The Administration and Finance Division is committed to provide support services for Montana State University through leadership, management and stewardship of fiscal, human and physical resources to advance MSU’s capacity to support excellence in teaching, learning, and outreach, with a focus on quality, access, and innovation.
The mission of the Montana State University Police Department is to provide Montana State University students, faculty, staff, and visitors a safe and secure environment for living and learning. We continuously strive to build and cultivate relationships, foster ongoing education, and provide a visible and welcoming presence for our community. The Director/Chief of Police is responsible for the safety and security of the University’s community and facilities, the enforcement of all laws and related campus regulations, oversight of MSU’s emergency management plans and activities, management of all University traffic and parking programs, and the provision of other related campus services.
The Director/Chief of Police reports to the Vice President for Administration and Finance and works closely with MSU staff, students, faculty, administration and the local community to direct and administer the overall policing and public safety initiatives, as well as promote a safe and secure environment across the University. The person in this position provides leadership, management and direct oversight to university police, parking services, emergency management and dispatch services. The Director/Chief of Police directs and oversees the operations and strategic planning of all police functions pertaining to police services, security and law enforcement programs.
Duties include but are not limited to:
Providing leadership and oversight of all departmental staff in a manner that fosters teamwork, collaboration and overall mission effectiveness.
Management of all departmental operations and associated budgets, including, but not limited to, campus law enforcement responsibilities, personal, facility, and property security services, campus emergency management and the parking program.
Managing complex situations, including personnel related issues.
Implementing national best practices with regards to comprehensive police operations and community policing.
Providing oversight to the University’s Emergency Management program and serving as a key Emergency Response Team member.
Responsible for UPD staff and MSU community development opportunities.
Engaging in service excellence and community-oriented policing.
Planning and implementing on both an operational and strategic level.
Developing and implementing policies related to safety and security at multiple levels in a collaborative process with various campus entities including Administration & Finance, Student Success, Residence Life, Legal Counsel, Athletics, and Student Senate.
Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships within the University and with local law enforcement, state law enforcement, federal agencies, and emergency response agencies in a manner that will benefit MSU and our communities.
Leading by example in supporting, understanding, embracing, and nurturing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the campus environment.
Assuring and providing all necessary and adequate actions to maintain the safety and security of the University and those who work, study, or visit campus.
Possess certification as a sworn Montana Peace Officer from P.O.S.T. or able to obtain Montana P.O.S.T. certification within one year of appointment, with the ability to meet and maintain all Montana P.O.S.T. training requirements.
Bachelor’s Degree in business, criminal justice, social science, or another related field.
Comprehensive understanding of principles and practices of law enforcement, traffic management, emergency operations, and crime prevention, with a thorough knowledge of local, State and Federal laws including CLERY and Title IX.
Proven ability to lead, develop, and support staff to achieve excellence through increased training, responsibility, productivity, and morale.
Experience cultivating and maintaining collaborative relationships with a variety of constituents (including: mutual aid relationships, law enforcement, and fire & emergency agencies) who provide support to campus locations.
Progressive leadership experience in law enforcement.
Internal Number: VA-20234
About Montana State University
Montana State University is as remarkable as its setting. Founded in 1893 as the land-grant institution of the state, it is a welcoming, adventurous community of students, faculty and staff distinguished by its commitment to address the world's greatest challenges. As the largest university in the state of Montana with nearly 17,000 students who represent 56 counties in Montana, 50 U.S. states, and 73 foreign countries, MSU energizes individuals to discover and pursue their aspirations. It inspires people to engage with the university to improve the human prospect through excellence in education, research, creativity and civic responsibility.