Chief, University Police

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Long Beach
Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Safety

Job Summary

The Chief of Police responsible for the planning, organizing and directing a comprehensive crime prevention and law enforcement programs, and daily management of the University Police Department (UPD).

Key Responsibilities

The Chief acts as principle leadership in the daily operations of the police department and ensures employee actions conform to existing professional standards for, but not limited to: law enforcement activities, field services; support services, dispatch communications, finance, budget, and human resources, information technology, crime prevention, criminal investigations, K9 program, facility security, training and development, emergency preparedness, traffic safety and enforcement, and related environmental health and safety standards. The Chief provides leadership for a staff of 40, including 26 sworn officers, and manages a $4.2 budget.

This position serves as a Campus Security Authority under the Clery Act and Executive Order 1107. Incumbent is required to promptly report allegations of Clery qualifying crimes that occur within a campus’ Clery geography.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of legal issues, to include legislation, judicial review, and liability trends.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement activities, facility security, crime prevention, criminal investigations, training, fire prevention, emergency preparedness, traffic safety and enforcement, and related environmental health and safety standards and developments and each of these fields.
  • Working knowledge of local, state, and federal laws as applied to university law enforcement.
  • Understanding of laws related to affirmative action, health and safety, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of crime awareness program concepts and facility security management.
  • Must demonstrate an understanding of crime awareness and reporting statutes such as the Jeanne Clery and Campus Safety Act and related provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA).
  • Must be able to qualify with a firearm per state and department regulations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.  Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures.  Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."

Education and Experience

A bachelor degree or equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in a related field. A graduate level or an advanced degree is highly desirable. Must possess a Basic, Intermediate, Advanced Supervisory and Management Certificate from the Commission on Police Office Standards and Training (POST).  Must have successfully completed a P.O.S.T. Executive Training Course, or possess the ability to qualify for and complete the requirements for the certificate or the coursework within the first year of employment. At least ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement or public safety administration experience, including seven years in a management capacity. Graduation from advanced law enforcement education, such as FBI National Academy or California POST Command College, desirable. Relevant experience in budget and personnel administration, including experience working in a collective bargaining environment. Experience at a University-based law enforcement agency or complex organization preferred.

Must possess a valid California Driver's License.

Must pass a full police background, medical and psychological examination.


University Police

Department Description

For more information, visit the University Police Website


This is a management level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, and excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, educational fee waiver, and retirement benefits.


Administrator III

Application Procedures

CSULB has engaged the executive search firm, Spelman and Johnson. Review of applications will begin January 21, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please visit to complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Mark Hall at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

Additional Information

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Due to the nature of this position, current CSULB employees are subject to a criminal record check unless they have successfully completed a criminal background check through CSULB within the past 12 months.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

Equal Employment Statement

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), nationality, religion or religious creed, gender (or sex), gender identity (including transgender), gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status,  disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, veteran or military status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at (562) 985-4101.

Conflict of Interest

The duties of this position will include participation in decisions that may have a material financial benefit to the incumbent. Therefore, the selected candidate will be required to file Conflict of Interest Form 700: Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis, complete ethics training within 6 months of appointment, and attend this training every other year thereafter.

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