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Founded in 1849 as a small teacher’s college, Eastern Michigan University (EMU) today is a major learning and research institution with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. With its beautifully wooded 880-acre campus featuring mature trees, outdoor art, a tranquil lake, and 18 miles of walkways and jogging trails, EMU serves over 16,000 students from all 50 states and 83 countries engaged in 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and certificates, as well as more than 150 graduate programs, in five colleges plus an Honors College. Located in the diverse community of Ypsilanti, roughly 40 miles west of Detroit and less than five miles east of Ann Arbor, EMU fields 18 NCAA Division I sports teams competing in the Mid-American Conference, sponsors more than 200 student organizations, and houses approximately 21 percent of the students in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated residences. The Princeton Review has named EMU a “Best in the Midwest” university for the past 18 years and has rated the College of Business among the nation’s best for 17 consecutive years.

EMU prides itself on diversity, equity, and inclusion, boasting a student population that is extremely diverse and comprised of nearly 40 percent of individuals who identify as non-white. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are not only strategic imperatives at EMU, but are also concepts that are embedded into all steps that the University takes to achieve institutional excellence. In this regard, EMU is a “University of Opportunity” for all of our stakeholders:  students, faculty, staff, and the larger community.

The Position
Reporting to the President and serving on the EMU Executive Council, the Chief of Police & Executive Director of Public Safety works closely with staff, students, faculty, administrators, and the local community to manage and administer services and programs which contribute to a safe and secure campus environment. The Chief/Executive Director deeply understands the institution’s needs, issues, and environment and ensures that the day-to-day safety and security initiatives and functions are strategically aligned with the mission and goals of the University. The Chief/Executive Director manages and administers the Department of Public Safety, which functionally includes security and patrol (both on campus and in the surrounding community), traffic/parking control, investigations, crime prevention, and campus health and safety (OSHA compliance). Ensuring that the University’s Emergency Management Plan is current and relevant is also an important responsibility. The Chief/Executive Director collaborates with key committees and offices on campus including, but not limited to, the Public Safety Oversight Committee and the Title IX Office. Additionally, the Chief/Executive Director develops and oversees the annual Public Safety budget; represents EMU in union negotiations, labor/management meetings, and grievance hearings and meetings; communicates and ensures compliance with University policies, federal and state laws and regulations, Clery Act, and collective bargaining agreements; develops a culture that promotes and celebrates employee success, fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment, and offers leadership development opportunities for staff; and maintains positive work relations with outside law enforcement agencies, including the City of Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County. The Chief/Executive Director manages a budgeted staff of 51, including six direct reports, and oversees a comprehensive budget of just over $5 million.

EMU is committed to continuing its rich history of engaging with students and the greater community on interactions and issues related to public safety. The Chief/Executive Director will be instrumental in maintaining a safe community while proactively engaging community members in dialogue and partnership to build on the tradition of trust that the University enjoys. In this regard, the Chief/Executive Director will be proficient in community oriented policing strategies that foster positive relationships, with a focus on proactive problem solving and stakeholder involvement.

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in Criminology, Law Enforcement, or a related field, from a regionally accredited institution, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, as well as seven (7) years of experience in administrative supervision, assessment of training needs, staffing, and analyzing the effectiveness of policies/procedures within a large policing operation. The successful candidate will possess demonstrated leadership abilities, including attracting, training, and retaining recruits; strong strategic and analytical abilities; and working knowledge of the Jeanne Clery Act, Title IX, and other laws/regulations that impact public safety in higher education. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the values of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice, as well as the ability to lead and supervise staff from a diverse and multicultural environment, with sensitivity to issues relevant to students, are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to make public presentations, prepare written policies and reports, and effectively and genuinely communicate, interact, and develop relationships with staff members, internal stakeholders, and external constituents from multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Possession of a certification by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) or the ability to obtain MCOLES certification within 120 days of employment; proficient knowledge and understanding of fire safety and security standards, as well as state-of-the-art fire and security technology and equipment, products, and services; and demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment are also required. Preferred qualifications include an aptitude for servant leadership, experience working in a highly unionized environment, and specialized training in security management, event management, and crisis management.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin June 7, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Eastern Michigan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic, or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, or other non-merit reasons, in employment, and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

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