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Public Safety Officer

Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA, IA

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College

Job Details


To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.


This is a non-sworn public safety position. Under supervision of Public Safety Administration, promote positive behavior and protect the welfare of students, faculty and staff. Observe, report, and safely intervene when the safety and security of all Kirkwood Community College properties, students, faculty, staff and visitors are compromised. Enforces established Public Safety and College policies, in support of the College mission and vision. Responds to emergencies, and participates in planning of Public Safety functions. Engages with students, faculty, staff, guests, emergency responders, & other community members. Provides a collaborative and educational approach in developing a safe learning community for all campus constituents.

  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.

  • Conduct proactive patrols of campus buildings, lots, and grounds by foot, vehicle, or thru the use of surveillance systems such as access control, security cameras, etc. to protect physical property, network infrastructure and individuals on campus.
  • Perform lock/unlocks according to schedule or request.
  • Respond to routine and emergency requests for service.
  • Assist with the College response to critical incidents.
  • Respond to emergencies, provide first aid, and coordinate with law enforcement, fire, EMS or other emergency personnel as appropriate.
  • Provide first aid and crisis intervention support.
  • Maintain radio communication with other public safety personnel and officers on campus.
  • Assist with Public Safety, Threat Assessment and Title IX investigations as requested.
  • Maintain daily activity log, writes and submit incident reports utilizing public safety software.
  • Enforce traffic and parking regulations.
  • Assist with traffic control as needed.
  • Inform and enforce Kirkwood policies and local, state, and federal law.
  • Provide safety escort services for visitors, students, staff, and faculty.
  • Provide other public assistance, such as lockout services, jump-starts, and routine information.
  • Observe and report irregularities, such as security issues, safety hazards, facilities issues, unauthorized and suspicious persons.
  • Conduct scheduled preventative maintenance checks of public safety, life safety, and emergency related equipment.
  • Utilize software related to the inventory management tracking and distribution of lost & found items.
  • Serve as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  • Models and supports community oriented policing model.
  • Monitor alarm systems and responds to alarms when received.
  • Perform public safety dispatcher related duties as assigned.
  • Preform other related work duties as assigned.
  • Shift differential- Additional hourly compensation may be provided for hours worked outside of the normal business hours, which are generally considered first shift, Mon – Fri. (Approximately $2.00 per hour outside the normal business hours of 6:00am – 6:00pm, Mon. – Fri.)
  • Able to represent the College in a positive manner.
  • Assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with students, colleagues, and the general public.
  • Read, understand and express oneself clearly and effectively in both written and oral form.
  • Attention to detail and an ability to multitask in completing complex tasks with accuracy.
  • High level of skill in the application of collaborative, organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and accurately in an atmosphere with frequent interruptions. Maintain a high degree of flexibility.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated organizational and communication skills.
  • Work independently with limited supervision.
  • Able to interact with diverse personalities.
  • Thorough knowledge of Kirkwood policies and procedures with the ability to understand and interpret clearly and accurately.
  • Maintain compliance with all training, certifications, and all other job related items as assigned.
  • Possess a high degree of attention to safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Able to remain calm and make critical decisions in high stress situations.
  • Facilitates safety conversations, conducts training on related topics, and performs security assessments.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
  • Ability to provide exceptional customer service, write reports and possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and proficient computer skills such as; using email, word documents, and other department computer systems.
  • Ability to work various schedules based on operational need that may include nights, weekends, afternoons, holidays, emergency call back, and occasional overtime.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH/WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:

Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling, grasping, and exposure to less than optimal temperatures & outside weather conditions. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking up to five plus miles per shift, climbing stairs, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.

Person in this position must satisfactorily complete Kirkwood’s Blood borne Pathogens training due to the potential exposure risk to blood or body fluids. Must satisfactorily complete Kirkwood’s CPR/AED/First Aid, stop the bleed, and must complete Mental Health First Aid training.

Ability to read, write, and speak fluent English. See color spectrum, and have adequate hearing. Vision must be correctable to 20/20.


  • 2 years of law enforcement, security, or public safety related experience OR a combination of closely related experience and education.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.

  • CPR/AED/First Aid certified within 6 months of employment.
  • Stop the bleed certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Ability to obtain Certified Protection Officer (CPO) certification within 6 months of employment and maintain certification for duration of employment.
  • Valid Iowa Driver License with a good driving record and ability to be covered through the College’s insurance.

  • Prior law enforcement, security, or public safety experience in a higher education setting preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in in a closely related field or combination of relative experience and education.
  • Hand Cuffing and Pepper Spray certification preferred.
  • Completion of NIMS ISC 100 and 200
    It is the policy of Kirkwood Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact the Vice President, Human Resources and Institutional Effectiveness, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, 319-398-5572,, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email:

    Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life.

    Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


    Working at Kirkwood Community College 

    Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids is a globally recognized leader in higher education where learner success has always been a focal point. For more than 50 years, Kirkwood faculty and staff have cultivated a welcoming and motivating environment that meets students where they are, and helps them get exactly where they want to be. With one of the lowest tuition in the state, more than 130 programs to choose from, flexible class offerings, and convenient locations across seven counties in Eastern Iowa, Kirkwood makes higher education more accessible for people in all walks of life. Through affordable, innovative educational training and many impactful community partnerships, Kirkwood hopes to continue strengthening the regional workforce for years to come.

    As one of Cedar Rapids' top employers, Kirkwood strives to reward employees with a generous benefits package and perks, including:

    • Professional development opportunities
    • Free use of the Kirkwood Recreation Center
    • On campus retail discounts at places like our bookstore, Eagle Tech, cafeteria and hotel (yes, we have a hotel too!)
    • Free admission to performing arts and athletic events
    • Computer and software purchasing program through Eagle Tech, our Apple-authorized campus store
    • Employee tuition discounts and half-price tuition for family members
    • Generous leave policies that provide a work-life balance
    • Choice of retirement programs and unheard-of employer contribution
    • Competitive Total Rewards packages

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