Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police – University of Texas at Austin

Client: University of Texas at Austin
Position: Assistant Vice President of Campus Security and Chief of Police
Closing Date: Appointment Made

Additional Information: 


UT Austin

A nationwide search is underway to attract highly qualified candidates for an exciting opportunity to be the new Assistant Vice President for Campus Security and Chief of Police (“Chief”) for The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). The new Chief will be a collaborative and inspirational leader committed to community-oriented policing and will be actively engaged in a full-service law enforcement agency in a large, diverse, and dynamic metropolitan setting. Reporting to the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, the Chief is responsible for the effective leadership, management, and operation of The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) including planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the department and ensuring that community safety and security is assured, state laws and The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Rules and Regulations are enforced, and appropriate measures are implemented to prevent crime, protect the campus, and provide for the public safety of the university community. Currently, the Police Department is comprised of a total of 165 staff (100 commissioned). A primary focus on this position will be the on-going commitment to community-oriented policing by the new Chief in all aspects of managing and leading the Police Department including extensive interactions with students, faculty, and the Austin community at-large.

UT Austin is ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country. The University is home to more than 52,000 students, 17,000 staff, and 3,000 teaching faculty.

Education & Experience:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree and 15 years of progressively varied and responsible experience as a certified/licensed full-time law enforcement officer with a recognized law enforcement agency(ies), including 5 years of service in an administrative, supervisory, or management position at the rank of Police Captain/Commander or above (or the equivalent).

Required Certifications will include:

Currently have or ability to obtain within 6 months following the date of the appointment, a Texas Driver’s License, a Texas Peace Officer License, and Master Certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

Preferred Qualifications Include:

Master’s degree; working knowledge of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act; experience as a Chief of Police or other command level experience in a leadership position in a major municipal police department or working in a higher education environment; and executive training through the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, or an equivalent venue.

Additional Requirement: This is a security sensitive position requiring a comprehensive background investigation; the candidate must also be able to qualify for a U.S. Government Top Secret Security Clearance.

Compensation offered will be competitive for the region and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A full complement of benefits including two choices of retirement plans State Retirement Plan through Texas Retirement System (TRS) or 401k type will be offered for this position.