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Shift Supervisor


Trinity in Washington, a comprehensive university in the nation’s capital, seeks a shift supervisor.   Trinity is a fast-growing institution with 2,555 students in Fall 2011.  Trinity anticipates reaching its strategic goal of 3,000 students by 2015 or earlier.  A century-old Catholic institution that still maintains a thriving core women’s college of 1,000 students, Trinity today is a diversified university with three coeducational professional schools offering both undergraduate and graduate programs in addition to the undergraduate women’s college.

POSITION OVERVIEW:  under the supervision of the Director for Public Safety, this position manages shift operations, manages a designated geographical patrol area, or supervises a specialized unit or event(s).  In the absence of the Shift Commander, this individual is the immediate shift supervisor for public safety personnel, including campus police officers, contracted security officers and student staff.  This position plans, directs, coordinates, staffs, and organizes operational resources to accomplish department goals and objectives.  In detecting and deterring crime, this position is responsible for the knowledge, application and enforcement of University, state, local and federal policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and laws and ordinances for the purpose of maintaining order; conducts various administrative and operational duties related to same.


  • High School diploma or equivalent; sufficient combination of training and experience in police supervision, preferably in a higher education environment;
  • Knowledge of University Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities; knowledge of DC Code of Criminal Justice; DC Criminal Procedure Laws;
  • Graduate of an accredited basic police academy;
  •  Knowledge of the principles of leadership, management, supervision,instruction, training and performance management;
  • Knowledge in the practical application of various safety and security concepts, principles, practices and procedures (i.e.:  emergency management, fire safety, community & problem oriented policing, and campus crime prevention and awareness);
  • Must demonstrate excellent customer service based skills; must be highly effective in both oral and written communications;
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in widely used and contemporary computer based applications (i.e.:       MS word, excel, power-point, publisher);


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Special Police Officer (SPO) status through the District of Columbia, to include meeting      and maintaining the prescribed requirements and qualifications associated      with SPO status, pursuant with the Eligibility Requirements for Campus and      University Special Police Officers as defined by the MPD Security Officer’s Management Branch (SOMB) Policy Manual.
  • Must possess (and maintain) a valid driver’s license prior to employment.  Must meet all eligibility requirements to drive a University vehicle, and must be able to be insured under the University’s automobile insurance.
  • Candidates selected for employment, and employees in this job class may be subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.


  • Forty (40) hours per week minimum.  Successful candidate must be able to work all shifts, including weekends, holidays, special events, and overtime shifts, as required.
  • Designated as an “essential employee,” this position may require irregular work assignments, including rotating shifts, swing shifts, and occasional callbacks, as needed, or as assigned.   Individual may be required to remain on duty beyond normal shift and/or be available on a 24-hour basis to report for duty without advance notice due to emergencies or staffing shortages.


In coordination with, or in the absence of the Shift Commander (Lieutenant), the Sergeant performs as follows:

  • Responsible for effective supervision of all subordinate members of the Department, particularly in the areas of patrol operations, initial investigations, case follow up, Field Training and Evaluation program      (FTEP) and report writing.  Manages      daily operations, insuring consistent application and enforcement of      departmental policies and procedures, including (but not limited to):      staffing & deployment; incident and criminal reports; communication      logs; activity logs; supervisory reports; daily media logs; and      various  other administrative  paperwork such as schedules, status reports, operation plans (i.e.:  special events) and estimated budgets related to same.
  • Evaluates the performance of subordinates on a daily basis; works with others to develop training to enhance employee performance and/or correct performance deficiencies.  Conducts performance appraisals of all direct reports and effectively documents same, in accordance with University established guidelines.
  • Responsible for identifying hazards, risks, problems or concerns, related to campus-wide safety & security, and the quality of campus life; advances recommendations for improvement.
  • Investigates complaints arising out of the conduct of members under his/her supervision.  In the event of violations of departmental rules and regulations, begins initial investigations, documents findings, and makes recommendations to the Director.
  • Administers hands on training to line officers and dispatchers on  a daily basis, and with assistance from the Shift Commander and/or Director, for the purpose of promoting superior performance.
  • Participates in the management, planning, development and execution of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Participates in crime prevention and community based outreach and initiatives, as needed, or as assigned.
  • Performs the duties and responsibilities of a patrol officer, and other duties as needed, or as assigned.


  • This position includes the expectation that the incumbent will be  able to exercise broad management and leadership sensibilities in circumstances that may be unforeseen at the time of hiring.  Accordingly, the position description, while comprehensive, should not be construed as limiting the opportunity for growth and future development of the scope of responsibility for this position.   


  • Incumbent is expected to participate and contribute to the success of celebratory events, including (but not limited to) the following:  Commencement; Convocation; Cap and Gown; Family Weekend; Alumnae Reunion Weekend; Freshman Medal; Sophomore Pin; Junior Ring; Move in Weekend; Student and Staff Orientations; Founder’s Day.


  • Physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
  • Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work; must be able to remain on feet for periods of time, stoop, kneel, crouch, lift,      carry, push, pull, climb, balance, walk, and run; must be able to      restrain, lift and/or carry adults of varying weights.
  • Moderate physical activity.   Must be able to exert up to thirty pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift,  carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Must be physically able to operate a variety of machines and      equipment essential to performing the administrative functions of this      position, including (but not limited to):  automobile, office equipment, radio, telephone, computers, keyboards, various computer applications/software, CCTVs and other surveillances equipment.
  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as  extreme temperatures and loud noises; work environment involves moderate exposure to hazards and physical risks to personal safety; must be physically fit and able to defend one’s self or others from attack or physical assault.

Please send a cover letter and a resume to Please include the phrase “Shift Supervisor” in the subject line.

Review of applications will continue until an appointment is made.

Trinity Washington University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.


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