Public Safety Officer

Jun 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Public Safety Officer
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna	
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Its more than 2,100 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary	
Job Summary
Public Safety Officer are non-sworn, unarmed employees tasked with providing a safe and secure environment for the campus community. As members of the Division of Student Engagement and Success, Public Safety Officers are expected to serve as a resource for students and the community; with the overall goal of enhancing the quality of life and student experience on campus.

Public Safety Officers are designated as Essential Personnel by the university and are also designated Campus Security Authorities for Clery Act and Title IX reporting requirements.

NOTE: This position requires ability to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal/human relations skills.

Ability to interact with others in a professional manner and use sound judgment when resolving issues and assessing situations.

Ability to respond to an emergency situation.

Ability to demonstrate physical and psychological fitness.

Ability to satisfactorily complete a training program prescribed by the department within a six-month probationary period.

Ability to work rotational shifts, or for a specific period of time, to meet university and/or department needs.

Ability to work mandatory overtime as required.

Ability to work successfully with a diverse population.

Physical Demand
Public Safety Officers must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, including, but not limited to:

Ability to confront or restrain individuals

Working in extreme weather conditions

Remaining seated in a normal position, or remaining standing for long periods of time

Ability to maintain balance while walking, standing, crouching, or running

Ability to reach up and out with hands and arms

Ability to talk and hear; verbally express information or instructions

Ability to use hands to grasp objects, type, pick up objects, move objects, or hold objects

Ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, and/or crawl

Ability to climb stairs and/or ladders

Ability to pick up, push, or pull, up to 50 pounds and carry a distance of 10 feet

Specific Responsibilities
Under general supervision, Public Safety Officers are responsible for conducting mobile and foot patrol of the campus, responding to all fire and security alarms, suspicious person reports, and medical emergencies, securing buildings, escorting students, conducting investigations, and enforcing campus parking regulations, to include issuing parking citations and towing vehicles, etc.

Have a desire to communicate effectively and be approachable to our campus community and outside law enforcement agencies under routine and stressful situations.

Conduct, or assist in conducting, investigations into violations of university policies and federal, state or local laws, motor vehicle accidents, and other incidents, as assigned.

Work with municipal and state law enforcement, as needed.

Prepare reports documenting investigations.

Monitor and enforce campus parking regulations, to include issuing citations and towing vehicles.

Prepare preliminary and follow-up reports, take statements from individuals, collect and process property and evidence following standardized procedures.

Maintain confidentiality of information and records pertaining to investigations and university operations.

Required Qualifications	
High school degree or equivalent

Valid driver's license

Ability to complete certifications, such as First Aid/CPR, AED, Pepper Spray, etc.

No experience necessary

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