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Founded in 1906, Suffolk University enrolls over 9,500 students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer Business School, and Suffolk Law School. Suffolk takes pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. The University takes the time to recognize each student's promise, raise his or her expectations, and build important mentoring relationships. The University's excellent academic programs emphasize high-quality teaching, small class size, and real-world career applications. The diverse student body hails from 45 states and 103 countries. Suffolk's location in the heart of Boston, one of America's most historic and innovative cities, provides a unique vantage point amid a myriad of political, cultural, academic, financial, and medical institutions.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Chief of Police provides leadership, strategic direction, and administrative oversight for the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) to promote and advance the safety of members of the University community and the security of University property. The Chief of Police develops crime prevention and community policing strategies, public safety education programs, and other initiatives to foster a sense of Suffolk community involvement in, and shared responsibility for, safety and security. The Suffolk University campus consists of 16 buildings, including four residence halls, spread across numerous city blocks such that the SUPD has a unique opportunity for significant interaction with members of the University community. More specifically, the Chief of Police works closely with other University departments such as the dean of students' offices, residence life, risk management, environmental health and safety, human resources, facilities planning and management, public affairs, and general counsel to develop university-wide policies, procedures, and protocols involving public safety, crisis response, emergency management, and security issues; establishes and maintains effective relationships with local and state law enforcement agencies, local officials, businesses and community organizations, and other external stakeholders; and, serves on the Incident Command System (ICS) team and the core ICS team

The Chief of Police provides leadership and supervision to a department of eight supervisory officers, 28 police officers, 35 security officers, and two administrative staff to include hiring, evaluation, promotion, discipline, and training. The Chief is responsible for developing and maintaining an annual budget of approximately $4.4 million and must ensure adherence to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement for police and security officers.

A bachelor's degree with at least ten years of experience as a police officer is required; a master's degree and experience in a higher education setting with significant administration and supervisory experience is highly preferred. The successful candidate must be eligible for appointment as a Special Police Officer under Chapter 22-C, Section 63 of Massachusetts General Law.The appointee must receive Special State Police certification within six months of appointment and must retain certification. The preferred candidate will demonstrate excellent communication, managerial, and organizational skills; an ability to foster and maintain positive external and internal relationships with key stakeholders; and a strong awareness of, and experience with, laws, regulations, best practices, and emerging trends in police and security functions on an urban residential college campus. Additionally, the preferred candidate will benefit from having expertise with community policing in a university setting; experience managing compliance with the Clery Act and its requirements; knowledge of the complexities of a union environment; familiarity with pursuing police accreditations; and success in executing professional development and training. The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker, a motivational leader, a collaborative decision maker, a creative problem solver, and a passionate advocate.

Review of applications begins on December 7, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the SJG website at under the link Open Positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Ellen Heffernan at [email protected].

SJG - The Spelman & Johnson Group
in partnership with Margolis, Healy & Associates, LLC (MH&A)
Suffolk University - Chief of Police
Ellen Heffernan, Partner

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