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Police Officer (Part-Time)

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN

Job Details

Position Overview

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.
Opportunities for Leadership:
This position reports to the Assistant Chief of Police.
Career Band: NE10

Position Description

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.

  • Machines & Equipment Used: Automobile, firearms, mobile radios, computer, camera, radar unit, breathalyzer
    Budgetary Responsibility: None
    Personal Interaction/Communication:
  • Student Contact: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws
  • Internal: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws
  • External: Daily; providing public safety and enforcing University regulations and state/county laws
  • Attributes of a Successful Candidate

    Education: High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred
    Experience: Must be currently certified by the TN POST Commission

    Job Related Skills:
    Good customer service skillsDemonstrate effective written and oral communication skillsDemonstrate self-restraint in challenging and/or difficult situationsAbility to work in a multicultural settingDemonstrate problem solving skills

    Licenses & Certifications:
    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

    Supplemental Information

    Confidential Information: Police records of arrest, investigations, etc.

    Working Environment:
    Outdoor work is frequently required.Required to work nights/weekends/holidaysMust be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremesMay be confined to patrol car for an entire shiftMay be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious diseases, 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:

    DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

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


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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