Public Safety Officer

Washington and Lee University
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 11, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Security Studies, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Safety & Security
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description:

Provides high profile, uniformed public safety and security services for the University campus and community. Engages in active and regular patrols to assist in providing a safe and secure campus environment.

To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster an inclusive campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of identity. Our department is committed to contributing to an educational environment that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

Essential Functions:
  • Performs active and regular patrols (foot, bicycle or vehicle) of all campus areas.

  • Provides effective response, investigation and documentation of routine and emergency calls for service, unusual or criminal incidents, medical emergencies, and fire and burglary alarm activations

  • Close and regular surveillance of campus properties, including locking and unlocking buildings according to designated schedules.

  • Enforces University rules and regulations.

  • Assists with all traffic and parking related responsibilities.

  • Acts as a knowledgeable resource to students, staff and visitors to campus. Provides general information such as directions as well as more up to date information about campus events.

  • Creates written reports and other documentation as necessary and appropriate (i.e. patrol logs, incident reports, parking surveys, etc.)

  • Cross-trained to fill the dispatch function when necessary or assigned.

  • Actively reaches out to the campus community establishing relationships with students, faculty and staff in order to foster a sense of trust with the public safety function and its officers.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: After several weeks of initial training, a new officer is assigned to a night shift (8pm-8am), which includes weeknights and weekends on a rotating schedule, voluntary and required overtime as necessary as well.

Minimum Pay: $17.09 Pay commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Position requires a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent. Must have valid certification through VA DCJS as a Campus Security Officer, or able to obtain certification within 180 days of hire. Must be able to be recertified as required and maintain valid certification at all times during term of employment. Prior law enforcement or security experience is preferred. Officer must be able to provide a high degree of reliability, have the ability to maintain confidentiality, and work independently as well as part of a team. It is critical that the Officer relate well to students, faculty and a diverse community. Applicant should have a working knowledge of computer programs such as email, word processing and basic spreadsheets. Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license and a good driving history. Must be able to pass an extensive background check.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Boosters are required. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please upload a cover letter and resume . Be sure to add these documents to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience page . You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references.

External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the or here .

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at or here .

Physical Requirements:
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.

  • Standing: Remaining upright on the feet, particularly for sustained periods of time.

  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.

  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.

  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.

  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of the upper extremities and back muscles.

Working Conditions:
  • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.

  • The worker is subject to extreme cold: Temperatures typically below 32 degrees for periods of more than one hour. Consideration should be given to the effect of other environmental conditions such as wind and humidity.

Types of Work: Medium work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Position Type: Non-exempt, Full time

Benefit Eligible

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