Employment Information

Opportunities within Villanova's Department of Public Safety

Overview
The Department of Public Safety consists of 75 employees, working in a variety of capacities. This web page is designed to give prospective employees general information about employment with Villanova's Public Safety Department. The Department is the main provider of emergency services to the University and provides these services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. As such, employees in patrol are required to be available for any of the three assigned shifts. Officers are not sworn police officers and do not carry weapons of any kind. For an overview of Departmental functions, visit the Public Safety web site at http://www.villanova.edu/publicsafety. Officers wear uniforms that are provided by the Department. Public Safety officers are Villanova University employees and as such, are entitled to all University benefits, including paid vacation, sick leave, healthcare, vision, dental, and tuition remission. For more information on university benefits, visit the Human Resources web site Open positions can be viewed and applied for on-line at: jobs.villanova.edu

The following descriptions are intended to provide an overview of the job responsibilities and work hours of several positions within Public Safety, and are not an exhaustive list of all duties, nor is this a comprehensive list of every position available. For questions about the information on this web site, contact Joseph Buckley, Accreditation and Recruitemnt Manager, by email at joseph.buckley@villanova.edu, or by phone at (610) 519-7781.

Housing Officer
The Department employs 18 full time and 2 part time Housing Officers. Housing officers are responsible for staffing the main entrances to University residence halls. Officers supplement the University's card access system, checking the identification of those entering the buildings to ensure that only residents enter, and that visitation policies are followed. Housing officers must be alert for safety hazards and suspicious activity, and report these conditions to the public safety dispatcher. Housing officers typically remain posted in the same hall throughout their shift. Housing officers work from 10:30 PM until 6:30 AM, with varying days off throughout the week. Days off are based on seniority and are open for bid annually. During Summer months, Housing Officers are sometimes re-assigned to other fixed post assignments on campus and may have the opportunity to work other shifts, however this is not required.

Application and Hiring Process
Open housing officer positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for housing positions can be found on the Human Resources web site Candidates must have 1 year of relevant experience and must complete a successful interview. Comparable experience in the military is acceptable. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment.

Patrol Officer 1
The Department employs 19 officers in the Patrol Officer 1 rank. PO1's typically work fixed post positions. The campus has two gates that are staffed by PO1's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A PO1 is also assigned to the University's Law School, as well as the Villanova University Conference Center. PO1's assigned to gates are responsible for greeting visitors and ensuring that only authorized vehicles enter campus grounds and buildings. PO1's are also sometimes assigned building lock-up and limited patrol responsibility, patrolling by vehicle and on-foot. PO1's sometimes provide escorts and transportation to students, faculty, and staff as requested and also enforce campus parking regulations. During emergency situations, PO1's may be required to assist in the evacuation of campus buildings.

PO1's work all three shifts - 6AM to 2PM, 2PM to 10PM, and 10PM to 6AM, with varying days off throughout the week. Shift and days off are based on seniority and are open for bid annually.

Application, Qualifications, and Hiring Process
Open patrol officer 1 positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for P1 positions can also be found on the Human Resources web site at www.villanova.edu/hr/employment. Candidates must have 1 year of relevant experience in a security, police, fire, or EMS setting and must complete a successful interview. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment. Candidates must have a valid drivers license and must have a satisfactory driving record.

Communications Officer
The Department employs 3 Communications Officers. Communications Officers are ordinarily assigned to staff the Public Safety Communications Center, answering all radio and telephone calls. All calls for assistance must be documented by the Communications Officer in the Department's incident management software. Communications Officers must be able to prioritize calls and direct appropriate resources to emergency situations. Communications Officers also monitor various fire and burglary alarms on campus, as well as the University's card access computer. Communications Officers may also be required to work fixed posts, special event details, and may be assigned to patrol duties as needed.

Application, Qualifications, and Hiring Process
Open Communications Officer positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for open Communications Officer positions can also be found on the Human Resources web site at www.villanova.edu/hr/employment. Candidates must have 3 years of relevant experience in a security, police, fire, or EMS setting and must complete a successful interview. Prior experience in dispatching emergency services is also preferred. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment. Candidates must have a valid drivers license and must have a satisfactory driving record.

Patrol Officer 2
The Department employs 19 officers in the Patrol Officer 2 rank. PO2's are ordinarily assigned to routine patrol of the campus, patrolling by vehicle and on foot. PO2's are the University's first responders to emergencies and reports of crime on campus. PO2's also complete safety escorts and respond to fire alarms. PO2's also conduct preliminary investigations and complete thorough written incident reports. PO2's are sometimes required to testify at on-campus student judicial hearings. In certain situations, the Radnor Police Department may become involved in the handling of an incident, which may require PO2's to testify in criminal court proceedings. Once hired, PO2's receive First Responder EMS training and must be able to render medical assistance consistent with the training they receive. PO2's are expected to be well-versed in University emergency procedures and may be required to conduct evacuations of campus buildings in an emergency.

PO2's work all three shifts - 6AM to 2PM, 2PM to 10PM, and 10PM to 6AM, with varying days off throughout the week. Shift and days off are based on seniority and are open for bid annually.

Application, Qualifications, and Hiring Process
Open patrol officer 2 positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for PO2 positions can also be found on the Human Resources web site at www.villanova.edu/employment. Candidates must have 3 years of experience in police, security, EMS or fire setting, preferably in a college or university environment. Comparable duties in the military accepted. Candidates must complete a successful interview. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment. Candidates must have a valid drivers license and must have a satisfactory driving record.

Sergeant
The Department employs 7 officers at the rank of Sergeant. Sergeants are responsible for assisting the shift manager (Lieutenant) with all aspects of shift operations. In conjunction with the shift manager, sergeants conduct roll call briefings, assign officers to patrol sectors and provide day-to-day supervision of their respective shift. Sergeants ensure that reported incidents and emergency calls are handled effectively. In order to be effective, Sergeants must have a good understanding of emergency procedures, the Incident Command System, and general patrol and investigative techniques. Sergeants review and approve reports and have input into employees' performance evaluations. Sergeants assist with training new officers and with conducting in-service training. Sergeants also schedule vacation time and approve overtime.

Application, Qualifications, and Hiring Process
Open Sergeant positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for Sergeants' positions can also be found on the Human Resources web site at www.villanova.edu/employment. Candidates must have 3 years of experience in police, security, EMS or fire setting, preferably in a college or university environment. Comparable duties in the military accepted. Some supervisory experience is preferred. Candidates must also complete a successful interview. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment. Candidates must have a valid drivers license and must have a satisfactory driving record.

Lieutenant
The Department employs 3 officers at the rank of Lieutenant. Lieutenants are exempt employees and are the Department's first level managers, responsible for all operations on their respective shifts. The shift lieutenant provides supervision and guidance, for his/her shift, which typically consists of two to three sergeants and approximately 13 patrol officers. Lieutenants conduct roll call briefings, assign officers to patrol sectors and are responsible for ensuring that reported incidents and emergency calls are handled effectively. Lieutenants schedule vacation time and approve overtime, and ensure that adequate coverage is maintained. Lieutenants review and approve reports and prepare employees' performance evaluations. Lieutenants ensure that new officers receive proper training and orientation to the shift and communicate with the Associate Director about issues that arise. Lieutenants also investigate complaints about officers under their command, interviewing witnesses and preparing written reports about their findings. In order to be effective, Lieutenants must have a good understanding of emergency procedures, the Incident Command System, and general patrol and investigative techniques.

Lieutenants rotate through all three shifts on an annual basis. Lieutenants set their own days off, coordinating their regularly scheduled days off with the sergeants on their shift.

Application, Qualifications, and Hiring Process
Open Lieutenant positions are posted on the Human Resources web page. Instructions for applying for Lieutenant positions can also be found on the Human Resources web site at www.villanova.edu/employment. Candidates must have 5 years of experience in police, security, EMS or fire setting. In addition, 3 years supervisory experience is required, preferably in a college setting. Comparable duties in the military accepted. Candidates must also complete a successful interview. Candidates must undergo a background investigation and successfully complete a medical exam, psychological exam, and literacy test prior to employment. Candidates must have a valid drivers license and must have a satisfactory driving record.

Benefits of Employment

Promotional Opportunities in Public Safety
Current employees receive preference for vacant positions prior to the Department considering external candidates. As such, many vacant positions are filled by promoting existing employees; however, some vacancies are still filled using external applicants. An employee must have served at least one year in their existing position before being eligible for promotion.

Overtime
All Public Safety officers are expected to be available for overtime work. Villanova’s campus is vibrant and active, necessitating officer presence during extra events or for additional coverage on campus. The amount of overtime worked varies greatly among individual officers. Some officers work as much as 40 hours per month while others work as little as 5 hours per month or less. Overtime is awarded based on seniority, the type of work needed, and the number of overtime hours an officer has already worked. Typically, officers can be found who are willing to work overtime assignments, minimizing the need to have an officer work an involuntary assignment. There are times, however, when involuntary overtime is assigned. When involuntary overtime is needed, officers are selected based on seniority, the type of work needed, and number of hours of overtime already worked. Involuntary overtime is also needed for extraordinarily large events, when all officers are required to work. Examples of these include, but are not limited to: freshmen move-in, homecoming, and commencement.

Holiday Work
The Department of Public Safety provides services to the University community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As such, a certain minimum number of officers are required to work on holidays. In many instances, a sufficient number of officers are willing to work. However, there are times when officers may be required to work holidays in order to provide a sufficient level of service to the University community. During those times when mandatory holiday work is required, the officer(s) are selected on the basis of seniority. Officers working holidays receive extra pay as well as an additional day off, which needs to be taken within 90 days of working the holiday.

Vacation and Sick Time
The amount of paid vacation and sick time earned can be found on the Human Resources web site at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/hr/policies/timeoff.html. Vacation requests within Public Safety are handled in two ways. Annually, requests for vacation submitted prior to April 1st are considered on the basis of seniority. After April 1st, vacation requests are submitted on a first-come, first-served basis.