Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police

  • Full Time
  • Southeast
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The University of Tennessee at Martin

Director of Public Safety/ Chief of Police



The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks a Director of Public Safety.  This is a senior-level management position reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.  The Director of Public Safety is responsible for directing UT Martin’s efforts to provide a safe, secure and orderly environment for members of the campus community and visitors to the campus. This responsibility is fulfilled through crime prevention activities and education, enforcement activities, and extensive interactions with students, faculty, staff members, non-campus individuals, groups that frequent the campus or which are otherwise impacted by and have an impact on the university. 


This position directs the operations of the Department of Public Safety.  Other related operational tasks include the following:  plans for special events, coordinates with campus and law enforcement activities, commands responsibilities, directs the progress of criminal investigations, conducts safety and crime prevention surveys, reviews daily terrorism intelligence reports and emails from Tennessee Fusion Center and FBI, and oversees campus security campus systems.  This position serves as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force working group for West Tennessee and of the University Working group of West Tennessee FBI.

The position has administrative tasks which include managing budgets and personnel, developing operational plans, and reviewing crime reports, maintenance complaint reports, and administrative documents.  This position chairs the Parking Authority Committee, resolves parking complaints, and hears parking appeals.  The Director is responsible for statistical reports including Clery, TIBERS, and the Annual Security Report.

The Director is also responsible for meeting with on-campus and community groups.  The Director meets with students, faculty, and staff, individually and in groups, regarding specific safety, concerns, security, and parking.  The Director also meets with civic groups as a university representative and makes speeches.  The Director manages the RAVE alert text system and is a source for Criminal Justice majors.  This position monitors weather situations and communicates dangers and cancellations to the university campus.  The Director engages with a variety of professional groups and serves on several safety and security related committees.


Minimum Qualifications:

·         Ten years law enforcement experience

·         Five years in a law enforcement command experience

·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Must be certified with the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training commission or get certified within six months

·         A recent psychological examination for P.O.S.T certification

·         Valid Driver’s License

·         An extensive background check

·         Drug Screening with Physical



Preferred Qualifications:

·         15 years of experience in leadership in a law enforcement department above the rank of lieutenant

·         Master’s Degree

·         Graduate of a Police Command School, e.g. FBI National Academy or Southeastern Police Command School

·         NIMS Training

·         Working with previous emergency procedures manuals

·         POST Certified

Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics expressed in the position profile; 2) a resume; and 3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of five references for future contact, noting the professional relationship with each reference listed.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee at Martin affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 544 University Street, #303, Martin, TN 38238, telephone 731-881-3505. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.