Vanderbilt University Community Service Officer in Nashville, Tennessee

Community Service Officer (Job Number: 1900020)


As a Community Service Officer (CSO) with Vanderbilt University, you will perform safety and security duties which consist of performing general security/patrol and traffic mitigation duties; reporting suspicious or hazardous situations, proactively patrolling on foot, and enforcing parking regulations. Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change. You may utilize non-police vehicles and may staff security posts.

The Vanderbilt University Public Safety Department comes under the charge of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for the Division of Administration. As one of Tennessee's larger law enforcement agencies, the Police Department provides comprehensive law enforcement and security services to all components of Vanderbilt University including the Vanderbilt University Campus, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Health at One Hundred Oaks, and a variety of University-owned facilities throughout the Davidson County area. For more information about Vanderbilt University Police Department, you may visit:

The Vanderbilt Public Safety department operates 24/7. This is a full-time position with occasional overtime required. Applicants must be able to work any two out of three shifts so that adequate staffing can be maintained. Pay is $14.60/hr.

Duties andResponsibilities

Patrol/Stationary Post

  • May be assigned to a fixedsecurity post and will perform specific tasks and assignments defined forthe post.

  • May be assigned to trafficmitigation, and/or parking enforcement.

  • May be assigned to proactivepatrols of facilities, grounds, parking lots and garages to check forsafety and security hazards. Enforces fire lane loading and handicapparking including towing vehicles as necessary.

  • May lock and unlock facilitiesor areas.

  • May be assigned to monitor nonviolentpsychiatric patients.


  • Serves the community throughproactive security post assignments or patrol functions including self-initiatedactivities.

  • Develops rapport with membersof the university community as well as surrounding areas; participates incommunity relations activities.

  • Assists community members asnecessary.

Calls for Service

  • Respond to non-police emergencycalls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire,general security), hazardous material spills and leaks, and pedestrian orvehicular traffic control.

  • May provide back-up andassistance for other officers within guidelines specified in department policyand procedures.

  • Responds to general security orsafety hazard calls for service as directed. Maintains knowledge ofInstitutional Disaster Plan and the role of the Community Service Officerin the administration of the plan. Provides appropriate internal andexternal disaster assistance according to institutional policies andprocedures.

  • Maintain knowledge ofinstitutional Disaster Plan and the role of the Community Service Officerin the administration of the plan.

  • Provides walking escorts asnecessary


  • May be assigned to investigateand write reports for non-criminal activities according to establishedprocedures.

Special Events andAssignments

  • Provides security for eventssuch as athletic, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencementand numerous other social activities where security personnel may berequired to provide crowd control and maintain order.

  • May assist with annual parkingpermit registration

  • May be required to performminor lot maintenance.


  • Must possess a High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent

  • Must possess a valid Tennessee Driver's License

  • Must be a U. S. Citizen

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently named the “best large employer” in Tennessee and a top employer for women by Forbes , ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 384 top colleges and universities for having the best financial aid in the nation – as well as #3 for “happiest students,” “quality of life” and “beautiful campus,” #4 for both being in a “college city that students love” and for having “great campus/city relations.”

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 39301 - Campus Precinct

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action