Chief of Police

  • 1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, NC 28274, USA
  • Full-time

Job Description

Summary: Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Campus Police, the Chief of Police provides leadership and direction for the University’s police force and plans, organizes, directs, and administers policing initiatives of the campus community. The Chief maintains a high degree of visibility and represents the police department on campus and in the local community, serving a central role in establishing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships with university constituents and local, regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Chief develops and implements effective crime prevention strategies, including a comprehensive community-oriented policing program. This position includes administrative responsibilities for the department's budget, and timely and accurate reporting in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and higher education guidelines. The Chief of Police manages eight full-time police officers, three part-time police officers, dispatch center personnel and contract security.

This full-time, 12-month position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Chief of Police oversees the day-to-day operation of Campus Police, including:
•    Ensures all members of Campus Police work as a cohesive, well-informed and positive team to ensure the safety of the campus community at all times  
•    Monitors and ensures compliance with federal and state law, university policy and departmental policy
•    Coordinates campus police activities with other law enforcement agencies, campus departments and relevant stakeholders
•    Maintains appropriate contractual services for police computer systems
•    Oversees all investigations to ensure compliance with federal and state laws as well as timely, thorough and accurate completion
•    Maintains appropriate mutual aid user agreements and coordinates with local law enforcement for back up assistance for managing incidents on campus
•    Responsible for recruiting, selecting, hiring, training, scheduling shifts and special events and managing department personnel and managing any contract security personnel assigned to work for the university
•    Ensures department policy manual is updated and drafts new policies in line with law enforcement best practices
•    Manages the departmental budget
•    Liaisons with student groups, provides safety consulting, and works on committees and sub-committees as requested
•    Makes presentations to on- and off-campus organizations, raising awareness of crimes most likely to impact institutions of higher education and works with area providers to build network of support services to faculty, staff and student crime victims
•    Facilitates problem solving with community on ways to reduce crime on campus and improve quality of life, working in collaboration with other campus departments to the benefit of public safety
•    Ensures institutional compliance with required timely and emergency warnings. Collaborates with the Clery Compliance Officer with following and maintaining appropriate documentation for audit purposes by the U.S. Department of Education
•    Works collaboratively with the university’s Title IX Coordinator to ensure the appropriate reporting of sexual misconduct and in engagement of separate but prompt concurrent criminal and administrative investigations
•    Serves in a leadership role on the university’s Emergency Operations Team, as well as serves on the Student Assistance Team and other University committees.
•    Supervises/ensures enforcement of university park policies

Nonessential Duties
•    Other duties as necessary to meet department and university needs.


Knowledge, Skills, Training, Experience
•    Must possess a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization (or equivalent combination of education and experience) and at least ten years of progressively responsible experience in a law enforcement or public safety environment with a preferred minimum of five years in a college/university environment
•    Must have completed a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course with current certification as a law enforcement officer by respective state (or with no more than a one-year break in full-time sworn service at time of appointment). Please note that North Carolina law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal law enforcement certification
•    Must possess/obtain and maintain North Carolina Company Police Certification with the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission within six months of employment
•    Must possess a valid, unrestricted North Carolina Driver’s License within 30 days of hire date
•    Knowledge of law enforcement, criminal investigations, emergency management, security, parking and traffic control, disaster preparedness, security methods/regulations, crowd control techniques and special event coordination
•    Is an individual with impeccable integrity and a proven record of consistency in managing both internal and external relationships to develop trust and to create opportunities for collaborative problem solving and partnerships
•    Models courteous engagement and outstanding customer service with staff and students while ensuring clear and firm adherence to safety principles and laws
•    Holds comprehensive knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; thorough knowledge of local, State and Federal laws especially Clery and Title IX
•    Has a track record of public safety success that comes from a balance of engagement and enforcement
•    Demonstrate proven success in working with stakeholders with diverse backgrounds, including students, parents, visitors, faculty, and staff in university and academic setting, as well as proven success in the recruitment, development and retention of diverse workforce units.
•    Skilled in budget development and management and maintenance of effective service levels despite resource constraints
•    Experienced in cultivating and maintaining mutual aid relationships within a diverse population serving as inter-agency liaison with law enforcement, fire and emergency agencies that provide support to all campus locations
•    Exceptionally strong communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal, presentation) and ability to quickly establish and maintain strong rapport at all levels of the university
•    Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands
•    Proven ability to develop, empower and motivate direct reports to initiate and complete responsibilities in a timely fashion
•    Demonstrated organization and planning skills (strategic, short- and long-term); strong follow-up and follow-through skills to ensure completion of strategic plans, goals and objectives
•    Demonstrated computer proficiency using standard office software applications
•    Proactively develops and supports staff to achieve excellence through increased training, feedback and responsibility
•    Preference to candidates with demonstrated experience in grant writing, and the preparation of clear and concise reports
•    Ability to hold sensitive information confidential
•    Experience conducting investigations that are compliant with local, State and Federal laws
•    Knowledge of EEO/Affirmative Action guidelines for recruitment, selection, and promotion; and the ability to fully understand the mission, values, objectives, and goals of the department and to incorporate them in the daily operations of the department
•    Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule to meet requirements of the position, including frequent extended days, nights and weekends.

Pre-Employment Requirements
Because of the confidential, sensitive nature of information handled, the candidate must successfully complete a background investigation.
Must complete a background check, psychological examination, medical fitness for duty examination and a drug screen prior to employment. 

Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)
•    Visual Abilities: Read reports, create presentations and use a computer system – 75‐100% of the time
•    Hearing: Hear well enough to communicate with co‐workers, vendors and students – 75‐100% of the time.
•    Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling: Write, type and use the telephone, copier, and computer systems – 75‐100% of the time.
•    Mobility: Kneel for physical inspection of storage areas; Open files and operate office machines; move between departments and attend meetings across campus – 75‐100% of the time.
•    Talking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly – 75‐100% of the time.
•    Lifting, Pulling, Pushing: Exert up to 40 pounds for force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects – 50‐75% of the time.
•    Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in conditions – 75‐100% of the time.
Work Conditions
•    Work in office environment and outdoors, involving contact with students, faculty, staff, service providers and vendors.
•    Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times.
•    May be exposed to potentially toxic chemicals.

The above description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this positions, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position. 


Qualified candidates should submit all the following in (.pdf) format
•    a detailed letter of interest, 
•    resume,
•    salary requirements, and
•    names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Only candidates who best match requirements of job will be contacted. Due to limited staff resources, phone calls cannot be accepted or returned.

Additional Information

Additional information
Review of submissions will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The position will be removed from the website once an offer is extended and accepted, or when a sufficient candidate pool is identified. Only candidates who best match requirements of job will be contacted. Due to limited staff resources, phone calls cannot be accepted or returned.


Queens University of Charlotte is a student-centered, comprehensive, private university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). With a foundation in the liberal arts and a commitment to excellence in education, the university serves the needs of a diverse co-educational student body of 2,500 with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Queens offers students learning experiences through the College of Arts & Sciences, the McColl School of Business, the James L. Knight School of Communication, the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. School of Education, the Presbyterian School of Nursing and the Andrew Blair College of Health and the Hayworth School of Graduate and Continuing Studies. In all of its programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborative learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work, and the value and necessity of lifelong learning. Additional information about Queens University of Charlotte may be found at Queens University of Charlotte values campus diversity and demonstrates this in campus initiatives; we particularly encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply.


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