Boston, Suffolk County
Mar 17, 2014

Emerson College


Under the general supervision of a Lieutenant, the Sergeant is responsible for the supervision of officers and civilian staff. The Sergeant conducts and directs patrol operations on his/her shift, manages the day to day activities of the officers to ensure adherence to college policies and procedures, department orders and state laws, and provides leadership and supervision to all the members under his/her command. The Sergeant mentors employees by setting goals and objectives for members on his/her shift that contribute to the fulfillment of individual and Department objectives, motivating and developing officers by ensuring that members under their command meet performance expectations through the provision of verbal and written feedback regarding their performance. The Sergeant also facilitates clear and positive communications between department members and management, inspects and evaluates the work of subordinates, prepares and delivers employee performance evaluations, directs Department operations on his/her assigned shift, and conducts personnel investigations as instructed. Frequently, a Sergeant participates in and performs the work of subordinate officers and acts for his/her supervisor during the supervisor’s absence. A Sergeant’s new assignments are accompanied by specific instructions, but his/her regularly assigned duties are performed with considerable independence. The successful candidate for this position is a community service-oriented team player committed to working in partnership with all components of the Emerson College community to provide a safe campus environment.

Campus Location

Boston Campus

Primary Duties, Responsibilites, and Tasks

• working closely and collaboratively with community members and groups, other Emerson College departments that deal with public safety issues, Boston police and fire, emergency medical services, the court system, and the larger surrounding community;

• managing daily patrol and security operations;

• serving as a positive role model/mentor to subordinates and peers and promoting the Department’s mission, goals and objectives by the manner in which s/he conducts themself;

• accepting responsibility for the operational efficiency of the shift s/he supervises, by performing the role of Shift Commander when the Lieutenant is not on duty or otherwise unavailable;

• implementing, supervising, and assisting as necessary with the College’s emergency preparedness plan in responding to disasters and other major incidents to include notifying Department superiors and administrators, implementing the Incident Command System (ICS), and coordinating mutual aid response and assignment of personnel;

• diffusing potentially volatile situations with due regard for the safety of all involved;

• successfully resolving a wide range of potential problems requiring sound judgment and discretion, the proper interpretation and application of policies, laws, and orders, as well as identifying on-going problems or issues and recommending new procedures and protocols to prevent them;

• observing the performance of members under his/her command, making corrections where necessary and commending their behavior/actions where appropriate;

• conducting shift change ‘roll calls’ during which s/he inspects the equipment and appearance of officers, makes duty assignments and relays/explains special orders and other information;

• responding to calls of serious emergencies, felonies and other major incidents unless already actively engaged in another similarly serious incident;

• reviewing the reports of subordinates for comprehensiveness, clarity, grammar and spelling before approval and submission;

• participating in campus safety and welfare programs such as RAD courses, threat assessment teams, sexual assault response teams, Resident Assistant and Resident Director training

• assisting Director/Chief in establishing procedures by making recommendations regarding changes or improvements in Department operations, represent the Department at meetings as required;

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

• Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college, preferred.

• At least four years of policing experience, preferably in a campus setting.

• At least one year of supervisory experience highly preferred.

• Applicants must be graduates of a full-time police recruit training academy certified by the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council or the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Academy for campus police officers. Graduation from an out of state academy acceptable to the MSP Certification Unit will be given due consideration.

• Successful completion of various fitness for duty assessments; including a comprehensive background investigation, a psychological evaluation, and a medical examination.

• Ability to obtain a valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator’s license and the ability to be insured by the College’s automobile liability insurer

• Possess and demonstrate ethical behavior, integrity and ability to accept responsibility for completing assigned duties;

• Ability to utilize judgment to make good decisions and engage in problem solving;

• Ability to multi-task, be resourceful and show initiative;

• Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills;

• Demonstrated excellent organizational and time management skills;

• Strong commitment to service and the ability to establish effective working relationships with all members of a culturally diverse institution;

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

• Must be a highly motivated, adaptable, team player;

Preferred/Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Education (including hardware, software, and equipment)

• Physical demands are those in excess for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for extended periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, climb stairs, balance, walk, and run; must be able to access all facilities, on foot, to respond to emergency calls for service to include the upper-most floors of campus buildings when elevators are not available; must be able to conduct visual surveillance of individuals and surroundings

• Must be able to pass a job-related physical fitness test.

• Must be physically able to operate and communicate using a variety of machines and equipment including baton, automobile, office equipment, radio, telephone, etc.

• Work includes considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as severe weather/ temperatures and loud noises

• Work environment involves moderate exposure to hazards and physical risks to personal safety; must be physically fit and able to defend community members and one’s self from attack or physical assault

• Must be able to wear the required uniform

• Must be able to work all shifts, including evenings, nights, after midnight, weekends, holidays, and overtime shifts as required – overtime is required

Required Prior Work Experience

3-5 years of Police Officer experience

Diversity Statement

Emerson College values and has placed an institutional priority on multiculturalism in the campus community. Through its constantly evolving curriculum it seeks to prepare students for success in an increasingly multicultural society. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Members of historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Open Date


Open Until Filled


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