Response Officer II - Protective Services - OFMD

companyWashington University In St. Louis School of Arts&Sciences
location1 Barnes Jewish Hospital Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
PublishedPublished: 4/5/2024
Full Time

Scheduled Hours


Position Summary

The Operations & Facilities Management Department at Washington University School of Medicine is committed to delivering a comprehensive range of services to support the medical campus.

We oversee maintenance and operations for 65 buildings, covering more than 10.1 million gross square feet of space. This includes the 11-story, 609,000-square-foot neuroscience research building, which houses one of the world’s highest concentrations of neuroscientists. Our responsibilities include operational and administrative support, strategic planning, and project management.

Furthermore, as the School of Medicine continues to expand its presence both on and off campus in areas such as teaching, clinical care, and research, our team remains instrumental in ensuring the seamless delivery of clinical care, advancing research initiatives, and facilitating educational endeavors.

Serves as the primary first responder (armed) to all life safety and protection of property, emergency, and non-emergency incidents on campus. Includes rendering emergency medical assistance or general first aid. Acts on own initiative, as well as directed calls for service. Proactively identifies security issues and works towards a quick resolution. Enforces University policy/procedures and criminal law. May be assigned to vehicle, bike, or foot patrol. Must be prepared to deal with various complex and ever-changing situations (crisis intervention, apprehension of criminal suspects, serious injuries, etc.), make quick decisions, and take action. Needs to be able to utilize various tools and techniques (negotiating, de-escalating, non-violent crisis intervention, etc.) to resolve the situations and accurately and thoroughly record information for the official University record.

Job Description

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responds to calls or react given emergency and non-emergency incidents (medical, law enforcement, injury/accident, etc.) on campus. Takes action or makes a note to follow up on any safety and security issues. Provides Emergency Management support during larger-scale incidents. When not on assignment, patrols the University properties. 
  • Responsible for control of criminal or other significant scenes, including preservation and gathering of evidence. Receives/compiles information for incident reports and conducts initial and follow-up investigations as assigned. Takes photos, makes videos, or creates any other relevant documentary evidence supporting criminal prosecution, potential insurance claims, and other legal processes.  
  • Provides necessary follow-up (transports to the medical facility, notifies proper authorities, and undertakes any other necessary coordination) for faculty, staff, students, and visitors after immediate resolution of an incident.  Apprehends criminal suspects for on-view or reported criminal activity. Prepares for and testifies in criminal proceedings.
  • May serve as a Field Training Officer or instructor and may fulfill informal leadership duties in the absence of Leads or supervisors.  
  • Conducts building checks, which include checking access control devices and door locks and proactively looking for any possible safety or security hazard. Uses problem-solving skills to resolve issues found during building checks. 
  • Assists Medical Center personnel and visitors with directions and provide escorts when requested. Partnered with customers in assigned geographical areas and assisted them in resolving multi-department issues. Provides information and assistance as needed to individuals with special needs.
  • Takes possession of found property, attempting to locate the owner, and securing property according to established procedure. 
  • Enforces parking regulations and provides support to the Transportation Office as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in Criminal Justice.
  • Two years of experience as an armed Security Officer in a professional security organization.
  • Applicable Law enforcement or Military training.
  • Licensed Missouri EMT-B.
  • Certification as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Member.
  • Obtain and maintain certification for Taser, OC Spray, collapsible baton, and handcuffs.
  • Must demonstrate our core values in all aspects of the position. These include professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication, and excellence.
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Advanced computer skills to complete department incident reports.

Required Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent high school certificate.
  • One year of college or technical school training.
  • One year of experience as an armed officer in an academic environment, or civilian or military police setting.
  • Experience may be substituted for formal education and training.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a St. Louis Metropolitan Security License within 30 days of hire.
  • Must obtain and maintain a Missouri Class E or Illinois Class D Driver’s license within 30 days of hire.



Salary Range

$20.76 - $32.21 / HourlyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement


  • Up to 22 days of vacation, 10 recognized holidays, and sick time.
  • Competitive health insurance packages with priority appointments and lower copays/coinsurance.
  • Want to Live Near Your Work and/or improve your commute? Take advantage of our free Metro transit U-Pass for eligible employees. We also offer a forgivable home loan of up to $12,500 for closing costs and a down payment for homes in eligible neighborhoods.
  • WashU provides eligible employees with a defined contribution (403(b)) Retirement Savings Plan, which combines employee contributions and university contributions starting at 7%.


  • Wellness challenges, annual health screenings, mental health resources, mindfulness programs and courses, employee assistance program (EAP), financial resources, access to dietitians, and more!


  • We offer 4 weeks of caregiver leave to bond with your new child. Family care resources are also available for your continued childcare needs. Need adult care? We’ve got you covered.
  • WashU covers the cost of tuition for you and your family, including dependent undergraduate-level college tuition up to 100% at WashU and 40% elsewhere after seven years with us.

For policies, detailed benefits, and eligibility, please visit: https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/

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Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

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Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.