Police Lieutenant (Administrator II)

Sonoma State University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 512877
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Sonoma
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Safety

Application Process

This position is open until filled. For full consideration, please submit an application, along with a cover letter, resume, and response to the following supplemental questions by 8am on Friday, May 13, 2022.

  1. As you manage your staff, how will you implement procedural justice to increase trust, legitimacy, respect, responsibility, accountability, and excellence to better serve a diverse university community?
  2. How would you increase and encourage positive interactions within the department and the community? In your response, please specifically address your experience in developing cooperative relationships, community building, and implementing technological advances to enhance the community experience?

This position requires successful completion of a written examination, oral interviews, pass an extensive background investigation in compliance with the requirements mandated by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and current law, as well as a potential polygraph or similar examination, a psychological examination, and medical exams which include a physical agility test and drug screening.

Please review the position description listed above for full scope of responsibilities and qualifications. Evidence of degree(s) or certificate(s) and/or license(s) required at time of hire.

Job Summary

Sonoma State University strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. Our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

Reporting to and under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Police Lieutenant (lieutenant) manages, plans, directs activities, provides oversight and supervision for patrol, investigations, crime prevention, community engagement, special events, administrative investigations, records management, policy, and training for the Sonoma State Police Department. The lieutenant effectively communicates with sworn and non-sworn Police personnel, provides oversight and guidance, and mentors personnel to achieve desired goals and further develop within their positions or assignments. This includes, but is not limited to, guiding, planning, organizing, monitoring, recommending, and implementing policies and administrative procedures related to law enforcement services to achieve goals in accordance with current applicable Federal, State, local laws, and CSU policies and procedures. The incumbent also assists with developing and implementing a wide variety of law enforcement functions, programs, projects, and related activities, as well as organizing special event planning activities, attending meetings in the chief’s absence, and aiding in other areas when needed. Notwithstanding other provisions, this position works collaboratively with other University and outside agencies on matters related to mental health, task forces, special investigations, dignitary protection, threat assessment and serves as a field manager for incidents, demonstrations and/or special events. The Police Lieutenant assumes responsibility of the Sonoma State Police Department in the absence of the Chief of Police and/or when the Chief of Police is unavailable.

Key Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited higher education institution; and,
  2. Must be currently employed or previously employed in a California law enforcement agency as a Police Sergeant or higher with at least four (4) years of service at the rank of Police Sergeant; and,
  3. Possession of California P.O.S.T. academy, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Supervisory certificates; and,
  4. Ability to successfully earn the P.O.S.T. management certificate by completing a P.O.S.T certified management course within one (1) year of appointment and serving as a lieutenant for a period of two (2) years; and
  5. Meet all other requirements for peace officers, as established by law, the California Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training, and the California State University; and,
  6. Must be at least 21 years of age, and a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident alien status to achieve citizenship within three (3) years; and,
  7. Must possess and maintain a California class C Driver’s License valid for the operation of any vehicle or equipment required to maintain and operate.
  8. The incumbent will be required to enroll in the California DMV Employer Pull Notice Program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience in higher education, preferably with the California State University.
  2. Strong knowledge of law, and University policy and regulations regarding public safety and law enforcement functions.
  3. Strong knowledge of budgeting and financial practices applicable to law enforcement in a university environment.
  4. Intermediate proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) including knowledge of Google Suite and PeopleSoft.
  5. Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to mentor, coach and develop others to achieve goals and objectives.
Salary and Benefits

Starting salary placement depends on qualifications and experience and will not exceed $10,500 a month. This position is a member of the Management Personnel Plan and serves at the pleasure of the President.

This position is eligible for a broad range of benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurances, retirement (CalPERS), tuition waiver, vacation and sick leave. In addition, 14 paid holidays are offered each year; 13 scheduled on specific days and a Personal Holiday that may be taken any time during the year.

A comprehensive benefits summary for this position is available online by clicking here to be taken to the CSU benefits page.

Supplemental Information

Sonoma State University is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. In line with our Strategic Plan and our Seawolf Commitment, our values include diversity, sustainability, community engagement, respect, responsibility, excellence and integrity. We strive to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. We encourage innovation, experimentation and creativity, as well as contributions to equity and inclusion, in the pursuit of excellence for all members of our university community.

The University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption and thereafter comply with routine campus testing requirements. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. To learn more about the vaccination requirement at Sonoma State, please visit: https://covid19.sonoma.edu/vaccine-requirement-information.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.

Sonoma State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

For questions related to the application process, please reach out to [email protected]. The ADA Coordinator is also available ([email protected]) to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation during the hiring process.

Advertised: April 14, 2022 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled


Located in California's premier wine country 1 hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma State is a small campus with big ideas.With a tradition of promoting intellectual and personal growth, leadership opportunities and technological proficiency, SSU offers its students a friendly, safe and informal atmosphere on a beautiful campus setting. Currently, campus housing accommodates students in both apartment and residential suite style facilities.

While SSU generally accepts all qualified students who apply from high schools in its service area, 80 percent of the freshmen and 55 percent of the junior transfer students come from outside the North Bay region. With 34 percent of the student body living on campus, it is one of the most residential campuses within the California State University system.


Academic Profile

The SSU educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social and personal growth. The faculty and staff provide collaborative relationships with students and an education that fosters ethical exploration, civic engagement, social responsibility, and global awareness combined with a solid foundation in an academic discipline. Many classes average fewer than 40 students, allowing close interaction between students and faculty.

SSU has a commitment to graduating students who have the ability to think critically and ethically and can effectively use information technology. There is a strong move to develop a global perspective in much of the curriculum to prepare students for the needs of the 21st century workplace.

The University is comprised of six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Extended & International Education, Social Sciences and Science and Technology. Degrees are offered in 46 majors and 47 minors at the bachelor's level and 15 at the master's level. There are nine credential programs and eight undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. SSU also offers one of the only Wine Business Institutes in the country.



Sonoma State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California State Board of Education. The School of Education is accredited at the state and national levels by CCTC and NCATE. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB-International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Many departments and programs are individually accredited.


At Sonoma State University, it is our objective to recruit, retain and engage a team of well-qualified employees. Our work-life balance, quality of life, and professional development, and benefits programs assist us in meeting that objective.Sonoma State University offers a comprehensive and attractive benefits program to its employees. Further information on the benefits offered may be found at the link on each job posting. In addition, to view the total cost of your benefits and salary, you can visit the Total Compensation Calculator which demonstrates the significance of the benefits package and its complement to base salary.


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