Police Officer, Full-Time (2 positions available)

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, 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.

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 the supervisor after completion.

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 scenes 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.
  • Judgement Required:

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

    Machines & Equipment Used:

    • Automobile,
    • Firearms,
    • Mobile radios,
    • Computer,
    • Camera,
    • Radar unit and,
    • 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


    High School Diploma or equivalent; College Degree Preferred.


    • Current Peace Officer Certification,
    • Security,
    • Military or,
    • Law Enforcement

    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 and,
  • Make decisions in very stressful and sometimes hostile, life-threatening situations.
  • Licenses & Certifications:

    • Must be a certified police officer meeting all of the requirements for P.O.S.T. certification in Tennessee or be eligible for certification upon hire and completion of P.O.S.T. approved police academy.
    • Must have a valid driver’s license in the State of Tennessee or be eligible to obtain one within 30 days of appointment.
    Supplemental Information

    Confidential Information:

    Police Records, investigations, etc.

    Working Environment:

  • Outdoor work is frequently required,
  • Required to work nights/weekends/holidays,
  • Must be able to work in inclement weather or weather extremes,
  • May be confined to a patrol car for an entire shift,
  • May be exposed to hazardous materials, infectious diseases, blood-borne pathogens, steam, car battery acid, loud noises, smoke, and fire.,
  • Often responding to hostile and life-threatening incidents and,
  • Must be able to wear an approved mask for prolonged periods while performing job duties and responsibilities.
  • 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 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) and,
  • Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work).

  • Any additional requirements specific to this position:

    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.

    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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