Widener University has established a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all faculty and staff who will be on our campuses to be fully vaccinated and compliant as a condition of employment. Our goal is that all members of the Pride may safely experience Widener's hands on, inclusive, and personalized learning environment in person.
Widener University is currently seeking a full-time Campus Safety Sergeant. This position reports to the Lieutenant on duty, and also provides first-line supervision of all subordinate personnel assigned to their shift including, but not limited to, Campus Safety Officers, Corporals/ Dispatchers, van and shuttle drivers and student employees of the Office of Campus Safety. This position also provides support to visitors, students and staff on the Widener University campus. This position operates outdoors and averages 40 hours a week, 10 hours a day, 11:00 PM to 9:00 AM.
Widener University is committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. The Office of Campus Safety holds a deep commitment to an inclusive culture that supports the work of faculty and staff members across the institution, and works closely with the Chief Diversity Officer to facilitate that commitment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):
- Sergeants 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 area. Individuals may also have a specific area of assignment.
- Sergeants will manage their supervisory sector and the officers assigned to that area(s). They will supervise the response for any calls for service and criminal incidents that occur.
- Sergeants will build positive relationships with University community members and groups.
- Sergeants are required to perform associated supervisory duties as assigned by the Shift Lieutenant.
- Patrols university building and grounds; examines entrances, windows and internal doors to determine that they are secure.
- Responds to reports of irregularities such as fire hazards, facilities malfunctions, physical altercations, accidents and criminal activities. Notifies dispatcher if police, fire or ambulance units are required.
- Oversees campus safety investigations performed by officers; will manage or refer complicated investigations to the Lieutenant or Campus Safety Administration.
- Prepares reports accurately and objectively detailing incidents on campus. Reviews all reports submitted by officers during the shift to ensure accuracy and completeness prior to being relieved of duty.
- Escorts university community members to/from buildings and parking lots. Provides emergency transportation for university community.
- Ensures employee/students transportation requests are completed as required.
- Issues verbal warnings, parking citations, and authorizes the immobilization of vehicles in the absence of the Lieutenant.
- Interact with local and state police officials.
- Assist the Lieutenant to provide on-the-job training of all personnel assigned to the shift and documentation of same.
- Ensures that each member assigned is in their proper uniform, through inspection of uniforms and equipment.
- Instills decorum of honesty and professionalism within themselves and the employees assigned to them and adheres to the chain-of-command whenever practical.
- Perform duties of a dispatcher or Campus Safety Officer or Corporal as needed
- Performs other duties as assigned or directed.
- Able to work other shifts when needed or required.
- Performs other duties as assigned or directed.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Three (3+) years progressive law enforcement, campus or public safety experience.
- A minimum of one (1+) year of supervisory and/or dispatch experience
- Valid Driver’s License
- Must have the ability to interact professionally with the public.
- Knowledge of law enforcement practices, methods, and techniques.
- Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
- Ability to supervise a small to medium sized public safety staff.
- Ability to enforce laws and regulations and determine appropriate law enforcement procedures.
- Ability to review and revise documentation from subordinate staff and compile statistics for departmental and special reports.
- Ability to operate motor vehicles used in work activities.
- Performing other duties as assigned, that are appropriate for the position.
- Able to work various hours and/or days.
- Experience in higher education.
- Knowledge of criminal laws and departmental regulations and procedures.
- Knowledge of the Student Handbook, specifically the Student Code of Conduct.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS:
- The ability to walk for extended periods of time.
- The ability to walk up and down steps both inside and outside of buildings.
- The ability to walk outdoors in your assigned area in all types of weather conditions.
- The ability to stand and/or sit for extended periods of time both inside and outside of buildings.
- The ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 lbs.
Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter 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 www.widener.edu.