Police Officer (PT)

Job description

Classification Title:

Police Officer (PT)


Provost's Office


Sewanee Police Department

FLSA Status:

Non-Exempt Hourly

Career/Pay Band:


Work Schedule:

Full Year

Full Time vs Part Time:

Part Time



Primary Function:

Performs law enforcement, crime prevention duties, and other general police/security services; enforces state and local laws as well as ordinances, policies and regulations of the University; conducts proactive patrol by means of foot or vehicle. Police Officers must at all times support the University’s mission, respect the rights and dignity of all individuals, and deal ethically with the public.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities:

Assignments are made based on the needs of the department and are subject to change.

  • Community Oriented Policing
    • Serves the community through proactive patrol of campus to identify potential security related situations and utilizing problem solving abilities independently and through partnerships
    • Develops rapport with members of the university community as well as surrounding areas, and establishes partnerships with community members to develop prevention strategies
    • Provides safety, crime prevention, and community policing information to contacts over the course of patrol duties, and participates in community relations activities.
  • Calls for Service
    • First responder for all emergency calls to include but not be limited to the following: alarms (fire, panic, holdup), hazardous material spills and leaks, traffic crashes, criminal activity in progress, assistance for injured/sick, and crimes in progress.
    • Responder for nonemergency calls to include but not be limited to the following law enforcement or safety and security concerns: Situations that indicate potential for violence or potential volatility and/or require coordination between SPD and other University departments for sensitive student, staff, or faculty issues; lock/unlock buildings; assist motorists.
  • Investigations
    • Provides initial investigation for all calls of criminal activity and accidents.
    • Protects and maintains crime scene as necessary.
    • Assist Investigator as needed with investigation duties.
    • Performs field stops and interviews.
    • Makes arrests, issues citations, and gives warnings
    • Prepares and submits applicable offense reports, follow-up reports, and other documentation as needed.
  • Judicial Proceedings
    • Appears in court as prosecuting officer or witness and presents testimony.
    • Appears at University administrative hearings to provide information.
    • Prepares and submits applicable follow-up reports
  • Special Events and Assignments
    • Provides security for events such as athletic events, concerts, speakers, visiting dignitaries, commencement and numerous other social activities where security personnel may be required to provide crowd control and maintain order.

Judgment Required:

Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.

Budgetary Responsibility:


Machines & Equipment Used:

Automobile, firearms,mobile radios, computer, camera, radar unit, breathalyzer


High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred


Must be currently certified by the TN POST Commission

Job Related Skills:

Good customer service skills
Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
Demonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situations
Ability to work in a multicultural setting
Demonstrate problem solving skills


Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for
P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee.
Must be currently employed as a full time police officer in the State
of Tennessee.
Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee

Student Contact:

Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws


Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws

Supervision Received:

This position receives general supervision. Broad instructions are provided and the staff member uses judgment and experience to carry out assignments. Completed assignments and finished products are reviewed by supervisor after completion.

Confidential Information:

Police records of arrest, investigations, etc.

Working Environment:

Outdoor work frequently required.
Required to work nights/weekends/holidays
Must be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremes
May be confined to patrol car for an entire shift
May be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious disease, blood borne pathogens, steam, car battery acid, loud noises, smoke and fire.

Physical Requirements:

Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders), Must be able to crawl and or kneel, Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain, Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks, Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks, Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work), Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work)

Any additional requirements specific to this position:

Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time; climb many stairs; lift, push and pull objects; navigate steep and rough terrain.
Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities

University Information:

The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

EEO Statement:

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening:

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening

Non-Discrimination Statement:

The University of the South stands firmly for the principle that its employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have a right to be free from discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, pregnancy and childbirth, and genetic information. As required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or other protected categories in the educational programs or activities which it operates. This requirement of non-discrimination extends to admission to and employment in those programs or activities. The University is committed to sustaining a community in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Key to this value are efforts to nurture an environment of civility and mutual respect and to foster a culture of reporting concerns so that the University can respond promptly and equitably whenever an incident occurs. All employees, students, and participants of university-sponsored programs and activities have the right to be free from harassment and retaliation.

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be addressed to:

The University’s Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Sylvia Gray, at:

Woods Lab, 138

(931) 598-1420

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]




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Job No:
Posted: 11/20/2020
Application Due: 6/5/2021
Work Type: Part Time