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Police Chief, Christopher Newport University
By Christopher Newport University, Human Resources
Apr 12, 2017 - 4:20:51 PM

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Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of University Police Chief. The University Police Chief directs, plans, and manages all functions and operations of the Police Department in the enforcement of laws, statutes, and University regulations, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property in support of the mission of the University. The successful candidate will use independent judgment and discretion, provide leadership, vision and direction for a safe and secure campus; provide strategic planning and constructive solutions to the full range of administrative challenges related to public safety; effectively lead and manage the University Police Department, which encompasses all administrative, operational and financial responsibilities for a 24 hour, 365 days a year department by providing direction and oversight; hire and evaluate performance for Police Department classified staff and ensure appropriate training; provide law enforcement perspective, advice, support and information to University leaders on policy and procedural changes that impact departmental operations; lead and manage uniformed patrol, criminal investigation, crime prevention, personnel recruitment and training, crime statistic reporting, community relations, special event security, and other law enforcement services; develop and update policies and procedures, ensuring best practices are being followed; manage the safety and protection of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, and safeguard the property from criminal activity and during emergency situations; work closely with a variety of campus and local constituents to develop and implement programs and services related to the welfare and safety of students, faculty, staff and guests; serve as the public representative of the department, maintaining high visibility and engagement in appropriate community activities, to include neighborhood watch meetings and the University-Newport News Neighborhood Relations Committee; establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with University constituents and local, regional, state and federal law enforcement agencies; direct the investigation and reporting of crimes, accidents and incidents for adequacy, accuracy, and conformance with Virginia Uniform Crime Reporting; instruct and train campus police personnel in law enforcement, security, health and safety, operation of the department, university policies, applicable federal, state, and local laws, incident report preparation, use of communication system; and, police and security equipment; ensure timely and accurate reporting in compliance with local, state and federal regulations and higher education guidelines, including the direction and oversight for the preparation of the Annual Security Report in accordance with federal mandates and related guidelines; in consultation with University Counsel and other subject matter experts, monitor changes in laws, court decisions, and regulations at the federal and state level which are applicable to an institution of higher learning such as the Student Right to Know Act, FERPA, ADA, Title IX, and the Campus Security Act of 1990; serve as a member of the Emergency Policy Group, the Threat Assessment Team, the Behavior Intervention Team for Students, and the Student Affairs Leadership Team; develop and maintain exceptional customer service within the department and with all constituencies to include students, faculty, staff, guests, and employees; demonstrate a positive and professional attitude and treat everyone with dignity and respect; fully support the “Student’s First” value at CNU and routinely go the extra mile in providing service; and perform other duties as assigned.

A Master’s degree, in criminal justice or related field and significant policing experience is required. Must also be a graduate of an advanced Law Enforcement Executive Development Program such as Command Training school or FBI Academy. Individual must be certified or eligible for certification by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and possession of or eligible for a valid Virginia driver’s license. The successful candidate must have significant experience in the administration of a comprehensive security program at the federal, state, municipal or campus police level in the demonstration of law enforcement techniques, procedures, operations, investigations, court procedures, crime prevention, safety, and security; exceptional communication skills, both oral and written; possess initiative and drive; demonstrated ability in interacting productively with community; the ability to exercise tact and good judgment; ability to interpret federal, state, and local laws; extensive knowledge of police procedures, principles, and techniques; demonstrated ability in working harmoniously with all levels of management, staff, and external constituencies; demonstrated ability to plan and implement a law enforcement and public safety program at an institution of higher education; the ability to analyze a broad range of law enforcement, security and safety problems and develop and implement resolutions; must have the ability to plan security for special activities, events, and functions; must have the ability to maintain relevant professional training standards and certifications; must have demonstrated familiarity with Incident Command and Emergency Preparedness systems; demonstrated ability to evaluate a situation, make effective decisions under pressure, and direct/take appropriate action; demonstrated skill in dealing with administrative protocols at all levels within a complex organization; and the ability to work evening and weekend hours. Preference will be giving to candidates who have progressively responsible policing experience in a college or university setting; experience working with financial data and managing an operating budget; experience working with sexual assault and trauma victims; experience working with a diverse student population; and experience with Threat Assessment Teams and processes.

S​elected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 3​81 Best Colleges: 201​7​Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience -- great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. A “student-first,teaching-first” community, CNU is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership andservice. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia and enrolls 5,​1​00 students.Academic programs at CNU encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology tobusiness administration and political science to the performing arts. The University hasrecently completed over $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus,generated nearly ​8​,000 applications for a freshmen class of 1,200 and has been ​ranked byU.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide​ as ​fifth among publicregional universities in the South and 14th among all regional universities in the South. In addition, CNU is ranked third among all public schools for having "the highestproportion of classes with fewer than 20 students.” Christopher Newport University is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We seek exceptional and diverse candidates and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession.For further details andinformation about Christopher Newport, visit

Interested parties are requested to submit a cover letter; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references to:

Director of Faculty Recruitment

University Police Chief Search

Search # 7112

Christopher Newport University

1 Avenue of the Arts

Newport News, VA 23606-3072


Review of applications will begin April 23, 2017.

Applications received after April 23, 2017, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully committed to Access and Opportunity.

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