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Professional Safety Officer

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Pacific Lutheran University

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
January 10, 2020
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Years of Experiences
3 - 5
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
Education Level
High School or equivalent
$18.00 per hour, DOE with excellent benefits.

About Pacific Lutheran University

Located on a 156-acre woodland campus, six miles south of Tacoma, in suburban Parkland, Washington, PLU is a private university dedicated to doing things differently since 1890. More than 800 employees at PLU hold positions as faculty members, administrators, academic and administrative staff, including trades and support services. With a tradition of rigorous liberal arts and professional programs, we are committed to developing ethical and educated individuals who are prepared for a lifetime of success—both in their careers and in service to others. The faculty, staff, and administrators of PLU are similarly devoted to service. Working on a university campus requires a commitment to caring for our students, colleagues, campus, and community. Whether staff are preparing meals in the dining hall, processing payments in the Business Office, maintaining our trees and grounds, or teaching a class, all positions are critical to the success of PLU, our students, and staff.

Contact name
Human Resources

Job description

Work Schedule:

FT; four 10 hour shifts per week; shifts rotate every 2 months; work days are either Mon-Thur or Thur-Sun and shifts are 6am-4pm, 4pm-2am, or 8pm-6am.

General Description:     

The Professional Safety Officer is responsible for the safety and security of the Pacific Lutheran University campus and its personnel. This is accomplished through patrolling the campus, interacting positively and professionally with community members and guests, and performing a variety of daily tasks. Reports to the Assistant Director of Campus Safety.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:            

  • Proactively patrol the campus on foot or in a vehicle. Lock and unlock buildings and perimeter gates and check fire panels in buildings.

  • Respond to emergency incidents, ensuring proper procedures are followed and notifications made.

  • Write reports on incidents.

  • Assist local fire and law enforcement personnel in the performance of their duties as requested.

  • Use weaponless defensive tactics, employing verbal skills to diffuse volatile or hostile situations.

  • Assist individuals in locating or obtaining resources to address issues or special needs.

  • Perform dispatcher duties including, answering multi-line phone, entering data into computer system, and addressing walk-in visitors.

  • Administer first aid and operate an AED machine.

  • Provide assistance in vehicle jump starts, walking escorts, and shuttle transports.

  • Operate university vehicles in conformance with local laws and PLU policies.

  • Engage with community members in a culturally responsive manner and with the goal of developing on-going relationships.

  • Attend professional development training such as Security Officer Academy and ICS 100/200 and 700 certification.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:              

  • Knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Excellent human relation skills; ability to deal with a wide variety of people; intercultural skill and capacity necessary to effectively engage individuals from a range of salient identities.

  • Knowledge and skill in confrontation management.

  • Ability to follow department policies, standard operating procedures, and directives.

  • Ability to multi-task and make decisions quickly.

  • Knowledge of radio operations, video console operations, and driving operations.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of personalities in stressful situations.

  • Ability to effectively and clearly read, write, speak and communicate the English language.

  • Ability to communicate clearly on a handheld radio.

  • Knowledge of basic computer skills such as MS Word, MS Excel, Google Mail, and Calendar, and use of the internet.

Required Qualifications:             

  1. Three years of job-related work experience. Education may substitute for some experience.

  2. High school diploma or GED.

  3. Valid driver’s license (Must have had a valid driver’s license for at least 2 years).

  4. First aid/CPR/AED certification required and provided upon employment.

  5. Finalist applicants must satisfactorily complete pre-employment background check, driving abstract, and pass PLU’s Driver’s Certification Training.

Preferred Qualifications:            

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Experience within a safety or security setting.

  • Experience in an academic setting.

  • Experience writing activity reports on a regular basis.

Work Conditions:           

  • Work is normally split between indoor office work and the field patrol environment.

  • Exposure to all kinds of weather conditions and occasional exposure to physical risk.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to walk, run, or climb stairs for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to sit and operate computer related equipment for extended periods of time.

Other Information:        

PLU offers an excellent benefits package including tuition remission for employees and their dependents, retirement plan, medical, dental, paid vacation, major holidays off, and many other great university benefits.