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College of Marin
  • Position Number: 5109318
  • Location: Kentfield, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Chief of Police/Director of Campus Safety

Salary: See Position Description
Closing Date:
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Kentfield & Indian Valley (Novato) - In Person, CA


COLLEGE OF MARIN is a dynamic and forward-thinking institution dedicated to fostering positive change, prioritizing student-centered approaches, promoting collaboration, and championing equity. We are seeking a visionary and experienced transformational leader to join our team as the Chief of Police/Director of Campus Safety. The ideal candidate will be a catalyst for positive change, center on student success, and promote community policing, collaboration, and equity within the realm of law enforcement. A strong leader will possess the following qualities and characteristics:
  • Lead the Campus Police Department to implement positive change.
  • Take action that is race conscious, institutionally focused, and evidence based.
  • Prioritize the safety and well-being of our diverse student and employee population.
  • Foster collaboration and partnerships with campus stakeholders, local law enforcement, and community organizations.
  • Champion equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all aspects of policing, ensuring fair and unbiased practices.
  • Implement and oversee community policing that engages and builds trust with students, faculty, staff and the campus community.
  • Stay current on evolving law enforcement practices, technologies, and community needs.

DIVERSITY STATEMENTCollege of Marin strives to embrace diversity in all forms: it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.

COM serves a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on Fall 2023 credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment by Hispanic/Latino (34% of enrollment), Asian (7%), Black/African American (3%), and Multi-racial (7%) students.

The high-quality education and training at the College are made possible by its faculty and staff who are committed to excellence. As of Fall 2023, COM's workforce includes Hispanic/Latinx (13%), Asian (7%), Black/African American (3%), White (53%), and Multi-racial (3%) employees.

College of Marin does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, family and medical care leave, military or veteran status, or prior record of arrest or conviction, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive order 11246 (as amended), the College of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Under general direction, plans, manages, directs and participates in the work of the Campus Police Department. Ensures the application of community, evidence-based policing and addresses mental health issues in a compassionate and effective manner to integrate the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) into a comprehensive campus safety and security program by creating safe, secure, peaceful, and inclusive campus environments in which all persons may fully develop their individual potential without fear or undue risk of physical or emotional harm. Serves as a spokesperson for the police department in addressing mental health concerns and building public trust.

Oversees and actively participates in: community safety (which may include policing); community relations and engagement activities; collaborative problem solving; and District activities and events in order to develop partnerships and engage students, faculty, staff and campus neighbors in campus safety. Provides expert professional assistance and guidance to District administrators and management on campus safety, emergency preparedness, risk management, fire safety, and environmental health and safety, as well as parking management and asset protection.; Performs related duties as assigned.

The Chief of Police/Director of Campus Safety is responsible for directing the work of the Campus Police Department including public safety policing, emergency planning and operations, student and employee health and safety. Manages and may participate in both routine and difficult peace officer activities. Work is performed with considerable latitude for independent judgment and action.

Essential Functions

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Plans, organizes, directs, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of the Police Department; with assigned employees, develops, implements and monitors long-term plans, goals and objectives focused on achieving the College's mission and priorities; manages and directs the development, implementation and evaluation of the plans, policies, systems and procedures for community policing, emergency preparedness, and operational and environmental health and safety in order to achieve annual goals, objectives and work standards.
  • Fosters an environment that embraces equity-minded practices, integrity, trust and respect; supports, implements and promotes compliance with the District's Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity Plan in all aspects of employment and education; increases cultural and ethnic diversity in department staffing, programs and services.
  • Provides leadership and demonstrates by example a community policing model for the District, including participation in committees, shared governance, crime prevention and collaborative problem-solving and other approaches to law enforcement in education.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates a variety of programs designed to maintain District-wide safety, protection of health, life and property, control of traffic, crime prevention, and the apprehension, arrest, and detention of law violators.
  • Fosters positive relationships between the campus police department and students by collaborating with constituent groups, departments, mental health agencies, and other stakeholders to address mental health issues. Collaborates with local mental health agencies to provide access to mental health resources for students and, as appropriate, community members. Facilitates partnerships with mental health professionals to assist in crisis situations and serves as a Behavioral Intervention Team member (BIT) member.
  • Coordinates and participates in ongoing and periodic training for the department on the law, police procedures, community policing, community engagement, conflict avoidance, de-escalation, operational tactics, report writing and other topics to keep knowledge and skills current. Serves as an advocate for changes in policies and legislation that support and improve mental health care and reduce the criminalization of mental illness.
  • Coordinates and participates in ongoing anti-bias training, including in implicit and unconscious police bias and an awareness of campus safety staff which may include police officers' own internally held biases and prejudices. Develops and implements crisis intervention training for campus safety staff which may include law enforcement to de-escalate situations involving individuals with mental health issues.
  • Coordinates and participates in training related to cultural responsibility, harmful racial and other stereotypes that are pervasive in society, and methods and tools to act in an operational capacity in a non-biased way.
  • Provides day-to-day leadership and works with supervisors and staff to ensure the safety of the campus community. Trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of assigned staff.
  • Adheres to, and ensures staff adhere to, community policing principles and evidence-based policing practices as those terms are defined in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, section 59701.
  • Analyzes operational and service demands and with relevant stakeholders; develops comprehensive plans to satisfy needs for department services; develops interactive partnerships to identify, and develop solutions to, campus safety concerns through collaborative problem solving; applies process improvement and quality management principles to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Participates in the development of and monitors performance against the department's annual budget; administers the department budgets, including grants and other outside funding; develops financial projections and statistical reports as required; makes budget presentations to relevant governance groups; develops multiyear plans for large purchases; approves purchase requests for supplies and equipment; monitors revenue and fee collection; ensures the department's cash handling, grant funding and partnership-related fiscal matters are handled in accordance with District policies and procedures as well as appropriate state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Oversees the selection and management of department staff; establishes performance requirements, monitors performance and provides coaching for performance improvement; may participate in police Use of Force investigations and investigate complaints against campus safety personnel (which may include law enforcement); may participate in grievance hearings and take disciplinary action, up to and including termination, to address performance deficiencies, in accordance with District human resources policies and procedures and labor contract agreements.
  • Plans, directs and participates in the work of campus safety personnel (which may include law enforcement); interprets and communicates District policies to staff and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and District safety regulations; ensures all officers understand and perform in compliance with established departmental policies, regulations and procedures; ensures departmental training is implemented and includes Title IX procedures and investigations.
  • Leads the Campus Police Department utilizing evidence-based approach, community safety and policing program; plans and coordinates outreach efforts for local communities including training events and safety fairs; directs on-campus crime prevention programs including escort program, classroom presentations, club and organization liaison efforts; acts as a department spokesperson and manages departmental public information and social media efforts.
  • Monitors and directs campus safety response to a variety of situations requiring law enforcement personnel and personally supervises the more critical incidents and investigations; supervises and approves booking of persons arrested on District sites, and with the submission of arrest reports to the District Attorney's office; directs the investigation of major crimes in coordination with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Directs and reviews crime, incident, and arrest reports and ensures such reports are correctly and properly written and submitted both internally and externally as appropriate; ensures the accurate preparation of reports for various cases including cases going to trial; prepares supplemental reports as required; appears in court to present evidence and provide testimony as required; oversees departmental recordkeeping.
  • Directs the review and analysis of crime data and statistics, Clery Act-mandated reporting, and related information; analyzes data and identifies trends, including but not limited to assessing the effectiveness of intervention, and makes data-driven decisions, additional campus safety or departmental needs; prepares a variety of financial, statistical and outcome-based reports and reviews with administrators and community stakeholders.
  • Develops, implements and evaluates emergency preparedness and response plans, training and materials for the District, including active shooter/fire/earthquake drills and emergency operation exercises; collaborates with other public safety/emergency management agencies, medical, fire and other emergency response centers to create and foster linkages to a variety of services; coordinates the organization, staffing and operational activities and assignments for various preparedness-related services; activates the Emergency Response Center as needed.
  • Manages and coordinates federal and regional cooperative agreements including planning, training, implementation and evaluation of plans to deliver essential public safety and emergency response services.
  • Oversees and monitors the District Health and Safety program; plans, develops, implements, evaluates and maintains programs necessary to ensure a safe and healthy working and learning environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors, to protect the District against losses, and to ensure that the District is in compliance with applicable safety codes and regulations.
  • Oversees the sale and distribution of parking permits and related parking enforcement activities.
  • Directs the preparation and maintenance of narrative and statistical reports and records related to personnel and assigned activities; oversees and maintains records of chemical inventories in collaboration with other departments and appropriate administrators including but not limited to IIPP, Chemical/Hygiene, SDS, hazardous waste disposal manifests, universal and medical waste disposal, instrument calibrations, inspections, medical records from exposure monitoring, environmental testing, and hazardous waste determinations.
Other Duties
  • Makes presentations to the Board of Trustees, Cabinet and other groups; represents the District and presents at community meetings and events and at local, regional, state and national conferences, meetings, workshops and training seminars.
  • Assists as needed with the District's Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) including updates and coordination of information required in the DAAPP, coordination of the annual notification to employees and students, and the biennial review.
  • Works with District staff to implement any recommendations by the Campus Policing and Public Safety Advisory Council that are approved by the Superintendent/President or Board of Trustees.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Requirements & Desirables

Education and Experience:
  1. Any combination of experience and training that likely would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
    • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice or a related field, or equivalent and successful training in law enforcement by a recognized academy.
    • Increasingly responsible law enforcement experience in a Public Law Enforcement agency or community college and have held the position for at least two years at the time of application; or an equivalent combination of training and experience; and
  2. Possession of a P.O.S.T Certificate and in good standing; and
  3. Demonstrated sensitivity to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff; and
  4. A demonstrated commitment to equity-minded practices in support of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, college employees, and community members.

Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements:
  • A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.
  • Possession of current Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certificate, or must be obtained within three months of hire for the position.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation is required. which may include a review of employment history, criminal conviction record, credit history, use of intoxicants and/or other controlled substances.
  • Applicants and incumbents will be required to undergo initial and periodic evaluations that finds them to be free from any biased behaviors, attitudes, and relevant traits & attributes, physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect their exercise of peace officer powers.
  • Possession of required, valid certificates and/or licensing applicable to the carrying and use of firearms in the performance of police duties.

  • Previous experience in law enforcement or public safety services for a public school, preferably in higher education.
  • Possession of a bachelor's degree.
  • Possession of a POST Executive Certificate.
  • Certifications of ICS training series 100, 200, 300, 400, 800 and NIMS 700.
  • Fluency in a second language commonly spoken in Marin County, preferably Spanish.

Knowledge of:
  • Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Administrative principles and methods including goal setting and long-range planning, program development/implementation, delegation and employee supervision. Theory, principles, practices and techniques of police administration, criminal justice, patrol and criminal investigation techniques, and crime prevention. Theory, principles, practices and methods of community policing. Disaster preparedness and terrorism response strategies. Critical incident management.
  • Federal, state and local laws, policies and directives applicable to areas of responsibility including National Institute Management System (NIMS), California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), FCC, and HIPAA requirements.
  • Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, Title IX, Violence against Women Act and associated regulations.
  • Knowledgeable in crisis intervention techniques, and de-escalate situations involving individuals with mental health issues.
  • Legal mandates, policies, regulations and operating procedures related to community college safety, security and police services;
  • Processes and procedures for determining and sustaining operational effectiveness.
  • Campus Police Department operational safety standards and law enforcement standards of conduct and ethics.
  • Principles and practices of public administration, including budgeting, purchasing, and maintaining public and police records.
  • Board Policies, Administrative Procedures, Human Resources procedures and collective bargaining agreements.
  • Principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity in hiring, retention, performance and advancement.
  • Principles, practices and techniques of effective supervision including advising and training.

Skills and Abilities to:
  • Organize, plan and manage a community college Campus Police Department, which may include policing.
  • Understand and exhibit respect for and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  • Exercise sound judgment, discretion and decision-making during emergencies, under tight deadlines and in crisis situations.
  • Align the department's culture, systems, structure and personnel to support and engage community partnerships and proactive problem solving.
  • Communicate effectively and represent the District in negotiations and dealings with other external agencies, educational institutions, community groups, the State Chancellor's office, students and the public.
  • Make presentations and present proposals and recommendations clearly, logically and persuasively to diverse audiences.
  • Select, motivate and evaluate staff and provide for their training and professional development.
  • Meet and maintain the standards of physical stature, endurance and agility established by the District.
  • Administer emergency first aid and CPR and utilize an AED device.
  • Establish and utilize appropriate crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  • Testify effectively and accurately in court.
  • Understand, interpret, explain and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures, laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Organize, set priorities and exercise expert, independent judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Develop and implement appropriate procedures and controls.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, records, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Operate a computer and use standard business software.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee must maintain department physical fitness and weight requirements necessary to perform the job functions with or without accommodation, such as the ability to walk, run, operate motor vehicles and equipment, position traffic barricades and physically detain and apprehend suspects. Hearing must be within normal range. The employee must be able to lift, carry or drag up to 100 pounds and occasionally up to 165 pounds. Must be able to meet the P.O.S.T vision guidelines for acuity, color vision and other visual functions.

Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and accurately interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; and work under intensive deadlines. Incumbents occasionally will be required to pass psychological evaluations.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee works under both typical office and outdoor conditions subject to frequent public contact and interruption and to intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion. An incumbent is exposed to noise and outside weather conditions; chemical and biological hazards as well as disease/infestations; and works in traffic. Work involves potentially dangerous situations and exposure to disturbing or traumatic events.

The employee may be required to present for duty at night, on weekends and holidays as needed, and to respond in emergency situations and natural disasters.

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  1. In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Criminal Justice/ Fingerprint Clearance
  3. Pre-employment Background
  4. Pre-employment Medical Exam
  5. Pre-employment Psychological Exam
  6. Pre-employment Polygraph Exam
  7. California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every fours thereafter.
  8. DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employee are require to complete a Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  9. Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.
  1. Cover Letter describing what motivated you to apply for this position with the Marin Community College District Police Department, including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements and are qualified to perform the essential functions as listed in this job posting. Additionally, please include what you think is one ethical challenge facing law enforcement today. (cover letter)
  2. Resume (resume)
  3. Transcript conferring Bachelor's degree or showing whatever coursework you have completed and are using as the basis for your application as described in Requirement #1, above, if applicable. (transcript)
  4. All Copies of P.O.S.T certifications (certificate)
  5. STATEMENT: Please provide a response to the following prompt (one page maximum; other) and attach it to your application: College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community. As a College of Marin Chief of Police/Director of Campus Safety, how would you contribute to a culture of creating a safe, secure, peaceful, and inclusive campus environment for marginalized students, especially in light of the current national consciousness around issues of racial profiling within law enforcement?

Supplemental & Salary Information

The Chief of Police/Director of Safety is a classified administrative position, in compliance with all applicable sections of the California Education Code and related statutes. Employees in this position classification are not represented by a bargaining agreement. and are members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), to which the member contributes up to 12% of their reportable compensation on a monthly basis.

FLSA Status: Exempt
Salary Grade: MGMT 4
Full Salary Range: $142,536 - $180,744 annually.
Starting Salary Range: $142,536 - $152,556 annually. (Step 1 to Step 3). Background and experience will determine placement. Normal entering step is Step 1.

Please refer to the Management Salary Schedule on our Human Resources web site for detailed information.

Open Until Filled
All application materials must be received by the Priority Screening Date in order to be considered during the initial screening. Applications received after this date may be considered thereafter at the discretion of the College until the position is filled. This position performs its duties on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley (Novato) campuses, so if not already residing within the Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Screening will begin after the priority screening date. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee; however, applicants will be notified of their status, either way, following the screening. Candidates forwarded by the committee following the first interview will be invited for a second interview. Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.

Marin Community College District (MCCD) offers a generous suite of health, welfare, and fringe benefits for benefit-eligible full-time Classified Administrators, including:

  • Medical Insurance: MCCD contributes up to $32,400 annually toward the employee's and eligible dependents' medical premium and offers six plan options through Kaiser and Blue Shield.
  • Dental Insurance: Delta Dental coverage for employee and dependents (premium paid by MCCD).
  • Vision Insurance: VSP coverage for employee and dependents (premium paid by MCCD).
  • Sick Leave: Accrues on an annual rate of 10 days per year; possible additional sick leave is accruable for work assigned during intersession.
  • Retirement Pension Plan (CalPERS): MCCD contributes 26.68% of employee's creditable earnings to CalPERS on a monthly basis (2023/2024). Vested after five (5) years. Mandatory employee contribution for 2023/2024 is 7% - 8%, depending on original date of membership and prior membership status.
  • Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans: Additional tax-advantaged 403(b) or 457(b) retirement savings plans are also offered.
  • Basic Life & AD&D Insurance: $50,000 (premium paid by MCCD)
  • Voluntary Life Insurance: Coverage for employee, spouse and/or child(ren) (employee-paid)
  • Long-Term Disability: (premium paid by MCCD)
  • Short-Term Disability: (premium paid by MCCD)
  • Voluntary AD&D Insurance: Coverage for employee, spouse and/or child(ren) (employee-paid)
  • Other Employee-Paid Benefits: Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs); optional indemnity plans; pet insurance; Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Benefits Available through Selected Medical Plan (no cost to employee):
KEY: ALL = All members eligible; BS = Blue Shield members eligible; KA = Kaiser members eligible

  • 24/7 Helpline through the Employee Assistance Program (ALL)
  • Expert Medical Opinions through Teladoc (ALL)
  • 24/7 Physician Access through MD Live (BS)
  • Generic Medications through Costco (BS)
  • Enhanced Cancer Benefit through Contigo Health (BS)
  • Hip, Knee, and Spine Surgical Benefit through Carrum Health (BS)
  • Personal Health Coaching through Vida Health (BS)
  • Physical Therapy for Back and Joint Pain (BS)
  • Discounts for Gym memberships, Hearing Aids and LASIK Eye Surgery (BS)
  • ClassPass: Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with fitness industry leader ClassPass to make it easier for employees to exercise from the comfort of their homes (KA).
For more information regarding MCCD's comprehensive benefit plans, please see our Marin Community College District 2023/2024 Employee Benefit Guide (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader).

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