Position Description & Responsibilities

The Merrimack College Police Academy Staff Instructor(s) will serve as part-time recruit training officers and be responsible for day-to-day practical academy instruction and supervision of student officers/recruits. The Staff Instructor(s) will work with the Academy Director to ensure the daily operations of the recruit class are conducted as required by the curriculum and standards of the Municipal Police Training Committee and Merrimack College. The Staff Instructor(s) will also work regularly with other instructors to make sure all recruits receive the highest quality of law enforcement training. The Staff Instructor(s) will report directly to the Academy Director.

  • Must be responsible for the supervision of recruits during the duration of the training
  • Provide instruction to recruits on police training topics and skills
  • Monitors recruit performance to make suggestions/corrections for improvement and to ensure that they satisfy course standards, training requirements
  • Monitor the overall well-being of recruits throughout the program
  • Works individually and with other instructors to ensure academy topics are being covered as per MPTC curriculum guidelines
  • Handles any recruit disciplinary issues properly and reports incidents to academy administration
  • Other duties as assigned by the academy administration


  • Must be employed as a sworn full-time police officer for ten (10) years or more
  • Must have five (5) years or more of full-time or equivalent part-time experience
  • Must be able to meet MPTC guidelines for instructor certification
  • Appreciation for the goals and mission of the Merrimack College Police Academy
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience with integrating diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and skills into police training
  • Deep understanding of public conversations about implicit bias in policing, racial injustice, and police accountability and reform.
  • Prior experience in instructing police academy recruits is preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication
  • Basic computer office application skills
  • Part-time; non-benefited

About Merrimack’s Police Academy

The Merrimack College Police Academy is a full-time police academy, approved by the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Student officers will complete the academy while concurrently enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice program. The program’s mission is to provide education and training to the next generation of police leaders, and to provide municipal police departments with a highly trained, diverse group of officers. With a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, the program aims to modernize police education and training. We use evidence-based policy and practice to advance police reform and prepare officers to overcome the challenges faced by law enforcement in the 21st century.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work:

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College:

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 7/13/21

Closing Date: 9/13/21

Position Code: 878