Public Safety Officer (Security Officer)

May 17, 2024

Job Description

Public Safety Officer (Security Officer)

Job Post Information* : Posted Date

5 days ago(3/8/2024 5:28 PM)
Position Number



St. Paul
FLSA Status

Employment Type

Full-Time Staff

The University of St. Thomas, Department of Public Safety, one of the regionally recognized leaders in college and university campus public safety, is seeking highly qualified candidates for full-time Public Safety Officer roles.


This position is full time, benefits eligible, and the pay begins at $21.66, with opportunities for increases based on experience, qualifications, and professional development.


The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  The University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer (EEO).  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, status as a protected veteran, or other protected characteristic.  We are committed to building a skilled team that represents a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. This commitment is consistent with our mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

These positions are full-time, regular roles eligible for the University of St. Thomas’ competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes:

  • Up to 100% tuition remission for employees, spouses, and dependents upon eligibility
  • A generous Employer retirement contribution of 9.4% of annual salary upon eligibility
  • Medical, dental, and vision options
  • Employer-paid disability, life, and AD&D benefits



Public Safety plays a major role in protecting the St. Thomas community, and has a proven history of educating, training and enhancing the job skills necessary for professional career advancement in policing and the private security industries. Full time employees are eligible for 100% tuition remission applicable toward bachelor’s degrees including sociology or criminal justice/law enforcement and master’s degrees including police leadership following one year of full time employment.



  • Protect life, safeguard property and maintain peace and order at two urban campus locations through enforcement of local, state and federal laws as well as university rules and regulations
  • Proactively patrol a residential community of nearly 2,500 people
  • Prevent crime
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Work closely with local police and emergency service personnel
  • Establish and foster community relationships
  • Conduct preliminary investigations involving criminal or suspicious activity
  • Prepare, write and file reports

Public Safety Officers at the University of St. Thomas work 12-hour shifts.  A determination as to which shift is available, day or evening shift, may not be made until the six month training period has been completed.  During the training period, new hires will train on both the day and evening shifts.  This schedule is subject to change, dependent on business needs. 

Education/Experience Required:

  • High School diploma or the equivalent (e.g., GED)
  • Two years of relevant public safety experience


  • Associate’s degree in a relevant field plus completion of relevant Skills training

Required Qualifications:

  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to pass the self-defense and training programs within the first six months of training as a condition of employment
  • The initial training programs require day-time and night-time work in the first six months

Additional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of procedures for effective security, codes and regulations related to the work, law enforcement procedures and terminology, and techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals from various socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, in person, often where relations may be confrontational or strained
  • Understanding of law enforcement and legal issues that impact campus public safety officer duties basic computer applications related to the work
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes and regulations; making sound decisions in emergency situations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • College coursework/degree in a related or associated field
  • Special attention will be given to applicants with campus public safety experience or those who are licensed or eligible to be licensed as a peace officer and are interested in furthering their career in law enforcement


An extensive employment and criminal background check and pre-employment physical will be required as a part of the hiring process. Full disclosure of all felony and/or misdemeanor violations is required after an offer has been made.



The ability to drive a motor vehicle in order to visit various university locations.  Stamina to perform sustained physical labor to include standing, walking, climbing, and lifting.  Strength to effectively subdue and/or remove persons in difficult or emergency situations. The ability to read printed materials and a computer screen. The ability to communicate in person and over the telephone/radio. The ability to work day-time or night-time shifts. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.



All interested candidates must apply online at Follow the instructions to complete an online application which includes creating or updating an applicant profile, uploading a resume, and completing a job specific application.


In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires consent and successful completion of a background screening.


Official job posting is available at