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Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

Parkland College


Contact Information


Parkland College
2400 W. Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 03/26/21


  • $75,439.18/year

Position Details

Why did the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development select Parkland College as a winner of its 2020 Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges Award? Because we recognize, promote, utilize, and educate one another regarding the unique qualities and shared humanity of our people and cultures. At Parkland we celebrate the diversity in our community and our world.


About the position:

The Director of Public Safety is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and maintaining an extensive, progressive, and proactive law enforcement and safety management program. The Director promotes and creates a culture of safety through innovative practices that emphasize education, prevention, and relationship building.

The Director of Public Safety is a 12-month, administrative appointment. Within the laws of the United States and the State of Illinois, the Director provides leadership to the department of Public Safety and the campus community on all public safety matters for its students, employees, and visitors. The Director advises college administration on the effective use of resources to provide a safe and secure campus environment. The Director is a key member of the Crisis Management Team and Behavioral Intervention Team, and serves as a liaison for the college with other local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel and agencies. The Director maintains a 24 hours per day, 7 days per week staff that includes security patrol, dispatch, support staff, and sworn and armed police.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop overall vision and framework for the Public Safety functional areas (policing, campus safety, crisis management, and campus transportation); provide leadership in the administration of Public Safety and within Student Services as a whole.
  • Enforce all federal, state, and college regulations and policies.
  • Effectively manage the resources of the department including working with the Vice President for Student Services to establish an annual budget and long-range financial planning for large purchases of such things as police vehicles, busses, police equipment, and campus safety equipment and infrastructure.
  • Establish public safety procedures in conjunction with the latest laws, professional standards, industry best-practices, and Parkland College needs; provide initial training on these policies for officers and staff; document all policy trainings; keep the policies current and updated; and provide refresher training for all department personnel as necessary.
  • Assume responsibility for matters involving major incidents and/or injuries.
  • Ensure accurate and timely incident reporting to college administration that meets compliance standards set by external entities and Parkland administrative expectations.
  • Ensure compliance with federal and Illinois laws regarding campus law enforcement, such as FERPA and Clery.
  • Serve as liaison with local law enforcement agencies and other first responders.
  • Recruit, screen, select, and evaluate department personnel.
  • Account for departmental uniforms and equipment.
  • Coordinate investigations, crime prevention, and victim advocacy.
  • Coordinate safety awareness, management, and education.
  • Coordinate emergency preparedness procedures disaster planning, and campus security operations for campus and community events.
  • Oversee and administer crowd, traffic, and parking control.
  • Collaborate and communicate regularly and effectively with all employee and student groups regarding public safety efforts, campus safety, and Parkland community policing.
  • Perform duties which are within the accepted job description of a Public Safety Officers, including forcible arrests as necessary.
  • Maintain a good rapport with college faculty, staff, and patrons.
  • Testify in a court of law.
  • Wear and maintaining appropriate uniform.
  • Maintain current certifications.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Vice President for Student Services.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination or education and experience.
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in law enforcement, safety management, or security.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible supervisory experience in law enforcement.
  • Valid driver's license; acquisition of valid Illinois driver's license.
  • Acquisition of Illinois Police Certification.
  • Current CPR certification and AED training.
  • Acquisition of current Illinois EMS First Responder certification or Illinois EMT B/D level license.
  • Familiar with challenges facing higher education law enforcement.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with federal and state campus crime legislation.
  • Ability to maintain a calm, courteous, and objective attitude in stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse campus community.
  • Ability to operate departmental equipment, including but not limited to software applications, patrol cars, handguns, fire extinguishers, two-way radios, computer-aided dispatch machines, cameras, and drug-testing equipment.
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive background investigation and reference checks.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Master's degree.
  • Graduation from the FBI National Academy, Northwestern Staff and Command School, Police Executive Research Forum, or similar executive development program.
  • Experience in higher education law enforcement.

What you can expect from Parkland:

  • Competitive salaries and robust benefits, including medical insurance with no monthly premiums, dental, life, disability, retirement plans, flexible spending, dependent care, EAP, tuition waiver, vendor discounts.
  • Work/life balance with generous paid time off including 14 vacation days, 5 personal days, 13 sick days, paid Fridays off for 8 weeks in the summer, and 14 paid holidays per year
  • Collegial community of faculty and staff united in our passion for serving students, on a campus with a panoply of lifestyles, with cultures as diverse as the communities we serve.
  • Professional support and deep commitment to career growth and development.
  • Opportunity to contribute to an organization with a national reputation for excellence and a growing international presence.

Interested candidates may apply at:

Application Close Date:

March 26, 2021

Please contact Human Resources with any questions at:


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