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Campus Safety Officer

Pierce College District
Job Location:
Lakewood, Washington
Police and Public Safety
A Community College District in Puyallup and Lakewood, Washington

invites applications for the position of:

Campus Safety Officer

SALARY: $3,616.00 - $4,188.00 Monthly

$43,392.00 - $50,256.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 09/14/21

CLOSING DATE: 10/08/21

Recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top 10 community colleges in the nation, Pierce College is an innovative and mission-driven community college committed to antiracism and excellence to equitably support all students achieve their academic and professional goals. Check out our Aspen Institute Rising Star Award.

The mission of Pierce College is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Campus Safety Officers provide for the safety and security of the College community by protecting college property, buildings, grounds, equipment, and other assets, located on campus grounds or other owned or leased property. This position takes and processes reports, obtains witness statements and conducts initial investigations of incidents, accidents, and complaints. Officers must be able to positively interact with a diverse campus community and have a service focus. Officers are required to respond to emergency and crisis situations within the capabilities and limits of the Department’s authority. Officers are designated as “Essential Persons” and are required to report to work during emergencies.

About the District: The College enjoys a strong presence in the community and participates in numerous partnerships with business, community, government, and educational organizations. The campuses have modern facilities that include state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces; an immersive, full-dome digital planetarium; child development centers; and health education centers, all with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Rainier. Want a feel for our District? Take a peek at

our Campus views!

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom - Located on a beautiful 140-acre site adjacent to a 340-acre community and recreational park, including Waughop Lake.

Pierce College Puyallup – Located on a luscious site with 125-acres of wooded land with beautiful hideaways.

Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – Located at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) military sites, serving many of our military and active duty families that are serving our country.

General Patrol Duties:
  • Patrol on foot or in patrol vehicle to enforce institution laws and policies.
  • Inspect buildings and grounds for prowlers, damage, vandalism, or other crimes. Inspect doors and gates to ensure campus security.
  • Direct and regulate traffic and parking. Investigate accidents and crimes, administer first aid; issue citations for violations; gather evidence; locate witnesses; appear in court as required. Operate communications equipment, answer telephone inquiries, take reports of incidents, inspect and operate alarms, access control, and video surveillance systems.
  • Assist law enforcement as needed.
  • Report crimes to law enforcement and secures crime scenes. Act as a Clery Campus Security Authority.
  • Follow Pierce College District policies and procedures, Department policy and State law. Receive and process lost and found property.
  • Control access to facilities; identify property damage, equipment malfunctions, utility failures, or any other unusual, dangerous or suspicious situation.
  • Responds to emergencies, accidents, altercations, alarms or disturbances; assists with evacuations and crowd control.
  • Assists the campus community by providing services such as vehicle unlocks, escorts, battery jumps, and building unlocks.
  • Issues parking permits, access cards and keys as directed.
Lead Duties:

Leading, training, coaching, mentoring, and checking the work of hourly officers and interns. Other duties as assigned.


Required Education:

GED or High School Diploma.

Required Experience:

Two years' experience in public safety, law enforcement, or security OR equivalent combination of experience and education.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Takes personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work and achieves results with little oversight. Arrives for work on time and follows instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Meets productivity standards, deadlines, and work schedules. Acknowledges mistakes and takes appropriate steps to make corrections.
  • Values honesty and professionalism in all interactions, respects the opinions of others, and maintains confidentiality as required by policy and law.
  • Adapts to changing needs, conditions, and work responsibilities. Responds positively to change and is able to multi task and resolve complex issues in a calm manner.
  • Must have a working knowledge of the rapidly changing equality movement as well as social justice issues. Must display a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. This position requires empathy and understanding toward others; recognize the value of cultural, ethnic, gender and other differences. Officers are expected to respond to others appropriately in the workplace while showing mutual respect and managing personal bias. Officers should strive to have an understanding of cultures that are different from their own and recognize each person’s unique cultural experiences.
  • Must know and be able to apply the law, policy and rules governing campus activities and campus safety. Must know or be able to learn to administer first aid and operate firefighting equipment. Must be able to learn to operate office software, access control systems, records management systems, and other Campus Safety databases and systems.
  • Promotes cooperation and commitment within a team to achieve goals by knowing and supporting teammates work. Help teammates who need assistance, encourage team units through sharing information and expertise. Works together to solve problems and puts team success first.
  • Builds and maintains customer satisfaction, seeks ways to improve service delivery, addresses the quality of services from the customer’s point of view. Goes the extra mile to provide excellent service.
  • Diplomatically handles challenging or intense interpersonal situations by working through difficult or stressful situations in a positive manner. Exercises tack and discretion in conversations and sharing of information with others. Communicates clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Instills confidence and competence by wearing the issued uniform in a professional and prescribed manner. Presents a professional appearance and demeanor which makes the campus community feel safe.
  • Diligently attends to the details and pursues quality in accomplishing tasks by preforming tasks with care. Checks work to ensure completeness and thoroughness.
Special Requirements:

A valid Washington driver’s license (at time of hire).

Ability to obtain and maintain CPR, AED, first aid certifications within 120 days of employment. Ability to successfully complete a criminal background check.

Ability to successfully complete a driver’s record check.

Ability to perform the physical and mental demands of the position


Application Requirements:

To be considered for this position, applicants must:

Meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement.

Complete the online application profile at h ttp:// Apply for the specific job opening.

Upload (attach) a cover letter that addresses how you meet the required qualifications as outlined in this announcement. At Pierce College, we value culturally competent and compassionate individuals who bridge diverse backgrounds and perspectives in support of academic equity and excellence. In your cover letter, please address how you will support the mission of Pierce College to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of l learners to thrive in an evolving world. Please include in yo ur response how your previous education and/or professional experience contribute to your effectiveness in promoting a climate of student success for a diverse community of learners. (Cover Letter)

Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)

Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire. (Transcripts)

Upload (attach) a list of at least two professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)

Provide a response to the following supplemental question (In 500 words or less):

"How does this position impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission?"

Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time (40) hours per week) classified, overtime-eligible position with Pierce College District. The primary work location will be at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom campus but occasional travel to Pierce College campuses or sites may occur. Work hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional evenings and weekend work, and occasional travel as required. This position may be subject to reassignment between campuses or sites.

Salary & Benefits:

The starting salary range of this position is $3,616 - $4,188 a month (dependent upon qualifications), with annual periodic increments up to $4,738. However, your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long- term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at:

Physical Work Environment:

This position is required to work indoors in an office environment. During this time, core staff approved by their supervisors to come onto campus are covered by a safety plan that follows social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols. This includes minimizing close contact by limiting time on campus; conducting meetings virtually; and implementing other creative strategies to reduce the density of employees on campus to keep everyone safe.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

Screening & Interview Process:

Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

Please note:

This is a competitive selection process. Your application materials will be reviewed and evaluated based on the minimum qualifications listed for the position. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the District's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.

Conditions of Employment:

An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire. Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

Bargaining Unit:

This position has been designated as a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employee Association (WPEA).

Equal Opportunity:

The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices. Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at:

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following:
Holly Gorski
Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

9401 Farwest Drive SW Lakewood, Washington 98498

(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams

District Affirmative Action Officer (253) 864-3229

Sean Cooke

Title IX Coordinator (253) 840-8472

Campus Safety Officer Supplemental Questionnaire
1. How does this position impact the College's goal to support all students and to achieve racial and social equity in pursuit of mission?
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