Chief of Police and Emergency Management
Oakton Community College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for Chief of Police and Emergency Management.
A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres. These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction. This position will be based out of the Des Plaines campus. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2017 amounts to $69.3 million. The College has undertaken a five year, $68.5 million Master Plan which included the construction and recent opening of the 93,000 square foot Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers building on the Des Plaines campus.
The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees. Oakton seeks a Chief of Police and Emergency Management who is an innovative leader and who will continue a strong tradition of excellence.
Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.
We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.
Basic Function and Responsibilities:
Direct and oversee all police, fire and emergency management activities and responsibilities at Oakton Community College. Act as Oakton's Clery Coordinator. Protect people who work, study and visit Oakton, as well as property, buildings, equipment and grounds. Prepare budgets, hire and train department personnel, create successful partnerships, both on-campus and off, sufficient to ensure the ethical and professional delivery of all services. Exercise independent judgment and discretion on confidential matters. Promote a strategy of community policing while working together with College persons and groups in an atmosphere of open, professional collaboration.
Characteristics, Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop and maintain the organizational structure of the Department in accordance with professional standards and best management principles.
Recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate the daily activities of the Police Department's personnel.
Establish, issue, and enforce policies and procedures for employees of the Department. Ensure that written directives conform to legal requirements, reflect best practices, and provide practical, useful direction to personnel.
Hold employees accountable for the ethical, effective, and efficient performance of their duties in accordance with written directives.
Plan, organize, coordinate, train, and exercise the College's Emergency Management Plan. Ensure that written emergency plans meet the requirements of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Plan, organize, coordinate, and conduct periodic emergency exercises.
Serve as a member of the College's Emergency Management Team during weather emergencies and all critical events.
Keep accurate records of Police calls for service, criminal offenses, traffic accidents, citations, arrests, student code of conduct violations, and on any and all other requirements of the College and of statute.
Ensure that the College meets all requirements of the Campus Crime and Reporting Act. Accurately report all required data to the Department of Education regarding campus crime, while meeting required timeframes.
Prepare and submit an annual report of financial needs of the Police Department and Emergency Management areas. Oversee and recommend purchases within approved budget parameters.
Direct activities associated with purchasing, maintaining and checking out of Police and College transportation vehicles.
Treat all persons within the scope authority in a civil, professional, and ethical manner while taking action to ensure the protection of their civil rights.
Continually seek to determine the Police and Emergency Management needs and expectations of the College, to act upon those needs and expectations, and to inform the College community of the resulting procedures developed to improve the delivery of Police and Emergency Management services.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's Degree Required. Master's preferred.
Minimum of five years of experience in leading police personnel, as a commander or comparable level of supervisory experience in leading police officers. Experience in leading emergency planning and management, preferred.
Proven track record of ethical, effective leadership in Public Safety and/or Law Enforcement.
The ability to think and plan strategically, to exercise excellent judgment and decision-making in stressful situations, and to problem-solve in a collaborative manner.
State certification as a peace officer.
Demonstrated knowledge of and training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Demonstrated commitment to establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with diverse College constituencies. Understanding, sensitivity, and commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations.
Outstanding written and oral communications skills.
Working knowledge of legal issues related to campus police administration including, but not limited to, the laws of arrest, search and seizure, use of force, civil liability, FERPA, FMLA and the Jeanne Clery Campus Crime and Reporting Act.
Exposure to outside weather on a year round basis.
The salary range for the 2016-17 fiscal year associated with the Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management is: Minimum annual salary: $80,586. Salary midpoint: $106,723. Maximum annual salary: $132,866. Placement in the salary range is based on educational qualifications, related experience, and internal equity.
The full consideration date is April 30, 2017.
It is anticipated that on campus first round interviews will be conducted held May 10-26, 2017. Upon the conclusion of first round interviews, the search committee will select 2-3 finalists. Finalists will participate in a second round of on campus interviews. It is anticipated the finalist interviews will be conducted from June 5-16, 2017.
Appointment to an administrator position is contingent upon approval by the College's Board of Trustees. It is anticipated that recommendation for appointment of one of the finalists will be presented to the Board of Trustees at the June 2017 Board meeting.
The anticipated start date is summer 2017.
To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information, two letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the position code (PDEM-17) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.
An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant. Official transcripts for all degrees earned are required prior to appointment.
Recommendation letters may either be original documents with signature or e-mailed from the reference to firstname.lastname@example.org. Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to email@example.com. Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:
Oakton Community College
Chief of Public Safety and Emergency Management Search (Position Code PDEM-17)
c/o Human Resources
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Please contact Matthew Robitaille, Employment Specialist at 847.635.1868 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter any difficulties with electronic submission of these documents.
The full consideration deadline is April 30, 2017. The posting will be removed from the Oakton website at 11:59 pm eastern US time zone on April 30, 2017. Once posted positions are removed from the website, no additional applications will be accepted.
Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity employer.