Chief of Police 

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
UNC Police supports the University’s core mission of teaching, research, and public service by developing partnerships that, through the encouragement of problem-solving and communications, seek to identify and address public safety needs with professionalism and integrity, all while protecting North Carolina’s future. 

Position Summary
The primary purpose of the UNC Police Department (UPD) is to provide comprehensive and professional public safety services for the University, as well as secure and convenient access to the University and UNC Hospitals, a community of approximately 50,000 faculty, staff, and students. Public Safety’s law enforcement responsibilities are established, legally organized, and authorized by N.C. General Statute 116-40.5. The Chief of Police is the administrative head of the agency department as authorized by this statute, and reports to the Associate Vice Chancellor of Campus Safety and Risk Management. The Chief and each sworn officer have the powers and authorities vested in Peace Officers as authorized by GS 116, and their jurisdiction extends to all property owned or leased by the University and that portion of any public road or highway passing through or immediately adjoining such property, wherever located. This position has critical enterprise-wide security and compliance responsibilities. UNC PD has annual operating expenditures of about $10 million, with about 60 sworn officers, 20 sworn reserve officers, 35 non-sworn permanent staff, and 50 temporary employees). 

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent) with three years or greater of related professional experience; for candidates demonstrating comparable professional backgrounds, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and five years or greater of relevant experience in substitution. 

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience

  • Advanced Law Enforcement Certification in North Carolina. 
  • Graduation from a nationally recognized advanced law enforcement management program such as the FBI National Academy, the Southern Police Institute, or PERF’s Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP).
  • Experience in a university public safety department, preferably at a Carnegie Research I university with significant biomedical research and nationally prominent athletic teams. 
  • Experience in management of an emergency communications center. 
  • Experience in management of large events involving significant numbers of attendees
  • Experience in management of large-scale emergency response. 
Ten years of progressively responsible experience, including command level management experience, in a police agency providing a full range of law enforcement services to the community is also required. 

Mandatory Certification Requirements 1. Must meet physical and psychological requirements of the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training standards Commission, including satisfactory physical examination, psychological examination, and drug test. 2. Must pass sworn law enforcement officer background investigation, including but not limited to driving record and criminal history. 

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
A Master’s degree in criminal justice, police science, public administration, behavioral science, or a related field. 

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.