ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT / ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF
BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
About the Position: Western Washington University invites applications and nominations for the
position of Assistant Director for Public Safety / Assistant Police Chief. The Assistant Director /
Assistant Police Chief reports to and works in partnership with the Director for Public Safety / University
Police Chief in managing the department’s operations including Parking Services, Lockshop, Sustainable
Transportation, and Police Operations.
Provide effective and efficient law enforcement and public safety services to the citizens of the University
community. Responsible for managing a staff of approximately 40 employees who are responsible for
providing these services while maintaining exemplary professional standards. Receive and respond, or
oversee the response, to citizen complaints concerning misconduct, rule violation, and/or other special
confidential investigation requests; examine personnel and case records to ensure that personnel conform
to prescribed standards of conduct; conduct in-depth cases analyses and make disciplinary
recommendations to the Chief, if applicable; oversee the department’s training, recruitment/selection and
accreditation efforts; prepare periodic reports; monitor staffing and take command in emergencies in civil
disorders or disasters; and perform other related duties. Assist the Chief in the development and control
of the annual budget. Second in command of the Department of Public Safety and to assume command of
the Department in the absence of the Chief.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Provide leadership to a multi-facted organization. Plan, direct and manage the operations of Patrol and
Support Services and over the entire department in the absence of the Chief of Police. Assist Chief in the
development and control of the annual budget including monitoring expenditures, making projections and
preparing budget documents. Assist Chief in the formulation and implementation of departmental policy,
procedures, rules, regulations and programs.
Monitor department operations by attending various meetings and by regularly reviewing schedules,
timesheets, criminal reports, operational reports and other department activity reports for quality and
Evaluate subordinate performance; participate in personnel actions such as appointments, promotions,
demotions, discipline and scheduling; reviews crime trends. Participate in the recruitment and placement
of personnel, assign background investigations on candidates that successfully complete the selection
Supervise the efforts of department personnel to conduct departmental self-assessment and related
Foster communications and cooperation with other law enforcement agencies, departments and personnel.
Respond to scenes of major crimes, emergency situations or other critical incidents and supports or directs
activities as necessary.
Conduct University investigations in coordination with other University departments, such as the Internal
Audit Office and the Equal Opportunity Office on sensitive matters.
Monitor compliance to departmental and University policies and procedures, example: ADA
requirements. Responsible for publishing the Department’s annual report, and the Annual Security
Report information to the Dean of Students Office as part of Clery Act compliance.
Oversees the training for all Department personnel.
Serve as the Department’s public information officer in the absence of the Chief.
Participate in labor/management relations and negotiations.
Manage all investigations conducted within the Department of Public Safety.
• Western recognizes the value of skills and knowledge gained outside of formal higher education
and paid employment. Therefore position qualifications may be shown by related education or
experience. Applicants should address in their application materials how their experience and
education evidence their ability to perform position qualifications. Equivalency cannot be used
when there are legal requirements, such as license/certification/registration.
• Graduated from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice,
Police Science, Public Administration or a related field.
• Minimum seven (7) years experience in progressively responsible law enforcement work,
including considerable experience in a supervisory capacity in administration.
• Must show a demonstrated interest in self-improvement by taking advantage of educational
opportunities in new laws and innovative administrative practices.
• Must possess a thorough knowledge of the principles and procedures of modern police science
and public safety administration.
• Must possess a thorough knowledge of applicable federal laws as well the local and state laws in
which the candidate resides and within twelve (12) months of hire, possess a thorough knowledge
of the State of Washington and local laws.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain satisfactory working relationships with the public,
university officials, governmental authorities and employees with diverse backgrounds, goals and
• Must be a State of Washington commissioned officer or able to obtain commission status through
the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission Equivalency Academy within one
(1) year of employment.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research and develop and write policies.
• Demonstrated ability to plan, research and coordinate within a complex organization.
• Demonstrated ability to supervise a large number of people and projects.
• Possess and demonstrate integrity and high personal standards of conduct.
• Demonstrated ability to prepare and effectively present both oral and written information
concerning the activities and operations within the department.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive cases and projects.
• Proficient in the use of computers including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint or other
presentation program, email, and scheduling programs.
• Master's degree
• Graduate of the FBI National Academy or similar type executive training program
• Experience in higher education policing
• Working knowledge of Public Safety-related software / applications
• Working knowledge of budget development and control, including monitoring expenditures,
making projections and preparing budget documents
• Working knowledge of the requirements and compliance issues of the Clery Act
Salary: This is a full-time, 12 month administrative position with an excellent benefits package. Salary
for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Closing Date: September 5, 2012
Western Washington University was established in 1899 as a normal school. The University is located on
a picturesque campus in Bellingham, Washington – a Pacific Rim city of over 76,000 nationally
recognized for quality of life, outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship. With two major urban
centers, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, located within 90 miles, Bellingham residents also have easy access
to urban attractions. Western enrolls 14,979 students and offers more than 150 undergraduate and 30
graduate programs. Consistently highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report, Western was recently
named the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest in the
publication’s 2011 college rankings. Western strives to fulfill a mission supported by the core values of
excellence, engagement, diversity, community service, integrity and innovation.
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: The application process at Western is done
entirely online. To submit your application via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment
(EASE), please log in at https://jobs.wwu.edu/ and provide the information listed below. (Note: You will
need to use Internet Explorer to utilize the online application system.) Requested information: A resume
and cover letter addressing your experience related to the position responsibilities and to the required and
preferred qualifications; and contact information for three references are to be submitted electronically as
explained in the EASE application procedure. The position closes on September 5, 2012. For more
information, please visit the division’s website at: http://www.wwu.edu/depts/bfa/. Potential applicants
may inquire confidentially to Nancy.Phillips@wwu.edu.
WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly
trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to
apply. All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility
verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A
thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires. For disability accommodation, call (360)