Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

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Security Staff - Department of Public Safety

Apply now Job no: 494480
Position type: DPS - Public Safety
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Department of Public Safety


Responsible for patrolling buildings, grounds and parking areas; traffic control; enforcing rules and regulations established by the university; completing reports, responding to emergencies and assisting students, faculty, staff and visitors with daily safety needs


Required: High School Education with:

  • Ability to engage in constructive problem resolution related to customer service, safety and security
  • Ability to handle emergency situations calmly and efficiently
  • Ability to train and overs the work of student staff
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as security rules and procedure manuals
  • Ability to write clear and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to speak effectively with students, faculty, staff and visitors that use the university’s facilities
  • Willingness to exhibit proper attitude and demeanor to establish and maintain good public relations
  • Must be able to work all shifts including evenings, weekends and holidays
  • Must have a valid State of Michigan license with acceptable traffic record.  No criminal records with would question credibility or public trust of security staff.
  • Physical, mental and emotional ability to execute duties.


  • 6mths to 1 year of relevant work experience, including directly related security or law enforcement training or experience or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.
  • Relevant first aid training with knowledge of CPR
  • Related experience in a campus/university environment


  • Perform duties that will insure the safety and welfare of the individuals that learn, work, and visit the university campuses and regional centers.
  • This includes patrolling the campus buildings and grounds.  Reporting and documenting calls for service, maintain access to buildings and assisting other departments as needed.  Responsible for community policing and crime prevention programs related to campus activity.
  • Patrol campus buildings and grounds.
  • Prevent and identify incidents of criminal nature, fire safety, security issues along with parking and traffic issues.
  • Respond to calls for service related to possible criminal activity, investigate incidents and report activity to the appropriate unit or department.
  • Escort individuals off campus where appropriate
  • Investigate complaints made by faculty, staff, students and visitors.
  • Investigate traffic accidents within GV parking lots
  • Respond to calls involving medical emergencies
  • Administer first aid and/or call for additional assistance as needed
  • Report security incidents and unusual or hazardous conditions on campus to appropriate officials.
  • Assist area police, local fire and rescue personnel with investigation son campus.
  • Provide security services as directed for special events
  • Provide safe walks and special transports as needed
  • Assist students, faculty, staff and visitors with problems with keys, locks, doors, vehicles, etc
  • Give visitors directions and general campus information
  • Check ID’s of visitors
  • Assist in overseeing the activities of student workers
  • Prepare all required paper work on security activities including daily report forms, informational reports, general incident reports, etc., and others as assigned
  • Understand and comply with MSDA and HAZCOM procedures as part of GVSU’s comprehensive OSHA compliance program
  • Understand and comply with GVSU Security Staff Handbook
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Salary: starting at $17.25 hour with yearly increases

Department/Division: GVSU Department of Public Safety Services

Campus: Grand Rapids Campuses

Application Deadline: Consideration of applications will begin immediately and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now".  Please include a cover letter and resume.  The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically.  On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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