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#113547 Chief of Police

Initial Review Date: Fri 1/28/2022

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Resource Management & Planning (RMP) supports UC San Diego’s mission by providing a variety of operational and support services for the campus community. As one of the world’s top 15 universities, UC San Diego’s research-intensive, 24/7 operation and daily population of 65,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors make our campus larger than many small cities, requiring a similar level of infrastructure and services.

Resource Management & Planning is committed to promoting an inclusive culture comprised of staff from diverse backgrounds. We encourage the creativity and unique perspectives that each of our employees brings to the workplace. Our differences inspire the innovative ideas that help us face challenges and implement solutions.

Priority will be given to candidates that apply on or before January 28, 2022.


Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor - Resource Management & Planning, the Chief of Police is responsible for managing and directing the UC San Diego Police Department and other delegated authorities and duties. The police department is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7) operation.

The Chief of Police is responsible for and has commensurate authority to command, direct, and organize all police functions for the San Diego campus. Direct and manage strategic and tactical responses to campus emergencies. This includes establishing objectives for the department developing department policies and procedures preparing the budget and selecting, appointing, training, disciplining, and promoting officers and employees in the department.

Provides vision and leadership, ensure the implementation of campus safety plan is aligned with systemwide UC Community Safety Plan guidelines, ensure high-quality service, accessible to all members of the UC San Diego community to feel safe and respected in every interaction. Collaborate with campus community to build open lines of communication, engagement and understanding

Provides leadership and management oversight of UC San Diego Police Department International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Accreditation (IACLEA) Program implementation. Ensure operational readiness, training, alignment of policies and procedures with current professional standards and best practices consistent with the University’s principles of community and their commitment to integrity, excellence, accountability and respect.

Develops campus and / or organizational policies and authorizes their implementation. Represents the campus in campus-wide and systemwide meeting and discussions. Recognized as an influential leader. Makes final decisions for the organization and ensures achievement of objectives. Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of division or the campus.


  • Must have experience working closely and collaboratively with all members of the community. Proven ability in fostering partnerships on the implementation of a distributed model of safety services.

  • Ability to evaluate departmental policies and practices to align with the needs and values of our diverse community and adapt as needed.

  • Highly experienced ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing. Ability to develop and maintain effective, cooperative, and collaborative partnerships and relationships with students, staff, faculty, management, and external constituents and stakeholders. Advanced skill in resolving conflict situations and in recognizing politically sensitive situations.

  • Advanced knowledge of law, regulation and University policy regarding public safety and law enforcement functions. Advanced knowledge of modern policing issues, philosophies, practices and trends as applied within the University environment. Advanced knowledge of current law enforcement management theory and administrative standards. Advanced knowledge of supervisory, management, administrative, and command leadership principles.

  • Advanced knowledge of budgeting and financial practices applicable to law enforcement in the University environment.

  • Highly experienced ability to take decisive action based upon sound judgment. Highly experienced ability to independently manage a large and complex organization with multiple priorities and limited resources. Highly experienced ability to effectively orchestrate the ongoing deployment of multiple employees and resources. Ability to take command in emergency situations including the ability to provide leadership to the campus community as needed. Knowledge and ability to apply principles and concepts of organizational emergency management. Ability to apply all elements of incident command, emergency operations, center operations and emergency planning.

  • Highly experienced in performing all aspects of police officer, sergeant of police and lieutenant of police functions.

  • Proven experienced ability to supervise and train staff in the relevant and necessary aspects of their duties. Knowledge of labor issues and other employee development and disciplinary practices.

  • Highly experienced ability to operate computers and other relevant or specialized technology.

  • Advanced knowledge of use and legal application of firearms and other police weapons, equipment or tools.

  • Highly experienced ability to credibly represent the police department in an official capacity. Highly experienced ability to maintain a professional demeanor in all situations and to speak before varied audiences and to conduct productive meetings, interviews, and interrogations.

  • Ability to safely operate motor vehicles and possess a valid California Driver License.

  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships and training opportunities with key campus offices including but not limited to; Student Affairs, Health Centers, and Title IX.

  • Ability to adopt policies, practices, and strategies in alignment with the Presidential Campus Safety Plan including but not limited to: a) departmental hiring and promotion; b) a "tiered response model"; c) Accountability and Independent Oversight; d) in-service training; e) Restorative Justice and community based alternatives to the criminal justice system; f) collection and publication of safety data.

  • Ability to evaluate data and feedback regarding departmental performance.

  • Advanced knowledge of the principles and procedures for conducting background and internal investigations.

  • Experience managing an accredited agency.


  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License.
  • Possession of a POST Supervisory certificate and successful completion of the probationary period as a sergeant or equivalent.
  • Ability to successfully earn the California POST Management certificate by completing a California POST-certified 104-hour Management course within one year of appointment and serving as Chief of Police for a period of two years.
  • Ability to successfully earn the California POST Executive certificate by completing a California POST-certified 80-hour executive development course and serving as Chief of Police for a period of two years.


Background investigation required. Successful medical and psychological evaluation required. Is at least 21 years of age and a US citizen or has permanent resident alien status and achieves citizenship within three years.Ability to work rotating shifts in all weather conditions and work at any time of day or night and in periods of disaster or civil disorder. Ability to work at any time of day or night and in periods of disaster or civil disorder.No felony convictions or other legal restrictions on the ability to carry firearms or to perform other work responsibilities.Meets all other requirements for peace officers and the rank of Chief of Police as established by law and the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.Must meet CANRA compliance requirement per "California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act ("CANRA," Penal Code sections 11164-11174.4)".


To foster the best possible working and learning environment, all staff at UC San Diego strive to cultivate a rich and diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, staff and visitors of varying social, economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and those with disabilities. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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