Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety

Thiel College Greenville, PA

About the Job

Thiel College seeks a dynamic and highly qualified candidate that is effective working with and supporting diverse populations to serve as our next Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety.


Reporting to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, the Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating the campus police and public safety program in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local regulations. Through a student-centered and community policing model, the Chief will lead the department in successfully fulfilling a scope of responsibilities that include, but are not limited to: providing a safe, secure, and inclusive environment for all students, employees and campus visitors; ensuring the safety and security of College facilities and property (including access controls and fire safety); maintaining effective emergency management plans and providing adequate emergency preparedness training to the campus community; and oversight of fleet vehicles, shuttle service, and parking. The Chief must be very collaborative, detail-orientated, and an effective communicator. S/he serves as the liaison for the department with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies, and negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues as required. The position also ensures that appropriate Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Officer and Staff Training, and Memorandums of Understanding agreements are established and maintained in collaboration with the Vice President for Student Life. The Chief also provides professional guidance to the College’s leadership team, and is expected to write grants and secure external funding.


This is a twelve-month, fulltime, exempt position that will require evening and weekend hours, 24/7 on-call support, and occasional travel. The Chief will exercise supervision over a staff of commissioned police officers (certified under Pennsylvania Acts 120 and 235), the College Console Dispatcher, and any other staff members falling under the Department of Public Safety.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 10 years of law enforcement and/or related experience with at least 5 years of demonstrated supervisory experience; Graduate of a certified Police Training Academy; PA Act 120 certification; Extensive and current knowledge of law enforcement, safety and security, and familiarity with college/university operations, policies, and procedures; knowledge of crime prevention, investigation, training, patrol, emergency preparedness, Clery Act, Title IX, and UCR compliance, parking and traffic control, emergency medical services, and budget management.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree; Graduate of the PA State Command Institute for Police Chiefs, National FBI Training Academy, or any Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy; experience with campus policing; deep knowledge of security and safety codes, laws and ordinances, etc.


In addition to the duties and responsibilities specific to this role is a commitment to the College’s mission and vision, participation in the academic, athletic, social, and cultural life of the campus, and interaction with the Greenville community. Understanding of and respect for the concept and process of shared governance in academia, the highest integrity in all actions, and clear, consistent communication with all constituencies are also critical to success at Thiel.


Thiel College is committed to attracting a culturally and professionally diverse faculty and staff who engage our students by providing a rich and fulfilling curricular and co-curricular experience.


Application materials should include a letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3-5 professional references. Applications should be sent electronically in a single PDF file to Review of application materials will begin March 12, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.