Public Safety Officer

McKendree University is accepting applications for the position of Public Safety Officer.  This is a full-time position located in Lebanon, Illinois and reports to the Director of Public Safety.

In order to ensure the safety of members of the McKendree community, the Office of Public Safety is responsible for maintaining a safe and orderly environment on the campus; assisting members of the University community as needed; responding to emergency situations including fire alarms, inclement weather alarms, and other incidents; and enforcing parking and other university policies. Public Safety works to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live and visit and is committed to providing safety and protection to the entire University community.


  • Performs duties as assigned by shift Director of Public Safety.
  • Provides safety and protection for all campus personnel and property.
  • Answers service calls via radio or telephone, type reports, and make incident blotter entries.
  • Conducts periodic walk-throughs in all campus buildings, especially the residence hall areas.
  • Observes and alerts University personnel for irregularities such as power outages, gas or water leaks, unlocked doors, open windows, vandalism or unusual occurrences.
  • Monitors the effective operation of security, fire alarms and campus safety systems.
  • Transfers cash deposits and other property to secure University offices and approved off-campus financial institutions.
  • Closes or locks unsecured doors, gates and windows to deter illegal activity and loss of property.
  • Participates in extensive communication with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Maintains radio communication with civilian law enforcement and interfaces, when necessary.
  • Visually checks all boilers and fire alarm panels at least once per shift.
  • Conducts patrols of campus property checking for safety hazards.
  • Directs and monitors vehicular and pedestrian traffic on campus property and surrounding public streets.
  • Opens and secures campus facilities for normal operations as well as for special events.
  • Assists to Lebanon Police Department when directed by shift supervisor.
  • Accomplishes a daily record of events and incidents through supervisor.
  • In case of emergencies, performs necessary first aid or administers Narcan to prevent opioid overdose until the arrival of ambulance personnel.
  • Provides security for incoming V.I.P. dignitaries as directed.
  • Monitors weather conditions and alerts campus personnel, when necessary.
  • Enforces University parking rules and all state, local, and campus laws, and regulations.
  • Maintains an efficient knowledge of directives, rules and regulations pursuant to the Public Safety Procedures Manual and University Employee Handbook.
  • Uses only the force necessary to accomplish the task.
  • Adheres to all departmental and University policies and procedures.


  • High School graduate or equivalent, at least 21 years of age.
  • Must possess certification from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (I.L.E.T.S.B.) as a certified full-time police officer, be eligible to be granted a waiver of basic training from I.L.E.T.S.B., or must successfully complete the next available full-time S.W.I.C. Police Academy.
  • Must be able to successfully complete and pass a “modified” Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board physical fitness “P.O.W.E.R.” test consisting of 1 minute of sit ups; maximum bench press, and one-mile continuous walk tests.
  • No record or criminal convictions of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, must pass annual DMV check, and be insurable.
  • Possess a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID).
  • Must pass a background check, psychological test, and drug test.


  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively with students, employees, and management.
  • Ability to identify problems quickly and make accurate, timely decisions.


  • Two (2) years police, military, or security experience.


12-hour shifts, shift work, weekends and holidays included. Position requires extensive walking, working outdoors in all types of weather.

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interviews will begin immediately. Qualified candidates should complete and submit the McKendree Employment Application and send a letter of interest referencing job #PSO11 with a resume/CV to the Director of Human Resources at           

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.