13015: Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety

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Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety - Archive
Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration

Posting: 13015
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2013-06-11

The University

The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and comprehensive research university that serves its students and the people of Oregon, the nation, and the world through the creation and transfer of knowledge in the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions.  In the classrooms and laboratories, students are inspired by a faculty of prominent scholars and work side by side with eminent researchers involved in breakthrough discoveries.  At the University, both students and faculty members reach out to make connections that serve communities from small local groups to large international organizations The University of Oregon is the Association of American Universities' flagship institution of the Oregon University System.

The Eugene/Springfield area is well-known as the home of the University of Oregon.  With nearly 25,000 students and nearly 5,000 employees, the University plays a major role in the community.  The employment base has become increasingly dominated by services, trade, and government, and less reliant on the timber industry.  Eugene has a well-educated labor force with nearly 35% of the adult population having completed four or more years of college.  Home to 154,620 people, Eugene is Oregon’s second-largest city.  The community covers 41.53 square miles, with the Willamette River running through the heart of the City and the McKenzie River joining the Willamette just north of town.  The City is surrounded on three sides by hills, and is one hour driving distance to either the Pacific Ocean or the snow-capped Cascade Mountains.  Eugene is immediately adjacent to Springfield and together the metropolitan area has a population of 351,715.  The region offers residents an outstanding quality of life and a wide variety of recreational opportunities nearby, including rafting, fishing, golfing, hiking, skiing, and beachcombing.  Eugene’s mild climate and lush landscape are a few of the City’s attractive features.

Eugene is a friendly, progressive community.  The University brings a cosmopolitan feel to the community, and the UO collegiate sports teams have contributed a sense of excitement and pride.  The City’s Hult Center for the Performing Arts, recognized as the finest facility of its type in the state, brings renowned entertainers to the community throughout the year.  It is home to seven resident companies, including among others the Eugene Symphony, Opera, Ballet, and the internationally acclaimed Oregon Bach Festival.  Many residents are health and fitness oriented, and the University of Oregon and Eugene have hosted the Olympic Trials for Track and Field in 2008 and 2012.  Overall, Eugene is an attractive community with quality schools, a beautiful environment, a temperate climate, and a diverse, dynamic culture.

The Department

The University of Oregon Police Department’s goal is to help create an exceptionally safe, secure campus for students and faculty to focus intently on excellent academics, research, and public service.

UOPD operates 24 hours per day, year-round.  Officers patrol the campus on foot, by bicycle and vehicle, and are responsible for campus safety, crime prevention, and law enforcement.

UOPD serves campus with sworn police officers, as well as public safety officers, security officers, and civilian staff in a variety of roles.  The UOPD Safe Campus Team works together to track safety issues and uses analysis and best practices to focus on effective prevention as well as response.

UOPD police officers are fully sworn and go through the same state-required certification process (and have the same authority) as any police officers in the State of Oregon.  UOPD public safety officers have many of the same authorities as police, but go through a different training process.

As of December 2012, UOPD features 11 commissioned police officers, all in supervisor positions; 13 public safety officers; 6 security officers; 15 part-time campus safety representatives; 11 Communications, Records and Technology staff; and 8 professional staff and support employees.

The department became a state-certified police agency in January 2012, after the university successfully lobbied for a change to state law allowing the creation of campus police departments.  At the completion of an expected six-year transition to a fully-sworn agency, UOPD will be bifurcated with a police division of more than 20 officers, and a security division with, observe and report authority, and responsibility for building lockups and access, as well as providing supplementary patrols.

As of the 2012-13 academic year, UOPD police officers do not carry firearms on campus.  In the future, the State Board of Higher Education may decide to allow campus police officers to be armed.  Eugene Police (and other law enforcement) who respond on campus do carry firearms, as allowed by state statute.

The Ideal Candidate

In January 2012, the University of Oregon was granted authority to establish a new Police Department.  The Chief of Police/Executive Director of Public Safety will be responsible for leading all aspects of this new organization and will continue to guide the transition of public safety functions to the new Police Department status.  This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned individual to assist in the success of the newly organized Department.  The selected candidate must be willing to make decisions on behalf of the organization and keep the future of the Department in mind. 

The incoming Police Chief will lead, direct, and plan all functions and operations of the Department in the protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and regulations, and the prevention of crime.  The work involves organizing and directing the activities of the Department’s three major divisions: Administrative Services, Security, and Law Enforcement Services.  The Chief reports directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer.

The ideal candidate will possess strong verbal and written communication skills.  Candidates who are able to communicate with people at all levels and have the ability to form partnerships with other jurisdictions are highly sought.  The University is seeking a Chief who possesses an open and collaborative management style.  Individuals who have a history of building and maintaining morale are highly desired.  The ideal candidate will be someone who is approachable, engaging, and committed to creating a safe environment where the sharing of information, ideas, and feedback is encouraged.  The new Chief will be an active advocate for the Department within the campus organization.  Candidates who believe in accountability and will hold staff accountable at all levels are sought.  Through leadership, high ethical standards, and the ability to serve as a role model and mentor, the new Chief will positively influence the staff; the Chief should serve as an example to the staff, setting a high standard and encouraging professional growth, development, and training.  The successful candidate must have the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with individuals and groups from different backgrounds and whose belief systems and values vary widely.

The selected candidate will be a liaison with other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies including the Eugene Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and courts such as the Lane County Circuit Court and the Eugene Municipal Court.  A Chief who supports the community-oriented and trust-based policing philosophy will excel in this position.

The ideal candidate must engage the campus in dialogue, including the issue of whether to arm officers.  A visionary leader who can implement the best practices to foster a climate that encourages a free, open, and civil exchange of ideas, in support of the educational, research, and public service goals of the University would do well in this position.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required, preferably in a field related to public administration or criminal justice, and graduation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy or some other senior management/leadership school is desired.  Experience related to higher-education and supervising in a collective bargaining environment is preferred.

Compensation

The salary for the incoming Police Chief is open and is dependent upon qualifications.  The University also offers an attractive benefits package including:

Core Benefits
Employees contribute 5% of monthly premiums for their core benefits. 
• Medical
• Dental 
• Vision
• $5,000 of employee basic life insurance
 
Optional Benefits -
You may also enroll in the Optional benefits. Premiums are paid by you and deducted from your paycheck. 
• Employee Optional Life Insurance $20,000-$600,000
• Spouse or Domestic Partner Optional Life Insurance $20,000-$400,000
• Accidental Death and Dismemberment $50,000-$500,000
• Short Term Disability
• Long term Disability
• Long Term Care Insurance
• Healthcare Flexible Spending Account
• Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
 
Additional Benefits 
• Sick, Vacation Time and Personal leave
• Mass transit system pass
• Staff tuition reduction for staff or eligible family members
• Employee Assistance Program (counseling)
• Work-Life Resources

The University will begin contributions to a retirement program six months after employee’s date of hire.

Employees can contribute to a Tax Deferred Investment program (403b) or the Oregon Savings Growth Plan (457) on a voluntary basis.

Diversity:  Position requires a commitment to the university’s affirmative action and equal opportunity goals and the diversity plans of the university.
 
Ethics:  Leads by example and maintains the highest ethical standards within the department and within the university.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background and credit check.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To Apply

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please visit our website at bobmurrayassoc.com to apply online. 

Filing Deadline: February 27, 2013

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above.  The most qualified candidates will be invited to personal interviews with the University of Oregon.  A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references to the University once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists.  References will be contacted only following candidate approval.  Finalist interviews will be held with the University of Oregon.  Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following selection of the Police Chief.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Mr. Regan Williams at (916) 784-9080.