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Police Chief, Director of Public Safety, The University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department
Mar 20, 2012 - 6:00:57 PM

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst, one of today’s leading centers of public higher education in the Northeast, is seeking to hire a Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety. As the flagship campus of the Commonwealth’s five-campus system, the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established in 1863 under the original Land Grant Act. UMass Amherst is a major research university with approximately 5,200 staff members including 1,180 fulltime faculty. The University enrolls 27,500 undergrad and graduate students from all 50 United States and over 100 countries. With 12,000 students living on campus, UMass Amherst is one of the largest residential campuses in the country. Its eight schools and colleges offer 86 undergraduate majors, 72 masters and 50 doctoral programs. Sponsored research activities total more than $156 million a year. The campus occupies over 10.7 million square feet of administrative, academic and recreational space, including over 440 buildings.

The Chief of Police, Director of Public Safety has final command responsibility for the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD), which is charged with ensuring the relative security and safety of University students, faculty, staff, visitors, and property.

The UMPD provides a broad range of services including crime prevention; routine and 9-1-1 response; in-depth criminal investigations; community outreach; dignitary protection for high profile visitors; management of large crowds, demonstrations, and protests; responding to persons with mental health issues; supporting area jurisdictions; maintenance of the campus’ security camera and emergency notification systems; and providing training for police officers, staff, and students. The Chief manages an annual budget of nearly $6 million and serves under the general direction of the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. The UMass Police Department consists of 62 sworn officers, nine clerical employees, 10 dispatchers, and 250 student employees.

  • Bachelor’s Degree and MPTC (Mass Police Training Committee) certification or able to attain a waiver. Master’s degree preferred
  • Ability to perform the duties of a police officer
  • Ten years related experience to include more than 5 years of supervisory command in law enforcement. Experience in a college or university setting is preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive relationships with a full range of campus constituents
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication.
  • Completion of the FBI National Academy or other evidence of continued professional development is highly desirable.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The university offers comprehensive benefits package.

Resumes and cover letters must be received no later than May 4, 2012. The International Association of Chiefs of Police is assisting in the search process. To apply, submit a resume and a letter of interest to IACP, Attention: UMass Amherst Chief Executive Search, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357. Replies may be emailed to or faxed to 703-836-4544.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.


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