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Bucknell University
  • Position Number: 4499685
  • Location: Lewisburg, PA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Staff Sergeant

Job No: 497482
Position Type: full-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Public Safety

The Staff Sergeant will effectively plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of campus Public Safety Officers assigned to their shift. The Staff Sergeant will manage the Department of Public Safety during evenings and weekends, in the absence of additional command staff. The Staff Sergeant is expected to ensure the operations division goals and objectives set by the Chief of Police are fulfilled.

As a front line supervisor, this role enforces departmental policies and procedures, security-related University policies within legal limits, and relevant local, state and federal laws and ordinances.
The Staff Sergeant may also be responsible for coordinating the department lock-up program, and initiating and implementing outreach and educational programs to ensure the safety and security of students, University employees, campus visitors, and campus property.

The Staff Sergeant will work collaboratively with Officers and colleagues in support of department and University objectives. A commitment to the educational mission of the University, support for University and department policies and procedures, and sensitivity to the needs of a diverse campus population is also required.

The position involves a variety of diversified duties. Standard procedures or methods do not exist to cover many situations encountered by the job holder. Independent judgment and decision making is routinely required to complete tasks. The job holder is expected to regularly evaluate possible courses of action and to use discretion in determining the best course of action. The job holder makes decisions, or makes recommendations, independently, regarding matters of departmental significance. The job holder initiates actions in support of department or University objectives.

Job Duties:

  • Provide leadership and supervision for Public Safety Officers:clarify performance expectations; assign daily tasks, delegate patrol assignments, provide instruction in the completion of tasks, and follow-up to assure proper completion of tasks as necessary; initiate training and coaching in support of the department's goals; regularly communicate relevant information; proactively address and document performance issues; evaluate assigned personnel and, in consultation with the command staff, conduct annual performance reviews of Officers.
  • Review shift schedules to assure adequate coverage. Anticipate needs and make recommendations through the chain of command for additional coverage during campus events. Leads and manages Public Safety personnel during evenings and weekends, in the absence of the Lieutenant or additional command staff, assuring a proper response to any incident, coordinating all office functions, and resolving issues as they arise.
  • Coordinate the Public Safety Officers' response to incidents, making arrests and issuing citations as necessary, and assign follow-up investigations.
  • Ensure the response to incidents is within accepted police practices and principles, within the law, and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Assist students and their families, University employees, and campus visitors with their security and life safety related needs. Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend action to resolve complaints.
  • Interpret and enforce pertinent laws, and campus rules and regulations pertaining to security and parking.
  • Prepare and submit reports as requested by the command staff, including summaries of cases, incident and investigative reports, etc.
  • Review the officer reports for accuracy and completeness; and ensure timely completion, submission and follow up for all cases
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of University and departmental policies, and campus and building layouts.
  • Assist, as needed, in developing training materials for Officers.
  • Perform duties of a Public Safety Officer on an occasional and as-needed basis.
  • Administer First Aid/CPR/AED as necessary.
  • Perform traffic control functions as necessary.
  • Complete special assignments as requested.
  • Serve as a communications officer as assigned and/or during times of critical need.
  • Actively contribute to Bucknell's efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Support and promote the University's sustainability efforts to protect, maintain and increase the long-term viability and resilience of the University's environmental, social, and economic support systems.
  • Perform all the necessary functions of a police officer; both routine and emergency.

    All Public Safety employees are Campus Security Authorities for Clery reporting purposes.

  • Minimum Qualifications:

  • An Associate's degree from an accredited institution of higher education and five years of public safety, law enforcement, or related experience. Equivalent experience can be substituted for degree.
  • Act 120 certification; Act 2; or Act 120 equivalent (out of state Law Enforcement Academy)
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills: the ability to develop the skills of direct reports, clarify performance expectations, provide performance coaching, identify performance issues and take prompt and appropriate corrective action; the ability to plan and organize work and staff; the ability to delegate assignments and assure their proper completion.
  • Evidence of sound judgment and decision making abilities.
  • Strong report writing and review skills.
  • The ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Excellent communication skills: the ability to keep Officers and members of the University community properly informed of relevant issues; the ability to effectively prepare written reports and correspondence.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with various constituents (Officers, students, parents, alumni, Trustees, campus visitors, neighbors, and city officials); the ability to work collaboratively with Officers and colleagues in support of department and University objectives; sensitivity in dealing with various populations on campus and within the community.
  • Commitment to supporting and maintaining a diverse campus community.
  • Ability to use computerized information systems and databases; word processing / typing skills.
  • Valid US drivers license.

    Other Requirements:
  • This position is primarily an evening and night shift position.
  • Day, night, and weekend hours as well as some holidays will be required as the Staff Sergeant is part of the Command Staff and is considered an Essential employee.
  • This role will serve on-call as necessary, and as an Essential employee must live within 60 minutes of campus and be able to respond in during inclement weather and declared disasters.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Prior supervisory experience

    Physical Demands:

  • The ability 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.

    Other Requirements:

    All Public Safety personnel must be able to pass a post offer criminal background check, psychological examination, drug screen, and driving record check.
    All Public Safety personnel will be subject to yearly random drug screenings.
    Public Safety personnel must be available to work weekends and some holidays.
    This position is classified as part of essential services. Public Safety Personnel must be able to reach campus within 30 minutes of driving time in the event of an emergency.
    Public Safety personnel must work overtime when emergencies exist or when special programs require it.

    Work Type:

    This is full-time staff non-exempt benefits eligible position.

    This role is not budgeted for visa sponsorship at this time, all candidates must be authorized to work in the US at the time of submission of the application.

    Salary Range:

    This is a Staff Non-exempt position with a hiring range of $25.68-$32.10 (NE14). The offer rate will be based on a review of the candidate's credentials compared to the qualifications of the position, internal equity, and our overall compensation philosophy.

    The Staff Sergeant opportunity is eligible for a $2,000 hiring bonus in accordance with program guidelines.


    Eligible full- and part-time employees are compensated beyond base salary through our total rewards package that includes (but is not limited to):
    - flexible scheduling options determined by role;
    - medical, prescription drug, vision, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance options
    - an outstanding 10% employer contribution to your retirement plan (no contribution requirement for non-exempt positions)
    - generous paid time off, including vacation and sick time, a community service day, and 19 paid holidays (including two full weeks off for Winter Break!)
    - full-time and part-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for themselves. Additionally, full-time members of the faculty and staff are eligible for tuition remission for their spouse/spousal equivalent and are eligible for various tuition programs for their children. Credit for full-time benefits eligible employment at other institutions of higher education will be applied to waiting periods.
    - a comprehensive employee wellness program including program incentives
    - a myriad of other benefits, including parental leave, an employee assistance program, fitness center membership, and the power of your Bucknell ID card

    To learn more about Bucknell's benefits, click here! (*Eligibility criteria and waiting periods may apply.)

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
    Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. We endeavor to enhance our capacity to value and capitalize on the cultural richness that diversity brings. We encourage all individuals to apply and do not discriminate in admissions, employment, educational programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, sex/gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital or family status, military or veteran status, or genetic information.

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