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The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission ("the POST Commission")
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
5 days ago

Description

The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (“the POST Commission”) an independent agency with appointees from the Governor and Attorney General, was established by Chapter 253 of the Acts of 2020 (“An Act Relative to Justice, Equity and Accountability in Law Enforcement in the Commonwealth” the Act commonly referred to as Police Reform).  The Commission’s role is to create a mandatory certification process for police officers in Massachusetts, as well as processes for decertification, suspension of certification, or reprimand in the event of certain misconduct. The Commission is also responsible for investigating and adjudicating claims of misconduct, maintaining databases of training, certification, employment, and internal affairs records for all officers, and certifying law enforcement agencies. As the central entity mandated to oversee officer certification, the Commission will ensure that those officers' training and misconduct records are available both to the Commission and to those officers' current and future employers, in order to improve accountability. Individuals who are not certified, or who lose their certification, will not be able to serve as police officers in Massachusetts.

The POST Commission is looking for an individual to join the senior staff as the Director of the Division of Police Standards (“the Division”).  The Division is responsible for investigating complaints of officer misconduct, making disciplinary recommendations to the Commission, and creating and auditing a public database of such complaints and discipline. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director manages the overall operations in the Division of Police Standards.  This includes working closely with Law Enforcement Agencies (“LEAs”) to supplement their internal affairs and disciplinary processes. Upon completion of inquiries and investigations, the Director will present his/her findings to the Commission and make disciplinary or certification recommendations (i.e., including but not limited to suspension, revocation, administrative suspension, reinstatement, etc.).

Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Receive complaints from any source and transmittals from LEAs of any complaint and associated investigation and disposition of such by the LEAs (including internal affairs investigations and disciplinary actions).
  • Design forms and procedures for standardized forms of those transmittals. 
  • If warranted, initiate preliminary inquiries into the conduct of a law enforcement officer upon receipt of a complaint, report, or other evidence that the officer may have engaged in prohibited conduct.
  • Design and establish procedures associated with audit and investigatory practices for the Division.  Conduct or cause to conduct those audits and investigations. 
  • Collaborate with other Commission staff (General Counsel and the Legal Division) and outside counsel to the Commission to draft associated regulations for promulgation by the Commission. 
  • In conjunction with the Director of the Division of Certification, accept and maintain law enforcement officers’ disciplinary records (complaints, agencies’ investigations, and disposition) that LEA heads are required to transmit to POST.  Monitor those records on a regular basis to detect trends that may merit the start of a preliminary inquiry. 
  • Audit records related to complaints, investigations and investigative reports of any agency related to officer misconduct or unprofessionalism.
  • Issue subpoenas in the conduct of preliminary inquiries, if necessary, to compel the attendance of witnesses and to produce documents and records at any place within the Commonwealth, administer oaths and require testimony under oath. 
  • Prepare investigatory reports and make disciplinary and certification recommendations to the Commission as part of adjudicatory proceedings. 


Requirements

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • Bachelor’s degree and advance degree in law (JD, LLM) and 10 years of experience in litigation, administrative law, regulatory matters, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Experience conducting audits and/or investigations, and in making recommendations that will have significant impacts on the parties involved and that may garner significant public and media attention.
  • Experience with adjudicatory proceedings (M.G.L. c. 30A, § 10, 11).
  • Demonstrated leadership and mentoring skills and experience working in cross functional teams.
  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment.
  • Familiarity with development efforts of technology tools and design and/or implementation of optimal workflows.
  • Ability to draft, interpret, and apply regulations.
  • Proven ability to handle (receive, produce, maintain, and safeguard) highly confidential and sensitive information and a very high level of discretion. 
  • Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Strong, methodical, and precise writing skills, specifically writing investigatory reports (or similar) that are anticipated to be highly scrutinized.  Specific experience writing legal briefs is highly desirable. 
  • Ability to present complex information (i.e., from investigations, and investigatory reports) and distill and summarize to a diverse audience, including the public.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience* and/or strong familiarity with law enforcement, law enforcement policies and procedures and police training. 

* Please note that as per G.L. c 6E §2(i) “no employee of the division of standards shall have previously been employed as a law enforcement officer or be a retired law enforcement officer.”  For a full definition of Law Enforcement Agency and Law Enforcement Officer please see G.L. c. 6E §1.  

Salary RangeCommensurate with experience.

Benefits Package:

POST is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to its employees. The specific components and eligibility may vary based upon position classification, hours worked per week and other variables. Therefore, specific benefits for this position may be discussed as part of the interview and offer process.

The Director of Standards is a management position.  As such, the successful candidate will be hired as an employee at will. This position is non-civil service. This position is an exempt position.

The overall benefits available include paid vacation, sick and personal leave time, health, dental, and vision insurance through the Commonwealth’s Group Insurance, and optional pre-tax Health Savings Account plans.

In addition, POST provides employees the opportunity to elect life insurance, long-term disability insurance, deferred compensation savings, tuition remission, and pre-tax commuter account plans, along with other programs.

POST employees also participate in the Commonwealth’s State Retirement Plan, which can become a defined benefit plan for those that both vest and subsequently retire from State service. Follow this link for additional retirement information: http://www.mass.gov/treasury/retirement/state-board-of-retire/.

Commitment to Diversity:

POST is committed to building a diverse staff across its entire agency and at all levels. POST is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Notice of Required Background Check – Including Tax Compliance:

POST requires a background check on all prospective employees as a condition of employment.

Candidates should be aware of this requirement but should also know that such background check is not initiated until:

  1. A candidate is invited to a second or subsequent interview and
  2. The candidate has signed the Background Check Authorization Form and related releases.

This background check includes a Criminal Offender Record Information check, Federal IRS and Department of Revenue state tax compliance on all prospective employees as a condition of their employment.

Candidates with advanced degrees and professional licenses may have these credentials verified. Individuals other than those references provided by a candidate may be contacted while completing a full background and qualification check.

It is the policy of the POST Commission and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to afford equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals, without regard to their race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic or status that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60140426
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Company Name: The Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission ("the POST Commission")
  • Position Title: Director - Division of Standards
  • Industry: Government
  • Role: Policy/Advocacy
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Minimum 10 years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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