Executive Director of Public
Safety and Chief of Police
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking nominations and
applications for the Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police.
Founded in 1867, the University is one of the nation's original 37 public
land-grant institutions. An internationally acclaimed comprehensive public
research university, it is the largest university in the University of Illinois
System and a member of the Big Ten, American Association of Universities and
other notable peer organizations. Current student enrollment is diverse and
dynamic with a total enrollment of nearly 48,000. The student body is composed
of more than 33,500 undergraduates and approximately 14,500 graduate and
professional students. The university is a traditional residential campus with
nearly 10,500 students living in campus facilities, while others live in
private housing in close proximity. The University community also includes a
diverse group of 11,000 faculty and staff. The campus is located in central
Illinois within the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and works closely with
public safety units to provide a safe environment for students, staff and
The Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police serves as the chief
law enforcement officer for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and
reports to the Senior Associate Chancellor. The Executive Director has overall
responsibility for budget, human resource management and prioritization of
campus safety and security efforts. A significant responsibility for this
individual, in conjunction with other university officials, is sustaining and
enhancing a safe and welcoming environment. The Executive Director will be
responsible for advising the campus on short- and long-range emergency plans,
priorities and response strategies. The Executive Director and the department
are also responsible for numerous reporting and disclosure obligations. These
include the development and management of policies and protocols that satisfy
statutory or policy requirements (for example, the Jeanne Clery Act, activities
involving minors and others), monitoring and reporting crime statistics,
participating in security clearance processes and issuing appropriate or
The Executive Director will lead a highly professional law enforcement staff
and have an understanding of the unique role that public safety and security
services play in a complex and diverse university environment. Public Safety
responsibilities have been organized around a philosophy of community-based
service. This is accomplished by building relationships throughout the
University and local communities and through a strong commitment to campus outreach
and educational programs.
Important qualifications include demonstrated experience and
sensitivity in dealing with college or university students, faculty and staff
representing many cultures, backgrounds and experiences as well as an ability
to work collaboratively and constructively with outside stakeholders. The
successful candidate will serve as the liaison with local, state and federal
public safety organizations.
Requirements include a bachelor's degree; at least ten years of related
professional experience; substantial public safety related responsibilities;
demonstrated experience in a community-based public safety environment; and
excellent communication and management skills. A master's degree in public
administration, criminal justice or a related field and at least ten years of
related professional experience in public or higher education is preferred.
Successful applicants must meet the standards required by the Illinois Law
Enforcement Training and Standards Board for a sworn police officer.
To Apply: For fullest consideration, please apply at jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board/job-details?jobID=89748&job=executive-director-of-public-safety-and-chief-of-police-division-of-public-safety-a1700782 by February 9, 2018
This is a full-time, twelve-month academic professional position. Salary is
open and is dependent on qualifications and experience. The position is
available as soon as possible after closing date. Any offer of employment is
contingent on satisfactory completion of a thorough background investigation.
Consistent with University of Illinois policies and practices in the law
enforcement profession, this process may include, but is not necessarily
limited to, criminal record review, psychological assessment, reference
interviews and a medical exam, including drug testing.
Nominations should include the name and contact information of the individual
being nominated. Applications should include a letter of interest, resume/CV,
and five references. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the
position is filled, and review of applications will begin immediately.
Interested candidates are encouraged to submit materials prior to February
9, 2018 to:
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Search Committee
University of Illinois conducts background checks on all job candidates upon
acceptance of a contingent offer.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action
employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are
encouraged to apply. For more information, visit go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to
diversity, please visit www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.