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Director University Police / Chief of Police #003007

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To be considered, applicants must apply online. Please attach a current resume, cover letter and a list of professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For questions or additional information, please contact Shea Browning, Search Committee Chair at

Posting Details

Posting Information

Posting Number EHRA179P
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Classification Title Director
Working Title Director University Police / Chief of Police #003007
Department Office, Univ Police & Traffic Svcs
Anticipated Hiring Range
Position Summary

The successful candidate must be an experienced leader in law enforcement able to establish effective communication and relations with varied constituencies; work collaboratively in a diverse campus environment; effectively manage a department of approximately 30 permanent and hourly (part time) employees and corresponding departmental budget. Skills and abilities must include a high level of expertise in law enforcement operations, investigations, and criminal law; Incident Command; personnel management, budget development and management; demonstrated ability/experience in pro-active community policing; ability to successfully interact with students, faculty, staff, alumni, community and neighboring jurisdictions; demonstrated understanding and appreciation for diversity; and strong oral and written communication skills. The Chief is responsible for maintaining the quality professionalism of employees through training, development, and education for personal and professional growth with a constant emphasis on innovation and improvement.

The Chief is responsible for establishing and maintaining a collaborative and cooperative relationship with University of North Carolina (UNC) General Administration and UNC constituent institutions. This position works to cooperatively maintain current mutual aid agreements and seek opportunities to expand such agreements with additional regional public safety agencies for the benefit of the University and the region.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirement is a high school diploma plus a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience. Police officer certification in the State of North Carolina or eligibility to achieve certification within six months of employment is required. Must have extensive supervisory experience in a law enforcement agency.

State employees engaged in “law enforcement work”, as defined by State Statute, are subject to and must meet the applicable education, employment, and training standards as defined and established by the N. C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Act and administered through the N.C. Criminal Justice Training and Standards Council.

Certification requires successful completion of drug screen, psychological examination, and criminal history, driving history, and employment history background investigations.

Preferred Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree and/or Master’s Degree. Graduation from an Advanced Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program (FBI National Academy, Northwestern, N.C. Law Enforcement Management Program, etc.) Substantial record of professional development, training, and education in law enforcement profession.

Prior experience in higher education preferred.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week 40
Number of Months Per Year 12

Posting Text

Open Date 10/24/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

To be considered, applicants must apply online.

Please attach a current resume, cover letter and a list of professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

For questions or additional information, please contact Shea Browning, Search Committee Chair at


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume
  3. List of references
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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