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Chief of Police

Apply now Job no: 498482
Department: VP Finance & Business Services
Location: Oxford, OH
Work type: Salary Staff
Categories: Public Safety
Status: Full Time
Temporary: No

Job Title Chief of Police
Job Summary:

The chief of police, under general direction, is responsible for the overall planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive and dynamic public safety and law enforcement program at Miami University.


The chief leads and manages the daily operations of the department which includes the Miami University Police Department and Parking enforcement on the Oxford Campus. The chief also provides effective strategic direction for the department by setting short- and long-term public safety goals; engages collaboratively and consistently with senior administration, faculty, staff, students, service departments, other law enforcement and emergency management agencies, and the Butler County Transportation Authority; identifies, devises, and promotes national best practices, sound policies and procedures, and innovative problem-solving initiatives; and supports the goals and mission of Miami University. The chief ensures appropriate programs are in place to meet the compliance needs of the University, administers federal, state, and local laws and ordinances to ensure University security, and serves as a spokesperson for the institution on law enforcement, public safety, emergency management, and security matters.

Creates, supports, and implements plans to promote diversity and inclusion within the department, and continuously broadens the department’s awareness and understanding of the various geographic, cultural, gender, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds at the University and in the surrounding communities.

The chief efficiently manages the department’s fiscal operations and ensures good stewardship of resources; oversees, assesses and responds to critical campus concerns, catastrophic events, major security issues, and emergency situations; ensures appropriate threat assessment and risk mitigation measures are in place; and coordinates with internal and external organizations regarding major activities held on campus, including, but not limited to, athletic events, concerts, speakers’ series, commencements, and student/public assemblies.

Interacts with constituents such as parents, students, faculty, and staff to respond to needs, locate missing or troubled students, and address concerning trends and behaviors.

Leads development of contingency plans and emergency response plans for various situations. Oversees and monitors training programs for personnel to support normal and contingency operations. Responds to campus emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

The position requires a bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or a related discipline, with progressive administrative, supervisory, and management experience in a recognized public safety or law enforcement environment. Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) certification must be attained within required timeline.

Desired Qualifications:

Prior law enforcement experience at a higher education institution, working with a diverse student body on a residential campus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills,

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Resume, Cover Letter and References

Application may also be made to:
Michel Frendian, Search Consultant
Spelman Johnson
773-645-9505 direct

EO/AA Statement/Clery Act:
Miami University, an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, encourages applications from minorities, women, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities. Miami University prohibits harassment, discrimination and retaliation on the basis of age (40 years or older), color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin (ancestry), pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, status as a parent or foster parent, sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.
As part of the University’s commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe living, learning, and working environment, we encourage you to read Miami University’s Annual Security & Fire Safety Report at:, which contains information about campus safety, crime statistics, and our drug and alcohol abuse and prevention program designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of drugs and alcohol on campus and at university events and activities. This report also contains information on programs and policies designed to prevent and address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Each year, email notification of this website is made to all faculty, staff, and enrolled students. Written notification is also provided to prospective students and employees. Hard copies of the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report may be obtained from the Miami University Police Department at (513) 529-2223.
Benefits Eligible:



A criminal background check is required. All campuses are smoke- and tobacco-free campuses.

For questions regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities, or to follow-up with a request, please contact or (513) 529-3560.

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