Public Safety Community Resource Officer - Interim Corporal
Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.
The Public Safety Interim Corporal is a limited-term full-time position and is primarily responsible for the effective supervision of those patrol and communications officers assigned directly to him/her. Due to the size of the Department, the Corporal must, in addition to supervising duties, frequently perform the same tasks as the Public Safety Officers. Those duties are to provide protective and public safety services on the Swarthmore College campus, consistent with the Department’s mission to “create a community partnership of teamwork and responsiveness while providing a safe and secure environment that is auspicious for collegiate, communal and working activities. It shall be this department’s responsibility and objective to create an atmosphere where members interact with the community and organizations to provide a prompt, professional presence. In doing this, we will remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which we serve while justly enforcing the rules and regulations of the Swarthmore College Community and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
During assigned shifts, a Public Safety Corporal must be ready, able, and always available to effectively respond to a wide variety of situations and prepare daily for upcoming events. The Corporal must adapt to changing conditions, laws, patrol procedures, general orders, work rules, and recent court decisions. The Corporal is accountable for the well-being of the students, faculty, staff and general public who occupy the grounds and roadways of Swarthmore College and to ensure the constitutional rights and guarantees of all. During non-business hours the Corporal is often the highest ranking official on campus and is expected to make most decisions without consulting a higher authority. Due to the decision making nature of the job, the Corporal must be prepared to give immediate assistance to the public by making decisions for the College that may be unrelated to public safety. Perform other duties as assigned.
The expectations for the Public Safety Corporal are to report for duty in a reliable, consistent and timely fashion. The Corporal must be flexible and adapt to changes in shift schedules. The position requires the Corporal to be exposed to environmental factors such as inclement weather, extreme heat and cold and potentially hazardous materials. In order to ensure continuous protection of the College community, the Corporal is required to be available to work during inclement weather or other emergencies even if the campus has otherwise canceled operations and activities. The position requires after-hour response to emergencies on campus when warranted and requested by the Director or Associate Directors.
The Public Safety Corporal is responsible for providing guidance, support, and instruction to subordinates and ensures public safety and communications officers execute the functions and goals of the Swarthmore College Department of Public Safety. These functions include protection of life and property, as well as a variety of other services. The Corporal must take appropriate action for the preservation of the peace and good order of the College community including but not limited to the enforcement of College regulations, traffic and parking rules, facility use rules, and student code of conduct rules.
The expectations for all officers, but especially for front line leaders/supervisors are that they fully engage with the concepts of "community policing,” building partnerships that support the safety of every member of the community, such as through the Building Resource Officer Program. Public Safety’s mission is to work in partnership with the Swarthmore College community to provide a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment. The department endeavors to foster an atmosphere in which officers provide a prompt, professional presence in order to remain aware of and responsive to the diverse community in which they serve, while justly enforcing the rules and regulations of the College and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The DPS is committed to upholding the College’s mission of fostering leadership for the common good by providing a safe and secure learning, living, and working environment for all members of our vibrant and diverse community. We believe safety is a responsibility. To that end, we work diligently to:
- Protect persons and property by thoughtfully preempting and proactively reducing risks on our campus. - Preserve the peace by promptly and effectively responding to the needs of our community, fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and consideration among all its diverse members, and justly enforcing local, state, and federal rules and regulations. - Inspire confidence and trust as representatives of the College by being a prompt, professional presence in all interactions. - Cultivate and maintain clear channels of communication within our team and with the broader College community. - Collaborate with our community in the spirit of Swarthmore’s Quaker values, meeting our shared goal of a safe campus by building strong and intentional ties both on and off campus. - Create and remain an accessible, caring, and engaged presence throughout your time on campus. - Share our expertise and continually enhance our knowledge, training, and initiatives through innovative approaches to community policing, involving all our community members in the work of keeping our campus safe.
All officers, especially supervisors are expected to participate in community engagement activities. Officers are to report for duty in a dependable and timely fashion. The officer must be willing to work overtime shifts when required occasionally on short notice. The officer must adapt to change in shift schedules. The position requires the supervisor be exposed to environmental factors such as inclement weather, extreme heat and cold, and hazardous materials. The Corporal is required to be available to work during inclement weather or other emergency situations even if the campus has otherwise canceled operations.
The expectations for the Public Safety Corporal are to report for duty in a reliable, consistent and timely fashion. The Corporal must adapt to change in shift schedules. The position requires the Public Safety Corporal to be exposed to environmental factors such as inclement weather, extreme heat and cold, and potentially hazardous materials. The Public Safety Corporal is required to be available to work during inclement weather, or other emergency situations even if the campus has otherwise canceled operations, in order to ensure continuous protection of the college community.
The Public Safety Corporal is responsible for providing guidance, support and instruction to subordinates and to ensure Public Safety and Communications Officers are carrying out the functions of the Swarthmore College Department of Public Safety. These functions include protection of life and property, as well as a variety of other services to achieve and maintain the goals of the Department. The Corporal must take appropriate action for the preservation of the peace and good order of the college community including but not limited to the enforcement of college regulations, traffic and parking rules, facility use rules, student code of conduct rules, and Pa. State Crime and Vehicle Codes.
The Public Safety Corporal is required to become involved in preliminary, supplementary, and miscellaneous investigations which are necessary to solve crimes, apprehend criminals, provide victim/witness assistance and prepare case documentation.
Closely and consistently supervise all personnel (full & part time) on his/her designated shift, ensuring that staff assigned to his/her watch are punctual and properly uniformed, groomed and ready for duty. Conduct shift briefings, determine and implement directed patrol efforts for the shift.
Assist the Public Safety Associate Directors and Director in the effective operation of the Public Safety Department. Review all reports, cards, logs etc. generated on his/her watch for content, grammar and appearance. Prepare and submit performance appraisal evaluations on subordinates. Conduct regular performance review with subordinates, and initiate and monitor improvement programs when required.
The Public Safety Corporal is expected to lead by setting exemplary examples on a day to day basis. The highest standards of honesty, integrity, public relations, image, service orientation and professionalism is required at all times.
The Public Safety Corporal must consistently and meticulously monitor Public Safety staff compliance with all College and Department rules and regulations. Every violation, however slight, must be appropriately documented and promptly communicated to the Associate Directors and/or Director.
The Public Safety Corporal is expected to consistently recognize favorable performance. All noteworthy acts must be documented in writing.
The Public Safety Corporal is an integral part of a team of supervisors. Active, appropriate and constructive participation in various department meetings and with other individual supervisors is required. Day to day problems and concerns must be routinely discussed with the Associate Directors and Director.
High School diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license, valid First Aid/CPR-AED certification, minimum of three years’ work experience in the law enforcement/public safety/emergency response field - preferably in a college/university setting with progressive leadership and responsibility, the ability to work independently, the ability to pass a physical examination, psychological examination, and a criminal history records check, and must be willing to attend PA Act 235 if not already Act 235 certified.
Knowledge of recognized supervisory skills and practices. Knowledge of patrol functions (foot, mobile and stationary). The ability to understand the functions of the Patrol and Communications division and maintain effective communication with supervisors. Ability to identify potential security and safety problems, detect criminal activity, detect safety hazards such as poorly lit pedestrian areas. Basic knowledge of methods to initiate corrective action.
Knowledge and consistent effective application of good public relations techniques. Knowledge in dealing with widely diverse attitudes exhibited by crowds during athletic events, rallies, social or cultural events, and protection of dignitaries. Ability to responsibly interact with the general public, college community and Public Safety Department staff.
Knowledge in correctly preparing various reports such as incident, arrest, accident and injury. Possess skill in articulating facts and ideas both orally, in writing or with computer software in a clear, complete, concise and grammatically correct manner. Consistently demonstrate the ability to proofread reports of subordinates, and to upgrade the quality of these documents through instruction.
Knowledge and skill in the operation of marked patrol vehicles and possess knowledge of the laws pertaining to emergency vehicle operation.
Knowledge of modern criminal investigative techniques and equipment including interview methods, surveillance techniques, collection and preservation of physical evidence. Knowledge of the proper course of action during a criminal investigation.
The ability to acquire knowledge of the policies of Swarthmore College. The policies and procedures which regulate and guide work performance, personal conduct and operational methods. The ability to acquire knowledge of the policies of the Department of Public Safety. The policies and procedures which regulate department standard operating procedures, personal conduct and law enforcement ethics. The ability to properly evaluate the work performance of subordinates. The ability to acquire knowledge of the Pa. Crime and Vehicle codes and Department general orders concerning these laws including search and seizure, arrest, use of force, civil rights, search and arrest. The proper technique to restrain, control and search detained or combative persons.
The ability to acquire knowledge of the geographical boundaries of Swarthmore campus and its outlying properties, the geography of the surrounding communities especially those areas immediately proximate to the campus.
The actions of the Public Safety Corporal have a direct impact upon the safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors at the college and have an effect on student morale, campus operations, and public image of the college and the Department of Public Safety. It is necessary for the Corporal to always exhibit maturity, reliability, composure, and stability under pressure. A high standard of professional ethics is required as is the consistent promotion of a positive image of the department. Every interaction (unless extreme, articulate circumstances exist) must be entirely courteous, polite and respectful. Once a Corporal acquires the knowledge of the administrative structure of Swarthmore College, he/she must be able to combine law enforcement experience with strong human relations, communication and interpersonal skills to effectively provide public service in a diverse academic environment.
Associate's degree Municipal Police Academy Act 120 certification or other comparable training Law Enforcement/Public Safety experience in a college/university setting Implicit Bias Training De-escalation Training
This is a limited-term full-time position working 40 hours per week on the 2:00pm to 10:00 pm shift for one year that may be renewable and offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off. For more information and to apply, please visit: http://careers.swarthmore.edu/cw/en-us/job. This is a salary grade non-exempt 06.
Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues.