Sergeant (Sergeant) - University Police Department (515645)

  • Cal State University (CSU) San Francisco
  • San Francisco, California
  • Jun 24, 2022
Full Time Public Safety

Job Description


Working Title

Sergeant (Sergeant) - University Police Department

SF State University

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, National origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.

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San Francisco State is a 100% Smoke/Vapor-Free Campus. Smoking or Vaping of any tobacco/plant-based substance is not permitted on any University properties.

The person holding this position may be considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position may be required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.


University Police Department

Appointment Type

One year Probationary

Time Base


Work Schedule

Work schedule consists of shift work including nights, weekends, and holidays.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$8,851.00 - $9,275.00 Per Month; $106,332.00 - $111,300.00 Annually

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Position Summary

Under the direction of a commanding officer, the Police Sergeant performs supervisory duties to include, but are not limited to, making work assignments, monitoring and reporting work activities, and providing on the job training, mentoring and assistance to subordinates. Police Sergeants plan, assign, coordinate and supervise assigned staff on a shift, task force or unit on a regular basis; develop, implement and enforce campus and department policies, procedures, and regulations within the assigned area of responsibility; provide on-the-job training, development and evaluation to assigned staff; may assume command in the absence of the superior officer and assist in administrative duties; participate in the development and implementation of department policies and procedures; act as team leader on a particular investigation task force or project ( e.g. critical response unit, special evidence discovery and evaluation team, field training, defensive tactics instruction, crime prevention and community relations programs); assume the role of designated Watch Commander or Officer in Charge; and provide specialized training and assume a leadership role on special reaction teams (e.g. sexual assault or emergency medical).
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect
Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of

Position Information

Provide Supervisory Support
  • Supervise officers assigned to patrol shift, or detectives assigned to Investigation's Unit.
  • Evaluate assigned officers' work performance.
  • Train and review work of new officers and civilian employees as assigned.
  • Provide shift supervision of assigned team as required.
  • Responsible for maintaining patrol staffing to include but not limited to staffing emergencies, special events, scheduled time off, etc.

Provide Investigative Support
  • Conduct investigations related to assigned cases or incidents which occur on or near campus during the assigned shift, and take necessary action within the limits of existing laws, policies and procedures.
  • Maintain current status of all investigative and preventive activities and prepare reports as requested.

Provide Administrative and Report Support
  • Participate in crime prevention activities: enforce laws, traffic regulations, apprehend and arrest criminal violators on or off campus.
  • Provide security for large gatherings, assemblies or other activities such as registration, athletic events, or social events.
  • Provide general information and assistance to faculty, staff and students and the general public.
  • Prepare reports covering observed irregularities, violations of the law, or campus regulations.
  • Participate in emergency preparedness, crime prevention and safety programs.

Other duties as assigned
  • At All Times
    • Demonstrate behaviors that are in line with the User Friendly Principles (P530C) and Principles of Conduct for a Multi-Cultural University (P30D)
    • Demonstrate safe work practices for oneself, others and the office environment.

Minimum Qualifications

The Sergeant classification is the highest level in the Police Series and is a first line supervisory classification, requiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of law enforcement methods and procedures, criminal codes and laws, and investigative techniques and procedures. Work assignments include primary supervisory responsibility for a shift, program, unit or task force, and general law enforcement and specialized work assignments performed by other positions in this series. Incumbents require graduation from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academy, a Basic Course Certificate, and three or more years of active law enforcement experience.

Knowledge & Abilities
  • Valid California driver's license.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current criminal codes and laws.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of effective investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound judgments.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership, training and direction to assigned personnel.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate employees effectively.
  • Ability to assist in developing department policies and procedures.

Education & Experience
  • High school diploma or equivalent and graduation from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) academy and a Basic Course Certificate.
  • Three or more years of active law enforcement experience.
  • Completion of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Program is desirable or must be completed within one year of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum Standards for Police Officer Candidates (California Government Code Section 1031)
  • Must have no felony convictions.
  • Must have no misdemeanor convictions containing elements of domestic violence.
  • Must successfully complete fingerprint and records check including local, state and federal criminal records.
  • Must satisfy citizenship requirements detailed in Government code 1031 (a) and 1031.5. Be a U.S. citizen, or a permanent resident alien who has applied for citizenship and obtains citizenship within three years of application date.
  • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age by the time of sworn appointment.
  • Must have good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation which will be conducted as prescribed in the POST Administrative Manual, and must be completed prior to appointment date.
  • Must be free from any physical, emotional, and mental condition, which might adversely affect the exercise of powers of a police officer.
  • Must be able to read and write at the levels necessary to perform the job of a police officer as determined by the use of the POST Entry-Level Law Enforcement Test Battery or other job-related tests of reading and writing ability.
  • Three or more years of active patrol law enforcement experience.
  • Completion of a POST Supervisory Program is desirable or must be completed within one year of appointment.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound judgments.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership, training and direction to assigned personnel.
  • Ability to supervise and evaluate employees effectively.
  • Ability to assist in developing department policies and procedures.
  • Five years or more of active law enforcement experience to include patrol and investigative functions.
  • Supervisory experience in the form of formal supervisor position, team leader, or acting supervisory roles.
  • Working knowledge of public safety, including law enforcement methods, traffic control, arrest and safety procedures in a campus environment, existing criminal codes, law, etc.
  • General knowledge of crime prevention, first aid and CPR.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply campus rules and regulations, asses law enforcement or other hazardous situations, determine an appropriate course of action, prepare clear and concise procedural reports, maintain cooperative and working relationships with the campus community, general public, and local and state police agencies.
  • Possession of a P.O.S.T. Intermediate and/or Advanced Certificate.
  • Possession of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited academic institution.
  • Core Competencies - embody the following competencies:
  • Bias toward collaboration and teamwork.
  • Effective oral, written and nonverbal communication skills.
  • Customer/Client Focus with an emphasis in problem solving and resolution.
  • Personal effectiveness and credibility as demonstrated by interpersonal and professional confidence.
  • Diversity and inclusion.

Required License/Certification

  • Incumbent must hold a valid California Driver's License and complete/maintain compliance with the California State University (CSU) Defensive Driver's Training course throughout employment.
  • Incumbent must maintain current licenses, certificates, permits, or other items required for this position; and
    immediately report to supervisor the loss or expiration of same.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of the job with or
without reasonable accommodation. Must be able to complete all the physical requirements of active duty
as a Sergeant.

Work Environment:
  • Must be able to perform law enforcement and emergency related duties in various environments (indoor, outdoor, inclement weather, and other adverse conditions, etc.).
  • Must be able to work various rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays. May be required to work on short notice.
  • May be required to travel, including during the evenings/nights and weekends.
  • Personal protective equipment required: police uniform (as described in the University Police General Orders Manual) and duty belt with weapon.
  • Must be able to competently interact with a culturally and ethnically diverse population of students, faculty and staff.

Pre-Employment Requirements

This position requires the successful completion of a background check.

Eligibility to Work

Applicants must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, within three business days from their date of hire.


Threaded through our Total Compensation package is a commitment to Bridging Life's Transitions. SF State is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students and the customers we serve.

We offer a competitive compensation package that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Pension, 401k, Healthcare Savings Account, Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Vacation and Sick Leave as well as State Holidays and a dynamic Fee Waiver program, all geared towards the University's commitment to attract, motivate and retain our employee.

Employment Requirement

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

CSUEU Position (For CSUEU Positions Only)

Eligible and qualified on-campus applicants, currently in bargaining units 2, 5, 7, and 9 are given hiring preference.

Additional Information


Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

The Human Resources office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and can be reached at (415) 338-1872.

Please note that this position, position requirements, application deadline and/or any other component of this position is subject to change or cancellation at any time.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

San Francisco, California 94132 United States View Map