Director of Public Safety/Police Chief NAU

Job Title
Director of Public Safety/Police Chief
Job ID
University Police
Full/Part Time
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Special Information
  • Only complete applications including NAU application; a cover letter outlining interest in position and how past experience matches with job requirements; and a resume with 3-5 professional references will be considered
  • This position reports to the Vice President for Capital Planning and Campus Operations
  • This position requires work after regular business hours and on weekends
  • This position is based in Flagstaff, AZ
Job Description

Northern Arizona University (NAU) seeks a collaborative and engaged leader for the position of Chief of Police. The successful applicant will be an experienced, collaborative, results-oriented leader.  The ideal candidate will have experience in all aspects of university policing, professional policing, organizational change, and community policing.

NAU has more than 4,200 faculty and staff supported by an annual budget of $550 million.  NAU’s enrollment peaked with more than 30,000 students statewide with more than 22,000 of those students on the Flagstaff Mountain Campus.  The campus is located within the City of Flagstaff, a community that sits at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks.  Flagstaff is a four season community with approximately 70,000 residents.

NAU values global engagement, diversity, civic engagement and community building.  Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch.  NAU’s mountain campus location covers 740 acres with 121 buildings totaling 6.6 million square feet.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supports and upholds the University's stated mission and values.
  • Organizes, directs, and coordinates the divisions of the department, which include patrol services, criminal investigations, communications, records, accreditation, and administration, as well as provides supervision for the Director of University Emergency Management and the University Director of Clery Compliance.
  • Works with considerable independence and has overall responsibility for providing executive leadership to the department to include determining major departmental policies, planning long­ and short-range programs, budget preparation, personnel management, and deals with major technical and administrative public safety matters with other departments, university administration, Arizona Board of Regents, various commissions, other agencies, and the public at large.
  • Leads the department in proactive enforcement and development of programs and strategies to address the very unique issues facing a university community.
  • Provides executive leadership to the department and the University's Incident Management Team.
  • Works collaboratively with administrators, staff, faculty and students to develop, implement and maintain services that are responsive to the community's needs and in keeping with the university's mission and goals.
  • Works with representatives of federal, state, city, and county criminal justice agencies.
  • Identifies and implements long-and short-range goals and objectives of the department.
  • Prepares annual and long-range budgets, and ensures that the provisions of the approved budget are complied with.
  • Reviews technical reports, budget estimates, and proposed policies and regulations submitted by subordinate personnel.
  • Keeps the Vice President for Capital Planning and Campus Operations informed of departmental activities through written and verbal reports.
  • Establishes policies, procedures, schedules, guidelines, and priorities to be observed by subordinates.
  • Maintains the department's accredited status.
  • Selects, supervises, evaluates, and disciplines police personnel.
  • Attends conferences, conventions, and other educational and professional meetings to remain aware of modern police methods and administration.
  • Speaks before community organizations, the media, and others on the plans, objectives, policies, programs and problems of the department.
  • Ensures the Department abides by all federal, state, and local laws and directives pertaining to proper police procedures.
  • Responsible for ensuring that all departmental personnel are properly trained to perform the duties of their assigned positions in a safe and professional manner.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree AND,
  • Have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, including 5 years of supervisory and/or management experience, AND,
  • Must be Arizona POST certified or have the ability to achieve Arizona certification through the waiver process within six months of hire, AND,
  • Must possess, or obtain upon employment a valid Arizona driver's license; AND,
  • At the time of employment, must reside within a thirty minute response time to the university.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree or equivalent combination of experience and advanced police leadership training programs.
  • Experience in working on a university campus with working knowledge of, and sensitivity to, university communities.
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy or other police command school.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in upper command level position.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Demonstrated skill in effective communication.
  • Ability to direct, coordinate, and plan the activities of a university police department, including budget preparation, policy formulation, strategic planning and disaster planning/emergency management.
  • Working knowledge of the functions and goals of the various divisions comprising a modern university police department.
  • Ability to effectively organize and direct personnel to effect maximum efficiency, communication and coordination within the department while maintaining high morale and discipline.
  • Ability to deal effectively and cooperatively with boards, commissions, committees, other departments and agencies, community groups, students, and faculty/staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions of federal, state, and local jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to public safety.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in using software packages and other technology to automate processes, streamline service, and improve management information.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the CALEA accreditation process.
  • Successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with people from a variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.
General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of approximately 29,000, including more than 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch, with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student’s success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

The university is committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment.

For information about diversity, access, and equity at NAU, see


Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position.  Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following:  a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting.

Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States.

Finally, each year the Northern Arizona University Police Department releases an annual security report.  The report is a result of the federal law known as the Clery Act and contains policy statements that address the school’s policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security including policies for responding to emergency situations and sexual offenses.  The report contains three years of data for Clery reportable crime statistics for the campus along with the most current year’s Fire Safety Report, which includes policy statements and fire statistics for Flagstaff on-campus student housing.

The report may be viewed at or by visiting the NAUPD website at:  A printed copy of the report is available upon request by contacting the NAU Police Department, Records Department at (928)523-8884 or by visiting the department at Building 98A on the NAU Mountain Campus.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrator (ADM) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at

NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Administrators are hired on a contract basis renewable each 6 months according to terms of the Conditions of Administrative Service:

Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan).  Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2017.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button by midnight of the application deadline.  If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on line at or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ  86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.  Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service.  AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.