Lieutenant/Assistant Director, Department of Public Safety at Northern Essex Community College

Posted in Other 8 days ago.

Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Category:: Campus Police/Public Safety


Department:: Security-Public Safety

Locations:: Haverhill, MA

Posted:: Feb 13, 2023

Closes:: Open Until Filled

Type:: Full-time

Ref. No.:: 273748

Position ID:: 159008

Job Description:

Lieutenant/Assistant Director: Department of Public Safety, Assistant Director, Haverhill, 37.5 hours per week; Non-Unit Professional Position

Summary: Northern Essex Community College (NECC) Department of Public Safety (DPS) is seeking applicants for a police Lieutenant / Department of Public Safety, Assistant Director. The current NECC Department of Public Safety was created in October 2018 and consists of a Chief, a Communications Specialist, Police Officers, an Institutional Security Officer and a contract security company that employs an account manager, shift supervisors and approximately 10 patrol guards. The Department of Public Safety is looking to add additional police officers and a Lieutenant/Department of Public Safety, Assistant Director into this hybrid agency that utilizes both police and security to bring the highest level of protection and service to the NECC community.

The successful candidate will be a valuable addition to this new, growing team of individuals who are working toward a department focused on protecting and serving our community utilizing the pillars of 21st century policing to guide the process. The candidate should have a passion for policing and be comfortable working in an ever-changing environment in the era of police reform.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Lieutenant will assist the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police to grow the department and create a unique and dynamic department built with a focus on 21st century policing and best practices in campus public safety. The Lieutenant will also be instrumental in developing and managing all areas of this department including but not limited to budgeting, personnel (both in house and contract security), training, community policing and engagement, investigations, policy development, and the many daily decisions that must be made as the department grows. This position will generally be Monday through Friday but required to be on-call and available nights, weekends, and holidays when needed.

The Lieutenant will be responsible for developing opportunities for community engagement to allow the public to understand and trust the process. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with committees and groups on campus to generate positive synergy between the police and citizens of NECC.

The Lieutenant will understand the specific needs of a college campus and ensure that all members of the department under his/her command are effectively trained, prepared and supported to perform their duties to protect the college, employing the practices and philosophy of community policing. In addition, the Lieutenant will be instrumental in the department's goal of obtaining certification, and ultimately accreditation, through the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission. The Lieutenant must also help to ensure the safety of the college environment by maximizing the patrol staff's attention on the community's needs to their safety and security concerns. He/she will conduct ongoing assessments of the proficiency of the patrol staff, operational procedures and resources. He/she will also oversee the active and on-going assessments of the community oriented policing programs and initiatives. The Lieutenant will take a leadership role with the law enforcement services including criminal investigations, police training, policy development, and court process. He/she will also assist with operational event planning, incident command, crisis preparation and response, as well as maintain effective, collaborative relationships with key members of the campus, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, the Lieutenant will assist the department with understanding and adhering to the new standards and policies of the Massachusetts POST Commission including internal investigations, discipline, training, policy development, and certification.

The Lieutenant must be knowledgeable in areas of the Clery Act, Title IX, NIMS and ICS as they relate to campus law enforcement, security, and emergency related services. Motivating, training, and directing members of the staff and ensuring they are engaged with the community are critical responsibilities of this position. This person will help the staff gain the confidence of the campus community by understanding their needs and imparting this information with his or her experience and knowledge of working on a college campus.



  • Be eligible for certification as a law enforcement officer by the Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (POSTC) after satisfying all requirements.

  • Associates Degree or comparable training along with experience may be substituted at the hiring authority's discretion.

  • The candidate must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old.

  • Graduation from an approved MPTC full-time police academy or have equivalent training that meets the exemption requirements of POSTC and MPTC or must successfully complete an entry-level academy operated by or approved by the Massachusetts State Police or the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC)

  • Possession of current CPR and First Responder certifications

  • Ability to pass an extensive background investigation and CORI Check. No person, who has been convicted of a felony or any offense punishable under M.G.L. Chapter 94C (drug law violations); or has been convicted of a misdemeanor and has been confined to any jail or house of correction as punishment for said crime, M.G.L. Chapter 22 C section 14, will be considered for employment.

  • Prior to appointment, must possess a valid unrestricted license to carry a firearm (large capacity) and maintain a valid unrestricted license to carry a firearm throughout your employment in accordance with MGL Ch. 140 sec. 13

  • Candidates will be required to have a Massachusetts class "D" or greater motor vehicle operator's license or out-of-state equivalent.

  • Must have the ability to pass the Municipal Police Training Counsel (MPTC) firearms course of training as prescribed by the MPTC firearms curriculum.

  • Candidates will need to complete a POST Commission approved psychological exam, drug test, and pre-employment medical exam

  • Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI and/or National background check as a condition of employment.


  • Bachelor's degree in applicable area

  • 7 years of law enforcement experience to include 3 years of supervisory experience

  • Experience with policy development and/or accreditation

  • Experience with Emergency Planning and Preparedness

  • Experience working with contract security

  • Bilingual

  • Understanding of Clery and Title IX regulations

  • Experience in campus law enforcement

  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse population

BACKGROUND CHECK: Candidates will be required to pass a CORI and SORI check as a condition of employment.


Candidates for employment should be aware that all Northern Essex Community College students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated. Accordingly, initial employment is dependent upon receipt and verification of full vaccination status records; details of how to fulfill vaccine record verification requirements will be provided during the hire and onboarding process.

Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated starting salary range is $70,000 - $80,000 annually with complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick, vacation and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits.

Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position you must submit a cover letter & resume online at

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service and national origin and any other protected class in its education programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and related statutes and regulations, Affirmative Action, non-discrimination policies, and Title IX compliance/sexual harassment: Assistant Director of Human Resources, Elizabete Trelegan B-219, 978-556-3928/ Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College's Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College's website at:

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