Arcadia University
  • Glenside, PA, USA
  • 13.50
  • Hourly


Public Safety Officers perform a variety of tasks that to help ensure the day to day safety and security of the Arcadia University Community. Officers interact with the internal and external community during both non and emergency situations. Officers gather critical information while coordinating the emergency response; including working with campus partners, law enforcement, emergency services personnel, etc. Public Safety Officers provide support to many areas of the University including Student Affairs, Facilities, Academic Affairs and Athletics. Officers interact with students on a daily basis through student escorts, lock-outs and regular patrols. Public Safety Officers are essential personnel and may be required to work during time of school closures including weather emergencies and holiday breaks.

Part-time weekend shifts only for On-Call Officers.


Essential Functions:

  • The primary responsibility of this position is to help ensure the safety and security of the Arcadia University community by conducting high visibility patrols of the interior of administrative buildings, exterior of residential building, and the grounds and facilities of University property as assigned.
  • Provides security presence in University buildings and facilities; Opens/secures University buildings and facilities according to specified schedules; prevents and detects and reports violations of University rules and regulations.
  • Officers patrol campus buildings and grounds on foot, which includes climbing steps, driving a vehicle, and/or a bicycle and performing security checks as needed, gives directions, provides escorts and provides first aid.
  • Responds to emergency situations including but not limited to: security and phone activated alarms, fire alarms, evacuations, illnesses and injuries, in a timely manner.
  • Completes detailed written incident reports articulating the response and actions taken concerning emergency incidents, incidents that may violate University policies and general public safety issues.
  • Provides security services during special events such as Commencement, Open Houses, University weekend events, sporting events, social functions, etc.
  • Monitors security services access into the Residence Halls and responds to fire and security alarms.
  • Enforces parking regulations throughout the university parking lots. Issues tickets and regulates campus vehicle and pedestrian traffic to enhance safety and expedite traffic flow.
  • Acts as an information resource to students, visitors and university personnel.
  • This position may have additional responsibilities assigned by the Director of Public Safety.
  • Uniforms, which must be worn while on duty, are provided by the University. Employee provide their own black shoes.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to patrol campus buildings and grounds on foot; including stairs, driving a vehicle and bicycle.
  • Ability to remain standing/sitting for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
  • Ability to work evenings, overnight, weekends and holidays and be flexible for various shifts and schedules. There are a select number of campus events, occurring on a yearly basis, that all officers are required to work.
  • In line with Academic calendar, there are select days during the year that time off cannot be granted (i.e. Residence Hall move in day(s), Commencement, etc.)
  • Ability to work with all levels of University personnel including students, visitors and University personnel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must possess a high school or GED diploma with two years work related experience or an equivalent combination of education and military and/or security experience.
  • Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screen and motor vehicle check.
  • Valid driver's license with no moving violations
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Applicants must be CPR/First Aid certified or have the ability to successfully complete the certification. Arcadia University regularly offers CPR/First Aid training on campus at no cost to the employee.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Knowledge of dispatch systems, radio communications, fire systems, CCTV, emergency procedures and switchboard communications is a plus.
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience in security or law enforcement preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree or Act 120 (Police Academy) or Fire Academy certification or equivalent preferred.
  • EMT/First Responder certification a plus.

Application Instructions:

  • Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to the hiring manager. Due to the volume of applications received, communication will generally be limited to candidates selected for additional consideration.
  • Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.

Arcadia University is a top-ranked private University in Greater Philadelphia that provides an educational experience that is values-based; rooted in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI); and places students at the center. The Institute of International Education has ranked Arcadia first nationally in study abroad for 10 of the last 12 years, and the Princeton Review has ranked Arcadia among the "Best in the Northeast" for seven consecutive years. The University's Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs are nationally ranked in their respective categories by U.S. News & World Report, which also ranks Arcadia among the top 25 percent in its category and cites Arcadia for being among the "most innovative" and "best value" colleges. Approximately 3,700 students study at Arcadia, with 2,300 undergraduate students choosing from more than 65 fields of study. Arcadia promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Through its community of practice, Arcadia has made facilitating a safe and welcoming environment a priority by developing and implementing anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI) on campus and in its surrounding communities. Visit

Our belief and experience is that there is strength in diversity and we are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive environment for students and employees alike. We are a community built on varied experiences and perspectives that beneļ¬ts from open-minded discussion and cultural humility. Guided by our University's values, we are committed to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and we are working towards dismantling anti-Black racism/white supremacy and other forms of interpersonal and systemic discrimination and oppression.

We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our community. The successful candidate will demonstrate examples of ways they will incorporate our values in their work.

At Arcadia University, our ABRI/JEDI principles are the foundation of our highly regarded, values-based learning community, which reflects the world in which we want to live. As such, Arcadia actively seeks and welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia prohibits discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, military or military veteran status, disability, medical or genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. All offers of employment are conditional based on the successful completion of a background check. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background check.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:

Arcadia University requires all employees to be "up to date" with COVID-19 vaccines by your employment start date. This would include either:

  • A full primary series of a FDA-approved vaccine and all of the boosters for which they are eligible in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.
  • Or you received the full primary series of an FDA approved vaccine in the last 5 months and are therefore not eligible to receive a booster vaccine. After the 5 months conclude, you will need to receive a booster vaccine or will no longer be "up to date".

Arcadia will consider requests for exemptions from the vaccination policy due to medical conditions or religious belief. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment. Our vaccination protocols are subject to applicable laws and will be updated from time to time to reflect evolving conditions and federal, state, local, and other applicable health and safety guidelines.

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