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Public Safety Officer

Apply now Posting #: 4957
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Staff, Public Safety

Position Title & Department:

 Public Safety Officer; Department of Public Safety
Posting #


Department Description:

The Department of Public Safety supports the mission and goals of the University of San Diego by providing a full range of crime prevention and crime control services to contribute to the safety and security of the campus community. Our Public Safety Officers are responsible for a wide range of activities, including developing crime prevention programs, taking crime and accident reports, initiating investigations, responding to medical and fire emergencies, providing traffic control, and enforcing certain local and state laws, as well as rules developed by the University to address campus-related concerns. 

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:
Provides a wide range of services to the University community including crime prevention, crime control, parking control and furnishing aid and information to the campus community and visitors. Duties include responding to 911 emergency-style calls, investigating alarms, responding to crimes in progress and scenes of past crimes or incidents. The public safety officer will understand the diverse and cultural aspects of the University community. The public safety officer performs duties in cooperation with the San Diego Police Department and local fire and medical services to minimize harm to victims, witnesses to crimes, and those responding or involved in emergency situations. Routine duties include responding to non-emergency calls for service, providing information, collaborating with student organizations, staff, faculty, and students residing in campus housing to reduce crime and fear, as well as, investigating and preparing written reports on crime, accidents, and injuries.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Ability to assume responsibility, to think clearly, and use sound judgment.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to communicate effectively on the telephone, in person, and in writing.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work with diverse personalities and groups.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective work relationships with University personnel, students, vendors, visitors and various agencies.
  • Possesses skills to organize and prioritize work, as well as manage time effectively with the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Possess knowledge of the State of California’s laws, rules, and regulations.
  • Ability to comply with all departmental uniform and equipment standards and knowledge in the use/care of firearms and the equipment issued by USD’s Department of Public Safety.
  • Possess skill in the use of specific equipment and tools as identified under Tools and Equipment Used.


  • Provide motor vehicle and foot patrol of off-campus roadways, walkways, parking lots, grounds, University buildings, and residential areas.
  • Provide for the protection of life and property. Observe safety hazards and report them to the proper persons for correction.
  • Make recommendations, when appropriate, which reduce or eliminate conditions that lend themselves to unsafe conditions or expose the University and personal property to theft and damage.
  • Conduct investigations of reported crimes and the incidents occurring within the jurisdictional boundaries of the University and submit reports regarding those investigations.
  • Work in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies to make arrests of persons suspected of committing crimes or other unlawful acts.
  • Prepare cases for prosecution and when necessary testify in court.
  • Provide escorts of University employees transferring large sums of money to alternate campus locations.
  • Respond to requests for emergency and routine medical assistance as required.
  • Determine medical needs and administer first aid as necessary, and summon additional medical assistance as required.
  • Give directions and provide assistance to students, staff, faculty and visitors as requested and when appropriate.
  • Respond to and give service to all members of the campus community and campus visitors.
  • Ability to be contacted at a working home telephone or by cellular phone.
  • Provide dispatch and alarm monitoring coverage when requested.
  • Enforce parking regulations in all areas of University property as required.
  • Perform other duties and functions as appropriate to the job classification.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends, evenings, and holidays; available for on-call assignments and overtime. Must provide personally owned Glock 22/23 40 Caliber pistol. Disclaimer: Alternate firearms may be approved for use by the Chief of Public Safety.

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent GED.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must undergo a background investigation, medical and psychological screenings.
  • Ability to work all shifts, weekends and holidays and available for on-call assignments and overtime.
  • Must have full range of hearing, as duties involve listening to phone and radio transmissions, and for audible fire and intrusion alarms.
  • Eyesight must be correctable to 20/30 with normal color vision.

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to work with varying levels of supervision.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure while maintaining a professional stance and remaining calm in emergency and/or tense situations.
  • Ability to communicate in a helpful, effective and professional manner in person, by telephone and by two-way radio.
  • Ability and knowledge in the use/care of all firearms and the equipment issued by USD’s Department of Public Safety.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact with a diverse population
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Have a valid California driver’s license.
  • Have a valid CPR and First Aid cards.
  • Have guard registration and firearm permits issued by the State of California.
  • Provide a clean driving history printout
  • Provide job related training certificates
  • Prefer 832 class or P.O.S.T. certification, or ability to qualify under these provisions.
Posting Salary:

$29.52-29.53 per hour; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume Required, Cover Letter Preferred
Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application and, for full consideration, please upload a resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  You are also strongly recommended to upload a cover letter to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.   If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.
Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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Notice of Availability: In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at www.sandiego.edu/safety/documents/annualreport.pdf. This report is published by October 1st of each year and includes current institutional policies and procedures concerning campus safety and security; fire safety and evacuation policies; sexual misconduct and relationship violence reporting and response stands and protocols; and crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years. To request a paper copy, please contact the Clery Act Compliance Manager via email at clery@sandiego.edu, by calling (619) 260-4768, or in-person in the Hughes Administration Center, room 150.