The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.
We pride ourselves in creating the BESTUSCEXPERIENCE, and that begins with our employees! We offer a wide variety of benefits and programs that support our staff and their families including:
• Benefits: dental and vision plans, tuition assistance for our employees and their families, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, 2:1 retirement plan contributions, child care centers and up to $50,000 housing subsidy. And because we are a qualifying public service organization, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) for educational loans. Don’t believe us? Visit usc.edu.
• Perks: discounts to USC sporting events, USC Bookstores, wireless plans, travel, accommodations, and local entertainment.
• Career Growth: We are the largest private employer in Los Angeles offering tremendous development opportunities in multiple fields and industries. The Trojan Network connects current and previous members of the Trojan family to create an endless professional network.
The USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) is one of the largest campus public safety departments in the United States employing 300+ full-time personnel and 30 part-time student workers. The department’s primary mission is to provide a safe and secure environment on campus and in the local USC community that allows students, faculty, staff and campus visitors to realize their academic and social pursuits.
This is non-sworn, probationary position and attends formalized training to learn practices, procedures and techniques of law enforcement, crime prevention, community relations, first aid, physical conditioning and weapons handling. Public Safety Officer Trainees must successfully pass all phases of training to advance to a PSO I position. Participates in and successfully completes prescribed law enforcement officer training program for entry level Police Officer. Works with an assigned field training officer to learn field activities, tactics and strategic planning. Demonstrates familiarity with the University and its adjacent areas and patrols an assigned area. Learns to make arrests and serve warrants and subpoenas. Learns the methods of and assists in securing crime scenes and evidence. Displays a satisfactory level of competence in report writing and the laws of arrest and seizure. Successfully obtains training in defensive driving and California Vehicle and Penal Codes. Maintains acceptable standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program. Successfully applies material learned in scenario-based exercises.
• Participates in and successfully completes prescribed law enforcement officer training program. Learns to understand and follow oral and written instructions. Demonstrates effective oral and written communication skills.
• Works with an assigned field training officer to learn field activities, tactics and strategic planning. Under guidance, responds to emergency calls for service to protect public safety and property, resolve disputes, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances. Performs assigned responsibilities on an individual or team basis, depending upon the status of the incumbent’s training.
• Demonstrates familiarity with the University and its adjacent areas and patrols an assigned area with assigned field training officer in a radio dispatched automobile, on bicycle or on foot. Learns to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the University community.
• Learns to make arrests and serve warrants and subpoenas. Learns to transport individuals for medical clearances and booking as required.
• Learns the methods of and assists in securing crime scenes and evidence, interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses. Demonstrates knowledge of collecting and preserving evidence.
• Displays a satisfactory level of competence in report writing and the laws of arrest and seizure. Learns to prepare and maintain accurate official logs, reports, records and files.
• Successfully obtains training in defensive driving and California Vehicle and Penal Codes. Learns to observe, monitor and control routine and unusual traffic situations. Under guidance, stops and warns drivers or issues citations as appropriate. Provides direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events or other congested situations.
• Develops an understanding of officer survival and the need for sustaining physical fitness. Maintains acceptable standards of mental and physical fitness throughout the training program.
• Successfully applies material learned in scenario-based exercises.
• Serves as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) and mandatory reporter under the Clery Act based on University responsibilities. Has responsibility and is required to receive reports of crimes or criminal incidents from victims of crimes and/or third parties; notifies Department of Public Safety immediately of any reported serious crime or criminal incidents that indicates the presence of an ongoing threat to the University community; and notifies the Clery Compliance Coordinator in the Department of Public Safety.
Only those applicants who meet the minimum requirements and desired background experience will be contacted to participate in the selection process. If selected, you will be notified, via email, of your results after each step you complete. The following are the steps you will be required to complete successfully during the selection process.
• Application – Complete the online application and submit a resume and cover letter.
• Written Exam – This exam includes both a cognitive (i.e., problem-solving) and an attitude/behavioral-orientation (i.e., criminal justice officer orientation) component.
• Physical Agility Test (PAT) – Designed to measure strength, agility, and endurance and will be administered by the Rio Hondo Police Academy Staff.
• Panel Interview – The panel will assess the candidate’s knowledge, education, experience, and general ability to successfully perform in the position.
• Background Investigation – A background investigator will conduct a thorough background investigation by contacting employers, references, family members and neighbors to assess the applicant’s character.
• Psychological Evaluation – A battery of psychological tests and a clinical interview conducted by a licensed psychologist.
• Medical Exam – A job related pre-placement physical exam which includes a drug test, TB skin test, hearing and vision testing.
• Background Screening – Includes criminal background check, SSN Trace, Motor Vehicle Record, National Sex Offender Registry, employment verification, Education and Military Service.
This is an armed officer trainee position. Must be eligible for bonding. Must be free of felony convictions and certain misdemeanors. Must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Must be at least 21 years old at time of the written examination. Must be found to be free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition that might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of arrest of a peace officer. Successful completion of: written examination, physical agility test, oral interview, psychological evaluation, in-depth background screening, medical examination, and successful completion of an approved Police Academy. Must be able to work varied days and shifts: 8 or 10 hours per day, 40 hours per week. Must be able to report for work in case of emergencies. Operates motor vehicles and/or electric carts.
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer
High school or equivalent
Minimum Field of Expertise
Must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s license. Must be eligible for and meet the POST training requirement. Must be eligible for the State of California Patrol Persons and Firearms permits. Must have 1 year experience in a service and/or security position within an academic or alternate service environment. Candidate must acquire a guard card at the conclusion of the training period.
Related undergraduate study
May oversee student and/or temporary workers.
Supervises - Nature of Work
Preferred Field of Expertise
1007596 Posted Date: 10/21/2016 Apply Share this Job Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Email
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