Framingham State University was founded in 1839 for a singular
purpose - meeting a public need to promote the public good. At our
founding as the nation's first public normal school, that need was
for comprehensively educated public school teachers who would, in
turn, promote an educated citizenry. FSU continues to offer
exceptional teacher education programs and, while we are proud of
our roots as a teachers' college, we have grown far beyond them.
Public need continues to evolve and FSU right along with it. Our
students and alumni are making waves in the fashion industry,
designing nutrition plans for professional athletes, writing for
major media and news organizations, and working for Fortune 500
companies right here in Framingham. FSU is unapologetically a
public institution offering accessible, affordable educational
opportunities that integrate an academically challenging liberal
arts education with workforce preparation programs, in a highly
personalized teaching environment. Our programs have expanded but
our purpose and commitment to public education for the public good
At FSU, we are deeply committed to inclusive excellence and
strive to promote a culture of antiracism, encouraging a
challenging yet collaborative learning environment, and providing
culturally relevant education. FSU is designated as an emerging
Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of
Colleges and Universities and also belongs to the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence community, providing
national leadership in science education and exploring strategies
that will lead to more inclusive science education. We are honored
that our commitment earned FSU six Higher Education Excellence in
Diversity (HEED) Awards from INSIGHT Into Diversity. We encourage
applications from those who share our commitment to promoting a
diverse, welcoming, and inclusive community.
FSU currently enrolls about 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000
graduate and professional students, offers 39 undergraduate majors,
and enrolls 41% BIPOC students in our undergraduate programs.
Ideally situated between Boston and Worcester, FSU and the
surrounding area are steeped in history, achievement, and
innovation and provide access to urban hotspots, verdant
landscapes, natural and cultural amenities, and diverse
Our founding motto, LIVE TO THE TRUTH, was said at the end of
each class by beloved first principal, Cyrus Peirce, who sought to
discover and teach "truth in theory and principle...truth in spirit
and motive...truth in manner and form...truth intellectual and
truth moral." Early leaders found this motto "speaks of sincerity
of spirit...of intensity of effort, of resolution to succeed, of
joy in achievement." LIVE TO THE TRUTH aptly reflects our past and
our pledge for the future as it continues to guide our institution
in practice and endeavor. If you share in this quest for truth and
a commitment to living it fully, make the next chapter of your
career the best chapter at Framingham State University.
Learn more about our career opportunities at
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
Framingham State University's Chief of Police/Director of Public
Safety serves as the chief administrative officer and the
representative of Framingham State University Police on campus and
in the MetroWest Community. The chief is responsible for leadership
in maintaining public safety on campus, progressive community
police engagement, and racially just policing as well as directing
the enforcement of all federal, state, and local laws. The chief
oversees a department that includes the Deputy Chief of Police,
University ID Office, Accreditation Manager, Patrol Sergeants,
Patrol Officers, Dispatchers, Parking Enforcement Officer,
Detective, and student employees.
EXAMPLES OF SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develops and maintains the Framingham State University Police
Department mission and the policies and procedures in support of
that mission, which is aligned to the university mission.
- Supervises departmental operations and directs departmental
planning necessary to provide comprehensive law enforcement and
public safety services.
- Engages in recruitment of a diverse police department, oversees
ongoing staff development and training, as well as staffing,
hiring, disciplinary action, evaluation, and promotion.
- Responsible for managing and appropriately allocating the
police department budget; analyzes, monitors and evaluates staffing
utilization against budgeted staffing base.
- Promotes an interactive, positive relationship between the
University Police Department and other departments or offices of
the University, students, parents, faculty and staff with the goal
of building trust and strong working relationships between the
department and the community.
- Plans and develops strategies in conjunction with the Deputy
Police Chief for the preparation and response to University
- Serves as a member of the university Threat Assessment
- Develops and reviews department policy ensuring compliance with
state and national accreditation standards and best practices.
- Develops and sets measurable goals for pro-active community
- Analyzes crime trends and incident reports; develops program
utilizations of personnel to offset the trends; maintains
department crime statistics, including the compiling and filing of
the annual security and fire safety report to the Department of
Education (Clery Act) and monthly summary reports for the Executive
Vice President of Administration, Finance, and Technology.
- Oversees security concerns of university buildings and
property, including security technology and routine security
inspections on main and satellite campuses.
- Collaborates with other university leaders, to develop policies
and procedures for and to carryout effective, unified responses to
emergencies, planned and unplanned events and community needs;
issues crime and emergency alerts as appropriate; acts as
responsible authority for the department in emergency response
situations; and participates in supporting university-wide
emergency response efforts.
- Develops campus outreach, education, and prevention programs
related to public safety. Advises campus administrators of legal
and liability issues related to campus safety.
- Develops and administers departmental budget in support of
- Serves as liaison with local, state, and federal law
enforcement as well as local fire department and emergency
management agencies (MEMA and FEMA)
- Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal
opportunity, and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and
decisions in areas of responsibility.
- Responsible for reporting to the Equal Opportunity Officer or
Title IX Coordinator knowledge or receipt of reports of
discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation from
students or other members of the university community.
- Designated as Campus Security Authority under the Clery
- Other duties as assigned.
On call responsibility required; valid license to operate a
motor vehicle; must successfully undergo a comprehensive background
investigation, physical examination, psychological examination;
eligible to obtain and maintain Commonwealth of Massachusetts
License to carry a firearm. Work will include evening and weekend
responsibilities as needed.
- Bachelor's Degree.
- Graduate of full time Municipal Police Academy Training
certified and approved by the Municipal Police Training Committee
(MPTC). Candidates MUST be a certified police officer in
Massachusetts per MPTC/POST standards.
- Possess academic credentials and experience suitable to fulfill
the duties and responsibilities of the position.
- Possess at least five years of progressively responsible
leadership experience in campus safety and protection or other law
enforcement with at least three years of experience in a related
- Experience and knowledge of law enforcement policies and
procedures, crime prevention, investigations, training for law
enforcement personnel, life safety programming.
- Knowledge of budget operations and management specific to a
public safety agency.
- Demonstrated commitment and understanding of racially just
- Ability to adapt policies and procedures to police reform
measures on the local, state, and federal level.
- Demonstrated ability to address community concerns in a
compassionate, forthright manner and to be visible on campus and to
participate in the life of the campus.
- Possess an understanding of mental health issues, as well as
the value of having officers trained as mental health officers and
being front-line contacts in this area.
- Experience and knowledge of higher ed security and law
enforcement, higher ed operations, and higher ed traffic and
parking control management.
- Knowledge of and experience with higher education principles,
practices and procedures.
- Documented professional competence as a public safety
administrator in higher education
- Ability to speak Spanish or Portuguese
- Understanding of social media platforms and their use in for
community engagement, crisis management, and law enforcement
This is a full-time, exempt, benefits-eligible, non-unit
position. The annual salary range is $110,000-125,000.
It is the policy of Framingham State University that all
employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin
employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all
individuals hired by FSU, to be verified after a verbal offer of
employment has been accepted, and before employment begins.
Prospective employees may submit a request for a medical or
religious exemption to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement to
Framingham State University conducts criminal history and sexual
offender record checks on recommended finalists prior to final
employment for all positions.
Framingham State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
Members of underrepresented groups, minorities, women, veterans,
persons with disabilities, and all persons committed to diversity
and inclusive excellence are strongly encouraged to apply.
Candidates must apply online by submitting:
- Cover Letter,
- Equity and Inclusion Statement*,
- Names and contact information for three (3) professional
*The Equity and Inclusion Statement is an opportunity for
candidates to discuss professional skills, experience and/or
willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the
university's efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as
part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidate
For best consideration, application materials should be received
by June 3, 2023. The search committee may continue to review
applications received beyond that date at their discretion.
Framingham State University only accepts application materials
through our online application system. We are unable to accept
application materials through mail, email, fax, or hand delivery.
If you experience technical issues with the online application
process, please submit a helpdesk ticket.
Framingham State University understands that persons with
specific disabilities may need assistance with the job application
process and/or with the interview process. For confidential
assistance, please contact the Human Resources Office at
508-626-4530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.