Reporting to the executive vice president, the chief of police oversees the managerial and financial operations of the Harvard University police force. The chief provides oversight to Harvard's security force, outsourced under an external contract. The selected candidate will be responsible for protecting the University community, its property and ensuring compliance with state, local and federal law in a manner consistent with the values and expectations of the University. Further, the chief leads a high performing security and public safety function for the University; fully embracing the principles of contemporary public safety and policing, working to ensure the department is a model of public accountability, community orientation, and constitutional policing while upholding Harvard's mission and values (https//hr.harvard.edu/our-mission-and-culture).
The chief will oversee the recruitment, training and supervision of sworn officers, administrative personnel, and support staff; incorporates state of the art philosophies, plans and programs to attract and retain a diverse workforce; and ensures continuing education and skill development for both uniformed and non-uniformed personnel. The next chief will be highly collaborative working with senior leaders on strategic planning efforts associated with safety and security programs, community outreach, customer service, training and special events; leads the effort to build an atmosphere dedicated to inclusive excellence, mutual respect, understanding and shared communication among all Harvard affiliates, within the department itself, and with visitors and members of the host communities of Cambridge and Boston.
Application and Nomination Review of applications will begin October 7, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Besides applying for this opening on the Harvard Employment website, all applicants must submit a resume with an accompanying cover letter via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Harvard University requires pre-employment screenings. Pre-employment screenings may include but are not limited to: Identification Check, License Verification, Education Verification, Credit and Criminal Record Check.
Harvard Human Resources is committed to enabling Harvard's world changing mission through inclusive excellence in Human Resources practices. We welcome applicants who bring varied experiences, backgrounds, and expertise to advance the work of the department in service to Harvard's mission.
Salary Grade: 062
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
The successful candidate must possess an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or related field along with 12 years of progressive policing experience, including a minimum of seven years of managerial (supervisory level or at a lieutenant or above) experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Possession of a MPTC (Mass Police Training Committee) certification or the ability to attain a waiver are required of the new chief.
Prior law enforcement experience within a higher education environment and a deep understanding of the special dimensions of student life and a campus community are strongly preferred as is a comfort with technology. The next chief will have a demonstrated ability to engage with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders within the University community and surrounding communities; a strong background in community-centered law enforcement; proven experience operating in a multi-faceted and diverse organizational structure; experience effectively managing crisis situations; and a record of positive community engagement and public relations.
It is critical that the successful candidate have demonstrated experience and a genuine commitment to working with diverse communities, a focus on social justice and fostering an inclusive environment based on trust and mutual respect. The next chief must be proficient and comfortable engaging in challenging conversations for the betterment of the department and institution as well as adept at designing practices and training consistent with the needs of a diverse community and the particular aspects of a university-setting and the value it places on free expression and support of peaceful demonstration/protest. The chief will have knowledge of, and commitment to, national best practices and community-centered security and law enforcement and both knowledge and experience with effective change management techniques with a proven record of instilling major changes within a complex organization. Strong interpersonal skills; thorough knowledge of security operations, applicable federal and state laws and Clery reporting requirements. Further, it is highly desirable for the successful candidate to have prior experience working in a unionized environment and/or experience working with police reform advocates as well as the successful completion of an advanced, executive leadership training such as the FBI National Academy or other evidence of continued professional development.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 52600BR
About Harvard University Police Department
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.