Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police

Cincinnati, Hamilton County
Apr 15, 2014
The University of Cincinnati, Ohio’s premier urban research university, traces its origins to 1819. In that year both Cincinnati College and the Medical College of Ohio were chartered. In 1870 the City of Cincinnati established the University of Cincinnati (UC), and in 1968 UC became a “municipally sponsored, state affiliated” institution, entering a transitional period culminating on July 1, 1977 when UC joined the university system of Ohio. Today, UC enrolls over 42,000 students and is classified as a research university (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Commission. The university is also ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. UC was again named in the Top Tier of the country’s “Best National Universities” by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 and Forbes named UC among the world’s most beautiful college campuses. The Director supervises the sworn and non-sworn police and public safety officers; develops and implements effective university safety policies and programs; manages recruitment and training of staff, develops and implements effective crime prevention strategies including a comprehensive community policing program; and ensures timely and accurate reporting in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. The Director will represent the department in the local community and serve a central role in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with university constituents and local, regional, state, and Federal public safety agencies. The Director will oversee a budget of $10.5 million and supervise a staff of 147. The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field and at least seven years of demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience in law enforcement in a higher education setting. Current certification as a law enforcement officer by his/her respective state with no more than one year break in sworn service at time of appointment is required. A master’s degree and executive law enforcement training are preferred. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to community policing; an understanding of student development and the needs of a complex, diverse campus community in an urban environment; experience with emergency preparedness and managing large events; demonstrated experience facilitating organizational change; and knowledge of current best practices in higher education safety and security. A demonstrated record of leadership, strategic thinking, collaboration, and interpersonal skills are essential. Review of applications will begin May 13, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Current Searches. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark A. Hall at SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group University of Cincinnati - Director of Public Safety Mark A. Hall, Senior Associate Visit the University of Cincinnati website at The University of Cincinnati is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.