Chief of Police

Los Angeles, CA
California State University (CSU) Northridge

Salary: $190,000 to $200,000, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Open until filled

Position Summary:

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages all administrative, personnel, and financial responsibilities for a comprehensive 24 hour/365 day a year California POST certified and IACLEA accredited law enforcement agency of sworn and non-sworn personnel. This involves planning, implementing, administering, and coordinating programs of the Department of Police Services (DPS), which promote the public safety and welfare of the university community, as well as ensures the campus’ effective response in times of emergency or campus-wide crisis.
  • Promotes and maintains a department culture that is committed to the values of integrity, dignity, equity, professionalism, work excellence, respect for all people, inclusion, and collegiality in support of the university’s academic mission.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or equivalent experience in police management.
• Current Sworn CSU officer with a minimum of five years of law enforcement experience within the California State University system.
• Minimum of five years of command level management experience in law enforcement administration.
• Experience in law enforcement policy incorporating “best and next” practices into departmental policies and procedures.
• Demonstrated experience in mutual aid and collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
• Substantive training and experience in risk management, threat assessment and emergency response.
• Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion within the department and in service to the campus community, particularly traditionally marginalized constituencies.
• Must possess all California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) minimum employment standards including successful completion of the P.O.S.T. certified regular basic course or completion of the P.O.S.T. basic course waiver process and Executive certificate.
• Final candidates must complete a thorough background check, pre-employment medical and psychological examinations and the California State University Drug test. Must possess a valid California Driver’s License.

Preferred Requirements:

• Expertise in Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management.
• Familiarity with International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) standards and certification requirements.
• Thorough understanding of Title IX policies and procedures.
• Thorough understanding and demonstrated experience with Clery Act reporting requirements.
• Direct experience collaborating with senior campus administration on university priorities and issue management.
• Demonstrated experience in active oversight, planning and management of departmental fiscal resources.
• Master’s degree in a related field.