Campus Public Safety Officer (CPSO 1)

Drake University

Education-Teaching/Admin, Security, Securities | Full Time | Onsite | Des Moines

Posted: 4/29/24

Job Description

Title: Campus Public Safety Officer (CPSO 1) - 998325

Position Number: 998325

Unit/Department: Public Safety

FTE: Full-time

Department Summary:

Drake University Public Safety serves a vital role in creating a vibrant, welcoming learning community for all Drake students, employees, and visitors. Drake's Department of Public Safety is the main provider of emergency services and is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for campus.

With Public Safety staff available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our Department is committed to being active role-models for both students and employees and developing positive community relations with Des Moines Police Department, the Drake neighborhood, and other organizations.

Job Summary:

Drake University Public Safety is currently seeking new public safety officers to join our great team. Presently, we are seeking to fill a Public Safety Officer position to work the evening hours of 3:30 pm - 11:30 pm. In this role, you will contribute to the safety of the university by patrolling the campus, providing assistance in conflict resolution and assisting in safety prevention efforts. The position will require the candidate to work weekends and holidays.

Our Public Safety Officers serve an important role in the safety of people, the security of property, creating a welcoming culture, and also assuring compliance with policies and applicable laws. Public Safety Officers serve as a responsible employee/Campus Security Authority under the Jeanne Clery Act. To help foster a great campus community, all Public Safety Officers are expected lead by example and actively embody Drake's Core Values.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A sincere interest in helping others and collaborating with colleagues
• High School Diploma/ GED
• Written / verbal communication skills
• Ability to follow verbal / written instructions
• Basic computer skills
• A valid Iowa driver's license and ability to meet insurability requirements is required to drive on
behalf of the university
• Post offer, pre-employment drug screen required

Job Duties:

45% - Patrol the grounds, buildings, and parking areas to identify any irregular conditions that might result in property loss or injury, and take adequate intermediary measures to assure the protection of the employees, students, assets, and public reputation. - (Essential)

10% - Provide consultation, conflict resolution, and referrals to students. Maintain confidentiality in accordance with university policy and practice. - (Essential)

10% - Perform administrative support, including all documentation or any other correspondence for the unit and any other related administrative duties. - (Essential)

5% - Answer phone calls, providing a pleasant and helpful phone contact for faculty, staff, employees, and public. - (Essential)

5% - Participate in the investigation of accidents and injuries and cooperate in the preparation of material and evidence for organization use in hearings, lawsuits, and insurance investigations. - (Essential)

5% - Utilize electronic card access, closed circuit television and other audio/visual monitoring systems, monitors and supervises the response to all reports or irregular conditions, including the unauthorized entry of persons or vehicles to protected buildings and areas, breaches of perimeter security or any other suspicious activities occurring on university property. - (Essential)

5% - Investigate security incidents and prepare written reports on findings. - (Essential)

5% - Contact local law enforcement personnel when circumstances warrant. - (Essential)

5% - Complete required continuous training and education, including department specific requirements. - (Essential)

5% - Perform other duties as assigned that pertain to University Safety and Security. - (Essential)

Salary & Benefits

The anticipated starting hourly wage for this position is $16.00/hour. However, the final offered salary will be dependent upon the qualifications and experiences of the selected candidate.

At Drake, we are proud to offer our employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents a comprehensive benefits package, which includes a wide range of core benefits, perks, and discounts. If you are exploring a job with Drake University, we invite you to spend a little time with our digital benefits guide: Drake Benefits Guide (Plan Year 2024).

One of our very popular policies provides a tuition waiver for Drake employees, their spouses, and eligible dependents. Drake also participates in not one, but two tuition exchange programs available to dependent children. You can learn about both the tuition waiver policy and tuition exchange programs here: Tuition Benefits.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants will be asked to complete the online application and identify three references. All job offers are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check, satisfactory reference checks, and proof of work authorization.

Have Questions?

Question about the application process, working at Drake, reasonable accommodations, benefits, or additional information about Drake or Des Moines, Iowa may be directed to Drake Human Resources. You can best reach us at

Review of Applications Begins:

Review of candidates will begin in immediately and continue until the position is filled

For faculty positions, selection will depend on the receipt of recommendation confirming the candidate's scholarly achievements and teaching abilities and/or on the candidate's satisfactory passing of a teaching demonstration if selected for an on-campus interview. For staff positions, selection will depend upon careful review of each applicant’s references, education, and, if applicable, experience.

About Drake:
Drake University is recognized as a top private university in the Midwest. Drake is a midsize university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an increasingly diverse student body. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and creating a sense of belonging for all members of the campus community—faculty, staff, and students alike. More than 900 faculty and staff are part of the Bulldog pack, a close-knit group of colleagues enthusiastic about preparing students to be global citizens and leaders, challenging assumptions. Drake University is not only an outstanding institution of higher learning, it is also a wonderful place to work. We are enthusiastically committed to welcoming new ideas and people into the fold, and to retaining and rewarding stellar employees.

All positions at Drake provide opportunities to contribute to Drake University’s core mission of creating an exceptional learning environment that prepares students of all backgrounds for meaningful lives and professional accomplishments.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at Drake:
At Drake University, we don’t just accept differences—we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our students, our employees, and our community. Drake University is proud to support an equal opportunity, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. In fact, the celebration of diversity and inclusion are embedded in our Core Values. Learn more about our DEI commitment and efforts here.

We welcome applicants of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. If you are a member of a socially or historically underrepresented or marginalized group or you have actively demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion, we strongly encourage you to apply. If you are a member of one of the equity groups identified by applicable law, we encourage you to self-identify, where requested in our online application system.

Drake University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. If you would benefit from an accommodation at any point in the recruitment process (including using our online application process), please contact Drake Human Resources (ph: 515.271.3133; e: and let us know how we can assist you.

At Drake University, we highly value a diverse, inclusive workforce. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We stand firmly against discrimination including on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

Deadline to Apply 5/28/24


2507 University Avenue

Travel Required

Resume Required


Contact Person

Maureen De Armond

Deadline to Apply 5/28/24

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