Deputy Chief of Police
About the Role
The Deputy Chief of Police serves as the secondary administrator in planning, directing, and managing the comprehensive law enforcement and administrative components of the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department, an internationally accredited and full-service law enforcement agency. Reporting directly to the Associate Vice President for Public Safety within the Division of Administration, the Deputy Chief of Police will assume a wide range of responsibilities including directing and administering operations of all policing initiatives of the campus community and medical center communities. S/he will develop and implement effective crime prevention strategies including a comprehensive community-oriented policing program.
The Deputy Chief of Police manages operations of the department staff of approximately 95 sworn police officers and approximately 200 security personnel. This position maintains a high level of visibility within the campus community. The main responsibility is to operationalize organizational goals and objectives in order to maximize the performance of the department using current law enforcement techniques and equipment. The Deputy Chief is responsible for oversight of operational commitments for the department and is the primary liaison with outside law enforcement agencies to ensure that the University community is safe at all times.
How to apply
VCU’s Executive Search Team is assisting Virginia Commonwealth University in this search. Application materials should be submitted to the VCU job portal located at the link below:
Confidential inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to Tanya-Lee Giscombe. Submission of application materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. The search will be conducted with a commitment of confidentiality for candidates until finalists are selected.
Inquiries, nominations and application materials should be directed to:
Tanya-Lee Giscombe @ email@example.com
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).