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Campus Safety Officer

University of Puget Sound
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Jul 1, 2021

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Campus Safety Officer

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Regular, full time (1.0 FTE)

Position Summary: Campus Safety Officers work collaboratively with Security Services team members and others to promote a safe environment and protect the welfare of Puget Sound students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. They perform a variety of tasks that assure and enhance the safety of the Puget Sound campus and its members. Campus Safety Officers patrol campus; monitor the physical safety of campus buildings and grounds; provide courtesy escort services; and make referrals and offer a range of assistance to campus members. Campus Safety Officers remain alert to suspicious activities, investigate disturbances, provide first-line response for reported irregularities and emergency situations, support security for special events, and complete incident reports and other security related documentation. Campus Safety Officers provide leadership and training to part-time student staff members working within the Security Services department and support the success and safety of all Puget Sound students consistent with the university's mission and values. Campus Safety Officers are active members of the Puget Sound community and serve as promoters of a welcoming and inclusive culture.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Commitment to serve fairly, protect, and communicate, within a diverse campus community
  • Perform regular vehicle and foot patrols on campus to ensure personal, building, and equipment security
  • Respond to observations and/or reports of criminal activity
  • Provides first responder medical aid to campus members
  • Inspect fire safety and burglar alarm equipment; provide fire and burglar alarm response and investigation; and initiate repairs as necessary
  • Complete security related documentation and incident reports
  • Interact professionally and effectively with Tacoma Police and Fire, and other external agencies
  • Communicate effectively using two-way radio
  • Contribute to campus safety by providing various crime prevention measures
  • Provide courtesy safety escorts for campus members via vehicle and on-foot
  • Perform campus parking enforcement
  • Mentor, train, and informally evaluate on-duty part-time student staff
  • Regular attendance, including meetings and department trainings, is an essential function of the position.
  • Manage, participate in, and/or complete shift duties, daily assignments and other duties as assigned to support department activities and operations and meet campus needs

    Supervisory Responsibilities
    Some responsibility for part-time student staff. Distribute work and guide priorities, train staff, review and approve work, contribute to performance reviews, issue oral and written recommendations, recommend corrective action.

    Candidates must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community; must be sensitive and proactive to the needs of all community members and nurture an inclusive environment
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • 1 year work experience in safety/security services/loss prevention or similar
  • 6 months work/volunteer experience providing customer service.
  • Must act quickly and accurately
  • Must demonstrate good judgment
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certifications or ability to obtain within 6 months upon hire.
  • Valid Washington state driver's license
  • Ability to work a variety of shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays is required.
  • Duty schedules may change to meet the business needs of the department and university and staff must adjust accordingly
  • Ability to work independently, and approach others in a professional, respectful, and polite manner
  • Physically able to run and to defend self and/or others
  • Must be able to carry/drag heavy objects
  • Frequently lifting/carrying up to (but not limited)1-10 pounds
  • Being exposed to wet/humid conditions and changing temperatures for extended time periods
  • Must have ability to function (think clearly, be alert and productive) during night and early morning shifts
  • Must use campus resources to find creative solutions to problems
  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in safety and security in higher education
  • 2 years' work experience in safety/security services
  • AA degree or equivalent related to security or criminology

    Compensation and Benefits: Pay rate for this position is $18.25 per hour. Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education, experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

    Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

    Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

    Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

    All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, driving abstract, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

    Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

    Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

    The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

    To apply, visit:

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    The University of Puget Sound is an independent residential undergraduate liberal arts college with selected graduate programs building effectively on a liberal arts foundation. The University, as a community of learning, maintains a strong commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly engagement, and fruitful student-faculty interaction.

    The mission of the University is to develop in its students capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. A Puget Sound education, both academic and co-curricular, encourages a rich knowledge of self and others, an appreciation of commonality and difference, the full, open, and civil discussion of ideas, thoughtful moral discourse, and the integration of learning, preparing the University's graduates to meet the highest tests of democratic citizenship. Such an education seeks to liberate each person's fullest intellectual and human potential to assist in the unfolding of creative and useful lives.

    The University of Puget Sound campus offers a unique blend of ingredients for immersing yourself in learning: the unparalleled scenery of the Pacific Northwest, traditional Tudor-Gothic architecture, leafy enclaves for quiet study, and common areas infused with an indisputable energy. The campus is just minutes away from downtown Tacoma, with its revitalized waterfront, thriving arts and culture scene, and an eclectic mix of retail shops and restaurants.

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