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University Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety

Location: Richmond, VA


Virginia Union University


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

Virginia Union University (VUU) was founded in 1865 in the heart of Richmond, VA. Over the past 153 years, the university has become a premier liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow's world.

The Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety reports to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. The Chief/Director leads a full-service police department with approximately ten permanent and hourly (part-time) employees and corresponding budget. The candidate must be an experienced leader in law enforcement who can establish effective communication and relations with varied constituencies. Performs administrative, managerial and technical functions associated with overseeing the activities of the Police Department and enforcing all University policies, City statutes/ordinances, and State laws/regulations for which the Police Department is accountable. The new Chief/Director is responsible for keeping crime rates low and maintain a commitment to pro-active community policing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, coordinates, and directs all aspects of department operations;
  • Supervises enforcement of laws/ordinances' responding to and directing major calls/occurrences, formulating orders/regulations, developing departmental budget and controlling expenditures, supervising assigned employees, and providing information and assistance to the general public;
  • Models courteous engagement and outstanding customer service with staff and students while ensuring clear and firm adherence to safety principles and laws;
  • Cultivates and maintains relationships, serving as inter-agency liaison with law enforcement, fire and emergency agencies that provide support to the campus;
  • Must have the savvy to build relationships with law enforcement agencies and the media;
  • Manages the quality of a full-service police department with approximately ten permanent and hourly (part-time) employees and corresponding; and
  • Administers the college's compliance with the Clery Act and its requirements, as well as managing the campus' Environment, Health and Safety programs, and Crisis Intervention.

$80,000-$100,000 annually


Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice or related field and at least five years' experience that preferably includes considerable administrative, investigative and patrol experience with a minimum of two years' experience at a command staff level such as a lieutenant, captain or major. Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as thorough knowledge of Local, State and Federal laws. Experience in a higher education public safety or a campus police department is preferred.

Licenses or Certification required by Statute or Regulation:
Must have completed a Virginia DCJS certified Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy with current certification as a law enforcement officer with no more than a one year break in full-time sworn service at the time of appointment. Please note that Virginia Commonwealth law does not recognize nor have a reciprocal relationship with Federal Law enforcement certification.

How to Apply

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications should include a résumé with three references and a cover letter and should be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Please call (804) 257-5841 with any questions.

The selected applicant may be required to submit to a background investigation. VUU is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other protected class.