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Vanderbilt University Corporal, Public Safety in Nashville, Tennessee

As a Corporal with Vanderbilt University, you will perform law enforcement, crime prevention and other general police/security services; enforce state and local laws as well as Vanderbilt University policies and procedures; proactive patrolling by means of foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or vehicle. Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.

This position is non-exempt with a pay rate of $24.04/hr.

The Vanderbilt University Public Safety (VUPS) 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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Community Oriented Policing

  • Calls for Service

  • Investigations

  • Judicial Proceedings

  • Special Events and Assignments

  • Internal and External Communications

Physical Requirements

In addition to meeting P.O.S.T. requirements officers must be able to:

  • Stand for long periods of time.

  • Walk, climb, and lift.

  • Meet written departmental standards on appearance/grooming

  • Pass a medical examination including vision screening and drug testing; must obtain immunizations and medical tests as required to be able to work in patient care and high risk areas.


  • High School Education or G.E.D.

  • Graduate of an accredited, approved Police Academy.

  • Four (4) years’ experience as a Police Officer, two (2) years of which must be with VUPD (if an internal candidate)

Note: One (1) year experience at VUPD as a Community Service Officer (CSO) or a Communications Officer (CO) may be used to meet the minimum three (3) year requirement.

  • Good customer service skills.

  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.


  • Must successfully complete required training and certification in the specific area of specialization as defined below:

  • Firearms Training/Safety and /or Specialized Instructor – POST approved Instructor Development training or eligibility for waiver from POST; department approved specific training course (i.e., IPMBA, Defensive Tactics)

  • Field Training Officer – Department approved Field Training Officer course.

  • State Certified Trainer – State of Tennessee, Private Protective Services Act.

  • RAD Trainer – Department approved RAD trainer/instructor course.

  • Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee.

  • Must obtain and maintain a special police commission from the Chief Law Enforcement official in Metropolitan Nashville.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one and do so within 60 days of appointment.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Must attend and successfully complete, annually, a department authorized and POST approved in-service training course consisting of at least forty (40) hours of instruction.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At Vanderbilt University, we are intentional about and assume accountability for fostering advancement and respect for equity, diversity, and inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff. Our commitment to diversity makes us who we are. We have created a community that celebrates differences and lets individuality thrive. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The diverse voices of Vanderbilt represent an invaluable resource for the University in its efforts to fulfill its mission and strive to be an example of excellence in higher education.

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

Please note, all candidates selected for an offer of employment are subject to pre-employment background checks, which may include but are not limited to, based on the role for which they have been selected: criminal history, education verification, social media review, motor vehicle records, credit history, and professional license verification.