Human Resources: Available Positions

Position: Public Safety Officer (PSO)

Reports to: Director of Public Safety

Status: Full-Time/Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Hourly Pay Rate: $17.75

General Description: 

Public Safety Officers are responsible for patrolling the University campus and affiliated properties to protect life and property, ensuring a safe and secure learning, working, and living environment for students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Provide a wide range of services to the University community including crime prevention, parking enforcement, crime control, enforcement of university policies and regulations, furnish aid and information, perform searches of personnel and living/work areas, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and other duties as assigned.

Specific Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls; responds to requests for assistance; provides initial response as needed, including first aid.
  • Enforces all university policies and civil laws pertaining to security on campus; conducts investigations of these matters and prepares reports for possible use by law enforcement or internally by the campus administration.
  • Receives and investigates complaints related to security activities or personnel; investigates reports of suspicious vehicles, people or activities on campus property.
  • Prepares clear and concise criminal, supplemental and incident reports relating to daily activities including observed violations, interviews and collection of physical evidence.
  • Secures all buildings and structures according to need, checking for signs of vandalism, fires or other dangers which might result in loss or damage to life or property.
  • Patrols campus buildings and grounds and responds to calls for service expeditiously by foot, golf cart, and/or motor vehicle.
  • Responds to and investigates instances involving assault, battery, illegal substances use and other illegal acts occurring on University property.
  • Responds to fire and burglar alarm activations, which may include extinguishing small fires.
  • Provides information and responds to questions from students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
  • Provides escort services as requested.
  • Assists in emergency situations (e.g. accidents, personal injuries, fires, earthquakes, etc.).
  • Warns violators of rule infractions, such as trespassing, drinking, or excessive noise and detains or expels persons engaging in suspicious or criminal acts within the limits of authority.
  • Issues parking citations; directs traffic at special events, emergency, and congested situations.  .
  • Provide basic first aid and/or assistance to injured personnel in accordance with training and certification and able to request assistance from Fire/EMS as needed.

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of University safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures of a campus environment.
  • Knowledge of investigation and report writing techniques.
  • Knowledge of intrusion and fire alarm systems, access control, and CCTV systems.
  • Knowledge modern office practices, procedures, and equipment; Microsoft Office applications and other software programs related to public safety/law enforcement.
  • Knowledge of interpersonal communication skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Knowledge of methods, procedures, and practices for effective security/law enforcement; physical control/handcuffing techniques and less-lethal applications.
  • Knowledge of fire hazards, prevention/response and the use of firefighting equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to read, understand, explain, interpret, and enforce pertinent laws, policies, rules and regulations with tact, firmness and diplomacy.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, University staff and faculty, visitors and non-university entities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with young adults in a multi-ethnic setting and to interact both formally and informally with University staff, outside agency personnel and the general public.
  • Ability to perform all of the duties of the position effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine and take effective action.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; walk over rough or uneven surfaces.
  • Ability to utilize all of the tools and equipment of the position in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Ability to write clear, concise and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to work all shifts, weekends and holidays and available for on-call assignments and overtime.


  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • High school diploma or equivalent and previous experience in public or private security, military police/security forces, law enforcement, or related experience in a college/university setting is preferred.
  • Valid California Driver's License and an acceptable, current DMV record.
  • Valid Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS) Security Guard License or able to attain within 90 days of employment.
  • Current BSIS/CA P.O.S.T. baton and OC/pepper spray certification or able to attain within 90 days of employment.
  • PC 832 and/or CA P.O.S.T. certification may substitute for BSIS License/Certifications (in certain situations).
  • Must have current First Aid/CPR/AED certification.
  • Must submit to and pass a background/driving record check.

Application Procedures:

NDNU is committed to providing an educational environment that supports a diverse student population. In your cover letter, please include information about your experiences in working in a diverse environment, and what qualities you would bring to supporting this commitment to inclusive excellence at NDNU.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Notre Dame de Namur University
Human Resources, Job # PSO112513
1500 Ralston Avenue
Belmont, CA 94002

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