Public Safety Officer

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Position type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Public Safety

The Public Safety Officers are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all University property and community members, both on and off campus. Duties include patrolling the campus on foot, bike, and in university-owned vehicles; responding to emergencies quickly and calmly, and determining the appropriate course of action; monitoring campus buildings, including fire, intrusion alarm, remote systems, and other security systems; providing security escort services for students and employees as requested; providing emergency first aid and/or requesting other medical services as needed; assisting with traffic detail and crowd control during special events; investigating incidents and writing reports; and enforcing parking regulations. Officers are required to participate in on-going job-related training and development activities. Officers must work a flexible schedule including weekdays, weekends, and holidays, over 3 shifts.

Job Duties:
• To know and enforce all university policies and regulations and local and state laws.
• Patrol by foot, bike, or vehicle University properties, surrounding areas and neighborhoods as assigned, in an effort to prevent incidents.
• Possess and maintain Act 120 certification in accordance with PA law.
• Properly and safely carry and use, when necessary, various security devices.
• Respond to emergencies and incidents in a timely manner; determine the appropriate course of action and notify law enforcement officials or other members of the campus community as appropriate.
• Promptly provide emergency first aid and/or request other related medical services as needed.
• Support the crime prevention and safety mission on campus.
• Gather and compile information, write reports, and disperse to appropriate parties for criminal, fire, incident, or accident investigations, or for medical or hazardous conditions.
• Enforce campus traffic and parking regulations; issue tickets and/or citation or warnings as necessary.
• Provide students and employees escort services as requested. Respond to requests in a timely and courteous manner.
• Transport and escort sick or injured students to and from Student Health Services or local hospitals when necessary.
• Respond to a variety of alarms such as fire, burglary, and other supervisory alarms. Assist in conducting alarm testing and evacuation drills. Respond to other types of alarms.
• Cross-train and serve as communications officer as necessary. In this capacity, monitor alarms, emergency telephone systems, closed circuit television, and dispatch Public Safety staff as needed.
• Maintain traffic details and crowd control for special events.
• Lock and unlock campus buildings.
• Maintain daily logs, reports, incident cards, and forms.
• To assist members and guests of the University in whatever manner possible in Public Safety related problems and issues. - Attend training classes and departmental meetings as required.
• To assist local law enforcement and fire agencies in the performance of their duties.
• Provide on-the-job training to co-workers as requested. Regular attendance is required.

Additional Functions:
• Provide support and backup to the Communications Officers as needed.
• Drop off and pick up keys as needed.
• Enter information into the computer systems.
• All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Must possess PA Act 120 certification; Act 2; or Act 120 equivalent (POST Academy).
• Must possess or be able to obtain a valid PA vehicle license
• Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
• Must demonstrate the ability to interact sensitively and effectively with members of an academic community.
• Must be available to work weekends and some holidays.
• Must be able to reach campus within 30 minutes of driving time in the event of an emergency.
• Must be able to maintain Act 120 & ACT 235 standards including vision requirements.

Physical Demands:
The Public Safety Officer occasionally will be required to lift, move, push, pull, or carry materials weighing from 20 to 50 lbs. Regular walking, biking, and driving is required. Must be able to run, bend, lift, and climb as required. Must be able to quickly respond to critical incidents.

Work Type: 
full-time


About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 60 majors and 70 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,700 undergraduate and 30 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors on scholarly and artistic projects.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its undergraduate students. Student life is vibrant with about 200 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletics teams, a robust arts culture, and a commitment among many of the students to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Lewisburg (pop. 5,700) is located in central Pennsylvania and features beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), a variety of restaurants, shops and boutiques, and the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. It is the seat of Union County, which has about 44,000 residents.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is within a three-hour drive of New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and outstanding opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School consistently ranks among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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