Chief of Police / Director of Public Safety

Virginia Union University


Vacancy Announcement
Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety

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

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.

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

Salary: $80,000-$100,000.

Applications Deadline:
Review of candidate materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Applications should include a resume with three references and a cover letter and should be
emailed to 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.
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