreditation, and Louisiana POST certification.

In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate strong customer service orientation; excellent human relations skills; excellent oral and writing skills; and effective public speaking skills, as well as knowledge and experience using the Incident Command System for major events including sporting venues. A proven track record of collaborating with campus and municipal community stakeholders to address safety issues and student behaviors; an emphasis on the professional development and training of officers, with a strong commitment to development and implementation of career development and retention strategies; the ability to effect best practices in campus law enforcement and community policing are important in the selection of the new Chief. The Chief will possess a vision for excellence in campus law enforcement and the ability to develop law enforcement personnel; possess the ability to appropriately maintain confidentiality; possess excellent administrative and budgetary skills; and have the ability to articulate, demonstrate knowledge of, and consistently adhere to Louisiana Laws.

Review of applications will begin May 22, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

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