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Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission
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Job Title: Deputy Director of Police Certification
Reports to: Director of Police Certification

The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (“the POST Commission”) an independent agency with appointees from the Governor and Attorney General, was established by Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020 (“An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth,” commonly referred to as Police Reform). The Commission’s role is to create a mandatory certification process for police officers in Massachusetts, as well as processes for decertification, suspension of certification, or reprimand in the event of certain misconduct. The Commission is also responsible for investigating and adjudicating claims of misconduct, maintaining databases of training, certification, employment, and internal affairs records for all officers, and certifying law enforcement agencies. As the central entity mandated to oversee officer certification, the Commission will ensure that those officers' training and misconduct records are available both to the Commission and to those officers' current and future employers, in order to improve accountability. Individuals who are not certified, or who lose their certification, will not be able to serve as police officers in Massachusetts.
The POST Commission is looking for a talented individual to join as the Deputy Director of Police Certification. The Division is responsible for the overall process of certifying all law enforcement officers and law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth, subject to the approval of the POST Commission.
Under the direction of the Director of Police Certification, the Deputy Director will assist in developing and managing operations in the Division of Police Certification, including working closely with the Municipal Police Training Committee (“MPTC”) and other external stakeholders to provide leadership and guidance on matters of certification for law enforcement agencies and individuals. The Deputy Director will work with the Senior Certification Specialist’s ensuring proper training and development of policies and processes. The Deputy Director will also maintain relationships with the Chiefs of Police Departments and other related Agencies, as well as communicate with Police Officers.
The Division will maintain a publicly available and searchable database (to be developed) containing records for Law Enforcement Officers. The Deputy Director will be responsible for the timely updating and reporting from our management systems. This position entails aspects of Senior Management as well as practical skills and daily responsibilities.

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Work with the Director regarding day-to-day operations.
  • Attend meetings as required.
  • Work with the Division of Police Standards.
  • Preparing case information for Executive Director’s review.
  • Participate in the creation of databases and reporting requirements and maintaining a database containing records for each certified law enforcement officer, as set forth in section 4(f)(2) and 4(h) of Chapter 6E.
  • Understand existing certification standards and best practices in the Commonwealth and other states with police certification agencies.
  • Review, analyze, and update the certification standards and understand law enforcement agencies’ policies and procedures on an ongoing basis and make recommendations for guidance, clarification and/or improvements as needed.
  • Play an active role in the formulation and promulgation of regulations associated with certification standards.
  • Develop reports and projections which communicate the status and effectiveness of processes and present this information to the Commission.
  • In conjunction with the Director of the Division of Standards, accept and maintain law enforcement.
    officers’ disciplinary records (complaints, agencies’ investigations and disposition) that law enforcement agency heads are required to transmit to POST.

Interested individuals should apply for the position through MassCareers. An application must include a cover letter and resume, and at least one writing sample reflecting the applicant’s own work. Applications should be submitted by February 10, 2023. Applications submitted after that date will be considered at the discretion of the POST Commission.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
The POST Commission is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week, and other variables. Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.
The Deputy Director of Police Certification is a management position. As such, the successful candidate will be hired as an employee at will. This position is non-civil service. This position is an exempt position.
The overall benefits available include paid vacation, sick, and personal leave time; health, dental, and vision insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance; and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.
In addition, the POST Commission provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long-term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission, and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.
POST Commission employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service. Follow this link for additional retirement information: Massachusetts State Retirement Board.
The POST Commission is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. The POST Commission is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
The POST Commission requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment.
Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such a background check is not initiated until:
  • A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview and
  • The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases.
This background check includes a check of Criminal Offender Record Information, and Federal IRS and Massachusetts Department of Revenue tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.
Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted while a full background and qualification check is completed.
It is the policy of the POST Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law.



  • College Degree, JD Degree desired but not required.
  • Experience in a management position
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Strong leadership and mentoring skills and experience working in cross functional teams.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience in policy development
  • The ability to mentor and train others
  • Proficiency with MS Office Products, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment.
  • Familiarity with development efforts of technology tools and design and/or implementation of optimal workflows.
  • Proven ability to handle (receive, produce, maintain, and safeguard) highly confidential and sensitive information and a very high level of discretion.
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Experience* and/or strong familiarity with law enforcement, law enforcement policies and procedures and police training.

Official Title : Deputy Director of Police Cert
Primary Location : United States-Massachusetts-Boston-100 Cambridge Street
Job : Unclassified
Agency : Peace Officer Standards and Training
Schedule : Full-time
Shift : Day
Job Posting : Jan 19, 2023, 7:32:25 AM
Number of Openings : 1
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator : Jeanine Hopkins - 8573660600
Bargaining Unit : 000-Unclassified
Confidential : No
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