Lieutenant, Patrol Operations

Updated: 1 day ago
Location: Northridge, CALIFORNIA
Deadline: Open until filled

Apply now Job no:535542
Work type:Management (MPP)
Categories:MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Safety

At CSUN we aspire to continually grow as an inclusive, cooperative community! 

CSUN strives to be a destination workplace, where everyone understands that they belong to a community that is vital in advancing student success and providing exemplary service to all stakeholders. We foster an environment of success, both for our students and our employees. We have a relentless passion for celebrating diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as being an employer of choice. You will also have the opportunity to realize your own personal goals and be recognized for the work you do and enjoy the unique value the CSUN community can offer. As a leader you will have the opportunity to thrive in a community in which our leaders share common traits as identified in our Leadership Principles . If this sounds like you, you've come to the right place.


Under the general direction of the Patrol Operations Commander, the Lieutenant, Patrol Operations is responsible for indirect supervision of a shift of police officers, corporals, and sergeants engaged in a variety of law enforcement, public safety, and crime prevention activities. The incumbent exercises indirect management oversight over a night shift of parking officers, community service officers, and student Matador Patrol staff.

  • Responsible for managing, preparing, administering, directing resources, reviewing and approving recommendations for functional programs and responsible for performing all of the duties performed by a sworn police officer.
  • Plans, assigns, and reviews the work of a shift of police officers, corporals, and sergeants, organized into shifts and engaged in various law enforcement and crime prevention activities, such as motorized patrols, traffic control and enforcement, K9, accident and crime scene investigations, preliminary investigations of alleged criminal activities, and the Community Service Officer program.
  • As a leader, demonstrates a commitment to student success that is mission aligned with the university’s vision, values and priorities. Establishes an ethical and collegial work environment, promoting a collaborative, accountable and inclusive team. Encourages a courageous and resilient solution-oriented environment by participating in new opportunities to further the mission of the university. Participates in developing initiatives that further support the campus mission with a service-oriented and catalytic mind set. Strengthens employees by being communicative and a talent builder that develops team attributes, furthering departmental goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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  • Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in a job-related field is preferred
  • Seven (7) years of sworn law enforcement experience. Three (3) of the seven years of experience must be in a command role or a minimum of three years of experience as a police sergeant, preferably within the California State University (CSU) system, University of California (UC) system, or other comparable law enforcement agency.
  • Must be currently employed as a sworn police officer at the minimum rank of sergeant.
  • Must possess a Class C or higher California driver's license at the time of appointment and a satisfactory driving record is required.
  • Possess or qualify for a Supervisory Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Leadership

  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing community-oriented policing projects to solve complex community issues is a plus.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement accreditation, federal, state and local laws, policy and procedure development, theory and practice of community-oriented policing, and techniques used in problem-solving policing (SARA). Knowledge of patrol, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, investigation and identification. Working knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures, current CA criminal codes and laws, and working knowledge of law enforcement accreditation programs.
  • Ability to: analyze situations, direct union personnel and manage performance (counseling, commendations) and progressive discipline process, develop effective team strategies with units/sections, work effectively in physically, psychologically, and emotionally stressful situations, and effectively manage emergency or life-threatening situations. Skill and proficiency in the use of firearms and intermediate force options.
  • Ability to: communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, coach, motivate and lead employees, operate police vehicles safely and appropriately, work effectively and collaboratively with other University employees, supervisors, community officials, other law enforcement agencies and the general public, o maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties.
  • Ability to safely operate the following equipment in the performance of duties: a variety of University-owned vehicles; communications equipment, such as two-way radios, cell phones, and pagers; Mobile Computer Terminals (MCT), various types of audio-visual equipment and any other equipment assigned, and ability to work on-call.
  • Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to exercise considerable independent judgment and professional knowledge in making decisions regarding the use of deadly force in protecting citizens and themselves without the benefit of immediate supervisory assistance or advice.
  • Lead diverse teams to support the operational mission and vision of employers by fostering an ethical, inclusive and collegial work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to support ongoing improvement through courageous, resilient, and catalytic leadership.
  • Lead varying initiatives through a collaborative, service-oriented and communicative approach.
  • Demonstrated commitment to employee development, recognition, and accountability to further operational goals.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

  • Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The University offers excellent fringe benefits.
  • The anticipated HIRING RANGE: $130,000 - $140,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

General Information

  • This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. The selected candidate must pass a fingerprint clearance (LiveScan).
  • A thorough background investigation in compliance with CA POST standards (including criminal records check, medical exam and psychological exam) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
  • The person holding this position may be considered a 'limited 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.
  • In accordance with the California State University (CSU) Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California and prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California.
  • Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application. To submit an application and for more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit this link:
  • This position will be opened until filled.
  • The CSU recommends that faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities at any university location be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus.

Equal Employment Opportunity

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, covered military and veteran status, and disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

Advertised:Mar 29, 2024 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
Applications close:Open until filled

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