Position Overview & Responsibilities

Principal responsibilities include patrols of college buildings/grounds; safety and security of college community members and property; enforcement of laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the rules/ regulations of the college; response to medical calls, fire alarms, and other emergency situations. This is a sworn police position. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Patrol college buildings and grounds to ensure the safety of people and security of buildings and other property.
  • Enforcement of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, town by-laws, and college regulations and policies.
  • Conduct investigations and work collaboratively with other agencies in this regard.
  • Refer violations to the College’s student conduct system and/or the criminal court system, placing the person under arrest or protective custody when appropriate.
  • Testify in court and college conduct system hearings.
  • Enforce parking rules and regulations.
  • Assist with vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
  • Provide safety escorts.
  • Supervise crowd control at college events.
  • Respond to medical calls, fire alarms, and other campus emergencies, providing assistance as required.
  • Participate in the department’s community policing and crime prevention initiatives as part of regular patrol and at other times.
  • Must complete a 90-day probationary period.
  • Be familiar with dispatching duties to include radio dispatching, answering business and emergency phones, performing various computer duties, maintaining the department log, and other clerical tasks.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a Full-Time MA Recruit Police Academy or equivalent.
  • Applicants must be able to be certified as a Full-Time Police Officer by POST – Peace Officer Standard Training Commission.
  • Appointees must be eligible for appointment as a Special State Police Officer in accordance with M.G.L ch.22 s.63.
  • Massachusetts Class A License to Carry.
  • Knowledge of police practices, Massachusetts General Law, and investigative procedures and demonstrate competency in keeping self up to date through required department-sponsored training and EOPSS Learning program.
  • Ability to analyze emergency situations and make independent decisions affecting the safety and well-being of the community.
  • Must be able to work with or without direct shift supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with members of the college community, visitors to campus, and local agencies/officials.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, working knowledge of computer-aided dispatch and records management programs preferred.
  • Must be honest and able to be trusted with confidential information. Work-related dishonesty or disclosure of confidential information will be grounds for termination.
  • Knowledge of police practices, Massachusetts General Law, and investigative procedures and demonstrate competency in keeping self up to date through required department-sponsored training and EOPSS Learning program.
  • Ability to analyze emergency situations and make independent decisions affecting the safety and well-being of the community. Must be able to work with or without direct shift supervision.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with members of the college community, visitors to campus, and local agencies/officials.
  • Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer literacy, working knowledge of computer-aided dispatch and records management programs preferred.
  • Must be honest and able to be trusted with confidential information.
  • Work-related dishonesty or disclosure of confidential information will be grounds for termination.

Additional Information:

Educational Assistance: As an institution of higher education, Merrimack College places great importance on making available educational opportunities and experiences for employees and their families.

Tuition Remission: is a benefit extended to eligible employees and their qualified dependents that waives a specific percentage of tuition for a Merrimack education based on the employee’s employment status (full-time, part-time, etc.) and seniority with the College. At its core, Tuition Remission is a method to pay for tuition. Full-Time Police Officers are eligible to receive this benefit after successfully completing the required 90-day probationary period.

Tuition Exchange: is a program that opens doors and creates opportunities through its reciprocal educational scholarship program—allowing the possibility for dependent children of eligible employees to significantly defray their higher education costs by receiving exchange scholarships to other participating educational institutions.

Tuition Reimbursement: is available for full-time eligible employees who seek to undertake a program of higher education that is not available through Merrimack College directly, but is integral to the performance of the employee’s current position.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to Merrimack’s Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Augustinian mission, our Catholic faith, and our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to, our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations & Remote Work

Unless otherwise stated above, this is an on-campus position. This is not a remote or hybrid position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

Merrimack College currently has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Students, faculty, and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries, and comprises schools of liberal arts, science and engineering, health sciences, education and social policy, and business. The college’s 260- acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges & Universities/Medium Programs institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest-growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 46th out of 170 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2020. Merrimack is also listed as one of the top 10 most innovative schools and placed 35th for best undergraduate teaching programs among schools in the U.S. News category.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted: 2/1/22

Position Code:  204