Associate Vice President for Public Safety & Chief of Police
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
Required Education: Bachelor’s
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: T194820
The University of Alabama at Birmingham welcomes inquiries, nominations, and applications for an experienced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial law enforcement leader to serve as its next Associate Vice President of Public Safety & Chief of Police.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is searching for an experienced law enforcement officer whose background demonstrates a commitment to UAB’s values of Integrity, Respect, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Collaboration, Excellence and Achievement, Stewardship, and Accountability – a leader who will manage and direct the department’s diverse team of 204 operational, law enforcement, security, and emergency management personnel, oversee financial activities, dedicate themselves to building and strengthening an urban campus police and public security department that is collaborative and engaged throughout the organization, and be an active representative of the institution as the college’s Associate Vice President of Public Safety & Chief of Police.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, the Associate Vice President of Public Safety & Chief of Police assumes administrative leadership and direct managerial responsibility for ensuring a safe and secure environment for UAB’s students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Included are oversite of the police department and its operations, emergency management, and physical security that enhances and standardizes public safety operations across the university and UAB Medicine.
The Chief of Police has jurisdiction and responsibility for the development and implementation of an integrated campus policing, security, and emergency management program for the protection, investigation, and reporting of crimes and offenses occurring on, or involving, UAB students, faculty, staff, property, and other assets. This leader will develop short and long-term strategic plans with emphasis on standard organizational and operational procedures and practices, and is responsible for the design, execution, and effectiveness of a system of internal controls which provide reasonable assurance operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, and financial information is reliable and compliant with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
The Chief of Police serves as the chief advisor to senior leaders on public safety and police operations and is also UAB’s liaison with the Birmingham area’s law enforcement agencies. As such, the Chief of Police will promote and maintain partnerships with a diverse community, local, state, and federal emergency response agencies, local colleges and universities, as well as public service and community-based organizations.
The Chief of Police supervises UAB’s senior law enforcement and other public safety professionals – while simultaneously developing effective strategies for the recruitment, professional development, and retention of qualified and high-functioning police officers and department personnel.
UAB has a footprint of over 100 square blocks in downtown Birmingham - approximately 636 acres and 216 academic, residential, and recreational buildings, which translates into nearly 16 million square feet of functional building space. Additionally – multiple UAB Medicine hospital and clinic facilities are located on campus.
This position is open until filled but only applications received by Thursday, April 7, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Applications should include a detailed letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae/resume.
Ability to attain certification through the Alabama Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission (APOSTC) is required to advance.
Education & Experience Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Management, or a related field is required; master’s degree is preferred - Work experience may not substitute for education requirement Eight (8) years of public safety, policing, law enforcement experience required, with experience in a large, urban, research college or university and/or medical center preferred Four (4) years of experience at a supervisory level Management of funds with signatory and/or budget authority Licensing & Certification Valid Driver's License from the State of Alabama or ability to be licensed in the State of Alabama Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC) certification or ability to be certified based on qualifications in a similar jurisdiction Special Skills, Knowledge & Abilities Familiarity with federal and state laws related to campus public safety and patient rights (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, Clery Reporting, department accreditation, Title IX, access to university records), and related best practices Ability to maintain cooperative and effective working relationships Strong written and verbal communication skills Ability to relate easily and comfortably with widely diverse groups and individuals in a university environment Excellent stewardship, planning and effective management of public resources and personnel Leadership skills Project management skills Analytical skills Negotiation skills Presentation skills Prioritization skills Process improvement and quality skill
In fall 2018, UAB had a third consecutive year of record-high over all enrollment with 21,923 students, including its largest freshman class ever (2,299), with enrollment growth in every school on campus and in the acclaimed UAB Honors College. The freshman class had an average ACT of 25.2 and GPA of 3.73- both higher than 2017. UAB's students are talented and diverse, with minority students making up 40.5 percent of the freshman class and 39.7 percent of the entire of the student body. Logo Logo UAB is was recently recognized as the Top Young University in the U.S. and 10th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. UAB research expenditures are at a record high, exceeding $562 million in FY17, and UAB ranks 15th in federal funding nationally among public universities (top 4 percent) and 31st overall (top 5 percent). In National Institutes of Health funding, UAB ranks 8th among public universities (top 2 percent) and 23rd overall (top 4 percent) with more than $244 million. UAB Health system has over one million patient visits annually and is home to Alabama's largest hospital and the 3rd largest public hospital in the U.S. UAB houses the state's only level ...1 adult trauma center and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Alabama and a five-state region. UAB is the state's largest single-site employer, with more than 23,000 employees, and has an annual economic impact of over $7.15 billion on Alabama.