Law Enforcement and Emergency ManagementJob Function:
Law EnforcementUSC Market Title:
Safety Security OfficerJob Level:
P0 - ProfessionalBusiness Title (Internal Title):
Safety Security OfficerCampus:
Division of Administration and FinanceDepartment:
DAF University Police DepartmentState Pay Band:
4Approved Starting Salary:
$38,000Advertised Salary Range:
$38,000 - $44,040 (includes supplemental pay for shift work and depending on educational level)Part/Full Time:
Full TimeHours per Week:
The SSO works 12-hour shifts. Shifts are 7am to 7pm or 7pm to 7am, with every other weekend off. Shifts rotate every 30 days. The SSO works overtime as requested. Shifts are subject to change.Basis :
12 monthsJob Search Category:
Law EnforcementAbout University of South Carolina:
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.Diversity Statement:
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.Advertised Job Summary:
As a member of the University of South Carolina Police Department, the Safety Security Officer position provides law enforcement, security, and protection for the entire 400-plus acre USC campus situated in Columbia, South Carolina. The Safety Security Officer (SSO) plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, visitors and the protection of property on the USC campus. This position requires vigilant observation, quick reporting of safety concerns, and effective communication with the public, police officers and the Security Operations Center. The SSO may work a variety of duties to include securing and protecting property, providing safety escorts, and other duties. The SSO is a civilian (non-sworn) position which works in conjunction with USC law enforcement officers and other personnel.Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma and must successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation.Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
Ability to deal courteously and firmly with the general public. Ability to act quickly and intelligently in emergency situations. Ability to communicate effectively.Job Duty:
Monitors and patrols designated areas to detect and deter unauthorized activities, suspicious behavior, or potential security breaches. Conducts routine inspections of USC property and secures university property as assigned.Essential Function:
YesPercentage of Time:
Provides safety escorts to students, faculty, and staff as needed. Interacts with members of the community in a positive and professional manner. Assists with community relations programs as requested.Essential Function:
YesPercentage of Time:
Inspects and checks functionality of surveillance cameras, emergency call boxes and other equipment. Evaluates and promptly reports unsafe conditions, such as inadequate lighting or other physical security concerns.Essential Function:
YesPercentage of Time:
Assists with other administrative duties such as equipment maintenance or inspections.Essential Function:
YesPercentage of Time:
25Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive:
YesHazardous weather category:
EssentialNumber of Vacancies:
3Job Open Date:
11/29/2023Job Close Date:
01/14/2024Open Until Filled:
NoSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
ANNUAL COMPENSATION/HIRING PROCESSQuicklink for Posting:
$41,000 – $44,040 (Includes Supplemental Pay for Shift Work and depending on educational level)
PLUS – Annual Step Salary Increases
PLUS – Benefits such as USC Tuition Assistance, Gym Membership, State Health Insurance, State
Retirement, 15 Days of Annual Leave/15 Days of Sick Leave per Year, and Permanent Shifts (Days or Nights).
Our hiring process is thorough and may take 8 to 12 weeks. Applicants not selected for employment are notified in writing and are eligible to reapply for subsequent postings. The steps are:
1. Application All entry-level positions at the Division will be posted on the University’s jobs website at https://uscjobs.sc.edu. All applicants must submit their applications through this website.
2. Application ReviewThe Division reviews applications based on applicant’s qualifications.
3. Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) - Applicants will be sent an email with login information to complete the PHQ, an online employment evaluation tool for public safety agencies.
4. Initial Interview -After PHQ completion, selected applicants will be scheduled for an interview.
5. Polygraph Examination – Applicants will be scheduled for a pre-employment polygraph examination. Applicants will be provided with the topical areas prior to taking the examination.
6. Background Investigation – Applicants will have a background investigation conducted by the Division.
7. Psychological Examination – Applicants will be scheduled for a psychological examination.
8. Command Staff Interview Applicants will have an interview with the Division’s Command Staff.
9. Chief of Police Interview – Applicants will have a final interview with the Chief of Police.
10. Offer of Employment – After the interview, any offer of employment will be made with a start date.
11. Post-Offer Medical Evaluation/Drug Test – Applicants will be scheduled for a medical evaluation/drug test.
Additional Benefits: Dependent Scholarships,13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday), Paid Parental Leave, Professional Development Opportunities
Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.
We are only accepting applications submitted by January 14, 2024.
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