Duties & Responsibilities
Reporting to the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief of Police is responsible for assessing, recommending, planning, implementing and directing plans for all operations of the police department in his/her designated area. The Deputy Chief will be instrumental in holding themselves and his/her staff accountable with the goal of ensuring the safety and security of the University and successfully fulfilling the operational needs of the Harvard University Police Department. The Deputy Chief serves as a mentor to Lieutenants, and other ranks, in interpreting and enforcing police principles, practices, and laws, as needed. Responsible for assuming control of police activities in major emergencies such as fires and civil disturbances on campus.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required. A minimum of 10 years of progressive law enforcement experience in a law enforcement agency, with a preference of 75 or more staff members. Have reached the rank of Lieutenant or higher. Supervisory experience required. Candidates must have the necessary qualifications to be appointed as a special state police officer by the Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police. Knowledge of criminal procedure (specifically Massachusetts and applicable US Supreme Court decisions) is a must.
• Candidates must have well developed command, supervisory and public relations skills.
• Master’s degree preferred.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong mentoring/coaching skills, initiative, decision making, and independent judgment.
• Prior experience in Higher Ed campus/community police, a plus.
• Strong ability to manage and deal tactfully and effectively with the public and gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion; ability to accurately observe and recall incidents and situations encountered and act quickly and calmly in emergencies. Able to manage conflict and facilitate difficult conversations.
• Able to establish, develop and maintain, partnerships within a community in order to accomplish mutual goals and objectives.
• Positive attitude and proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion
• Well versed in interpreting and applying federal, state and local policies, procedures, laws and regulations;
• Demonstrated ability to recognize and diagnose problems and work with significant skills towards an effective solution is critical.
• Proven ability to manage organizational change and work within a team framework to effectively lead a policing organization that functions in an open campus environment.
• Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external communities, including executive administrators, academic personnel, students and affiliated agencies, to accomplish mutual goals.
• Possess reputation for honesty, candor and high ethical conduct.
• Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and exercise good judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
• Ability to establish, maintain and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Extensive knowledge of the campus and surrounding geographic area.
- Team and Operational Leadership
- Change Management
- Sound Judgment and Decision Making
- Analytical Skills
- Conflict Resolution
- Effective Communication
- Developing Others
- Contingency Planning