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Safety Security Officer

University of South Carolina

Job Details


Posting Number:


Job Family:

Law Enforcement and Emergency Management

Job Function:

Law Enforcement

USC Market Title:

Safety Security Officer

Job Level:

P0 - Professional

Business Title (Internal Title):

Safety Security Officer



Work County:



Division of Administration and Finance


DAF University Police Department

State Pay Band:


Approved Starting Salary:


Advertised Salary Range:

$38,000 - $44,040 (includes supplemental pay for shift work and depending on educational level)

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:


Work Schedule:

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 months

Job Search Category:

Law Enforcement

About 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.


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:


Percentage of Time:


Job Duty:

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:


Percentage of Time:


Job Duty:

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:


Percentage of Time:


Job Duty:

Assists with other administrative duties such as equipment maintenance or inspections.

Essential Function:


Percentage of Time:


Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive:


Hazardous weather category:


Number of Vacancies:


Job Open Date:


Job Close Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions to Applicant:


$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 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.

Click here to learn more about why you should work at USC.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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