Deputy Chief - Division of Public Safety (137683)

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Deputy Chief
Division of Public Safety
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

This position serves as Deputy Chief of Police and provides management and leadership to the entire Division. This position manages and ensures the continuous and effective functioning of the Division of Public Safety. This position actively participates in the coordination of Division functions, serves as a consultant to the Chief of Police, and helps to plan, direct, and control all aspects of the organization. Ensures the understanding of the Division mission and vision.

The Division of Public Safety provides information and services to keep our campus safe — including an around-the-clock police force, emergency response and education programs. We collaborate with each other, the university community, and the cities of Urbana and Champaign to address and prevent crime, and to create an environment where you can thrive. The Division of Public Safety's vision is to continue to be a leader in policing and public service to strengthen our position as an integral part of the university and extended community. Our mission is to promote a safe and secure environment where education, research and public service can flourish. Our values are based on the ideal of community-based public safety: justice, respect and integrity.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assumes the duties during scheduled and unscheduled absences of the Chief of Police.
  • Conducts audits of units and all Division functions to ensure professional delivery of services.
  • Manages and directs the effective deployment of Division resources.
  • Ensures effective liaison and cooperation with campus leadership, campus units, community members and groups, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Aids in determining organizational goals necessary to meet the public safety needs of the University.
  • Represents the Division at campus as well as outside programs, conferences, committees, and other communication efforts.
  • Assists management in labor negotiations, grievance hearings, and meetings.
  • Assists the Director of Communications when needed as a spokesperson for the Division of Public Safety
  • Attends symposiums and training sessions of interest to the Division and the University; makes appropriate presentations.
  • Participates in an oral assessment promotional board to evaluate police promotional candidates for all of the institutions under the State Universities Civil Service System.
  • Act as a campus security authority, as defined by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, to include completing training and the timely reporting to the University of Illinois Police allegations of Clery Act crimes.
  • Act as a responsible employee under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which includes the timely reporting of incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct to the University of Illinois’ Title IX coordinator.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree (or 120 semester credit hours) granted by an accredited institution of higher education, in any field. Successful completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Officers Training course as prescribed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.

Ten (10) years of full-time experience as a police officer with a federal, state, county, college or university, municipal, or public institutional police organization having a recognized merit system where at least four of that law enforcement management experience was comparable to that obtained at the rank of Lieutenant or a position of similar responsibility as determined by the Institution.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

Required: Possession of a valid driver's license. Eligibility for bonding.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Illinois criminal statutes, Illinois vehicle code, and University rules and regulations.
  • Thorough understanding of Departmental policy and procedure and contract with police officers.
  • Working knowledge of management and leadership principles.
  • Knowledge of police tactics and procedures, including various patrol options, scheduling for a continuous operation, criminal investigation techniques, crowd control principles, and traffic enforcement techniques.
  • Familiarity with police record and reporting systems.
  • Acquaintance with various crime prevention programs, physical security methods, and alarm and camera systems.
  • Working knowledge of the community oriented public safety philosophy and how this philosophy can/will be applied to the University community.

Environmental Demands
Physical Requirements – Work is sedentary much of the time. However, employee must have physical strength, endurance, and agility required by all police officers. Employee may, at any time, be required to perform in situations which are physically or mentally demanding.

Work Environment – Much of the work is done within an office under pleasant conditions. Employee is required to move about the campus in all types of weather and occasionally work outside under inclement conditions. Employee is, at times, required to perform in enforcement situations and is exposed to hazards and risks to personal safety experienced by all police officers.

Appointment Information:

This is a full-time Civil Service Deputy Chief position, appointed on a 12-month basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Applications must be received by October 23, 2020. Apply for this position using the “Apply for Position” button below. If you have not applied before, you must create your candidate profile at If you already have a profile, you may be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) You must then upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), copy of driver license, and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) for all degrees attained including proof of Basic Law Enforcement Officers' Training and Bachelor's degree, and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for the position using the “Apply for Position” button below. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For further information regarding this position, you may contact Nikki Hodge [email protected]. For questions about the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

College Name or Administrative Unit:Chancellor's Office Category:2-Administrative Title:Deputy Chief - Division of Public Safety (137683) Open Date:10/15/2020 Close Date:10/23/2020 Organization Name:Division of Public Safety




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Posted: 10/16/2020
Application Due: 10/23/2020
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