With a student population of over 38,000, Texas State University is an Emerging Research and Hispanic-Serving University located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor. Founded in 1899 and currently the 16th largest public institution in the United States in terms of undergraduate enrollment, Texas State enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 66 countries. Students choose from 98 undergraduate, 90 master’s, and 12 doctoral programs offered by ten colleges (Applied Arts, the Emmett and Miriam McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Honors, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, the Graduate College, and the University College). With a diverse campus community, including just over 50 percent of the student body from ethnic minorities, Texas State is one of the top 14 producers of Hispanic baccalaureate graduates in the nation. Ideally situated on almost 600 acres across two campuses (San Marcos and Round Rock), Texas State is in the midst of the largest construction program in its history, experiencing an exciting period of growth with approximately $659 million in new construction, renovation, and expansion. The main campus in San Marcos boasts 209 buildings, including 24 campus residence halls and apartments.
Ranked as one of the fastest growing small cities in the U.S. in three of the past five years by the U.S. Census Bureau and listed in Forbes’ 2018 Best Places to Retire, San Marcos combines small-town charm with big-time energy. Located along the crystal-clear San Marcos River roughly halfway between Austin and San Antonio and on the edge of the famous Texas Hill Country, San Marcos offers its 60,000+ residents the best of everything. With the area being widely known for hiking trails, spectacular views, fields of wildflowers, world-class gourmet dining, and a rich cultural history, it’s no wonder the Texas State students call it “San Marvelous!”
Reporting to the Vice President for Finance and Support Services, the Chief of Police works closely with the University Police Department staff, campus constituents, and the local community to promote a safe and secure environment for Texas State University. The Chief provides comprehensive leadership, strategic vision, and general oversight for patrol operations, investigations, community policing, crime prevention strategies, emergency response, community outreach, educational services, crime statistics, federal compliance reporting, and programs for the campus community. Managing a comprehensive 24-hour/365 day-a-year department, the Chief leads a staff of 57, including supervisors, campus police officers, dispatchers, and administrative staff, overseeing all recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, retention, and performance evaluations. The Chief also provides direction for emergency management planning, response, and coordination, working collaboratively with campus leaders to direct campus response to emergencies and crisis situations while providing safety and security services to the campus community. Additionally, the Chief manages the departmental budget of more than $7 million; develops the department’s goals and objectives, policies and procedures, and procurement and property maintenance; enforces local, state, and federal laws, including the rules and regulations as prescribed by the Texas State University System Board of Regents and the Texas State University administration; maintains an awareness of IACLEA best practices and national trends related to safety/security and legal issues impacting higher education; works closely with local, county, and state public safety officials to enforce city ordinances and state laws; and tracks crime statistics to ensure compliance with college, state, and federal reporting responsibilities. The Chief fosters and maintains collaborative and proactive relationships with students, student organizations, faculty, staff, and campus departments, as well as external agencies such as law enforcement and emergency management agencies, in an effort to address safety and security priorities, educational outreach, and community policing programs.
The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in criminal justice, public administration, education, social sciences, or closely related field, with at least ten years of demonstrated leadership in law enforcement, including increasing level and scope of responsibilities, command supervisory experience, budget management, and operational/programmatic responsibilities for safety. The successful candidate will demonstrate a vision for building a cutting-edge law enforcement agency with an emphasis on best practices in a higher education setting; possess excellent communication skills and experience in media relations; and exhibit a previous record of success at a command level in a residential, university campus, or similar environment. Experience with emergency preparedness, crisis management response, and communication systems are also required. It is highly desired that candidates be a team player with collaboration and data-driven decision-making skills, as well as a customer service and skilled relationship builder who can demonstrate patience, attentiveness, and knowledge. The successful candidate will demonstrate initiative, accountability, ownership, and self-discipline, with confidence to handle problems independently; leadership that demonstrates enthusiasm toward supporting university goals, mission, and values; the ability to express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner; and the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with diverse faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Texas State University is committed to creating equitable and inclusive work environments to support the success of the full range of its employees, and, in doing so, believes that employees who feel valued and respected will create policies, programs, practices, and services to effectively meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our increasingly diverse student populations.
Review of applications will begin November 9, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Confidential inquiries and nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
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