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Public Safety Sergeant

Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri.  Harris-Stowe’s beautiful campus is minutes from the renowned Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions.  Harris-Stowe’s diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.



The Public Safety Supervisor (Sergeant) serves as the shift supervisor and shall be responsible for all officers, dispatchers, administrative staff, and campus events during their respective shifts. The Public Safety Sergeant is responsible for maintaining the security and safety of persons and property on the university campus; identifying potential security and safety hazards; being observant and responding to major incidents or potential criminal activity on campus; maintaining good public relations by assisting others as a source of information and direction; overseeing the controlling and regulating of traffic and parking; investigating all security, safety, and traffic incidents.  The Public Safety Sergeant shall direct the day-to-day shift work of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) in accordance with University Policy, State Statutes, OPS directives, and Special Orders prescribed by the University under the direction of the Director of Public Safety (Chief) or his designee. 

Principle Duties/Responsibilities: 
  • Ensure adequate allocation of personnel and resources during their shifts.
  • Supervise the work of Public Safety Officers, Public Safety Corporals, support staff, and Communications personnel as required. 
  • Advises and assists public safety corporals and officers in non-routine incident/criminal or other investigations and personally participates in the more difficult problems encountered by subordinates.
  • Be aware of and supervises enforcement of parking, traffic and safety regulations, special event management, and crime prevention and detection programs during their shift.
  • Ensure that all calls for service from citizens are answered by assignment of personnel or referral.
  • Review and approve reports, referrals, and other work product generated by Public Safety Officers and Public Safety Corporals. 
  • Will respond to any incidents of a serious nature occurring during their shift. 
  • May represent the Director of Public Safety and/or Harris-Stowe State University at University and community meetings to explain activities and functions of the Office of Public Safety and to establish public relations.
  • Will carry a University issued cell phone and will respond to calls, emails, or text messages in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Make recommendations for training of staff under their supervision.  
  • Complete ongoing evaluations of staff under their supervision and complete required evaluation forms as directed. 
  • Serve in occasional “On-Call” status during days off.
  • The Sergeant shall carry an approved firearm at all times while on duty.
  • The Sergeant shall the department issued Taser, baton, and pepper spray at all times while on duty.
  • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.  
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement or security management. 
  • A combination of education, law enforcement and private security experience may be considered.
  • Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminology, law enforcement, business administration, public administration, security management, or related field. 
  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree preferred. 
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Certification in the State of Missouri as a police officer under POST standards preferred.  
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain an armed security officer license, through the St. Louis County Police Department/St. Louis Metropolitan
  • Police Department Private Security Licensing Unit, within 30-days of employment.
  • Must possess a valid driver license upon the effective start date.
Other Required Skills and Abilities:
  • At least 21 years of age  
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident alien  No felony convictions.
  • Free of any type of chemical dependency 
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to use a computer and type a minimum of 25 words per minute
  •  Must have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population.
  • Must be a self-starter who works well in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-oriented, and culturally diverse environment.
  • Must be perceptive and patient, with strong people skills and a willingness to assist others.
  • Ability to demonstrate ownership, accountability and teamwork. 
  • Ability to focus on results and to commit on excellence.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within all the divisions of the University. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all local Public Safety agencies
  • Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, accurate and comprehensive reports. 
  •  Develop working knowledge regarding the proper operation of all assigned equipment. 
  • Ability to assume command during all incidents of serious nature. 
  • Must become proficient in the use and operation of the E2 Campus Alert system.
  • Oversee the development and issuance of emergency campus wide alerts when required
  • Rotating shifts, nights, evening, weekend, holidays, and after hours work is required. 
  • May be required to report for duty at any time, including during states of emergency and university closings.
     Ability to work overtime, both scheduled and unscheduled.
  • May include occasional exposure to normal environmental conditions such as sunlight, heat, cold, and rain. Also includes risk of exposure to adverse environmental conditions such as noise, solvents, odors, slippery or uneven surfaces, heights, machinery, adverse weather conditions, and traffic hazards.
Cognitive and Physical Requirements:
  • Must be mobile throughout the campus.     
  • Requires complete mobility of all limbs. 
  • Requires walking, standing, and running, kneeling, bending, and stooping.   
  • May be required to climb obstructions and crawl under obstructions. 
  • Must be able to run extended distances and may be required to apprehend fleeing suspects.  
Benefits Statement:  
  • Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance and eye care options
  • Receive rich medical premiums 
  • Pension account matched at up to 20.42% 
  • Tuition remission including qualifying dependents 
  • Savings annuity plan
  • Tax Savings Benefit through Missouri State Employees’ Cafeteria Plan
  • On-site fitness center
  • Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time 

Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Salary based on qualifications and experience.  Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and unofficial transcripts and professional references online.   

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“Please No Phone Calls” 

 Due to the large number of applications submitted and the high volume of applicant inquiries we receive regarding the status of applications, we are unable to accept phone calls or walk-in inquiries regarding applicant status. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

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