Position Vacancies Last Updated: Dec 19, 2017 - 8:43:55 PM

Deputy Chief of Police, University of Michigan-Dearborn
By University of Michigan-Dearborn, Human Resources
Dec 19, 2017 - 8:09:40 PM

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How to Apply

A cover letter explaining your specific interests in this position and outlining your unique skills and experience is required for consideration for this position; it should be attached as the first page of your resume.

Job Summary

UM-Dearborn is among the top-tier comprehensive public universities in the Midwest with more than 9,300 students. We have outstanding faculty and staff as well as beautiful facilities and grounds. We are proud of our 50+ year history: UM-Dearborn was first created as the Dearborn Center of the University of Michigan in 1959. Ford Motor Company gave the University of Michigan approximately 200 acres, including beautiful grounds along the Rouge River in Dearborn, as well as $6 million to build the campus and the first four buildings. The campus was initially established with an emphasis on cooperative education. In 1971, it became a four-year undergraduate school; with some master’s level graduate programs. Since then, the campus has experienced steady growth in both enrollment and in the range of programming to include undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level programs.

The Department of Public Safety / Police Department invites applications for Deputy Chief of Police. This position will work collaboratively with the Chief of Police, Business Affairs, and campus leadership to support the University community by establishing and maintaining an atmosphere in which people can go safely about their varied activities in furtherance of the University’s higher education objectives. The position will assist the Chief of Police in providing leadership and oversight for law enforcement and safety for the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UMD) campuses. In coordination with the Chief, this critical role develops, implements, and continuously improves a comprehensive operation that satisfies the UMD mission, vision, and values related to public safety and regional partnerships.


  • Assist in leading efforts in emergency preparedness, proactive training activities, and creating a culture of the best prepared police and public safety department.
  • The Deputy Chief of Police will share in the responsibility for creating and implementing cascading short-term and long-term goals for the public safety department as well as individual goals for direct reports, to include but not limited to: assisting in managing campus-wide police, security and safety programs; liaising with external law enforcement agencies and other campuses; collaborating with the campus director of emergency management; helping to ensure optimal staffing and scheduling; building strong relationships with campus and external partners.
  • Develops and trains staff through positive leadership initiatives. Maintain, create, support, and sustain a culture of positive organizational scholarship (POS).
  • Must be able to lead, mentor, develop, counsel, motivate and hold accountable, subordinate supervisors.
  • Focuses on Specific, Measurable, Aligned, Realistic and Time-Bound (SMART) goal setting aligned with the mission, vision and values of the department.
  • Assists assigned staff with developing and achieving goals.
  • Leads, mentors, and develops reception staff; prepares staff for additional responsibilities and promotional opportunities.
  • Participates in and coordinates training as required.
  • Establishes and maintains plans and operations in compliance with university, state, and federal requirements
  • Supervises a team of direct reports; including managing work performance for completeness, accuracy and compliance within established university and departmental standards
  • Completes project assignments from the Chief concerning policy construction and development, security needs/issues
  • Plans for responding to major crisis events and incidents on campus acting as part of a university incident management team or crisis management team.
  • Serves on various University and Local/state law enforcement committees.
  • Assists in developing, recommending, and implementing policies and procedures for the department. Serve in advisory capacity to Chief and other University officials for public safety concerns and methods for increased efficiency.
  • Assists in departmental fiscal matters related to operations, payroll, purchasing, and other areas of budget.
  • Assists with planning for major special events; athletic, social or of a cultural nature; with focus on crowd control, traffic control, and security operations; providing guidance and direction, ensuring adequate staffing, space and facilities for the subsequent performance of duties.
  • Performs non-law enforcement duties specific to campus needs.


Duties are performed in an office environment and in the field. In the field, the employee is exposed to varying and extreme weather conditions. Candidates must have the capability to hear, speak and see to communicate with the general public. Candidates must also have the strength and ability to apprehend, subdue and restrain criminal offenders. Physical exertion may be required to climb stairs and over walls as well as running, bending, twisting, reaching, crawling through tight spaces, kneeling in confined areas, sitting for prolonged periods of time; moving/pushing/pulling or lifting heavy objects exceeding 50 lbs.

Please Note: Successful candidates are subject to 24-hour on-call for emergencies and must possess significant problem solving ability.

We are seeking a positive, energetic, experienced and knowledgeable professional with demonstrated success working in a highly collaborative, high performance environment utilizing positive organizational leadership best practices.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or related field is highly preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Completion of the State of Michigan or other state’s equivalent accredited police academy training program is necessary.
  • 5+ years of law enforcement experience.
  • 3+ years of law enforcement management experience.
  • MCOLES certification or the ability to obtain such certification within six months.
  • The selected candidate must successfully pass or have passed a UM directed drug test, psychological screening and background check.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Michigan driver’s license with a good driving record and exhibit the ability to operate motor vehicles.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Ability to physically and mentally perform the essential duties of the job.
  • A proven problem-solver and critical thinker who can identify issues and appropriate resolutions.
  • Must be a champion of change and embrace the best practices of positive organizational scholarship.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others within and outside the department.
  • Must possess strong personal integrity.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A master’s or terminal degree.
  • Completion of Command College, the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police, or School of Police Staff and Command.
  • Experience working in a University setting.

Additional Information

Currently this classification is considered exempt in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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