California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) is seeking a Police Chief who will provide leadership, management, and supervision. Today, more than 15,000 students attend the 304-acre, state-of-the-art main campus, which is nestled in the foothills of San Marcos, California (norther San Diego County). CSUSM Police Department is the primary agency for reporting and investigating criminal activity occurring on the CSUSM campus. The selected Chief is required to have a Bachelor’s degree in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field, plus eight (8) years of progressively responsible law enforcement or public safety work experience including a minimum of four (4) years leading and/or managing the work of others at the level of a Lieutenant or higher. A Master’s degree, completion of the FBI National Academy or POST Command College is preferred. Current Advanced POST certification is also preferred or the Chief must be able to satisfy all POST standards within the first two years of employment. Experience in university policing is preferred, but not required. Salary is commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected.
Founded in 1989, CSUSM was the first comprehensive university in the United States to be founded in two decades, and the 20th campus in the California State University system. California State University San Marcos is one of 23 campuses within the larger California State University (CSU) system. CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Service Institute (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Servicing Institution (AANAPISI).
The CSU is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the nation, with 45,000 faculty and staff serving nearly 447,000 students. Since its creation in 1961, the CSU has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. The mission of the CSU is to provide high quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. The CSU is committed to excellence, diversity and innovation. Collective bargaining agreements are negotiated system-wide for faculty and staff employees.
Karen S. Haynes was appointed the third president of CSUSM in 2004. In the past thirteen years, President Haynes has worked tirelessly to foster the tremendous growth of the University by focusing on academic excellence, student life, campus climate, community partnerships, and educational equity. Continuously looking toward the future, President Haynes has focused on increasing the educational attainment rate of students in the region, in part by developing relevant degree programs. President Haynes believes in the importance of community engagement in unique and meaningful ways in order to simultaneously benefit both the students and the region.
CSUSM tenure and tenure-track faculty number about 275 and receive approximately $10.2 million in external funding to support research, creative activities, and programs. CSUSM is comprised of four colleges: College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences; College of Science & Mathematics; College of Business Administration; and College of Education, Health & Human Services. In addition to baccalaureate degrees, CSUSM offers 11 master’s degree programs, eight credential programs, and a joint doctoral program with the University of California San Diego.
Today, more than 15,000 students attend the 304-acre, state-of-the-art main campus, which is nestled in the foothills of San Marcos, California (northern San Diego County). A dynamic, community-engaged university, CSUSM is dedicated to teaching future generations via hands-on experiences, cutting-edge science and computer labs, and relevant coursework with a global perspective. Over 50 percent of CSUSM students are the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree. In spring of 2008, CSUSM entered into a visionary partnership with the City of Temecula and community leaders demonstrating a commitment to establish an off-campus center, Cal State San Marcos at Temecula.
CSUSM University Police Department is the primary agency for reporting and investigating criminal activity occurring on the CSU San Marcos campus. Seventeen (17) sworn police officers patrol the San Marcos campus 24 hours a day, 365 days each year providing immediate response to all police, fire and medical emergencies. Accidents involving automobiles and bicycles are also investigated by the University Police Department. Where criminal prosecution is sought, cases are forwarded to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for complaint issuing.
University Police Officers are duly sworn California peace officers whose jurisdiction extends anywhere within the state pursuant to California Penal Code Section 830.2(c). Officers are armed and possess the same authority under the law as do municipal and county law enforcement officers. Further, the California State University Trustees have vested University Police Officers with the authority and responsibility to enforce all applicable local and state laws on university property and those areas immediately contiguous to the San Marcos campus in accordance to
Education Code Section 89560.
The police department subscribes to the standards of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). The officers receive the same basic training as municipal and county law enforcement officers, plus additional training to meet the unique needs of a campus community environment. The University Police Department is computer linked to county, state and federal criminal justice agencies for access to criminal records, information on wanted persons, missing persons, as well as stolen property and stolen vehicle information. The Department has an investigations unit for criminal and threat assessment investigations. In addition, the Department is growing and expanding to accommodate the growing community.
The Chief also oversees the Emergency Management Plan for dealing with extraordinary emergency situations on campus. The program strives for compatibility with the California State University system as well as the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and California’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS). The major goals of the Emergency Management Plan and supporting guidance are the preservation of life, the protection of property, and continuity of campus operations. Secondary objectives include:
- Prescribing authority, responsibility, functions, and operations for the campus Emergency Management Organization, including the management of critical resources
- Coordinating emergency operations with those of other agencies
- Developing mutual aid and other support agreements with appropriate local agencies
The Police Chief serves as the Incident Commander during emergencies. Additionally, the Chief is responsible for the Parking and Commuter Services department at CSUSM. It is a self-support program established to provide parking facilities and resources.
Located in the beautiful foothills of northern San Diego County is San Marcos, a progressive community of more than 87,000 residents who enjoy a fantastic quality of life. From miles of trails in the local hills, to unique dining and shopping opportunities, San Marcos has all the ingredients that make living enjoyable. Just a 35-mile drive south takes you to downtown San Diego, while a short jaunt west takes you to the majestic shores of the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
Although San Marcos has experienced rapid growth over the last decade, it continues to maintain the small-town atmosphere and values that attracted so many residents here. The city is known for its long-standing entrepreneurial spirit and consistently strives to do more with less; its establishment of unique non-tax revenue streams; and its mission to operate more like a business than a bureaucracy. All this has been done while maintaining top-notch programs, projects and services for its residents. These elements all combine together to create the unique community that is San Marcos.
California State University San Marcos is seeking a Police Chief who will provide leadership, management, and supervision. The incoming Chief will plan, direct, organize and maintain the campus public safety programs. The Chief acts as a liaison to external law enforcement agencies, administers the department budget and provides guidance to campus administrators, as appropriate.
The selected Chief will be viewed as the face of the department and must be comfortable communicating effectively with a diverse student, faculty, staff, and campus community. A strong leader who can be a mentor, hold people accountable, is a team player with all University Departments, and an efficient Chief capable of mentoring staff is being sought. Candidates that demonstrate a strong community policing background will do well in this position.
It is essential that the incoming Chief have an understanding/experience with Title IX, Violence Against Women’s Act (VAWA), AB 540 students, and Clery Act to excel in this position. An individual who has a background in conducting and managing multidisciplinary teams, Threat Assessments Investigations, Threat Management principles and protocols, and EOD K9 programs is sought.
Additionally, the Police Chief will oversee the effective management of Parking and Commuter Services (PACS), including operations, administration, fines and forfeitures, construction, alternative transportation programs, and field logistics; provides guidance and advice to campus leadership on the administration of PACS programs; and ensures compliance with all applicable rules, regulations, policies, and system-wide directives. The Chief also oversees the Emergency Management Plan, focused on the campus-wide emergency management program for dealing with extraordinary emergency situations.
The ideal candidate must demonstrate the ability to effectively and efficiently manage a complex organization, have exceptional writing, speaking, analytical, and organizational skills and success in securing and managing external funding for departmental initiatives.
The selected Chief is required to have a Bachelor’s degree in police science, criminology, public administration, or a related field, plus eight (8) years of progressively responsible law enforcement or public safety work experience including a minimum of four (4) years leading and/or managing the work of others at the level of a Lieutenant or higher. Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance the University’s goals in the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence is preferred. Demonstrated commitment and ability to advance the University’s goals in the areas of diversity and inclusive excellence is preferred. A Master’s degree, completion of the FBI National Academy or POST Command College is preferred. Current Advanced POST certification is also preferred or the Chief must be able to satisfy all POST standards within the first two years of employment. Experience in university policing is preferred, but not required.
This position is subject to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, education verification, reference checks, and criminal record checks. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect form. Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn.
This position is a “designated position” in the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. The incumbent in this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
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Salary is commensurate with the background and experience of the individual selected. CSUSM offers excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance; participation in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and educational benefits for eligible employees and eligible family members. This position is an Administrator III in the Management Personnel Plan (MPP), reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services. MPP positions serve at the pleasure of the President.
Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above. The most qualified candidates will be invited to meet with Bob Murray and Associates. Candidates will be advised of the status of the recruitment following finalists’ selection. Finalist interviews will be held with California State University San Marcos. A select group of candidates will be asked to provide references once it is anticipated that they may be recommended as finalists. References will be contacted only following candidate approval.
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