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Director, Police Academy (Richland)

Location: Richland Campus

Full or Part Time: Full-Time

Work Schedule: 30 – 40 hours per week. Flexibility is required to work a schedule that will include evenings and weekends.

Wage Rate: $23 – $28 per hour plus generous benefits package.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2024. (Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, fully completed employment applications received by the deadline with all required application materials will receive guaranteed priority consideration.)

Application Materials Required: Employment Application, Cover Letter*, Resume*

*Important Note: Cover Letter and Resume must clearly demonstrate that the candidate meets the minimum qualifications outlined in the Qualifications section of the job description which are MPOETC requirements. Successful candidate must also be approved by MPOETC before an offer can be made.

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Job Scope

Provide leadership for and oversight of the Police Academy. Serve as the Police Academy’s primary liaison to MPOETC, the College, and community. Flexibility is required to work a schedule that will include evenings and weekends as required to fulfill the duties of the position.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  1. Serve as the visionary leader of the Police Academy which provides high quality, contemporary police training to cadets and current certified police officers.
  2. Coordinate and supervise the daily operations of the Police Academy.
  3. Develop and implement policies, plans and goals for the Police Academy.
  4. Oversee the Act 235 program.
  5. Establish Police Academy and MIST training dates.
  6. Recruit, orient, schedule, and supervise Police Academy instructors.
  7. Conduct annual evaluations of Police Academy instructors and the Assistant Director of the Police Academy.
  8. Work with Police Academy instructors to ensure that the curriculum meets MPOETC standards.
  9. Establish and maintain accurate records including any documents prepared for annual MPOETC inspections.
  10. Prepares and manages the Police Academy budget.
  11. Participate in cadet recruitment activities, including job fairs, classroom recruiting, networking initiatives, etc. Screen and interview potential cadets.
  12. Working with other College employees, enroll eligible cadets into the Police Academy and facilitate payment.
  13. Ensure compliance with the MPOETC’s Academy Director and Instructor Code of Conduct.
  14. Ensure administrative coverage while Academy classes are in session including physical agility tests.
  15. Responsible for meeting and complying with external and internal rules, regulations and polices (e.g., College policies and procedures, MPOETC rules and regulations).
  16. Teach, as the lead instructor, a minimum of 100 hours of Police Academy curriculum annually and serve as backup instructor for Police Academy courses as needed.
  17. Be the liaison for the Police Academy to the community, business, police, education, and government leaders.
  18. Continue to foster working partnerships with local police departments in support of the cadet sponsorship program.
  19. Responsible for safe use and storage of all training firearms.
  20. Attend all mandatory on-campus (e.g., Kickoff) and off-campus (e.g., MPOETC) meetings.
  21. Other duties as assigned.

Direct Reports

  • Assistant Director, Police Academy
  • Police Academy Instructors


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • The Director shall have an Associate’s degree or higher in Criminal Justice or a related field; [OR]
  • Shall have graduated from one of the following training academies/programs:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigations National Training Academy
    • Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course
    • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Ga
    • Northwestern University Staff and Command School
    • Other law enforcement training program approved by the Commission

Experience & Knowledge:

  • Must meet the requirements established by Act 120 and be approved by MPOETC.
  • Must satisfy one of the following minimum professional requirements:
    • a) Ten years in law enforcement, including 5 years at an administrative level; [OR]
    • b) Fifteen years of increasingly responsible full-time experience as a federal, state, or municipal police office with general police powers.
    • Must have at least two years’ experience as a police or adult education instructor.
    • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, be of strong moral character, and demonstrate the ability to work closely with the college administration and supporting offices such as Admissions, Registrar, and Student Financial Services.
    • Must have knowledge of student assessment tools, strategies, and modalities.

Computer Skills:

  • Working knowledge of MS Office.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • PA State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34)
  • Any additional criminal background checks as required by MPOETC.
  • Must meet Pennsylvania Laws to carry a concealed firearm and be MPOETC certified to instruct as a General and/or Special Instructor at the Academy.
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand and/or sit for prolonged periods of time up to one hour in duration, be capable of lifting 35-pounds, and be capable of frequently operating a computer and a motor vehicle.
  • There are frequent occasions when classroom activities involve the instruction of physical conditioning and moving large bulky objects.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment:

  • Typical work environment with a quiet to moderate noise level.
  • There are frequent occasions when classroom activities involve prolonged exposure to outside elements in all seasons.
  • The Director will be exposed to firearms, ammunition, handcuffs, and various other law enforcement equipment.
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Additional Notes

  1. Please note that employment applications referencing ‘see resume’ or similar phrases are considered incomplete and may not be considered.
  2. Please do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.
  3. Employment is contingent upon submission and satisfactory review of any background check clearances as may be required by Pennsylvania Act 153. Please refer to our Pre-Employment Background Check Information page for more detailed information.
  4. Successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States and not require work authorization sponsorship by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College for any position now or in the future.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College promotes a drug-free workplace.

Pennsylvania Highlands Community College does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.