Public Safety Officer

Allegheny College
Meadville, PA

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Four-Year Institution

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Public Safety Officer January 26th 2022

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Public Safety Officer. There are full-time and part-time non-exempt positions which report to the Director of Public Safety. The Office of Public Safety upholds the Student Code of Conduct, including all applicable standards and policies, and local, state and federal laws. The position is designed to maintain a safe, peaceful, and orderly community through education, enforcement, emergency response, and services delivered 24-hours a day, 365 days per year.

The following are essential duties and responsibilities for this position: Collaborate with and support Public Safety personnel and members of the Allegheny community to foster and maintain a positive, honorable, fiscally prudent, efficient, and professional work environment. Complete building security checks, foot/vehicle patrols, officer report writing; parking enforcement, fleet management, including vehicle check off sheets, key control, daily briefing meetings, officer activity logs, scheduling; service requests, and other designated duties. Enforce the Student Code of Conduct and all applicable local, state and federal laws in partnership with the Residence Life & Dean of Students Office. Investigate and write reports documenting campus incidents, and coordinate referrals to the Student Conduct Office. Perform campus patrol functions on foot and via vehicle on college owned/leased and adjacent property. Participate and develop competency in the operation of all radios, scanners, switchboard operations, and alarm systems. Enforce parking regulations on campus property.

Qualifications include: the ability and desire to promote the College’s academic mission and willingness to adhere to the College’s Student Code of Conduct and local, state and federal laws. In addition to being a Pennsylvania resident, the candidate must demonstrate completion of an Act 120 training program or an equivalent police academy training program, such as the Pennsylvania State Police Academy Basic Cadet Training Program. The candidate must also be able to be appointed as a Private Police Officer under Act 501. Possess CPR and basic first aid certificates, strong interpersonal and communication skills, a pleasant disposition and the ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact in sensitive situations, as well as the skills to deescalate tense or volatile situations. The ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment while handling multiple/simultaneous confidential responsibilities in stressful situations. Be able to work a wide variety of shifts, including late night/early morning hours and weekends and holidays, possibly working extended shifts on short notice and/or being called into work outside normal scheduled hours. Preference will be given to candidates who have military, training, and knowledge of crime prevention techniques in a college or university setting. A bachelor’s degree is preferred, and a high school diploma or GED is a must. Must have Pennsylvania Act 120 training and certification or similar training and certification at time of hiring. Preference is given for military experience, a college degree, or prior police, safety and security, and/or law enforcement experience in a college or university setting.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits. Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to [email protected]. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Posted 01/26/2022


Working at  Allegheny College

Our Mission

Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world. 

Statement of Community

Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.

History - 200 Years

Founded in 1815, Allegheny College ranks among the oldest 1% of colleges and universities and is the 32nd oldest college in the United States. Perhaps as many as 100 colleges were established and failed before the Civil War. Allegheny is one of the hardy survivors that testify daily to the determination and vision of those early pioneers of higher education in America.

Allegheny is situated in Meadville, Pa., which was established in 1788 in the French Creek Valley, astride the route traversed by George Washington on his journey to Fort LeBoeuf a generation earlier. In 1815, Meadville was still a raw frontier town of about 400 settlers, of whom an unusually large number had come from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They dreamed of a college that might bring the educational opportunities of New England to the frontier. The Rev. Timothy Alden was recruited to take on the task, and two months after his arrival in April 1815, Allegheny was established-with Alden as its first president. 

Within half a dozen years, Alden succeeded in attracting sufficient funds to begin building a campus, having traveled throughout the eastern states seeking support for a planned library and classroom building. The need of a building to house a library led to the construction, in the 1820s, of Bentley Hall, today a leading example of early American architecture. Designed by Alden, this handsome structure still crowns the hill on which the campus is located. It is named in honor of Dr. William Bentley, who donated his outstanding private library to the College.

Each year, as part of the Commencement ceremony, seniors march through the doors of historic Bentley Hall toward the adventures that await them. In 2015, Allegheny will celebrate its 200-year history and the extraordinary futures of the graduating Bicentennial Class of 2015.

[Contains excerpts from "Through All the Years: A History of Allegheny College"
by Jonathan E. Helmreich, Emeritus Professor of History and College Historian]

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