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Chief of Police/PubIic Safety

Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL

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Position Title:

Chief of Police/PubIic Safety

Job Summary:

The Chief of Public Safety will immerse themselves in the campus community and is responsible for the planning, implementation, evaluation and management of all security and safety aspects of the University. The individual provides administrative, supervisory, and hands-on responsibility for safety and security and will ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations and reporting. The successful candidate will work to create policy and procedures in accordance with a peace officer and community policing model that enhances a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming university environment. This position works in collaboration with campus leaders and community law enforcement partners to ensure policy application to higher education principles with a focus on a holistic approach to public safety, student success, wellness, and respect for diversity. The Chief will also lead the University’s Emergency Response Team (ERT), oversees safety and security training programs for the campus community, and in most cases is the first point of contact for safety and security concerns.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Reporting to the Vice President of Business Affairs/Chief Financial Officer (VPBA/CFO), the incumbent
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, controls, and staffs all activities of the department 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Exhibits professionalism and appropriate decorum
  • Supervises department staff (including both sworn peace officers and campus security guards)
  • Supervises Fire and Safety staff
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, statutes,
  • Ensures compliance with the University’s rules and regulations
  • Serves as liaison with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies
  • Responds to and investigate calls from the campus at large, concerning security matters
  • Directs TU-related confidential investigations, considering the sensitivity of such investigations and the need to protect the victims
  • Provides educational programs and training in areas of crime prevention, safety and accident prevention, and fire prevention
  • Supervises various personnel functions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance evaluations, salary recommendations, promotions, transfers, shift scheduling, and vacation schedules of all related staff
  • Ensures that all members of the department receive regular training required to maintain appropriate certifications and remain knowledgeable of current trends, techniques, and practices within the profession
  • Prepares offense and incident reports and ensures the thoroughness of the information contained in those reports
  • Ensures compliance with all required state and federal reporting requirements and completion of an annual Campus Crime and Safety Report (Cleary Act)
  • Maintains departmental policy consistent with the law
  • Monitors professional conduct of all related staff
  • Maintains parking and traffic control programs
  • Ensures that students, faculty, and staff have parking decals and/or TU-issued identification before entering the campus
  • Ensures the observance of all visitors entering the campus and that a state-issued identification is presented, as warranted
  • Develops appropriate protocols for active shooter drills
  • Develops, presents, and justifies an annual departmental budget
  • Makes regular inspections of fire protection warning equipment, burglar alarms, mass notification systems, and other safety equipment
  • Provides safety and security for all special events on campus by coordinating with other administrators and regional law enforcement agencies in obtaining additional help as needed. Promotes a positive image that supports the mission of the University
  • Maintains high expectations and regard for staff and fellow officers
  • Develops and maintains open lines of communication with University business units and student organizations for the promotion, function, and improvement of safety and security programs
  • Coordinates working relationships with the Dean of Student’s office concerning the student judicial process and discipline proceedings
  • Manages operations that provide security and control of lost and found items
  • Develops emergency plans consistent with federal law (National Incident Management) requirements
  • Serves as the Director of the Emergency Response Team and develops and maintains the University Emergency Operations Plan, which includes scheduling and facilitating meetings, drills, and reviews of emergency readiness.
  • Maintains and updates the Campus Security and Safety Plan
  • Approves all drivers via the Safety Officer process
  • Receives and serves legal documents involving the Universi
  • Responsible for physical security that includes building lock systems, key control, alarm and security video systems, for the main campus and off-site facilities.
  • Maintain the department records management system, including incident logs, investigative
  • Serves as a driver for the President, upon request, requiring overnight stays, as necessary
  • Ensures that the departmental fleet is properly maintained
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned

Qualifications (Education, Experience and Specialized Training):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related area from an accredited college or university required (Master’s in Criminal Justice or related area preferred)
  • Five years of certified police experience is required, which includes at least three years of: supervision, assessments of training needs, staffing, analyzing the effectiveness of policies/procedures within a policing operation, and investigations
  • Alabama Peace Officer’s Standards and Training (APOST) certification required within six months of employment
  • Certification from APOST and shares concurrent jurisdiction within the City of Tuskegee within six month of employment
  • Graduate of an executive level Law Enforcement program such as FBI National Academy, SLEDS, FLETC, or AACOP Certified Police Chief Program preferred
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of current electronic security equipment
  • Valid Alabama driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Ability to pass departmental mental and physical tests, as required

Physical Demands:

  • Sufficient physical ability to: perform heavy or moderate lifting; walk, sit, or stand for prolonged periods of time; properly discharge firearms, if needed; react quickly and properly to emergency situations; and operate motorized vehicles
  • Ability to monitor fire and motion systems

Skills and Attributes:

  • Satisfactory completion of drug and alcohol tests upon request
  • Ability to administer CPR or First Aid (certification preferred)
  • Interpersonal skills needed to effectively communicate with faculty, staff, students, and the general public
  • Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment
  • Maintain operational knowledge of technical law enforcement jargon and radio 10-codes
  • Ability to operate emergency equipment
  • Proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and relevant position software programs

Will this position required travel?:


Will this position required night, weekend, and after hour work?:


Will this positon be supported using grants or contract funding?:


Number of Vacancies:


Open Date:


Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions Summary:

Each applicant, including all current employees, must complete and submit the following documents:

  • Tuskegee University employment application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Recommendation letters
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts.
  • Please note that official transcripts(s) will be required upon hire

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Working at Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University is an independent and state-related institution of higher education. Its programs serve a student body that is coeducational as well as racially, ethnically and religiously diverse. With a strong orientation toward disciplines which highlight the relationship between education and work force preparation in the sciences, professions and technical areas, Tuskegee University also emphasizes the importance of the liberal arts as a foundation for successful careers in all areas. Accordingly, all academic majors stress the mastery of a required core of liberal arts courses.

Tuskegee University is located in Tuskegee, Alabama, which is 40 miles east of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, and 20 miles west of the city of Auburn, Alabama. It is also within easy driving distance to the cities of Birmingham, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia.

The academic programs are organized into five colleges and two schools:

(1) The College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences;

(2) The Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science;

(3) The College of Engineering;

(4) The College of Arts and Sciences; 

(5) The College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health;

(6) The Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science; and

(7) The School of Education.

The curricula for these colleges and schools currently offer over 50 degrees including 39 Bachelor's, 13 Master's, 2 Doctor's of Philosophy: one in Materials Science and Engineering, and one in Integrative BioSciences, and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Graduate instruction leading to the Master's degree and Doctor of Philosophy Degree is offered in three of the five colleges.

The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS); and the following programs are accredited by national agencies: Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Veterinary Medicine. Of special note is the fact that Tuskegee University is the only independent, historically black university with four engineering programs that are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET), the major accrediting body for the engineering sciences. Also, Tuskegee University's Chemistry program is one of only a few among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's) that is approved by the American Chemical Society. Furthermore, the Dietetics Program is approved by the American Dietetic Association and the Food Science Program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Tuskegee University was the first black college to be designated as a Registered National Historic Landmark (April 2, 1966), and the only black college to be designated a National Historic Site (October 26, 1974), a district administered by the National Park Service of the U. S. Department of Interior.

Special features in Tuskegee University's program include: The General Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education, honoring America's first black four-star general who was a Tuskegee University graduate, and housing the nation's only Aerospace Science Engineering program at an HBCU; Media Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, with state-of-the-art video up-link and down-link, intra-school communications, audio/visual, graphics, photography and document production; The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, a state-of-the-art hotel and meeting facility for educational, business and cultural events; The Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, a distinctive research, teaching and outreach program that addresses issues of ethics and public policy in the treatment of people of color and rural Americans in health care.

Other special features which enhance the educational and cultural environment of the University include: The Booker T. Washington Monument, "Lifting the Veil," which honors the University's Founder; the George Washington Carver Museum (named for the distinguished scientist who worked at Tuskegee), which preserves the tools and handiwork of Dr. Carver; the Tuskegee Archives, a chief center for information on the challenges, culture and history of Black Americans since 1896; The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza, commemorating the historic feats of America's first black pilots, who were trained at Tuskegee University; The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Center, and the Center for Continuing Education – a nucleus for continuing adult education.

Over the past 125 years since it was founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University has become one of our nation's most outstanding institutions of higher learning. While it focuses on helping to develop human resources primarily within the African American community, it is open to all.

Tuskegee's mission has always been service to people, not education for its own sake. Stressing the need to educate the whole person, that is, the hand and the heart as well as the mind, Dr. Washington's school was soon acclaimed--first by Alabama and then by the nation for the soundness and vigor of its educational programs and principles. The solid strength has continued through the subsequent administration of Dr. Robert R. Moton (1915-1935), Dr. Frederick D. Patterson (1935-1953), Dr. Luther H. Foster (1953-1981) and Dr. Benjamin F. Payton (1981-2010). In August 2010, Dr. Charlotte P. Morris assumed the role of Interim President of the University. She is the first female to serve at the helm of Tuskegee University, and only the second Interim President for the institution. Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon served as the 6th president of Tuskegee University from November 1, 2010 to October 19, 2013. Dr. Matthew Jenkins served as Acting President from October 19, 2013 to June 14, 2014. Dr. Brian L. Johnson assumed the role of 7th Tuskegee University President on June 15, 2014.

Tuskegee enrolls more than 3,000 students and employs approximately 900 faculty and support personnel. Physical facilities include more than 5,000 acres of forestry and a campus on which sits more than 100 major buildings and structures. Total land, forestry and facilities are valued in excess of $500 million.

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