Public Safety Officer

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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 students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 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
Public Safety Officers are non-sworn, unarmed employees tasked with providing a safe and secure environment for the University community and all of its members. As members of the Student Life Team, 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. NOTE: This position requires the ability to work 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts, as well as weekends and holidays.
Specific Responsibilities

  • Under general supervision, Public Safety Officers are responsible for conducting mobile and foot patrol of the campus, responding to fire and security alarms, suspicious person reports, and medical emergencies, securing buildings, escorting students.
  • Follow written and oral directions given during the performance of daily assignments
  • 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. Prepare reports documenting investigation.
  • Monitor and enforce on campus parking regulations, to include issuing citations and towing vehicles. Process parking citations and prepare reports of enforcement activities.
  • Monitor and document conditions that create a security or safety hazard.
  • 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 college operations.
  • Assist in training newly hired officers.
  • Attend/participate in in-service training and specialized training programs.
  • Conduct, or assist in conducting, specialized training programs for the University community as assigned.
  • Provide assistance and direction to University visitors, students and employees.
  • Assist with special events and programs sponsored by the University or other individuals and organizations.
  • Provide positive customer service and ability to build relationships within the framework of Community Policing.
  • Work collaboratively with members of the Residence Life Team and other University Departments.
  • Communicate effectively with students, staff, faculty, guests and other law enforcement officers under normal and stressful situations.

    Required Qualifications
    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    Basic knowledge of current law enforcement and/or security techniques; have familiarity with Pennsylvania and federal laws and regulations applicable to the University; excellent verbal, written and interpersonal/human relations skills; ability to interact with others in a professional manner and use sound judgement when resolving issues and assessing situations; ability to respond to an emergency call-in 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 use a variety of computer software programs including Microsoft Office products; computerized records management systems, and video surveillance equipment; ability to work differing shifts, or for a specific period of time, to meet University and/or Department needs; ability to work mandatory overtime is required; and ability to satisfactorily complete an annual in-service training program.

    High school degree or equivalent required. Valid driver's license required. Ability to obtain certification and maintain certification in First Aid, CPR and AED operations is required.

    Physical Demand
    Public Safety Officers must be able to meet the physical demands of the position, including but not limited to: working in extreme weather conditions; ability to ride a bicycle, if assigned; 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 and 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.

    Preferred Qualifications
    Experience working with a diverse population strongly preferred.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 5/17/2019
    Application Due: 6/17/2019
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