The Public Safety Supervisor (Sergeant) serves as the shift supervisor and shall be responsible for all officers, dispatchers, administrative staff, and campus events during their respective shifts. The Public Safety Sergeant is responsible for maintaining the security and safety of persons and property on the university campus; identifying potential security and safety hazards; being observant and responding to major incidents or potential criminal activity on campus; maintaining good public relations by assisting others as a source of information and direction; overseeing the controlling and regulating of traffic and parking; investigating all security, safety, and traffic incidents. The Public Safety Sergeant shall direct the day-to-day shift work of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) in accordance with University Policy, State Statutes, OPS directives, and Special Orders prescribed by the University under the direction of the Director of Public Safety (Chief) or his designee.
Principle Duties/Responsibilities: • Ensure adequate allocation of personnel and resources during their shifts. • Supervise the work of Public Safety Officers, Public Safety Corporals, support staff, and Communications personnel as required. • Advises and assists public safety corporals and officers in non-routine incident/criminal or other investigations and personally participates in the more difficult problems encountered by subordinates. • Be aware of and supervises enforcement of parking, traffic and safety regulations, special event management, and crime prevention and detection programs during their shift. • Ensure that all calls for service from citizens are answered by assignment of personnel or referral. • Review and approve reports, referrals, and other work product generated by Public Safety Officers and Public Safety Corporals. • Will respond to any incidents of a serious nature occurring during their shift. • May represent the Director of Public Safety and/or Harris-Stowe State University at University and community meetings to explain activities and functions of the Office of Public Safety and to establish public relations. • Will carry a University issued cell phone and will respond to calls, emails, or text messages in accordance with departmental policy. • Make recommendations for training of staff under their supervision. • Complete ongoing evaluations of staff under their supervision and complete required evaluation forms as directed. • Serve in occasional “On-Call” status during days off. • The Sergeant shall carry an approved firearm at all times while on duty. • The Sergeant shall the department issued Taser, baton, and pepper spray at all times while on duty. • Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Education and Experience Requirements: • A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in law enforcement or security management. • A combination of education, law enforcement and private security experience may be considered. • Previous supervisory experience is preferred. • Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in criminology, law enforcement, business administration, public administration, security management, or related field. • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree preferred. • A combination of education and experience may be considered in lieu of a degree. • Certification in the State of Missouri as a police officer under POST standards preferred. • Must be able to obtain and maintain an armed security officer license, through the St. Louis County Police Department/St. Louis Metropolitan • Police Department Private Security Licensing Unit, within 30-days of employment. • Must possess a valid driver license upon the effective start date.
Other Required Skills and Abilities: • At least 21 years of age • U.S. citizen or legal resident alien No felony convictions. • Free of any type of chemical dependency • Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines. • Ability to use a computer and type a minimum of 25 words per minute • Must have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population. • Must be a self-starter who works well in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-oriented, and culturally diverse environment. • Must be perceptive and patient, with strong people skills and a willingness to assist others. • Ability to demonstrate ownership, accountability and teamwork. • Ability to focus on results and to commit on excellence.
About Harris-Stowe State University
Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri. Harris-Stowe's beautiful campus is minutes from the renown Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions. Harris-Stowe's diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.
Harris-Stowe State University's primary mission, as set forth in Senate Bill 153, is to address the higher education needs of the metropolitan St. Louis region. Toward the fulfillment of this mandate, the University offers a solid General Education curriculum, which serves as the foundation for the University's various baccalaureate programs in three broad professional areas, including baccalaureate degree programs in business, education, and arts and sciences.
In addition, the University is thoroughly committed to meeting to the greatest extent possible the needs of a student population that is diverse in age, culture, ethnicity and experiential backgrounds. In short, Harris-Stow...e State University is strongly committed to providing a high-quality higher education experience that is both affordable and accessible to the diverse populations within and beyond the metropolitan St. Louis region.
The University seeks to accomplish this overarching goal through an extensive academic support program, a college-preparatory academy for urban youth, supervision of student progress and through many community outreach and collaborative partnerships with businesses, government and educational institutions.
Underlying this commitment to a high-quality education is the University's emphasis on professional growth and personal development that is essential for an educated person entering a professional field.
In pursuit of its mission, Harris-Stowe State University offers a variety of programs and services that include, but are not limited to:
-Recruiting a diverse population of interested and qualified students, faculty and staff.
-Supporting student development through academic support services, extracurricular activities, student government,
cultural and community involvement, professional organizations and honor societies.
-Enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the student's learning environment through a variety of innovative and creative
instructional techniques and delivery systems involving modern technology and through day, evening and Saturday
courses, which accommodate the students' varying educational and scheduling needs.
-Offering a broad and solid general education curriculum that serves as the foundation for professional studies and
lifelong learning while accommodating transfer students.
-Offering educational experiences that emphasize excellence in all areas and promote the development of effective
communication skills, interpersonal growth, critical thinking, workplace readiness and an understanding of and
appreciation for diversity.
-Participating in educational and collaborative partnerships and outreach programs with business, government and other
educational institutions, including K-12 and higher education.
-Providing a diverse range of cultural and educational services to the urban community, including in-service educational
opportunities for professional growth and development of teachers, educators and other professionals. Conducting
ongoing institutional assessment and modifying institutional operations, accordingly.
University Facts and Economic Impact:
-In the last four years, Harris-Stowe's graduation rates have increased by 35.6% percent.
-Freshman classes are at capacity and students now come from 50 states and 17 countries
-Enrollment has grown significantly to an all-time high of 1724 - 34% increase and the highest percentage increase of both
public and private four-year higher education institutions in Missouri.
-The UNCF performed an independent, extensive study of HBCUs and their impact on state and local economies. All
factors combined, HSSU's impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area is more than $65 million per year.