Reporting to the Associate Vice President for Safety and Security, the Chief of Police (Chief) provides leadership and direction for the George Washington Police Department (GWPD), an unarmed, police force that provides security and crime prevention services to the University. She/he serves as the public face of GWPD internally and externally and provides day-to-day, strategic management and oversight of the University's security programs. The Chief establishes and communicates a departmental vision and provides strong, energetic leadership and direction to GWPD staff in the implementation of that vision. Nurturing a strong sense of teamwork, the Chief is expected to attract and retain a workforce that reflects the diversity of the University and the Washington area community while creating and maintaining an environment that promotes a workplace climate based on respect and trust, where individuals feel comfortable reporting incidents of discrimination or harassment.
Specifically, areas of responsibility will include:
Oversees departmental management activities such as recruitment and hiring, performance review, training, professional development, promotions, transfers, and scheduling of professional and support staff;
Participates in the collective bargaining process as a member of the University team, as well as works with the union on a day-to-day basis;
Receives all union grievances, represents the department in the arbitration process, and works with Human Resources and the Office of General Counsel to determine the appropriate action;
Ensures that professional discipline and adherence to appropriate departmental and University policies and procedures are maintained;
Oversees the investigation of complaints against the department and recommends appropriate action, ensuring that all incidents and arrest activities are properly documented, including reviewing written reports, communicating with staff, and completing administrative follow up as needed;
Develops, allocates, and oversees an annual operating budget consistent with applicable policies, procedures and regulations; presents budget estimates and controls expenditures of departmental appropriations;
Maintains personal and departmental currency on Incident Command Systems (ICS), the requirements of the Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Title IX as it relates to police, public safety, security, and emergency-related services, and other legislation as necessary;
Monitors criminal / non-criminal case loads and ensures the implementation of proper investigative and interview techniques, including processing of crime scenes, rules of evidence, court system / courtroom procedures, and search and seizure laws;
Ensures all required policies and procedures to operate a campus police department are developed, maintained and implemented based on industry best practices;
Works closely with the other offices and units within the Division of Safety and Security;
Works collaboratively with other University departments to maintain safety and security at University events during emergency situations, and on a day-to-day basis; and
Collaborates with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office and other local and federal law enforcement agencies as appropriate.
This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as deemed necessary.
Ability to plan, direct, and coordinate program and administrative decisions and to solve problems of a complex and conceptual nature based on evidence at hand;
Ability to motivate and lead others in the accomplishment of tasks, objectives, and missions, and to take the initiative in influencing events and policy decisions;
Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules, and regulations that affect a multi-faceted institution of higher education; and
Communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to work collegially with all levels of the organization toward common objectives.
This position requires an individual with the following characteristics:
Commitment to GW's values;
Intellectual, professional and a person of integrity;
Honest, with the highest ethical standards;
Passionate, collaborative, strategic, and smart with a hands-on, roll-up-the-sleeves orientation;
Ability to work independently. Self-starter; hard worker. Takes initiative; very high energy;
Personally accountable. Assumes ownership, control and accountability for all areas of responsibility and commitments made to others;
Sincere, open, and direct communicator. Puts organizational interests above self- interests and is comfortable expressing candid opinions;
Highest levels of responsiveness;
Combination of strong intellect that is combined with a practical and realistic common sense understanding of how to get things done;
Ability to demonstrate initiative, a strong desire to succeed and exert the extraordinary effort often required;
Ability to work in a fast-paced, high growth, entrepreneurial environment;
Ability to work with faculty and staff in a respectful way;
Establish trust and credibility with institutional leadership and across the University;
Internal Number: 68864
About George Washington University
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