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Assistant Chief of Police

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date 07/25/2017
Close Date

Classification Information

Classification Title Assistant Chief of Police
Division Provost's Office
Department Sewanee Police Department
FLSA Status Exempt (Overtime exemption status is determined at the time of hire based on the rate of pay)
Career/Pay Band 3A
Work Schedule Full Year
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Full Time
Appointment Regular
If Term, specify number of years
Primary Function

The primary functions of an employee in this position are leadership and administrative duties in direct assistance to the Chief of Police. The Assistant Chief functions as second in command, assisting in the supervision and direction of all police functions and assuming complete command of Police Department in the absence of the Chief of Police. The Assistant Chief is responsible for protecting the students, employees, and visitors of the University and enforcing the University’s ordinances, policies, and regulations pertaining to public safety, the laws of Tennessee, and the policies of the Franklin County Sheriff’s department.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

1. Attend annual in-service for communications and TIBRS Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

2. Provides both discipline and positive written and verbal feedback to assigned staff. Evaluates the work of assigned staff; advises, assist, and trains personnel as necessary; participates in the selection of new employees and makes recommendations regarding the hiring and termination of personnel.

3. Supervises and participates in receiving inquiries and providing information and assistance to the public.

4. Performs a variety of administrative duties, including preparation and maintenance of reports and other records.

5. Serves as the Accreditation Manager

6. Participates in policy and procedure development to help ensure accuracy, consistency and clarity in administrative manuals.

7. Assists department personnel in identifying conflicting policies and procedures to resolve conflicts and revise manuals accordingly

8. Meets regularly with the Chief and key employees to identify needs and report progress on accreditation efforts

9. Provides liaison with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) for all accreditation matters

9. Keeps abreast of all aspects of the accreditation process, including proposed changes or amendments to the standards, assessing the impact of changes on current policies and procedures of the agency

10. Assigns, directs and coordinates groups of employees to achieve plans of action, recommendation to Chief and other activities that meet compliance with applicable accreditation standards.

11. Maintain consistent correct content on Sewanee Police Department webpage, updating and deleting content regularly, meeting style and design guidelines established by the University and maintained by Marketing and Communications, and undergoing training as needed.

12. The Sewanee Police Department is in operation 24 hours a day seven days a week. To ensure the safety of those we serve, cell phones equipped with voice,text,data are used to conduct business after normal business hours.

13. Other duties as assigned.

Judgment Required Performance of the essential duties of this position is dependent upon independent ingenuity and developmental efforts.
Budgetary Responsibility
Machines & Equipment Used

Automobile, firearms, mobile portable radios, computer, camera, radar unit, breathalyzer,

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


(Minimum) High School diploma or equivalent, completion of the Police Academy
(Preferred) Bachelor Degree in Communications, Criminal Justice or Emergency Management or related field.


Knowledge of management, Clery, and IACLEA Accreditation, 5 years law enforcement experience

Job Related Skills

Two years of experience working in supervisor or management position
Three years or more of work experience with an institution of higher education
Excellent oral and written communications
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Excellent computer skills; familiar with Microsoft office and databases
Previous experience complying with the requirements of the Clery Act
Advanced Clery Act Training
Familiarization with Title IX
Make decisions in very stressful and sometimes hostile, life threatening situations


Law Enforcement Officer Qualification from Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission

Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws (Regents & Trustees, government officials or agencies, visitors, parents, other institutions, colleges, or companies, suppliers)

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.
Positions Directly Supervised


Positions Indirectly Supervised

police officers

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Police records of arrest, investigation, etc., salary and employment records of staff
members supervised, student records,

Work Environment

Working Environment

Normal office environment with some extended periods of time spent in the field, often in a high stress environment. Outdoor work required. Required to work nights/weekends/holidays. Must be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremes
Must respond to very hostile and/or life threatening situations.

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents