Chief of Police

Huntley, McHenry County
Jul 15, 2014
Job Description: Manages and commands the operation of the Harper College Police Department to ensure consistency with community based policing and fact based systems that meet the needs of Harper College. Provides leadership for and ensures that Campus Police policies, procedures, practices, services, and programs are appropriate and responsive to a well-established, large suburban college campus with satellite facilities. Supervises and directs employees of the Harper College Police Department (HCPD). Establishes department goals and objectives consistent with the Harper College Strategic Plan. Serves as the College's designated Emergency Management Coordinator. Plans, prepares and disseminates appropriate Emergency Operations Plans consistent with the National Response Plan (NRP) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Ensures the Harper College Police Department complies with all local, state and federal reporting requirements.

Duties of Position: -Leads, plans, organizes, supervises, manages, commands, and evaluates all areas of the Harper College Police Department (HCPD) for effectiveness and efficiency, including the implementation and enforcement of the policies, procedures, and activities of the HCPD. Develops and manages an effective pro-active crime prevention program for the campus. -Anticipates, prevents, and resolves problems and conflicts under areas of supervision. -Responsible for execution of the College's Criminal Background Check Program for students enrolled in certain identified educational programs. -Responsible for the administration of college parking and traffic control program including, but not limited to patrolling parking lots and parking garages, issuing of warnings and citations to violators of college traffic and parking regulations, directing the preparation of citations to violators, and control of vehicles and pedestrian traffic. -Responsible for the administration of a college police program including, but not limited to law enforcement; coordinating assistance for medical emergencies; patrolling of buildings and grounds; prevention of fires and fire hazards; prevention of theft and vandalism; and investigation and reporting of unusual, hazardous, or suspicious occurrences and conditions. -Provides leadership for and maintains a professional work environment in which all HCPD employees are expected to treat all others fairly and with dignity and respect in accordance with and as provided by law, District policy and procedure. -Maintains close liaison with all law enforcement jurisdictions in the District on matters involving the College, and in the development of joint programs of crime prevention and law enforcement. -Serves as HCPD liaison with faculty, staff, students, administration, people doing business with the college, and members of the public. -Coordinates the Harper College Disaster Plan and other emergency procedures involving the College. -Supervise, motivate, train, manage and evaluate all HCPD personnel in compliance with State of Illinois, District policies and procedures, other applicable law, and current supervisory and management standards. -Administer HCPD employee disciplinary procedures in consultation, as needed, with authorized Human Resources officials. -Conducts investigations and file reports or recommendations regarding crimes, building security, vehicle parking, safety and other related matters. -Maintains a Campus Police Manual for use by HCPD staff. -Responsible for coordinating the proper maintenance, use, and operation of equipment, supplies, and materials assigned for use within his/her command, including directing the safe, permissible, and responsible use of patrol vehicles. -Assesses the crime-related safety of the campus; conducts walk-throughs with students and employees at various times of day and night; coordinates improvements in such areas as patrolling, lighting, landscaping, signs, emergency response, and communications. -Appears in court as required -Serves as responsible agent of the College to ensure the collection, analysis, and timely submission of mandated crime reporting to the public and others in compliance with applicable regulations. -Prepares and proposes the annual department budget -Develops, accounts for, and maintains reports on Campus Police-related revenue sources, including parking permits, parking meters, parking citations, and fingerprinting.

Education Requirements: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration, social science or related field required. Master's preferred. Completion of a major police management program such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations FBI National Academy is preferred.

Experience Requirements: A minimum of five years of supervisory experience with a college/university police department or a municipal, county, state or federal law enforcement agency is required. Community College experience is preferred. Experience must include a strong emphasis on crime prevention, safety management and physical security. Must be a Certified Illinois Peace Officer, or be able to receive Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) certification. Annual mandatory qualification/certification required by law to include: Annual Firearms qualification and Police Chiefs 20-hour annual training. Must have strong functional computer and software skills to include Microsoft Office Suite products and Oracle as well as law enforcement related software products. Openness to change and new methods, a passion for continuous learning and self-improvement, and a willingness to meet change with innovation to promote and carry out the College mission. Demonstrated ability to organize, supervise, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned staff. Ability to be a fair-minded, ethical, and honest leader with excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills and the courage and integrity to lead and accept responsibility. Personal characteristics that ensure effective working relationships with all segments of the College and the public. 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.

Special Requirements: Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: While work is primarily indoors, the employee shall maintain appropriate readiness for outside inclement work as required by immediate circumstances. The employee will regularly inspect the entire campus for security and safety issues. Employee is on call 24/7/52 to respond to campus security and/or safety problems. Employee must carry and maintain a personal cellular telephone, subject to College business use reimbursement rules. *** Please attach a cover letter and resume directly to your application *** A file is not complete until the following materials are submitted directly to the application: *Cover Letter *CV/Resume (Does not substitute for completed application) If you have difficulty attaching documents, you may send documents via email to or hard-copy to the HR/Recruitment Office , Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067 *** Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before July 31, 2014. * Official transcripts required upon hire. * Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check. Employment Sponsorship is not available

Harper College, a dynamic community college located in Chicago's northwest suburbs, enrolls over 25,000 students of all ages, is committed to diversity, and encourages the development of multicultural perspectives.