Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

57000 - Public Safety

Advertised Salary: $98,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: At Will  
Summary of Position: Leads the University’s team of public safety staff to provide safety, security, and protection for the entire FSU Big Rapids community. Directs, manages, and implements a comprehensive crime prevention, complaint investigation, emergency response, law enforcement and parking services program in compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations emphasizing a community policing philosophy to ensure public safety in the university community. Reports to the Vice President of Administration and Finance.

Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: BA degree and MCOLES certification required or the ability to obtain within 90 days.  
Required Work Experience: At least eight years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in law enforcement or security.

Required Licenses and Certifications: Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certified or certifiable within 90 days of hire.

Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Bending
  • Carrying
  • Inclement Weather
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Driving
  • Lifting
  • Pulling/Pushing
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: *Successful completion of police staff and command, FBI or equivalent training/experience preferred.
*Experience working in higher ed or similar environments, preferred.
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: *Administration and coordination of a Public Safety program with University staff, faculty, students, and visitors
*Plans and develops policing policies and procedures for crime prevention, law enforcement, and safety and security services.
*Responsible for the direction of all police activities, utilizing modern approaches and technology for conducting police activity.
*Develops and implements programs which maintain the trust of the community and creates a positive relationship within the department.
*Develops and implements short and long-range strategic plans, goals, and objectives for the Department.
*Provides a commitment to interactive engagement to encourage confidence and trust with students, parents, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities.
*Develops programs to recruit a diverse population of staff with the skills, talents, and personalities to excel at servicing on a college campus.
*Pursuant to University policies and procedures partner with Human Resources to recruit, select, train, evaluate and discipline of law enforcement officers, administrative, managerial and support staff.
*Develops or revises departmental policies and procedures; maintains relevant plans to reflect changes in laws and law enforcement.
*Implements and maintains plans for compliance with state and federal regulations.
*Maintains liaison with state and local police and governmental agencies.
*Plans and directs the administrative, operational, and budget activities of the department.
*Maintains fiscal responsibility in the creation and management of the department budget.
*Ensures the use of the most current technology available to provide police services and provides in-service training to our department members on the use and capabilities of the technology.
*Provides advice and guidance to executive management, the campus Emergency
Management team, and the university community regarding law enforcement, safety and security programs, emergency management and emergency response.
*Directly supports university emergency preparedness; coordinates planning with city, county, and state civil defense authorities.
*Oversees all aspects of the Annual Campus Safety Report as required under the Clery Act of 1990.
*Apprises the University President, the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services and other key university personnel of serious incidents or other matters requiring special action or input.
*Directs departmental public relations activities to ensure the provision of accurate and timely information to the university community and external agencies.
*Partners with University Communications regarding announcements and messaging.
*Actively communicates with members of the department staff, university personnel and students to discuss topics related to public safety.
*Serves as liaison with internal and external public pertaining to law enforcement, crime prevention, security, emergency preparedness, parking and traffic regulations, and public safety.
*Develops, implements, directs, and effectively communicates parking and traffic regulations; directs enforcement, including the issuance and management of citations.
*Issues, prepares, and approves all traffic control orders for the university.
*Directs safety and security inspections of university facilities and infrastructure, and communicates areas requiring corrective or preventive actions.
*Serves as a member, advisor or chair of various university and community committees.
*Participate in the collective bargaining process, as requested.
*Responsible for the investigation and determination of all complaints against DPS personnel
*Serve as the University Emergency Management Coordinator
*Evaluate crime statistics and trends and react with appropriate strategies
*Plan and coordinate Public Safety efforts at University functions
*Coordinate special investigations and services as needed
*Coordinate and execute required reporting to all external agencies
*Ensure that all University policies and federal, state, and local laws and ordinances are enforced and adhered to
*Responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of designated University and law enforcement information.
*Other duties as assigned.

Marginal Duties/Responsibilities: *Serves on a variety of university, community, and other committees as requested.

Skills and Abilities:

*Strong demonstrated leadership ability, collaborative decision making and enthusiasm for teamwork, communication, and high performance.
*Demonstrated commitment to community policing and service-orientated policing.
*Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, including the ability to be persuasive and successfully related to a variety of groups inside and outside of the university.
*Proven commitment to working collaboratively across all levels and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners.
*Demonstrated extensive working knowledge of law enforcement operations, facility security, crime prevention, criminal investigations, training, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, traffic safety and enforcement.
*Demonstrated working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws (Cleary Act, Higher Education Opportunity Action, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), and their application to higher education.
*Demonstrated ability to balance the needs and complexity of an educational institution and law enforcement.
*Demonstrated ability to lead and communicate in a timely manner during crisis and emergencies.
*Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple priorities.*Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required Documents:


Cover Letter 

Unofficial Transcript 1 

Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Must submit a resume and cover letter at the time of application  
Initial Application Review Date:
June 28, 2022  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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