Chief of Police

Irvine Valley College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7050879 (Ref.No. P0004542)
Posted: September 30, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

10-Irvine Valley College
Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:

To plan, develop, organize, coordinate, direct, review and evaluate College-wide police, security, emergency response, disaster preparedness, parking control and revenue generation programs, services, operations, activities and processes to protect the lives and property of students, faculty, staff and the College; assure the protection of College personnel and facilities in accordance with federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations as well as College public safety policies and procedures.

To train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel. To prevent, deter and suppress unlawful activity by implementing community-oriented and problem-oriented policing strategies and techniques for the College, including the direction, coordination and review of policies and procedures for the physical security of building and equipment for the College and other assigned grounds or properties owned, operated, controlled or administered by the College or District; coordinate assigned activities with other departments and with local law enforcement agencies and federal and State agencies, as required; prepare and administer annual program budgets; and provide highly responsible and complex administrative assistance to the College President as assigned.

To foster a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, innovation, and continuous improvement throughout the District; lead by example; actively participate in and support District-wide participatory governance components and activities and other collaborative processes; encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.

Receives administrative direction from a College President or designee of the President.
Exercises direct functional and technical supervision over assigned supervisory, police, security, administrative support and clerical staff.

Knowledge of:

Budget preparation and administration.
Community college organization, operations, objectives, policies and procedures.
Computer hardware and software, including criminal information systems, database management, spreadsheet and word processing applications software.
Correct English composition, grammar, spelling and vocabulary.
Current trends in law enforcement and court cases affecting police work.
Effective security measures for a large and complex organization with multiple buildings.
Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and diplomacy.
Modern principles, practices and techniques of parking administration, organization and operation.
Modern principles, practices and techniques of police administration, organization and operation, including contingency planning related to homeland security, anti-terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
Modern principles, practices and techniques used in modern law enforcement, security and crime prevention, including physical security, loss control and executive protection.
Occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in the work place.
Oral and written communication skills.
Organizational and management practices as applied to the analysis and evaluation of programs, policies and operational needs.
Planning and organizational skills.
Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
State and federal laws and regulations related to assigned program, including training and certification requirements for law enforcement officers and support staff and the specific laws, codes and regulations related to search and seizure, arrest and the chain of evidence.
Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention and law enforcement, including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic and crowd control, records management, care and custody of persons and property and environmental protection.
Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.

Ability to:

Act quickly and instill calm during emergencies and other critical situations.
Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
Collect, compile and analyze data.
Communicate clearly, concisely and effectively, both orally and in writing, with diverse constituencies within and outside of the District.
Correctly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.
Demonstrate sensitivity to and understand staff and students of diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and staff and students with physical and learning disabilities.
Develop, implement, administer and evaluate law enforcement policies and procedures, security measures and parking regulation services provided to the College.
Encourage professional excellence among the staff and promote an organizational culture of customer service, innovation, and quality services.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others, including representatives of law enforcement agencies in the community.
Gain cooperation through discussion and persuasion.
Implement policies and procedures; assign staff to enforce laws and protect lives and property.
Implement, direct and evaluate the activities of assigned programs and services in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Maintain current knowledge of law enforcement, security and criminal justice.
Maintain current knowledge trends in law enforcement and court cases affecting police work.
Maintain the security of confidential information and materials.
Operate computer and applications software, including database management, spreadsheet, word processing and software related to area of assignment.
Operate office equipment such as computer, printer, copier and facsimile machine.
Plan, develop, organize, coordinate, implement, direct and evaluate a comprehensive public safety, security and parking enforcement program for a community college to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for students, administrators, academic and classified staff.
Prepare and administer assigned budget(s).
Prepare comprehensive records and reports according to legal mandates.
Provide law enforcement training consistent with POST certification requirements.
Read, interpret, apply and explain complex and technical State and federal laws and regulations related to assigned program.
Relate effectively to others, using tact, diplomacy and courtesy.
Select, assign, schedule, train, supervise and evaluate assigned staff.
Understand and effectively and collaboratively work in a complicated multi-college environment, as well as within a system of community college districts.
Work collaboratively with college administrators to develop processes designed to preserve the peace and protect lives and property.
Work effectively with others to achieve common goals.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in police science, criminology, business administration or related field, including or supplemented by one year experience in physical security, loss control and executive protection. Master’s degree or graduation from the FBI National Academy for police executives preferred. One year of experience in contingency planning related to homeland security, anti-terrorism, and weapons of mass destruction is highly desirable.


Five years of increasingly responsible public law enforcement leadership/supervisor experience, with a rank of sergeant or above, in a public law enforcement organization.

License or Certificate:

*(Please Note, Copies Of All Documents Listed Below Must Be Submitted With Application)

Current Basic police academy certification (650 to 1,200 hours of training) issued by the California Commission for Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Advanced Certificate issued by POST.

Supervisory Certificate issued by POST.

Management Certificate issued by POST or the ability to complete the POST Management course within two years. § 9070 (j) Management Certificate Award Requirements. Applicants for the award of a Management Certificate shall:

  • (1) Satisfy the requirements specified in Regulation section 9070(d).
  • (2) Possess or be eligible to possess an Advanced Certificate.
  • (3) Complete a minimum of 60 semester units.
  • (4) Successfully complete a POST-certified Management Course.
  • (5) Possess a minimum of two years law enforcement experience as a permanent middle manager or higher.
  • (6) In order to be awarded both the Supervisory and Management Certificates, possess two years of law enforcement experience as a permanent first-level supervisor or higher, plus two years of law enforcement experience as a permanent middle manager or higher.

A valid California driver’s license.

A valid CPR and First Aid Certificate issued by the Red Cross or other authorized health agency by completion of probationary period.

Conditions of Employment:

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

Duties are performed primarily in an office environment, often while sitting at a desk or computer workstation. The incumbent is frequently subject to attending scenes of accidents, crimes or major incidents and meetings at various locations within the District and the community. Incumbents are subject to contact with others, frequent interruptions, and demanding timelines. At least minimal environmental controls are required to assure health and comfort. Must be available on call to the College 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Physical Demands:

Incumbents regularly stand and sit for long periods, walk short distances on a regular basis, travel to various locations to direct the investigation of crimes, accidents and/or incidents, attend meetings and conduct work at various locations in the community and District, use hands and fingers to operate an electronic keyboard or other office machines; see to read fine print and operate computer; hear and understand voices over telephone and in person; and lift, carry, and/or move objects weighing up to 10 pounds. Must meet the physical requirements necessary to perform assigned duties safely and effectively.

Medical/Psychological Testing and Background Check: Must successfully pass a medical examination, a psychological test and a thorough background investigation, pursuant to California Government Code Section 1031, to comply with the standards established by the California Commission on POST.

Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, develop, organize, coordinate, direct and evaluate police, security, emergency response, disaster preparedness, parking control and revenue generation programs, services, operations, activities and processes, ensuring compliance with federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations as well as District and College mission, goals, objectives, policies and procedures.

Respond to public safety, security and parking issues and concerns of College students and personnel; plan, develop and implement organizational structures and appropriate work processes, methods and procedures that facilitate attainment of established program goals and objectives and optimize efficient and effective delivery of services; issue directives to meet public safety needs efficiently and effectively.

Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned law enforcement, security and support personnel; provide for training opportunities consistent with the State of California Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) requirements; delegate and review assignments and projects; establish and monitor performance standards, timelines, work priorities and expectations for assigned staff.

Prepare and administer annual program budgets; prepare recommendations and justifications regarding budget requests; authorize expenditures according to District policies and applicable regulations; maintain inventory control over equipment purchased by or assigned to the College related to areas of assignments.

Communicate with administrators and support personnel, representatives of college groups, State and federal agencies, other law enforcement agencies and educational institutions to coordinate police, security and parking programs, services and activities with administrative and student services functions and instructional programs; serve on campus committees, task forces and other work groups; provide technical expertise concerning College police, security and parking.

Confer with administrators and maintenance managers to develop comprehensive plans and procedures to assure that all College offices, classrooms, laboratories and other facilities are secured and locked to prevent property damage or loss.

Plan and develop College parking enforcement regulations; implement patrol schedules and citation procedures; plan and direct traffic control for special events and other peak traffic periods.

Review and ensure compliance on contractual agreements related to police, security and parking use; supervise master calendar scheduling and implementation of police, security, and parking programs.

Prepare and submit a variety of statistical and narrative reports as required by State and federal law; compile and analyze data; review and certify the accuracy of data; prepare annual recap data and special reports, proposals, recommendations and other materials as requested; coordinate and respond to periodic audits and inspections.

Ensure the organization, preparation, maintenance, and retention of public safety records and reports in accordance with legal requirements and District policies; direct preparation of proposals, recommendations and other materials as requested.

Communicate with College administrators and support staff, representatives of the State and federal court system, regulatory and law enforcement agencies, educational institutions, community and social service organizations and others to coordinate activities.

Maintain current knowledge of the District and College policies, procedures and local, State and federal legal requirements related to police, security, parking enforcement, emergency response and disaster preparedness programs and services.

Make oral presentations to Board of Trustees, administrators, staff and professional colleagues at various gatherings; develop, coordinate and conduct workshops to provide specialized information and training regarding College police, security, emergency preparedness and parking programs.

Coordinate College public safety activities with local and regional law enforcement agencies; assure effective interface between dispatch personnel and implement backup policies to preserve the peace and protect lives and property.

Ensure appropriate surveillance, collection and preservation of evidence, interrogation of suspects, victims and witnesses, and protection of the constitutional rights of all concerned; direct and advise staff and administrators on criminal and administrative case management.

Oversee or conduct investigations and inquiries of suspected criminal activities and major incidents that occur on College property; conduct security surveys of buildings and grounds; prepare reports and recommendations regarding theft, building security, automobile parking, safety and related problems; evaluate reports submitted by officers, direct the preparation of complaints for various judicial agencies and courts; confer with the District’s legal counsel as needed.

Observe behavior of individuals and groups; advise students about laws and interpret assigned functions to students, parents and the public; arrest or assist in arresting law violators; aid victims of unlawful acts.

Maintain current knowledge in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice; participate in professional organizations, regional meetings, conferences and related activities.

Work with representatives of the Office of Homeland Security and other federal and State law enforcement officials to develop and coordinate mutual aid agreements and various emergency response and disaster preparedness programs, exercises and activities as needed or required.

Perform related duties as assigned.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.


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