Position: Director

(Chief of University Police)

Department: University Police

Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for the position of Chief of University Police.

Full Time, Continuing Position

Under supervision of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Chief of University Police is the chief law enforcement officer for Northeastern Illinois University. The Chief provides leadership in fostering a safe environment for all university locations and constituents through enforcement of Federal, State, County and City laws as those apply to all Northeastern locations, as well as ensuring compliance with University safety and security policies, practices, rules and regulations. The Chief of University Police is also responsible for overseeing emergency management initiatives and communications, as well as key and card access control systems and procedures.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Founded in 1867, NEIU has a rich tradition of educational innovation and prides itself on preparing teachers and administrators who make a difference in Chicago. That tradition continues to this day and has expanded to include an array of academic disciplines, allowing the University to embrace fully the community in which it resides. NEIU is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive university in the Midwest and is designated by the United States Department of Education as an Hispanic Serving Institution. Diversity is an important factor in the character of this urban institution and in the social fabric of the student body. NEIU has an enrollment of 10,000 students, and ALANA students represent nearly 60% of the student body. Located on 67 acres in an attractive residential area on the northwest side of Chicago, the University offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, education, and business. The University has additional campuses in the metropolitan area: The Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro, and the Center for College Access and Success (formerly Chicago Teachers’ Center). The University is also a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Newsweek magazine named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth “Best Investment” in the United States and number one in Illinois. Northeastern shares the top-ten spot with Harvard, Stanford, Princeton and MIT.


The Chief of University Police reports to the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Two Police Lieutenants, the Key Control Administrator, and the Police Clerk report to this position.

The Chief of University Police is responsible for general leadership and management of the University Police Department including training and supervision of law enforcement and security personnel as well as other unit staff.

The Chief of University Police is also responsible for development and implementation of overall safety and security strategies for all Northeastern campuses; development, implementation, dissemination, and periodic review of campus emergency operations plans; liaison with external law enforcement and emergency service entities such as the Chicago Police and Fire Departments; and participation in investigations of civil and criminal cases as required by law and the university.

The Chief of University Police is responsible for development and implementation of crime prevention and community awareness programs and general training programs in addition to those designed to respond to special needs of the university community; supervision of the key control program for the university; and collaboration and coordination with members of the university community in all matters of general safety and crime prevention.

The Chief of University Police is also responsible for development of on-going processes to assess campus safety needs and the effectiveness of police department programs and services; and development and dissemination of the University’s Safety and Security Report, and full compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, Title IX, Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act, and all other Federal, State and Local Regulations regarding safety, security, and emergency preparedness.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

A bachelor's degree in Police Science, Law Enforcement, or related field, granted by an accredited institution, is required. A Master’s degree and advanced law enforcement executive training (e.g. FBI National Academy, Northwestern Staff and Command) is preferred. At least 10 years of law enforcement management experience, with 5 years or more in a supervisory capacity at the command level (lieutenant or above), in a medium or large policing environment with demonstrated progressively increasing responsibilities is also required. Experience in building cooperative working relationships with a wide range of constituencies and experience in the development of new service or programmatic initiatives in conjunction with other areas outside of their immediate department; a working knowledge of National Incident Management System (IMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) protocols, and experience in developing emergency operation plans and Incident Action Plans are required. Requisite skills also include the ability to interact effectively with diverse populations in a positive and empowering manner; strong written, verbal, and group communication skills; organizational and management skills including budget management, strategic planning, evaluation and assessment, time management, marketing, statistical analysis; and problem solving. Past professional experience on a college or university campus, building strong relationships between police, the university community, and campus departments is preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental and vision benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State Universities Retirement System. Applicants are expected to respond based on the entire job description.

This position requires a background check.

To Apply:

In order to be considered for employment by Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) you must submit the following and send all documents within one PDF/Word document to finadmin@neiu.edu

                   •A letter of interest addressing your qualifications for this position

                   • Current resume

                   • Three (3) current professional references

                   • Employment Application

                   • Affirmative Action Form

                   • Statement of Annuitant Status

                   • Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official transcripts will be required of                                          candidates selected for on-campus interviews                

In addition to the links provided above for the Employment Application (fillable), Affirmation Action Form and Statement of Annuitant Status, you can also obtain these forms at the NEIU Office of Human Resources, Bernard Office Building (B0B), 5555 N. Bernard Street, Chicago, IL 60625, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.