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Oakton Community College, IL - Chief of Police and Emergency Mgt. - Dept. of Police

Des Plaines, IL - Oakton Community College (OCC) seeks progressive public safety executives with exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated leadership and management experience to be candidates for its Chief of Police and Emergency Management position.  The Police Chief serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Police Department and reports to the Vice President for Administrative Affairs. 

Oakton Community College is a public community college with campuses in DesPlaines, Illinois and Skokie, Illinois.  Oakton Community College offers a wealth of educational options in the heart of Chicago’s northern suburbs.  Oakton's main campus in Des Plaines is located on 147 acres of woodlands and prairie, between Golf Road to the south and Central Road to the north, bordered on the west by the Des Plaines River.  The Ray Hartstein Campus adjoins a residential area in Skokie.

Oakton Community College includes Maine, Evanston, New Trier, Niles, and Northfield Townships and serves an estimated population of approximately 440,000 living in the communities of Des Plaines, Evanston, Glencoe, Glenview, Golf, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northbrook, Northfield, Park Ridge, Skokie, Wilmette, and Winnetka. The college also serves one square mile of Wheeling township and small portions of Norwood and Leyden townships.

Oakton's Police department offers a broad range of services to keep the College safe and to promote a peaceful environment. Officers and security guards patrol two campuses on foot, bicycle, Segway, and by marked vehicle. The FY2019 budget supports 19.9 full-time equivalent personnel (FTEs), which consists of two full-time sergeants, 11 full-time police officers, one full-time security guard, and 11 part-time security guards. The Police Chief is counted as an administrator; there is also one, full-time staff employee. Total salaries for these employees, including overtime, are budgeted at $1,020,263 for FY2019.

The Ideal Candidate

The College is seeking an innovative and collaborative professional with proven managerial experience, strong interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as strong leadership and communication skills. 

The ideal professional background and qualifications for the Chief of Police and Emergency Management position include:

  • Will have a minimum of ten years of sworn police experience.
  • Candidates should also have at least five years of progressively responsible experience in executive/command level law enforcement at the Commander level or higher, preferably within a municipal or higher education environment. 
  • Candidates must be familiar with progressive community policing principles and have a demonstrated record of success in fostering service-oriented relationships, respecting diverse views and cultures, and providing a selfless commitment to quality service.
  • Must have a working knowledge of legal issues related to campus police administration including, but not limited to, FERPA, Title IX, FMLA and the Jeanne Clery Campus Crime and Reporting Act. 
  • The next Chief of Police must have a demonstrated commitment to establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with diverse College constituencies.
  • Understanding, sensitivity and commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employees and community populations. 
  • Candidates must be committed to training, professional development and community engagement, as well as embracing the benefits and techniques of community policing. 
  • Will have labor relations experience.
  • Will be knowledgeable, experienced and adept at media relations.
  • Must be experienced and supportive of the use of social media as an opportunity to engage Police Department stakeholders and promote the mission and goals of the College and the Department.
  • A history of developing successful partnerships within the campus community and with neighboring and supporting agencies is desirable.
  • Must be knowledgeable of current best practices and policies in policing.
  • Will have sufficient experience to review organizational structure, staffing, and personnel assignments and make changes when appropriate, to insure departmental capability to carry out its mission and responsibilities.
  • Must be experienced in addressing internal organizational and personnel issues present in most police agencies as well as have demonstrated ability in addressing these problems in a positive, professional, timely and impartial manner.
  • Is expected to be strategic thinker, anticipating issues or trends and must be open to new approaches and technologies while also thinking beyond the walls of the Police Department, understanding the needs of the college as a whole and of the area’s public safety community. 
  • Is expected to have excellent financial management skills, knowledge of budget planning and organizational management and a clear understanding of resource limitations while avoiding micromanagement.
  • Will possess well-developed writing and public speaking skills.
  • Will have an excellent reputation and demonstrate a high level of integrity.

Successful candidates will possess a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Public or Business Administration, or related fields. A Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.  Advanced leadership training such as the F.B.I. National Academy, Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Southern Police Institute, Senior Management Institute for Police or similar programs is highly desirable.  Demonstrated knowledge of and training in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) is key.  Applicants must also be certified law enforcement officers by the Illinois Law Enforcement Officers Training and Standards Board (ILEOTSB) or able to receive certification within a reasonable time.  

Residency within a reasonable distance from OCC that will ensure a timely response to all emergencies and major events is expected.  Salary range is $82,923 – $109,818 – $136,719 dependent on qualifications and experience.

Interested professionals may submit a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references by April 13, 2019 to consultants Joe De Lopez and Lee McCann at:

          Electronic submissions are required.  Telephone inquiries:  GovHR USA (847) 380-3240

Oakton Community College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

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Posted:March 13, 2019

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