Public Safety Officer - Essential

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Category:: Other
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Jul 22, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time Non-Exempt
Position ID:: 113431

About Mills College:

Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Summary of Position:
Under the direction of the Director of Public Safety or the Shift Sergeant, performs duties to ensure the safety and security on the College campus for students, staff, faculty and visitors. Applies crime risk and safety hazard prevention techniques, methods, practices, and enforces the College's policies and procedures. Monitors the security of the buildings. May serve as liaison between external law enforcement agencies and the campus community.

This position supports the Mission statement of Mills College by delivering excellent support and services to students, staff and faculty. Through its operational excellence, it advances the initiatives of the strategic plan, by ensuring goals are established, monitored and measured to meet the plan's timelines and objectives. This position plays a significant role in creating a vibrant and inclusive campus life.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Patrols and secures campus grounds and facilities by vehicle, bike, and foot. Assists in the protection of life and property on campus. Examines doors, windows, gates, roadways, and lighting to ensure security.
  • Confronts and questions all suspiciously acting persons present on the College property. Responds to campus intrusions and fire alarms.
  • Investigates and submits reports concerning criminal offenses committed on the campus. Prepares written reports as required. Completes and maintains records of daily activities including a Communication Log sheet with calls for service and building checks.
  • Monitors and reports on a continual basis all conditions which may create security or safety hazards on the College property. Monitors the camera system to ensure there is no criminal activity at other parts of the campus.
  • Contacts law enforcement, fire, or other public agencies as required. Assists public service representatives including fire, medical, and police with directions to emergency investigations;
  • Enforces College and local laws, rules, ordinances, and regulations according to established procedures.
  • Monitors incoming and outgoing campus traffic at the front gate location; answers incoming calls to campus security and dispatches information by radio to field patrol units. Provides information and directions to campus facilities, events, or other locations.
  • Monitors campus traffic and parking; issue citations for violations.
  • Provides crowd and traffic control for special events on and off campus.
  • Responds to complaints from the campus community and assists parties to resolve issues as appropriate.
  • Arms and disarms campus intrusion and fire alarm systems as necessary.
  • Provides escort services for visitors, students, staff, and faculty. Provides other public assistance such as jump-starts, first aid for minor injuries, and provides routine information when asked.
  • May provide first responder support for fires and/or first aid needs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Fill in with examples of common problem solving tasks associated with this position.
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Knowledge of:

  • Basic security principles and practices.
  • Public safety codes, policies and regulations
  • Record keeping techniques and report writing requirements
  • Basic computer programs such as email, MS Office suite, etc.


  • Read, write and speak English fluently
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Must be customer service oriented.
  • Meet or exceed the college's attendance and tardiness guidelines
  • Work with multi-line phone systems
  • Detect problems and report accurate information to appropriate staff
  • React in an emergency and make sound, rational decisions.
  • Work in high stress, confrontational or hostile environments
  • Solid critical things and problem solving skills
  • Work in crews or independently
  • Understand and follow directions and complete work assignments on schedule
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions
  • Take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
  • Work safely in compliance with College Injury and Illness Prevention Plan

Education and Training:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • At least 1 year of directly related experience which may include directly related certification or practicum training
  • Must have a valid California driver's license and safe driving record. Requires a BSIS Guard Card
  • Must have CPR and First Aid certification within 6 months of hire
  • Must pass background investigation

Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:

  • Lifting, pulling, or pushing heavy objects up to 30 lbs
  • Prolonged periods of sitting, standing, walking
  • Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching
  • Must be able to traverse all types of terrain including up and down hills, and on off road uneven surfaces


  • Indoor and outdoor environment. Seasonal heat and cold or adverse weather conditions
  • May be exposed to uncomfortable work spaces such as darkness or poor lighting, dirt/dust, fumes/odors, isolation, mechanical or traffic hazards.
  • May be exposed to unpleasant social situations or hostile community response
  • Must remain calm and be able to deescalate volatile situations
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work

Equipment Used:

  • Radio
  • Baton
  • Handcuffs
  • Pepper Spray
  • Flashlight
  • CCTV
  • Gate Controls
  • Alarm Panels
  • Patrol Bicycle
  • Golf Cart
  • Security Vehicle
  • Multi-line Phone System
  • Computers
  • Printer, Copier, Fax, Scanner
  • Auto Battery Charger

This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Additional Information:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Wage is $18.50 per hour, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 17 paid holidays (subject to annual review). Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance, legal-assistance insurance, cellular provider discounts and computer hardware discounts.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

Please note that you can only upload 6 "Other" documents. You can consolidate multiple pages/documents into one file upload. The file size limit for each upload is 10Mb.

Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.




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Job No:
Posted: 7/24/2019
Application Due: 7/31/2021
Work Type: Full Time