• Public Safety Certified Security Officers are responsible for proper patrol of areas or posts, as assigned. Such personnel must conduct themselves in a professional manner and display courtesy to all individuals with whom they have contact. Emphasis must be placed on positive communication and interaction with students, employees and visitors. Public Safety Officers must wear official uniforms which are issued by the Office of Public Safety & Security (OPSS) at Saint Joseph’s University (SJU).
Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Duties):
• Public Safety Officers are assigned to a specific shift; they must patrol a certain area of assignment, including but not limited to a patrol area, roving patrol (vehicle), parking lot, foot beat, fixed post, residence hall, Public Safety Headquarters, or other assignments, as directed by a Public Safety Shift Supervisor, Shift Manager, Assistant Director or the Director of Public Safety & Security.
• Enforce rules and regulations, as mandated by SJU, and in accordance with federal, state and local guidelines; conducting patrols, security checks, traffic enforcement, property accountability, security escorts, and building safety and access control. • Responsible for opening/closing and securing buildings and classrooms, as directed; respond to calls for service, including but not limited to disturbances, loud music, alcohol violations, sick assists, burglar/fire alarms. • Conduct initial investigations and complete Incident Reports, as directed by a Public Safety Shift Supervisor; preparing handwritten forms neatly, accurately and completely, including but not limited to patrol logs, guest logs, key control logs and patrol cards; assist with on-the-job training of other personnel. • Maintain positive communication and professional conduct when responding to incidents and interacting with students, employees and visitors; honesty, integrity and service are important characteristics of a Public Safety Officer. • Comply with the rules and regulations of the University and the OPSS; maintain, account for and properly care for all property, equipment and uniforms issued during employment; be consistently dependable with attendance.
Number of direct reports to this position:
Minimum Qualifications (Education/Training and Experience Required):
• High School Diploma • A minimum of three years of experience in law enforcement, military, security or related field • Pennsylvania Act 235 Certification • Valid driver’s license • Ability to operate a motor vehicle • Must have the ability to be professional and courteous when interacting with students, employees, visitors and the public • Above-satisfactory oral and written communication skills; ability to write neat, accurate and complete incident reports • Must be proficient in writing and speaking in the English language • Understanding of and commitment to the mission of Saint Joseph’s University
• Background in policing/law enforcement • Previous experience working in higher education • Knowledge of the Clery Act
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours:
• Capable of walking up and down steps both inside and outside of buildings • Willingness and ability to walk outdoors in your assigned area in all types of weather conditions • Must be able to walk, sit, drive and stand for extended periods of time • Some lifting up to 25-30 pounds • Public Safety Officers are assigned to one of three specific shifts for either 12 months or 9 months of the year
About Saint Joseph's University
For over 160 years, Saint Joseph’s University has been engaging men and women in a rigorous Jesuit education that empowers them to become leaders in their industries and communities. An expansive liberal arts curriculum that serves as a foundation for all students, combined with programs tailored to meet the needs of complex and evolving fields prepare students for all of their post-graduate pursuits. As a Jesuit institution, guided by a faith that promotes justice, Saint Joseph’s University educates for a higher purpose; service is central to the Jesuit identity, and students are expected to improve the common good by utilizing their skills and knowledge to promote tolerance, compassion and social justice.