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Campus Public Safety/Campus Police Chief

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Position Details

Proposed Start Date 12/01/2017
Classification Title Unclassified Unrepresented
Rank N - No Rank
Working Title Campus Public Safety/Campus Police Chief
Position Number D93540
Representation UU - Unclassified Unrepresented
Renewable Renewable
Position FTE 1.0
Tenure Status F - Fixed Term

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

Portland State University (PSU) is Oregon’s urban research university recognized for excellence in sustainability and community engagement, and is located in the heart of downtown Portland. PSU offers more than 200 degrees with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. The University’s reputation is built on excellence through accessibility, innovation, collaboration, engagement, sustainability, and transformation. As the state’s only urban public university, Portland State provides comprehensive undergraduate education as well as professional education to thousands of Oregonians as well as to students from over 90 countries around the globe. Portland State is renowned for innovative academic programs and excellence – particularly in fields related to urban and public affairs; business administration; science, technology, and sustainability – that combine student learning, research, and community engagement. The university’s programs continue to garner national recognition and rankings and PSU was named one of the top ten innovative universities in the country (US News and World Report 2016-2017). To see an up-to-date list of the outstanding PSU rankings and references by Princeton Review, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and other nationally respected organizations, please click on the following link:

Portland State University’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City.” The University is an anchor institution, providing the Portland region with a highly-educated population, substantial economic impact, and distinctive contributions to its culture. The University promotes access, inclusion and equity as pillars of excellence. It is committed to curiosity, collaboration, stewardship and sustainability; strives for excellence and innovation that solves problems, and believes everyone should be treated with integrity and respect.

Portland State University has approximately 27,200 students with over 21,000 undergraduates and 5,600 graduate students. Some 62 percent of the students are full time, approximately 76 percent are residents of Oregon, and 64 percent are transfer students. The university offers over 200 degree programs at the bachelors, masters and doctoral level. The university has approximately 7,000 employees, including research and instructional faculty, academic professionals, managers, and staff and administrators.

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Position Summary

The Campus Police Chief administers, plans, and directs all services provided by the Campus Public Safety Office as a model of 21st Century policing. This position requires a visionary leader with a strong ability to collaborate with faculty, staff and students in creating a safe environment for a modern urban university campus. The Campus Police Chief reports to the Vice President of Finance and Administration and will supervise 38 employees, some of whom are represented by a police union.

Primary Activity A - Administrative
Minimum Qualifications

• A four year degree from an accredited university, preferably in law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or a related field.
• Ten years of law enforcement experience in a certified police position with at least five years in a management capacity.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience leading a diverse and inclusive workforce and community in examining the impact that policies and practices have on different communities.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience with collaboration between law enforcement and mental health providers in developing a compassionate and effective response to persons in crisis.
• Experience working with police unions.
• Must have held Basic, Advanced, and Supervisory Police certification from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training within the past five years, or an out-of-state equivalent recognized by Oregon DPSST and the ability to re-activate certification.
• Strong oral and written communication skills and evident engagement with community.

Preferred Qualifications

• Graduate from advanced police command training such as the FBI National Academy, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety or the Southern Police Institute.
• Experience in providing police services in a higher education environment, particularly within a residential community.
• Experience with incident and threat assessment techniques as well as knowledge of Clery Act.
DPSST Management and Executive Police Certification.

Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

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Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be competitive with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

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Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? Yes
Background Check Required Yes
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