Executive Director - 11497BR

Executive Director

Law Enforcement Training Ctr
Kansas Law Enforcement Trn Ctr
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

KLETC Overview
Established by the Kansas Legislature and administratively overseen by the University of Kansas Professional & Continuing Education, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) operates a geographically remote, 173-acre campus with fifteen buildings including two multi-story residential student dormitories (117 dorm rooms), 12 miles southeast of Hutchinson, near Yoder KS. KLETC serves as the central agency for all law enforcement training in the State of Kansas.

The Executive Director oversees an $8.1 million annual budget, 51 authorized FTE staff (augmented by more than 400 contract/adjunct staff annually), and trains nearly 10,000 students annually in residential, online, and outreach programs. KLETC serves 437 recognized law enforcement and police agencies in Kansas, providing basic training and continuing education programs throughout each fiscal year. Many KLETC basic training and continuing education programs are conducted in a high risk and high liability environment (firearms, use of force, emergency vehicle operations driver training, defense tactics, and search and seizure). The campus, in coordination with PCE and other KU offices, also oversees high-level administrative functions, including student discipline, academic issues, legislative funding requests, information technology and telecommunications planning, strategic planning, and external grants. KLETC basic training students reside on campus in residential housing dormitories. The KLETC campus operates 24-hours a day, Sunday afternoon thru Friday evening.

KLETC manages and maintains all 15 buildings and the surrounding grounds utilizing its own maintenance and custodial staff, supplemented by contract vendors. KLETC contracts with private vendors for food service/full-service cafeteria, laundry and security services. KLETC maintains a vehicle fleet that includes 25 cars, utility vehicles and other equipment necessary to maintain the campus and nearly 5 miles of roads and multiple parking lots.

PCE Overview
KU Professional & Continuing Education, headquartered on the Edwards Campus, operates in a self-supporting business environment while aligning with KU's academic, research and public service missions. KUPCE works collaboratively with all KU academic schools and departments to provide continuing professional education. Professional & Continuing Education programs serve all 105 Kansas counties, 50 U.S. states, and 61 nations.

Position Overview
The director is responsible for the leadership, strategic management, coordination and administrative oversight of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC). The director is appointed pursuant to Kansas law (KSA 74-5603) by the KU Chancellor in consultation with and approval of the governor-appointed state regulatory board, the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training. The director, as the center’s chief executive/administrative officer, handles detailed, complex issues and problems, interprets, administers and ensures compliance with Kansas law pertaining to law enforcement admissions, training and education, balances multiple tasks simultaneously, and makes prompt decisions regarding the administration of the training center. The director conducts strategic planning, identifies contemporary law enforcement best practices and changing trends in the education and training of law enforcement officers and implements programs that fulfill the center’s legislated mission. The director also serves as the Kansas director of police training, a “state officer” who exercises regulatory curriculum and licensing authority over not only the KLETC campus, but also eight satellite police training school sites across the state operated by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol and governed by Kansas law and administrative regulations.

Job Description

60% Strategic Leadership
The KLETC director position serves as the chief administrative officer responsible for the leadership, strategic administration, coordination and oversight of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The director, pursuant to KSA 74-5603(c) “shall be responsible for the administration of the training center and for the operation of the programs thereunder”, determining the administrative and strategic management actions to be taken, including other specified statutory duties, responsibilities and provisions found at Article 56 of Chapter 74 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, cited and known as the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Act.
  • The director conducts strategic planning for future revenue, facility, staffing and police/law enforcement training program and equipment/technology needs to ensure the training center fulfills its purpose and function as expressed in KSA 74-5603: “the promotion and development of improved law enforcement personnel and procedures throughout the state,” and offering “qualified applicants such programs and course of instruction designed to fulfill this end.”
  • The director oversees fiscal management and campus operations. The director prepares fiscal budget requests to the University for spending authority necessary to carry out the mission of the Center. The director prepares and presents fiscal revenue requests (after KU leadership and Kansas Board of Regents approval) directly to the Kansas Legislature. The director prepares and presents both oral and written testimony to legislative committees in coordination with University leadership.
  • Pursuant to Kansas law, the director, in consultation with and approval of the Commission, is responsible for establishing rules, policies and regulations as deemed necessary for the effective operation of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. The director ensures compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations and University policies, including FERPA, PCI standards, ADA, and general workplace health and safety.
  • The director, pursuant to Kansas law, serves as the director of Kansas police training, a “state officer” position created by the Kansas Legislature and defined in Kansas law (Kansas Attorney General Opinion 93-135). This “state officer” position is responsible for statewide administrative oversight and regulatory licensing authority over eight satellite law enforcement basic training programs conducted by local law enforcement agencies and the Kansas Highway Patrol.
20% Curriculum Oversight
The director oversees the Center’s programmatic development in accordance with legislative mandates and Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training policies.
  • The director identifies contemporary law enforcement best practices and changing trends in the education and training of law enforcement officers.
  • The director monitors and evaluates the center’s relevancy to the Kansas law enforcement community, its effectiveness and results. In coordination with staff, the director oversees curriculum review to ensure basic training and continuing education content is appropriate.
  • The director assures program quality and organizational stability through development and implementation of University standards and controls, systems and procedures.
15% External and Internal Communication
  • The director listens to law enforcement officers, law enforcement agency leaders and other criminal justice professionals in order to improve KLETC training and services, and to generate law enforcement community involvement and support.
  • The director represents KLETC and the University by serving on governmental, public and professional association boards, committees, commission and task forces and initiates, develops and maintains cooperative relationship with constituencies.
  • The director stays informed of state legislative actions that may impact the Center’s students or staff and maintains awareness of KLETC among state and University representatives.
  • The director creates active partnerships with the law enforcement community and professional law enforcement associations throughout Kansas and the nation.
  • The director serves as staff liaison and ex-officio member of the governor-appointed Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training regulatory board and informs the Commission and its committees about trends, issues, problems and activities in order to facilitate policy positions.
  • The director serves as the spokesperson for KLETC to law enforcement, other agencies, organizations and the media in consultation with appropriate University personnel as needed
5% Other Administrative Duties
  • The director serves as the final appeal authority for student disciplinary and dismissal appeals.
  • The director acts as the Custodian of Public Records for open records requests regarding KLETC.
  • The director briefs and updates senior University administrators regarding KLETC campus operations and sensitive issues.
  • The director supervises an associate director and an administrative associate senior.
  • The director oversees emergency management for the campus, such as inclement weather campus closures.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or terminal professional degree from an accredited institution in a field directly related to law enforcement, law, education or management plus five years of related experience.
  • A minimum of 10 years’ increasingly responsible leadership experience as a full-time law enforcement officer or law enforcement training program administrator.
  • Seven years of recent supervisory experience.
  • Excellent written communication skills as evident in application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A minimum of 15 years leadership experience as a full-time law enforcement agency or law enforcement training program administrator.
  • A graduate of the FBI National Academy; Southern Police Institute; Northwestern University School of Staff and Command; or other nationally recognized command college program.
  • Recent management experience in the coordination and supervision of basic law enforcement training or continuing education law enforcement training programs and facilities management.
  • Recent experience in and management of curriculum development and testing programs.
  • Recent experience in the management and supervision of an agency or organization employing 25 or more FTE personnel.
  • Recent experience in the administration and oversight of a multi-million dollar annual budget.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the State of Kansas purchasing policies and procedures.
  • Experience in the management of educational facilities, including residential dormitories.
  • Experience working with diverse groups of people and organizations.
  • Experience working with members of the Kansas law enforcement and criminal justice community.
  • Experience developing and presenting legislative proposals.
  • Experience working in a regulatory environment.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:

A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met.
3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Initial Review date is April 19th and deadline for applications is Thursday, May 31st, 2018.

Contact Information to Applicants

Ann Ermey

Advertised Salary Range

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Law Enforcement Training Ctr
Kansas Law Enforcement Trn Ctr
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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