Chief of Police Operations

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
05 – N – Exempt
Work Unit:
Police and Public Safety
Full/Part Time:


The Pennsylvania State University is seeking applications for the Chief of Operations position. The Chief of Police Operations provides leadership, strategic planning, and direction for the operational components of University Police and Public Safety for Penn State’s 22 campus locations, promoting a safe, secure, and service-oriented environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to the University. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President for University Police and Public Safety, the Chief of Police Operations is responsible for developing goals, strategies, policies, and standards for the implementation of effective procedures for field operations at all campuses. Penn State University Police and Public Safety has recently centralized all functions across Penn State campuses, and this position will serve as part of the department’s senior leadership team, providing leadership, support, and guidance on criminal and administrative investigations, as well as ensuring all investigations of criminal and non-criminal complaints are handled in a fair and consistent manner. The Chief of Police Operations will direct and oversee the scheduling of support for all normal operations and special events across all campuses, including logistic strategies and resource evaluations; provide guidance to all campuses regarding emergency incidents and notification processes; and ensure all campuses have an emergency response contingency plan in place. The new Chief of Police Operations must have a strong understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and social justice, and the ability to create inclusive work and campus environments. The position has a high public profile and the Chief acts as a liaison with University executives, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and private agencies and organizations. The Chief is responsible for six direct reports, a total staff of 186, and a budget of approximately $21 million. Review of applications will begin Friday, May 3, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus twelve years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

How To Apply On This Position

Interested candidates should visit to gather additional information regarding this exciting role. All candidates must provide a resume and cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to J. Scott Derrick at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088