Fitchburg State University Police Department seeks both new Police Officer candidates and Certified Police Officers for full time positions. Additionally, candidates who meet eligibility for employment, but not selected at initial review for current vacancies may be added to a hiring list for future opportunities.
Applicants must be 21 years of age, have a minimum of a High School diploma, or GED, and possess a current driver's license. Preference will be given to those with prior police experience and current certification as a MA police officer. Positions are open until filled with reviews beginning on July 18.
Compensation & Benefits: Benefit-eligible employees of Fitchburg State are provided an array of options for benefits such as life insurance, long-term disability coverage, flexible spending accounts, health insurance plans plus dental/vision insurance.
The position is governed by the AFSCME/1067, Council 93 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the compensation structure is defined per the agreement.
Candidates who are currently employed as a police officer with another agency in a bargaining unit with no break in service may be eligible to be placed in a higher salary in accordance with the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement.
Paid Time Off annually:
80 Hours of Vacation (additional time accrued for years of service)
120 Hours of Sick Leave
40 Hours of Personal
13 Compensated Holidays
Shift Differentials for Nights/Weekends & Holidays
*As defined by the AFSCME collective bargaining agreement.
Retirement: Employees of Fitchburg State participate in the Massachusetts State Pension Plan; employees are eligible for a pension with benefits after fully vested. Employees may also defer additional monies into a 457 deferred compensation plan and Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b)which is 100% employee sponsored.
Miscellaneous Benefits: Tuition Benefits, Professional development programs, Fitness Center access, EMT Stipend, and discounts with a variety of businesses.
Special Assignments: University officers may have opportunities for additional assignments:
Residence Hall Liaison Officer
Community Engagement Liaison Officer
Field Training Officer
Instructor Certifications in a variety of topics, to include personal safety programs
Qualifications Required at Hire:
Candidates must be able to achieve POST Certification.
Preference will be given to those applicants with an Associates or Bachelor’s degree.
Preference will be given to academy-trained candidates that have attended a full-time SSPO or MPTC academy.
For employer sponsored academy training, there is a contractual obligation of $10,000 or forty-two (42) months of service from the date of graduation.
Ability to complete firearms training and certification per State and university requirements.
Possess a current and valid Massachusetts Class D motor vehicle operator’s license.
Knowledge of the principles & correct usage of the English language, including grammar/punctuation/spelling.
Ability to prepare written reports of investigations, maintain accurate records and analyze data.
Ability to follow and provide effective oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
Ability to exercise sound judgments; maintain calm demeanor in stressful situations; make decisions and act quickly in emergency/dangerous situations, and maintain confidential information.
Working knowledge of police procedures and practices and fire prevention methods; ability to recognize fire hazards.
Working knowledge of the law of arrest and criminal procedure in lower courts.
Working knowledge of the rules and regulations pertaining in general to the buildings and grounds of a state educational institution and the ability to apply and explain the policies and procedures to others.
Ability to maintain student discipline.
Ability to walk alone for long periods of time both indoors and out under varying climate conditions.
Ability to work harmoniously with university staff, students and the public.
Ability to perform duties with or without reasonable accommodation.
Must be able to satisfactorily pass a complete background check, to include a psychological review, physical and drug screening and Criminal History Systems Board verification. (CORI check).
Note: Candidates recommended for employment will be required to take a pre-employment physical and psychological evaluation.
License and/or Certification Requirements: Possess a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 motor vehicle operator's license.
Fitchburg State University, located in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, is a public institution dedicated to integrating high-quality professional programs with strong liberal arts and sciences studies. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students.