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Assistant Chief of Police

Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Police Department

This sworn position performs highly-responsible executive leadership and management functions in the planning, developing, directing, and supervising of all activities of one of the two bureaus in the Police Department, the Field Operations Bureau, which includes all patrol divisions, community relations and criminal investigations. The Assistant Chief is responsible for direct command over all operational and administrative issues within the Field Operations Bureau including personnel,equipment, budget, employee relations and grievances, human and material resources and information management; partners with the Assistant Director/Police for any administrative services’ needs that extend outside of police field operations. Tasks are performed in accordance with departmental regulations and procedures, and under the general supervision of the Chief of Police. The incumbent in this class may be called upon to provide overall direction of the Department in the absence of the Chief of Police.

Salary
$92,307.80 – $167,264.98 Annually

Responsibilities:

• Demonstrated leadership skills especially in the areas of strategic thinking, problem solving, and the generation of creative approaches in program activities in response to identified challenges facing police departments today;
• Ability to think globally in identifying issues and opportunities in the development of strategic approaches/solutions for the police department to consider in managing its programs and personnel;
• Thorough understanding of and experience relating to introducing and managing change within an organization. This includes identifying stakeholders, change related issues/opportunities, and leadership experience in managing the transitional elements that occur within a change management effort;
• Thorough understanding and demonstrated commitment to the law enforcement principles contained in the 21st Century Policing report;
• Ability to motivate employees and the community;
• Experience in the successful development of teams involving managers, supervisors and employees;
• Experience in leading teams of and collaborating with other executives and interdepartmental teams is required;
• Experience in working with executives from other disciplines in a collaborative manner is also important;
• Experience in communicating effectively with a message that is clear, concise, informative, and is consistent with the direction of City government and the department;
• Ability to communicate in a respectful manner is vital to the incumbent's success;
• Ability to represent the department internally and externally;
• This includes communicating with City and community leadership, allied agencies, and before the press;
• Thorough knowledge of current police administrative and operational procedures and program approaches used in the policing profession;
• Understanding of local ordinances, Commonwealth statues, and federal law especially those involving legal authorities related to government, policing and Equal Opportunity requirements is also required;
• Experience in implementing or managing programs related to one or more of the pillars contained in the report is vital for this position;
• Experience in leading a police response to a large scale, situationally based events involving police operations is critical. This includes a thorough understanding of mutual aid, emergency operational protocols, familiarity and experience in working with multi-disciplined Unified Command Structures and the regulatory governance applicable in such situations. This would include those situations involving internal assets and those provided by other agencies, including local, state and federal agencies;
• Ability to effectively and efficiently manage large-scale program activities within a police department including program, personnel, and fiscal management. This includes developing staff as appropriate on individual roles/responsibilities, supervision skills, management responsibilities, and leadership at all levels within the department.

Qualifications:

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• Demonstrated leadership skills especially in the areas of strategic thinking, problem solving, and the generation of creative approaches in program activities in response to identified challenges facing police departments today;
• Ability to think globally in identifying issues and opportunities in the development of strategic approaches/solutions for the police department to consider in managing its programs and personnel;
• Thorough understanding of and experience relating to introducing and managing change within an organization. This includes identifying stakeholders, change related issues/opportunities, and leadership experience in managing the transitional elements that occur within a change management effort;
• Thorough understanding and demonstrated commitment to the law enforcement principles contained in the 21st Century Policing report;
• Ability to motivate employees and the community;
• Experience in the successful development of teams involving managers, supervisors and employees;
• Experience in leading teams of and collaborating with other executives and interdepartmental teams is required;
• Experience in working with executives from other disciplines in a collaborative manner is also important;
• Experience in communicating effectively with a message that is clear, concise, informative, and is consistent with the direction of City government and the department;
• Ability to communicate in a respectful manner is vital to the incumbent's success;
• Ability to represent the department internally and externally;
• This includes communicating with City and community leadership, allied agencies, and before the press;
• Thorough knowledge of current police administrative and operational procedures and program approaches used in the policing profession;
• Understanding of local ordinances, Commonwealth statues, and federal law especially those involving legal authorities related to government, policing and Equal Opportunity requirements is also required;
• Experience in implementing or managing programs related to one or more of the pillars contained in the report is vital for this position;
• Experience in leading a police response to a large scale, situationally based events involving police operations is critical. This includes a thorough understanding of mutual aid, emergency operational protocols, familiarity and experience in working with multi-disciplined Unified Command Structures and the regulatory governance applicable in such situations. This would include those situations involving internal assets and those provided by other agencies, including local, state and federal agencies;
• Ability to effectively and efficiently manage large-scale program activities within a police department including program, personnel, and fiscal management. This includes developing staff as appropriate on individual roles/responsibilities, supervision skills, management responsibilities, and leadership at all levels within the department.

The Ideal Candidate
To qualify for this position, all candidates must possess a bachelor's degree and 12 years of relevant, professional experience to include two (2) years as a Captain or higher in law enforcement. Must obtain an executive level certification from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services within one year of appointment.

To be considered an ideal candidate, one should also possess a master's degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field; as well as, knowledge and experience in 21st century policing.