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How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should outline skills and experience that directly relate to Housing Security and the Division of Public Safety and Security. 

The hiring process will measure the following competencies:

  • Leadership
  • Valuing Diversity and Inclusion
  • Decision Making
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Building Trust
  • Motivation
  • Work Ethic
  • Integrity
  • Customer Service
  • Adaptability


Candidates will be required to submit a video presentation answering pre-screening questions through a third party vendor (no cost to applicant).

Job Summary

***This position requires the candidate to successfully pass a thorough background investigation, drug screening, psychological evaluation, and physical examination.  The position requires driving a university vehicle so the candidate must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record of less than 6 points.

This is a uniformed position required to maintain appearance and grooming standards in accordance with DPSS uniformed personnel dress code. ***

Under the general supervision of the DPSS Security Supervisor, Security Officers provide superior security and customer service.  Officers protect the assets and property of the University, ensure public safety and act as the primary liaison with the University of Michigan Police Department, other state and local police, fire and security agencies, and represent the University of Michigan. Officers maintain confidentiality in police and/or security matters. Officers may provide traffic and crowd control for special events and University sponsored activities.

The primary responsibility of a Housing Security Officer is to ensure the safety of residents, staff and guests utilizing University Housing owned properties.   Officers patrol (by foot, bicycle and vehicle) housing properties to deter crime, and respond to the needs of residents through active engagement and partnership with the community. Officers are responsible for responding to and evaluating requests for assistance.   They are responsible for interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects. Officers prepare general incident reports (for general assistance and criminal complaints), and are required to participate in the judicial process for criminal prosecution as well as internal university disciplinary referral processes. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduation from high school or an equivalent combination of education and experience is necessary
  • Some prior security /public safety related experience is necessary
  • Knowledge and/or experience of enforcement of fire, safety and security
  • Must be able to assist emergency response personnel with maneuvering persons who may be combative, intoxicated, or unconscious; may be required to restrain someone with or without assistance
  • As matter of routine, officers must be able to effectively communicate and interact with diverse populations
  • Officers must be able to observe/detect/ identify individuals, safety hazards, and criminal elements within their patrol areas
  • Act calmly and authoritatively in emergency situation; utilize emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, etc. and perform life saving techniques such as CPR and First Aid
  • The position requires stationary and mobile patrol duties for a minimum of 8 hours per shift. Security personnel are regularly required to ascend and descend multiple flights of stairs as part of their routine patrol, and move departmental equipment such as barricades and fire extinguishers from one location to another
  • The candidate must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and must possess basic keyboarding skills
  • This position is a 100% regular appointment, and is 40 hours per week.  The department is a seven (7) day per week, twenty-four (24) hour per day operation. Work schedules may include nights, weekends, afternoons, holidays and occasional unanticipated overtime

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is desired
  • Previous experience working in a university setting is desirable

Additional Information

All members of the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. 

As such, you are required to report Clery reportable offenses that come to your attention. DPSS employees are required to complete Clery Compliance Training within the first 14 days of employment and annually thereafter. 

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Police Officers Association of Michigan union, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.