Harvard University is one of the world’s preeminent research universities. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in North America. The University has grown from nine students with a single faculty master to an enrollment of more than 6,600 undergraduate students and over 14,000 graduate students in the University’s ten graduate and professional schools. An additional 3,000 students are enrolled in one or more courses in the Harvard Extension School. Over 18,000 people work at Harvard, including approximately 2,300 faculty. An additional 10,000 people have faculty appointments in Harvard’s affiliated teaching hospitals.

Harvard’s faculties oversee its twelve schools and colleges. The faculties and their respective academic divisions are: the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; the Faculty of Medicine (including Harvard Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine); the Graduate School of Business Administration; the Graduate School of Design; the Divinity School; the Graduate School of Education; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Harvard Law School; the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health; and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Harvard University Police Department
The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) is a full-service police department comprising a Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Dignitary Protection Unit. The department is responsible for the safety and security of more than 19,000 students, 14,000 faculty and staff members, and 700 buildings in an open and accessible environment.

Earlier this year, the University initiated an external review of the HUPD focusing on the internal practices and procedures of the department as well as its interactions with community members. The University is committed to a thorough re-examination of the role that HUPD performs and to the implementation of any necessary changes to secure the trust, wellbeing, and safety of all members of the Harvard community. The selected candidate will be charged with implementing recommendations emerging from the external review as well as advancing other best practices aimed at ensuring that every member of the campus community is treated at all times with dignity, fairness and full respect, regardless of status/suspected status within the community.

In addition, Harvard is not immune to the demands for policing reforms fueled by the death of George Floyd in May of 2020 by a police officer. These times demand a significant assessment and re-imaging of the role that the HUPD performs in securing the safety and well-being of all members of the Harvard community.

The Position
Reporting to the executive vice president, the chief of police oversees the managerial and financial operations of the Harvard University police department. The chief also provides oversight to Harvard’s security division, outsourced under an external contract. The selected candidate will be responsible for protecting the University community, its property, and ensuring compliance with state, local and federal law in a manner consistent with the values and expectations of the University. Further, the chief leads a high performing security and public safety function for the University–fully embracing the principles of contemporary public safety and policing, working to ensure the department is a model of public accountability, community orientation, and constitutional policing while upholding Harvard’s mission and values. https//hr.harvard.edu/our-mission-and-culture

The chief will oversee the recruitment, training, and supervision of sworn officers, administrative personnel, and support staff; will incorporate state of the art philosophies, plans and programs to attract and retain a diverse workforce; and ensures continuing education and skill development for both uniformed and non-uniformed personnel. The next chief will be highly collaborative working with senior leaders on strategic planning efforts associated with safety and security programs, community outreach, customer service, training, and special events. The successful chief will lead the effort to build an atmosphere dedicated to inclusive excellence, mutual respect, understanding, and shared communication among all Harvard affiliates, within the department itself, and with visitors and members of the host communities of Cambridge and Boston.

The successful candidate must possess an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or related field along with 12 years of progressive policing experience, including a minimum of seven years of managerial (supervisory level or at a lieutenant or above) experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior law enforcement experience within a higher education environment and a deep understanding of the special dimensions of student life and a campus community are strongly preferred as is a comfort with technology. The next chief will have a demonstrated ability to engage with a broad and diverse range of stakeholders within the University and surrounding communities; a strong background in community-centered law enforcement; proven experience operating in a multi-faceted and diverse organizational structure; experience effectively managing crisis situations; and a record of positive community engagement and public relations.

It is critical that the successful candidate have demonstrated experience and a genuine commitment to working with diverse communities, a focus on social justice, and fostering an inclusive environment based on trust and mutual respect. The next chief must be proficient and comfortable engaging in challenging conversations for the betterment of the department and institution, as well as being adept at designing practices and training consistent with the needs of a diverse community, in particular, aspects of a university-setting such as the value it places on free expression and support of peaceful demonstration/protest.

The chief will have knowledge of, and commitment to, national best practices and community-centered security and law enforcement and both knowledge and experience with effective change management techniques with a proven record of instilling major changes within a complex organization. Strong interpersonal skills; thorough knowledge of security operations, applicable federal and state laws and Clery reporting requirements; and possession of a MPTC (Mass Police Training Committee) certification or the ability to either obtain this certification or provide a waiver are all required of the new chief. Further, it is highly desirable for the successful candidate to have prior experience working in a unionized environment and/or experience working with police reform advocates as well as the successful completion of an advanced, executive leadership training or other evidence of continued professional development.

Application and Nomination
Review of applications will begin October 7, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Heather J. Larabee at hjl@spelmanjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.