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Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police - Public Safety
Tufts University

Date Posted Jun. 3, 2020
Title Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police - Public Safety
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Public Safety

Founded in 1852, Tufts today is recognized as a premier private university dedicated to educating new leaders for a changing world. Tufts’ unique combination of research and liberal arts attracts students, faculty and staff who thrive in an environment of curiosity, creativity and engagement. Residing on four domestic campuses in Massachusetts (Medford/Somerville, Boston Health Sciences, Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and Grafton), in addition to an overseas campus in Talloires, France, the University serves over 11,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Tufts offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs, 30 interdisciplinary programs, as well as graduate degrees in 15 disciplines, including medical, dental, and veterinary sciences. Tufts University ranks #29 in National Universities in the 2020 Best Colleges edition of U.S. News & World Report.

Reporting to the Vice President for Operations, the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police provides strategic leadership, supervision, and guidance for the department of Public Safety and works closely with staff, students, faculty, administrators, and the local community to direct and administer services and programs which contribute to a safe and secure campus environment. The Director is responsible for the Tufts University Police Department, Fire Safety, Emergency Management, Threat Assessment, and Tufts Emergency Medical Services (TEMS), ensuring that policing policies and practices are followed and that safety operations are coordinated across four distinct campus locations. The Director develops and implements organizational objectives for all departmental services and programs; collaborates with University senior leadership as needed and in response to any and all University crises; ensures that the department meets its operational and financial goals; and supports the goals and mission of Tufts University.

The Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police maintains appropriate protocols designed to meet the compliance needs of the University according to the Clery Act and ensures that the accreditation process is appropriately administered. The Director acts as a liaison with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies on all matters pertaining to loss prevention, security, and risk management; directly oversees and supervises the senior management team, setting goals, providing ongoing feedback, appraising performance and ensuring professional development; and continually reviews and revises departmental policies, procedures and initiatives to reflect best practices. Additionally, the Director facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships; implements a strong and robust community policing philosophy that promotes security, communication and a positive presence across the campuses; maintains an effective relationship with the Tufts University Police Association (TUPA); and works in conjunction with the University office of Risk Management to proactively anticipate, identify, and respond to liability and risk potentials within state and government guidelines. The Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police is responsible for a comprehensive staff of 94, including six direct reports, and oversees a budget of approximately $12.4 million.


A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, a related discipline, or the equivalency, as well as substantial, progressive leadership experience in public safety or law enforcement, is essential. A Master’s degree and experience in an academic or institutional environment is preferred. Additional requirements include demonstrated progressive management responsibilities in crisis situations, in-depth knowledge of the compliance requirements related to the Jeanne Clery Act, and strong, effective communication skills. The successful candidate will possess familiarity with current public safety trends in an academic environment, strong human relations and people management skills, experience in budget development and administration, and proficiency with technology and industry-specific software. Experience leading in a unionized environment, familiarity with accreditation, experience with video security procedures, and completion of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) or Incident Command System (ICS) training are highly preferred. Qualified applicants must possess, or be able to obtain, a valid driver’s license and a Massachusetts License to Carry Firearms, with the ability to be warranted as a Special State Police Officer.

Review of applications will begin Friday, June 19, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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