Public Safety Officer

Public Safety Officer

Looking for a way to earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree tuition-free? Do you like the idea of helping other students and being part of a big family? Mount Mercy University (MMU) has an opportunity for qualified individuals to serve as a Public Safety Officer where you’ll get to do just that! As a Public Safety Officer, you’ll play a key role in serving all of the MMU community, gain real world experience in our Public Safety Department for your resume, and you’ll have the opportunity to earn your degree tuition free!

*Some restrictions apply. Please direct any questions about this benefit to Human Resources.

Mount Mercy University is a Catholic, coeducational University founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1928 and currently enrolling over 1800+ students.  The University offers a variety of liberal arts, professional, accelerated and graduate degree programs on a picturesque campus overlooking the city of Cedar Rapids.

Mount Mercy University is currently seeking candidates to fill the position of Public Safety Officer in the Department of Public Safety.  This position is part of a team responsible for the safety and security of the campus and will require working a non-standard work schedule to assist in providing 24/7 coverage. This position reports to the Director of Public Safety. This is a full-time Non-Exempt (hourly) position.  Salary is $12.00/hour with overnight shift differential when applicable, and built in step raises at six and twelve months.

Primary Function

Provide for the safety and well-being of Mount Mercy University students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus.  Preserve peace through patrolling campus grounds, responding to calls for assistance including emergency and crisis situations, and provide other safety-related services. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Protects buildings and grounds
  • Monitors for fire, smoke and/or intrusion on campus property
  • Patrols assigned routes, stands, and watches
  • Monitors condition of and operates fire protection panels and equipment
  • Enforces parking regulations
  • Ensures the proper security and unlocking of buildings
  • Escorts students/personnel to and from parking lots/buildings as requested
  • Provide courteous and respectful services
  • Operate Mount Mercy College motor vehicles as required
  • Conduct investigations, write reports and utilize computer software
  • Performs audits of life saving devices and security systems routinely
  • Assists the Director of Public Safety in investigations of student conduct, theft, vandalism, etc.
  • Assists the Director of Public Safety in updating policies and manuals for Mount Mercy University
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • AA Degree in law enforcement, fire science, EMT certificate, or social work preferred
  • Prior law enforcement, military, or public safety/security experience preferred
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills to provide exceptional customer service to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus
  • Ability to write detailed security reports with proper grammar and sentence structure 
  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word and Outlook)
  • Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality  
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision

The successful candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to support Mount Mercy’s mission as a Catholic university providing student-focused education in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy.  Mount Mercy University welcomes those of different faiths and is committed to excellence in education and community service.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe .pdf attachment to: hr@mtmercy.edu with the subject line “Public Safety Officer.”  Paper application materials will not be accepted.  Position will remain open until filled.

Mount Mercy University is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free campus.