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Campus Safety Lieutenant - 2nd shift, Main Campus

Apply now Job no: 492554
Work type: Full-time non-exempt
Location: Chester
Categories: Support Staff (Non-Exempt)

Widener University is currently seeking a Campus Safety Lieutenant to join our team. Campus Safety Lieutenants are responsible for ensuring the safety and general well-being of all University community members, safeguarding university property and enforcing university policies and rules.  Emphasis will focus on the daily operation of a diverse shift, fostering good community relations and providing professional service.

Lieutenants are assigned to a specific shift. Primary type of patrol is foot patrol (which requires individuals to walk for their shift) across the University, throughout buildings, University properties and any designated areas. These shifts average 8 hours and are outdoors.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Provide first-line supervision of all subordinate personnel assigned to their shift including, but not limited to, Campus Safety Officers, Corporals/ Dispatchers, Sergeants, van and shuttle drivers and student employees of the Campus Safety Department.
  • Supervise their shift by preparing and assigning work schedules, sectors/assignments, monitoring work progress and evaluating job performance.
  • Build positive relationships with University community members and groups.
  • Prepare reports accurately and objectively detailing incidents on campus.
  • Review all reports submitted by subordinate staff during the shift to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to being relieved of duty. Makes revisions as needed.
  • Collaborate with Associate Director to ensure coverage for university events and programs.
  • Ensure communication between Campus Safety administration and Campus Safety Officers.
  • Act as the lead officer in campus safety investigations.
  • Patrol university building and grounds; examines entrances, windows and internal doors to determine that they are secure.  Performs foot patrols, bicycle patrols and vehicular patrols.
  • Respond to reports of irregularities such as fire hazards, facilities/mechanical malfunctions, physical altercations, accidents and criminal activities.  Notifies dispatcher if police, fire or ambulance units are required.
  • Escort university community members to/from buildings and parking lots.  Provides emergency transportation for university community.
  • Ensure employee/students transportation requests are completed as required.
  • Issue verbal warnings, parking citations, and authorizes the immobilization of vehicles.
  • Interact with local and state police officials.
  • Responsible for the on-the-job training of all personnel assigned to their shift.
  • Ensure that officers are in their proper uniform, through inspection of uniforms and equipment.
  • Instill decorum of honesty and professionalism within themselves and the employees assigned to them and adheres to the chain-of-command whenever practical.
  • Oversee payroll and scheduling.
  • Perform duties of a Campus Safety Corporal/Dispatcher, Sergeant or Officer as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or directed.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Flexibility to work additional shifts as needed or required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or directed. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):


  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Eight (8+) years progressive law enforcement, campus or public safety experience.
  • Five (5) years in a progressively responsible supervisory role.
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of all phases of emergency management.
  • Demonstrable in-depth knowledge of all facets of police work, including but not limited to policies, procedures, rules, regulations, community policing and evidence procedures and storage.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and implementation of emergency plans and training exercises as well as assessment of same.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to effectively communicate within all levels of the organization, including briefing executive management on the status of security issues.
  • Emotional maturity to understand the impact, sensitivity and confidentiality of security issues.
  • Technology oriented.
  • Valid driver’s license required for work-related travel and proof of insurability.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Knowledge of the Clery Act and associated regulations
  • Experience in higher education. 


  • Able to work a flexible schedule, including evening and weekend coverage assignments if needed.
  • Ability to walk for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to walk up and down steps both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Ability to walk outdoors in your assigned area in all types of weather conditions.
  • Ability to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time both inside and outside of buildings.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 lbs.

Qualified candidates must submit resume for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at




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