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Public Safety Field Supervisor

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Work type: Regular
Location: Malibu Campus
Categories: Campus Security/Safety

The Department of Public Safety at Pepperdine University maintains a hospitable and secure campus environment while respecting the rights and dignity of each individual, in line with the University’s Christian mission. Through strong leadership and supervision of the Department of Public Safety’s officers, Public Safety Field Supervisors play a critical role in creating and maintaining a welcoming, respectful, safe, and peaceful campus community.


  • Provide leadership and daily supervision to all on-duty shift personnel. 
  • Ensure successful completion of building security checks, foot/vehicle patrols, officer report writing, parking enforcement, fleet management (including vehicle check-off sheets), key control, daily briefing meetings, officer activity logs, scheduling, service requests, trainings, crime prevention education, and other duties assigned to officers. 
  • Handle assigned shift administrative duties, including but not limited to conducting shift briefings, providing mentorship and training, and writing reports. 
  • Serve as Incident Commander in emergency situations and/or Event Supervisor as needed. 
  • Proactively make recommendations to reduce or eliminate unsafe conditions and decrease the university's theft, and damage. 
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with the community.
  • Identify safety hazards and report them according to appropriate training and protocol. 
  • Ensure buildings and offices are locked and secure as appropriate and monitor and respond to building alarms. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Public Safety leadership. 
  • Uphold University mission through work performed.

The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Skills and Qualifications


  • High school education or equivalent.
  • Three years of supervisory experience or prior law enforcement/public safety experience.
  • Possess or obtain CPR and basic first aid certificates within the first 90 days of employment.
  • Possess a valid Class C California driver's license and a good driving record.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written skills, including a pleasant disposition and an ability to communicate with diplomacy and tact in sensitive situations.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information. Ability to exercise sound judgment and work independently.
  • Ability to handle multiple, simultaneous responsibilities in potentially stressful situations.
  • Ability to work a wide variety of shifts, including potential late night/early morning hours, weekends, and holidays. Ability to work extended shifts on short notice or shifts outside of regular scheduled hours.
  • Ability to enter data into various computer software programs.
  • Thorough knowledge of law enforcement and public safety methods.
  • General knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, including the California Vehicle Code.
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques.
  • Ability to supervise others.
  • Ability to assist in fire fighting and rescue operations.


  • Two or more years of college.
  • Completion of P.O.S.T. Basic Modular Course Level III, Level II and Level I; or P.O.S.T. Basic
    Academy; or P.O.S.T. Modules A, B, C and D; or appointed as a Level One Reserve Officer
    prior to January 1, 1997.
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder certification or higher.
  • Past or present affiliation with Pepperdine University.

Qualified individuals should be able to articulate a strong commitment to diversity, and have the ability to work effectively with individuals from different backgrounds.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment screening and a pre-employment physical. Qualified individuals with criminal histories will be considered for employment in compliance with applicable laws.

This is a Regular, Nonexempt, 40 hour per week position.

Expected Pay Rate: $26.25 per hour

The above pay range reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this position at time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on relevant factors such as work experience, market conditions, education/training, and skill level. In addition to base pay, Pepperdine offers a robust and highly competitive benefits package.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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