Human Resources

Public Safety Officer

Apply now Job No: 20030, 20040, 20041
Department: Public Safety & Police Services
Work Type: Union
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Police/Health and Safety

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Provide security and police protection for persons and various university buildings and/or property within the university community, by enforcing the laws of the State of Michigan and administrative ordinances. This position is represented by the Police Officer’s Association.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Provide security and protective services to the university community by patrolling assigned areas or buildings to enforce laws and administrative ordinances, which may include security of individual buildings/stationary locations.
2. Respond to emergencies by assessing the situation, employing tact, diplomacy, and individual judgment to remedy and/or maintain control. Many situations will require the incumbent to provide on-site lead supervision over lower level officers who may be present.
3. Deter, restrain, and/or arrest individuals who may be attempting to commit, are committing or have committed a criminal act.
4. Complete necessary administrative forms/reports related to incidents and/or arrests, including gathering pertinent information from participants and/or witnesses.
5. Occasionally assist investigators and/or inspectors to conduct investigations or special projects as requested.
6. Occasionally provide security during the transportation of large sums of cash and/or other valuables.
7. Maintain regular radio contact with the communications center to advise dispatch of unusual situations, and to request backup when necessary.
8. Appear in court regarding incidents that occur in the university community when necessary.
9. Provide crowd and/or traffic control during scheduled activities or during emergency situations.
10. Admit authorized personnel into locked buildings during security hours.
11. Provide emergency first aid and/or CPR to injured persons or assist in the transportation of ill or injured persons, when necessary.
12. Attend internal and/or external training courses, classes, and seminars to further develop skills and knowledge.
13. Help higher-level staff members train lower-level officers.
14. Provide basic information and directions to university personnel, students, and/or the general public.
15. Provide supervisors with regular status reports/summaries related to the overall training and performance of lower-level officers.

16. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Associate degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Possession of an MCOLES license from the State of Michigan or out of state law enforcement certification meeting MCOLES Recognition of Prior Training & Experience requirements (located at,1607,7-229-41624_43197-148071--,00.html
• Out of sate candidates, meeting the above MCOLES standards must obtain MCOLES license as condition of employment at first testing opportunity MCOLES provides.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Previous experience as a certified law enforcement officer.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

  • Superior communication, customer service, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work rotating shifts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others and follow chain of command.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to complete routine reports. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one situations.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of problems in standardized situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical, diagram, written or oral form.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; reach with hands and arms; and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stand; sit; talk or hear; and use hands to finger, handle or feel.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color, and peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The employee must possess the ability to pass a physical and psychological exam.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee may occasionally be exposed to wet, humid conditions (non-weather); may occasionally work near moving mechanical parts and work in high, precarious places. The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; outdoor weather conditions; extreme cold (non-weather) and extreme heat (non-weather).

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months


1st Shift


Contractual. External candidates will receive the minimum amount.

Title of Position Supervisor

Deputy Chief

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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