Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

  • University of Southern Maine
  • Gorham, ME, USA
  • Nov 08, 2021
Full time Deans & Directors Public Safety/Police

Job Description



Position Title: Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police Campus: Gorham City, State: Gorham ME Department: Public Safety - PSEC Bargaining Unit: Nonrep Professional Salary Band/Wage Band: 7 Work Schedule: Regular, full-time, with nights and weekends as required Statement of Job:

Are you a leader with strong management skills? Do you have a deep-seated sense of compassion and an understanding of others to handle various day to day situations? Are you comfortable with being a highly visible member of the community? Are you committed to ensuring the public safety of a diverse university community? The University of Southern Maine invites applicants for our Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police.

In January 2020, a Public Safety Task Force (PSTF) was convened by the President of USM to review USM's Public Safety staffing, structure, operations, and training & procedures. The goal of the PSTF was to make recommendations about how USM Public Safety can best respond to the needs of USM students and the broader community. Consistent with the recommendations of the PSTF, USM is looking to recruit the right leader to strategically advance the mission of the police department by leading a dynamic team of student-focused officers and other professionals always with a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging.

With over 7,000 students and nearly 1,400 regular and temporary employees, the Director of Public Safety plays a vital role in keeping our campus community safe.  The Director is key member of the University's Emergency Response Team and is responsible for leading USM's dynamic, blended police force (5-7 police and campus safety officers, 2 sergeants, 4 dispatchers, a Police Captain, an Administrative Specialist and student public safety assistants), enforcing laws always with fairness and equity, and advancing community policing and campus safety initiatives.  The Director of Public Safety is a key partner for Student Affairs, Residential Life, Human Resources, and the USM executive leadership team.  This position advises on critical safety and security matters to ensure a positive learning, living, and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

The Director is responsible for ensuring that the University is effectively and efficiently served by the major functions within the purview of the department, which includes emergency preparedness and response, protection of life and property, law enforcement and security functions, fire safety, crime control and investigation, educational programming for personal and institutional safety, and implementation and monitoring of the parking and transportation system on all three USM campuses.  The Director works to develop the proper professional and service-oriented attitudes and skills among members of the department, and to train all officers and staff to enforce federal, state, and local laws, as well as University policies, procedures, and mandates.  The Director is responsible for communication with other college and university police and security departments and external law enforcement and safety agencies in order to maintain awareness of best practices in the profession and to ensure appropriate mutual aid arrangements. 

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The selected candidate will join USM at a historic time as we embark on our largest-ever building project, the nearly $100 million Private Public Partnership construction of a career and student center and dormitory on our Portland campus.

USM lives its Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values:  Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.  

We are committed to building a culturally diverse team of leaders, faculty and staff.  We welcome applicants who are multi-lingual.  Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


  • Bachelor's degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, the social sciences or related field.
  • Ten years of experience in law enforcement involving progressively more complex assignments and supervisory responsibility.
  • Background and experience as well as proven skills to generate the respect and trust of staff and senior administration, and the support of the campus community generally.
  • Certified or certifiable as a police officer in the State of Maine, with certification as a Police Chief desirable.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skills in Law Enforcement administration, budget management, police procedures, emergency preparedness methods and processes, personnel development, strategic planning, and policy development.
  • Knowledge of public relations and community policing. Skilled in developing strong community relations and building bridges between the campus community and surrounding towns and cities.
  • Outstanding leadership ability with an appreciation for human dynamics and practical implementation skills. Must lead by example.
  • Collaborative and collegial style of leadership, with the ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, and to foster a team environment within the department.
  • Ability to work effectively within the diverse culture of the University.

The annual salary for this position is $90K. The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes holidays, vacation and sick time; health, dental and vision insurance; life insurance; short- and long-term disability insurance; a tuition waiver program for employee and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer match; and more!

This position will be based on our USM Gorham Campus with frequent travel to other USM campuses in Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, as well as some other in-state travel as necessary.

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Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position." You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae.  Application materials should highlight your experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Finalists will be asked for a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by Sunday, November 21 2021.

We are unable to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support. 

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate. 

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711

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The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


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