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Job Posting - Deputy Chief of Police

Deputy Chief of Police

Vanderbilt University welcomes inquiries, nominations, and applications for an experienced, dynamic, visionary, and entrepreneurial law enforcement leader to serve as its next Deputy Chief of Police.

Reporting to the university’s Senior Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief of Police’s background will demonstrate a commitment to the ideals of Vanderbilt’s mission to bring out the best in humanity - pushing new ideas into the frontiers of discovery, challenging the limits of what’s possible, and working diligently in the service of others.

Vanderbilt’s Department of Public Safety’s role of Deputy Chief requires a leader who will lead, mentor, and professionally develop a Division within the Public Safety Department, effectively administer and manage financial, budgetary, and strategic planning aspects of the operation, all with the intent of ensuring excellence in protective service, law enforcement, and crime prevention for the Vanderbilt community.

The Deputy Chief of Police will dedicate themselves to building and strengthening Vanderbilt’s urban-campus Police Department and all divisions and services of the Department of Public Security - ensuring they are collaborative and fully engaged with a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, and visitors across the university campus and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). The Deputy Chief of Police manages the required interagency coordination with a variety of local, state, and federal agencies in law enforcement, disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery, as well as ensuring communication and partnership with local colleges and universities, and public service and community-based organizations.  The role is the key point of contact and communication across various constituencies with competing interests. This leader will be an active representative of the institution as the university’s Deputy Chief of Police and will assume command in the absence of the Chief of Police.

Vanderbilt University located a mile and a half southwest of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, has a campus that comprises more than 340 acres and 179 buildings, with the total physical plat commanding 12 million square feet. Additional real-estate managed by the university includes 61 buildings totaling nearly 3 million square feet.

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LeadExec is partnering with Vanderbilt University in this national search. For inquiries, nominations, applications, and confidential conversations, please contact:

Lisa J. Marks, Founder & CEO

Leyla Kayi, Senior Search Consultant


This position is open until filled but only applications received by Thursday, June 2, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Applications should include a detailed letter of interest and a current curriculum vitae/resume.

Please provide a letter of interest and curriculum vitae.

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Vanderbilt welcomes employees from a wide variety of backgrounds, traditions, and experiences. They recognize the vitality and creativity that comes from bringing different perspectives together. As individuals and professionals, Vanderbilt grows from the ability to recognize commonalities and different histories. Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. They seek individuals who are committed to this goal and their campus values. Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.