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Police Commander

Apply now Job no: 527498
Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Classification:   Administrator II
Hours:  Full-time / 40 hours per week  
FLSA:   Exempt

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:  $10,500 - $10,926 per month 
CSU Salary Schedule
*CSUMB provides pay scales representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for this position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, and CSU systemwide pay for comparable jobs.

Priority Screening Date:  May 16, 2023
Recruitment Status:  Open Until Filled - Internal CSUMB Applicants ONLY!


Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives with a focus on student success and engagement through experiential learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. With a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff. 


Under the general supervision of the Deputy Chief of Police, the Police Commander is responsible for managing all assigned personnel.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Coordinates patrol operations, oversees investigations, coordinates crime prevention and community education efforts.  Delegates work to subordinates, evaluates their work and provides guidance and training to department personnel. Reviews, prioritizes, and assigns for follow-up all patrol generated reports.  Coordinates police resources for special events held on campus, represents the department on event planning committees and work groups.
  2. Works closely with the campus administration, faculty, staff, students and other members of the campus community and the general public on issues related to police operations.  Interprets campus policies and regulations pertaining to police operations.  Assists in developing organizational goals and objectives supporting the campus educational mission.  Provides oversight to personnel transactions including training, supervision, discipline and corrective action. 
  3. Oversees recruitment and personnel selection and applicant process for Police Officers. Manages the Department Field Training Program and the development, maintenance, and scheduling of the Department Training Plan and personnel training. 
  4. Oversees technology programs to include Body Worn/Mobile Cameras, Vehicle Computers, Campus Security Cameras, and patrol phone administration
  5. Assists with providing management oversight of the Transportation Services and Parking Services operations, providing supervision when the Director of Transportation and Parking Services is absent.
  6. Conducts personnel investigations on Police Department employees.

Other Functions:

  1. Serves as the UPD Policy and Standard Operations Procedure manual coordinator. Provides updates and training of all department personnel in adherence to existing policies and procedures.  Maintains Lexipol Daily Training Bulletin Program.
  2. Serves on various campus committees, including the Alternate Transportation Committee and Parking Advisory Committee.
  3. Serves in the Emergency Operations Center Incident Management Team.
  4. Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.


Thorough knowledge of law enforcement, public safety and security methods as they apply to a university environment.  General knowledge of pertinent California Penal, Vehicle, Business and Professions, Welfare and Institutions, Education, and Administrative Codes.  General knowledge of CSU policies and regulations regarding public safety.  Knowledge of sound management practices, safety regulations, event and activity planning, effective customer service operations, records management, and patrol operations. 

Ability to: make decisions and perform a variety of administrative duties independently; plan, organize, and establish work priorities for unit, coordinate work with the timelines of campus departments and maintain effective work relationships; and interpret and evaluate existing policies and procedures and recommend necessary changes; effectively communicate policy and procedures; develop and administer budgets; assess technology needs and collaboratively develop technology solutions; supervise and evaluate employees; maintain a calm, courteous, and objective attitude in all situations; effectively relate to members of the campus community and the general public; deal tactfully and effectively with campus personnel and the public; prepare clear and concise reports, directives, policies and memoranda; assist in the administration of the University Police Department in a fair and objective manner; use supervisory principles, practices, and techniques to accomplish results through delegation and motivation; train others on new skills and procedures, and provide direction; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others within a diverse, multi-cultural environment. The successful candidate must have excellent organizational and planning skills, with demonstrated maturity and unquestionable integrity. Ability to establish goals and objectives and meet deadlines.  Ability to interact effectively with people at various levels within the organization.  Knowledge of financial issues affecting the department.  Sensitivity to the values and issues related to successfully serving a culturally diverse student population.  Demonstrated skill in written and oral communication. Proficient in the use of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheet and database software.  Demonstrated knowledge of technical issues relating to information technology and telecommunications. Demonstrated ability to address the essential functions associated with this position including the knowledge and abilities identified above. 


Must possess Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) advanced and supervisory certificates, and be a sworn peace officer in the State of California for at least six years.  Equivalent to an Associate’s degree in a related field or equivalent training or experience.  Candidate must obtain a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate within two years from date of hire.  Must possess a valid California Driver's license. A comprehensive background check will be conducted.  


Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree in appropriate discipline preferred. Experience working in higher education law enforcement and/or a California State University or University of California transportation and parking program.  Experience working with diverse populations and knowledge of the tri-county region. Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the Core Values of applied, active, and project-based learning activities; interdisciplinary; multicultural and global perspectives; technological sophistication; service learning; ethical reflection and practice; and collaboration. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services. 


  • All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA).  The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107.
  • This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:
    • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property;
    • authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000;
    • responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; and
    • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards.
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.


Due to the 24/7 on-call nature of the work, a university vehicle will be assigned for university business use. May be called back in emergency situations and work with exposure to difficult circumstances, including exposure to dangerous situations, hazardous situations and all weather conditions. Requires travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. May work inside and outside. Position also requires working at a computer/monitor and desk for extended periods of time.

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.  


This is a management-level position with an attractive benefits package, which includes: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; an excellent choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance; long-term disability coverage; life insurance; educational incentives; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14 paid holidays a year. For further information, please visit Employee Benefits Summary. As a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at Careers at CSUMB. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Human Resources at (831) 582-3389 or All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.


CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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