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Chief of Police

Ventura, California



Ventura County Community College District

255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 150

Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805-652-5500




Salary Range:


$8,778.08 - $11,763.50/month



Application Deadline: 2/21/14




Chief of Police

Ventura County Community College District

Posting Number 0602341

Position: Full Time
Percent Position: 100

Months 12

Employee Type Management

Job Category Management/Supervisory



Brief Description:


The eligibility list being established will be used to fill positions in this classification for the duration of the list, not to exceed one year. 

Under the general direction of the Chancellor, plan, develop, coordinate, direct and supervise the district-wide law enforcement activities and operations; perform specialized supervisory and police work; ensure the safety and security of district employees, students, facilities and property; train, supervise and evaluate the performance of the department staff.


Job Duties:

  • Plan, coordinate, direct and supervise the law enforcement activities of the district police department. E 

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with college presidents and management staff to ensure sufficient protective controls for student, faculty and staff safety, facility oversight, and overall crime prevention. E 

  • Direct and oversee comprehensive investigation; attend and participate in hearings or trials of suspects; supervise and coordinate criminal investigations, including the interrogation of subjects control and appearance at hearings and trials. E 

  • Instruct district police staff and student police cadets in pertinent district policies and appropriate police procedures; review reports submitted by officers and staff for accuracy, completeness and appropriateness of action taken. E 

  • Oversee the development and implementation of safety programs and procedures. E 

  • Survey campuses to improve protective controls; prepare reports and recommendations regarding the effectiveness of the police department, related policies and regulations, and plans for improvement and development. E 

  • Review, evaluate, counsel, and direct the activities of police department personnel as necessary; review actions of supervisory personnel to ensure compliance with department procedures, district agreements and policies. E 

  • Direct, coordinate and supervise comprehensive criminal investigations. E

  • Develop, revise and maintain police department manual on policies, procedures and operations for protecting personnel, students, and facilities of the district 
    campuses. E

  • Develop, monitor and oversee the police department budget. E

  • Assist in orienting district personnel regarding security measures; represent the department in the resolution of problems, complaints, and grievances related to police activities. E

  • Supervise and oversee district-wide emergency preparedness to include compliance with Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS)/National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) 
    requirements. E

  • Develop and present training and development programs for police personnel; ensure requirements for certifications are met and documented. E

  • Interview applicants for all police positions, conduct background investigations as required and make recommendations for selection. E

  • Establish and maintain liaison with other law enforcement agencies to prevent, control, and investigate anti-social, illegal and criminal activity directed against district personnel, students or facilities, or conducted on district property. E

  • Perform related duties as assigned. 

E = Essential Duties

Minimum Qualifications:


Any combination equivalent to:


A Bachelor's degree and eight years of progressively responsible full-time experience as a regularly appointed peace officer in a U.S. public law enforcement agency including three years experience in a supervisory capacity and experience in patrol, investigations, supervision, and emergency response programs.


Licenses or other Requirements:

  • Valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon appointment date

  • Obtain valid California driver's license upon employment

  • Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate 

  • Meet requirements of California Government Code Sections 1029, 1030, 1031 et seq.;

  • US citizen or permanent resident alien eligible for and who has applied for such citizenship 

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Undergo and pass a subjective background investigation to determine if the candidate meets department standards 

  • Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, pass a medical and psychological examination and meet department standards thereof 

  • Undergo and pass polygraph examination 

  •  Be eligible for and apply for P.O.S.T. Management certificate within one year of appointment if not currently held

Knowledge Of:

  • Law enforcement and security method and procedures 

  • Applicable federal, state, city, county laws, rules and regulations, including laws of search, seizure and arrest, legal rights of citizens, court procedures and rules of evidence 

  • Modern community college police procedures 

  • Principles and practices of supervision and training 

  • Criminal investigation techniques and procedures 

  • Crowd control and vehicle control procedures 

  • Oral and written communication skills 

  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary 

  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy 

  • Administration of Public Safety Officer's Bill of Rights 

  • Police strategy and methods 

  • Property protection measures 

  • Criminal law and rules of evidence 

  • Police administration 

  • Use and care of firearms 

  • Recent court decisions affecting police work 

  • Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS, NIMS, ICS [Incident Command System]) 

  • Principles, practices and techniques for training and development of a wide variety of employees 

  • Provisions of applicable laws and codes, including but not limited to the Education Code, California Government Code, and other federal and state policies and procedures 

  • District organization, operations, policies and objectives


Ability To:

  • Coordinate police functions with administration and outside law enforcement agencies 

  • Plan, coordinate and supervise staff training programs 

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action 

  • Assign, monitor and evaluate the work of others 

  • Maintain rapport with college staff, students, representatives of local law enforcement agencies and the public 

  • Analyze situations effectively and interpret and apply laws and department regulations 

  • Direct investigations, make arrests, file criminal complaints, and detect and prevent criminal activity 

  • Recommend improvements in department operations 

  • Plan, organize, supervise and participate in the operations of the district police department 

  • Interpret, apply and enforce applicable laws, rules and regulations 

  • Direct and conduct investigations, make arrests, file criminal complaints, detect and prevent criminal activity 

  • Understand and apply sound principles of college police administration 

  • Prepare and present clear, concise and comprehensive oral and written reports 

  • Meet schedules and time lines 

  • Work confidentially with discretion 

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing


Physical Abilities:

  • Reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally 

  • Standing and walking for extended periods of time 

  • Running, and walking over rough or uneven surfaces 

  • Climbing stairs 

  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching 

  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information 

  • Lifting heavy objects

Requested Start Date:





Work Week:


The schedule will be based on the needs of the district.


Closing Date:



To apply, visit:

Required Applicant Documents:

  • Documents not to exceed 2mb maximum

  • Resume

  • Letter of Application


This is an examination open to the public and current district employees seeking a promotional opportunity. To ensure consideration, please submit your application materials by February 21, 2014.

The examination process will consist of the following components:

  1. Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) = Qualifying (pass/fail)

  2. Technical Interview/Exercise = 100% weighting on final score

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications stated by the filing deadline in order to move forward in the testing process. Those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications will have their application materials reviewed during a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). A T&E is an assessment of training and experience that has prepared the candidate for the position. Those with the highest scores on the T&E will be invited to the technical interview/exercise. All communication regarding this process will be delivered via email. 

The date range and location of the technical interview/exercise are listed below. The technical interview/exercise will be held on one day in the date range listed below. 

Date Range: Monday, March 3, 2014 to Friday, March 7, 2014 
Location: Ventura County Community College District 
255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 150 
Ventura, CA 93001 

The above date range is subject to change. Applicants will be notified of any scheduling changes via email. 

Official transcripts providing confirmation that you meet the minimum educational requirement must be presented to the Human Resources Department prior to beginning employment. 

Valid CPR, First Aid, and California P.O.S.T. Basic certificates providing confirmation that you meet the license requirements must be presented to the Human Resources Department prior to being placed on the eligibility list provided you are successful in the examination process. 

The VCCCD does not accept letters of recommendation. Please do not attempt to attach letters of recommendation to your application. 

The Ventura County Community College District is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. It is the District's policy to ensure that all qualified applicants for employment and employees have full and equal access to employment opportunities and are not subjected to discrimination in any program or activity of the District on the basis of ethnic group identification, race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, physical disability, mental disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, language, accent, citizenship status, transgender status, parental status, marital status, economic status, veteran status, medical condition, or on the basis of these perceived characteristics, or based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.          

Salary Range:

$8,778.08 - $11,763.50

Starting Salary:

$8,778.08 - $11,763.50 - New employees may request salary placement above step one based on directly related education and experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications for the classification. Advanced salary placement must be requested at the time of offer and is subject to verification of qualifying experience and applicable collective bargaining agreements and/or Personnel Commission rules.             

Special Instructions to Applicants:



In completing the application and the supplemental questionnaire, outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops) and experience. Please be sure to answer every component of each supplemental question as your responses will be scored and serve as your score on the training and experience evaluation. Appearance before the oral examination (interview) board will be limited to the candidates with the highest T&E scores. For your application to be considered, the supplemental questions must be completed in full. Failure to answer the questions as required will result in disqualification. 


Upon completion of the examination, the open / promotional eligibility list will be compiled by combining the final examination score with applicable seniority and veteran's credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill the current vacancies up to one year from the date the list is established. 


All appointments made from the eligibility list for initial appointment or for promotion shall be probationary for a period of one year. 


Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process.           

Supplemental Questions:

  1. Do you currently possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate? If yes, please indicate when it was issued (month/day/year). 

  2. Do you currently possess or can you obtain a valid California driver's license upon employment? 

  3. Do you possess current valid First Aid and CPR certificates? 

  4. Please list any additional formal training programs, certifications, or college-level coursework you have completed relevant to the position of Chief of Police. In your response, be sure to include (A) the institution where the training or coursework was completed, (B) the date the training, certification, or coursework was completed, (C) a brief summary of the content, and (D) any formal certifications or academic degrees obtained. If you have not completed any such training or coursework, please mark N/A. 

  5. Describe your experience managing law enforcement activities and operations, including responsibility for setting goals and priorities, evaluating personnel and operations, and establishing policies and procedures. In your response, be sure to include (A) the organization at which you were performed these responsibilities, (B) the number of employees you were responsible for supervising, (C) the levels and job titles of those you supervised, (D) the functions for which your staff was responsible, and (E) whether or not you have administered performance evaluations. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A.

  6. Describe your experience developing and/or implementing programs to address community involvement in crime prevention. In your response, be sure to include (A) the organization at which you performed this responsibility, (B) a description of the programs, (C) the strategies you utilized to develop and/or implement the programs, and (D) the outcome/impact of the programs. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A. 

  7. Describe your experience directing, coordinating, and supervising comprehensive criminal investigations. In your response, be sure to include (A) the organization at which you performed this responsibility, (B) the types of investigations for which you were responsible, (C) the specific tasks you performed, and (D) the average number of cases you managed at one time. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A. 

  8. Describe your experience developing, implementing, and managing emergency preparedness and safety programs and procedures. In your response, be sure to include (A) the organization at which you performed this responsibility, (B) a description of the programs and procedures, (C) the strategies you utilized to develop and/or implement the programs and procedures, and (D) the outcome/impact of the programs and procedures. If you have no such experience, please mark N/A. 

  9. How did you learn about this job vacancy?











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