Deputy Chief of Police

Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech Police Department

Job Description:

Virginia Tech has a significant and growing global presence. The Deputy Chief and Assistant Director of Security will be the primary manager of both the operations and administrative divisions of the Virginia Tech Police Department. The Deputy Chief of Police reports to the Chief of Police and Director of Security and serves as a senior member of the command staff. As the Deputy Chief, the incumbent will work closely with internal and external partners to foster and maintain key relationships that support the mission of the department and university. As Assistant Director of Security, the incumbent will be the primary liaison and coordinator for security services for all Virginia Tech campuses, programs and facilities, will manage the development and implementation of an effective campus and global security strategy, including programs to mitigate risk and safeguard the institution’s personnel, intellectual property, integrity, and physical assets to ensure continuity of operations.


Required Qualifications

Candidates should be certified by a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency; advanced degree in a related field or training and work experience that equates to an advanced degree; demonstrated relevant command experience; extensive experience in law enforcement and security operations for a major public sector organization; demonstrated ability to organize, supervise, train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff; ability to assess law enforcement or other hazardous situations and determine an appropriate course of action along with maintaining a calm, courteous, objective, and conscientious attitude in all situations; must be an accomplished professional who possesses strong communication skills and has the capacity for analytical thinking and problem-solving; possess the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance; demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with a wide array of individuals including all segments of the university and the public, including a commitment to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of the student, employee, and community populations; and demonstrated experience in working with diverse constituencies is essential. Must be on call 24/7 and able to respond to emergencies.

See other for additional employment requirements and conditions.


Preferred Qualifications

Law enforcement and security experience in a higher education institution; knowledge of law enforcement national accreditation standards; knowledge of and experience with threat assessment processes utilized in higher education; completion of a law enforcement management program or an advanced degree in a related field; training and work experience demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of emergency management procedures, practices and regulations; knowledge of and experience with federal regulations associated with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience


Close Date



Employment Conditions:

Schedule varies as needed.
Some travel with overnight stay may be required.
Must have a criminal background check
Must have a driver’s license check
Must be able to use respirator
Emergency Personnel – weather related
Emergency Personnel – facilities related
Emergency Personnel – health & safety related
Candidates for employment are required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening. Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol screening. Subject to random drug screening and in accordance with department policy. Successful completion of a psychological assessment is required.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
-Ability to run, jump, climb stairs, bend, lift, and physically restrain an individual as needed.
-Ability to perform duties on bicycle, vehicle or on foot.
-Ability to recognize safety and security hazards on campus and take appropriate
corrective action.
-Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
-Ability to ascertain facts through personal contact, observation, and examination of


Additional Requirements:

This position is designated safety sensitive. Candidates for employment are required to have a criminal history check, including fingerprinting and a pre-employment drug screen. Incumbents are subject to random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol screening.
Must undergo an extensive background check and credit history check, with satisfactory results.
Must be U.S. citizen as required by Virginia Code Section 15.2-1705.
Must qualify under federal and state guidelines to carry a firearm. Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from carrying a firearm.
Must pass physical abilities test by running 1.5 miles within 20 minutes.
Must be a high school graduate or able to furnish documentary evidence of equivalency degree.
Must be at least 21 years of age on date of hire.
Must currently possess a valid Virginia Operator’s License, or be able to obtain it within 30 days of employment.
Must pass a psychological evaluation following a conditional offer.
Must pass a medical exam, to include vision testing, following a conditional offer.
Must meet vision requirements: corrected to 20/20 and may not exceed 20/50 or worse in one eye uncorrected and 20/100 or worse in the other eye uncorrected; color blindness including pronounced shade deficiencies will be disqualifying.
Must meet all other standards by law (15.2-1705: 9-169 Code of Virginia) and by policy of the Criminal Justice Services Board.

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Visit police.vt.edu for details on above employment conditions.


About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.
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