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Assistant Vice President / Director for Public Safety and Chief of Police
About Longwood University: 
A comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts foundation, Longwood has a distinctive mission to develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society. Founded in 1839, Longwood is the third-oldest public university in Virginia. 
Longwood is part of the proud tradition of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Roughly one hour’s drive from Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond, Longwood is located in the historic two-college community of Farmville. Longwood currently has approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students and 39,000 alumni. It maintains affiliations with the neighboring Robert Russa Moton Museum of civil rights history and the Longwood Center for Visual Arts, a nationally accredited university art museum. A member of the Big South Conference, Longwood competes at the NCAA Division I level. 

The Longwood University Police Department is a fully accredited law-enforcement operation that operates under a concurrent jurisdiction agreement with the Farmville Police Department and Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office. In the past 10 years, the LUPD has seen budget increases to nearly $3 million, has doubled its staff to more than twenty, and has implemented several forms of technology that act as force multipliers, including more than 400 security cameras. The LUPD has also adopted community-policing practices and strives to engage positively with the broader Longwood community and utilizing pro-active, student-focused crime prevention strategies. 
Job Description: 
Longwood University invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Assistant Vice President for Public Safety / Director and Chief of Police (FA074). Reporting to the Vice President for Student Affairs, this position serves as a senior leader within Student Affairs and provides leadership and overall management for the Department of Public Safety.
Serving as Assistant Vice President/Director for Public Safety and Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Longwood University, the incumbent is responsible for departmental administration, management, control, planning, research, budget, community relations, and internal affairs.  Public Safety consists of police operations, parking enforcement, and emergency management. 

Responsibilities include safety and security of approximately 4,300 students (including 2,800 residential students), approximately 750 full-time employees, and visitors to the campus. 


Essential Functions:
  • Directing, planning, developing, and implementing security and law enforcement programs providing safety and security of people and property.
  • Supervising a staff of full-time employees consisting of: lieutenants, sergeants, full-time police officers, civilian personnel, and several part-time officers.
  • Fostering a cooperative and communicative relationship between the campus police and the greater university community of students, faculty, staff and neighbors.
  • Developing, planning, and implementing crime prevention programs for campus.
  • Ensuring personnel exercise proper authority and discretion.
  • Training (or ensuring the training of) personnel to meet the needs of Longwood University.
  • Developing, planning, and implementing policies in compliance with the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
  • Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with the Town of Farmville Police, Virginia State Police, Prince Edward County Sheriff's Department, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and other federal, state, and local authorities.
  • Enforcement of campus parking regulations.
  • Conducting research evaluating existing resources, existing demand, and forecasting the need for additional resources and funding;
  • Managing financial resources and securing external resources through grant procurement.
  • Ensuring effectiveness of access control systems, including planning and implementing future access control applications.
  • Understanding those aspects of law enforcement unique to a residential higher education setting, including regulatory considerations such as Title IX and the requirements of serving as a campus security authority for the U. S. Department of Education regarding campus crime statistics and reporting.
  • Oversee the evaluation of LUPD services; track service usage statistics and trends; and prepare annual report and assessment report of the services and activities of LUPD staff. 
The job will be filled at either the Assistant Vice President or Director level, depending on the successful candidate's experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies.  
Additional Information: 
This position is a full-time, administrative & professional faculty, exempt position. The anticipated start date for the position is July 25, 2023. The selected candidate must complete a statement of Economic Interests. A successful fingerprint based criminal background investigation is required. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. 

Commonwealth of Virginia benefits accompany this position to include:
  • State health and dental benefits & flexible spending accounts
  • Paid leave (which may include sick leave, personal leave, annual leave, etc.), and 13 holidays
  • Retirement savings plans (some with limited employer match available (VRS))
  • Life & Long-Term care insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee discounts for various services, including Verizon
  • Educational benefits for most employees
  • Fitness Center membership less expensive than most
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Longwood University will provide, if requested, reasonable accommodations to applicants in need of accommodations in order to provide access to the application and/or interview process. You are not required to note the presence of a disability on your application. If, however, you require accommodations in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 434-395-2074 or humres@longwood.edu

Per CFR: Title 34, the Title IX Coordinator’s contact information can be located through this link http://www.longwood.edu/titleix/

A diversified workforce is an important part of our strategic plan.  EOE/AA 
Application Instructions: 
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, position posted 4/27/23. To apply for this position, qualified applicants must complete the online information section and questions, and attach (under Resume) a letter of interest, resume, and names and contact details of three references. Link to apply: Longwood University Job Posting: Assistant Vice President / Director for Public Safety and Chief of Police (FA074) (interviewexchange.com).
Position: Assistant Vice President / Director for Public Safety and Chief of Police
Organization: Longwood University
Location: Farmville,  VA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 4/27/2023
Date Posted: 4/27/2023
  • Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, business or related field required
  • Certification from a Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Current certification from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Ten years of law enforcement experience with a minimum of four years in a command-level position
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license
  • Master’s degree in criminal justice, business or related field preferred
  • College or university experience preferred
Status: This listing expires on: 7/24/2023
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Longwood University

Farmville,  VA 23909
United States
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