Institutional Police Officer (8204)

  • Full-time
  • Job Code and Title: 8204-Institutional Police Officer
  • Fill Type: Permanent Civil Service

Company Description

City College of San Francisco is an urban community college with 11 locations throughout the city. Our vision is to provide a sustainable and accessible environment where we support and encourage student possibilities by building on the vibrancy of San Francisco and where we are guided by the principles of inclusiveness, integrity, innovation, creativity, and quality. We offer an affordable opportunity for students to earn associate degrees, prepare for transfer, and pursue career and technical education. This is an exciting time at City College of San Francisco and the right person can make a major impact. Be part of positive change as we transform this dynamic institution for a successful future.


Department: Public Safety

Location: City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus and other campuses.

Salary Range:  $43.0885 - $52.1544 hourly

                          $89,624 - $108,481 annually

Appointment Type:  Classified - Provisional. Provisional Incumbents will be required to pass a Civil Service Examination process for this class in order to be considered for a permanent position.

Please note job posting was re-opened for additional recruitment.  Previous applicants need not re-apply.

Application Filing Deadline: Extended to May 20, 2022.

Job Description

City College of San Francisco is looking to recruit two (2) or more full time, (40 hours/week), full year (260 days/fiscal year) Institutional Police Officers. Under the direction of the Chief of Police or his/her designee, the Institutional Police Officer works in the San Francisco Community College District Police Department and acts as a peace officer pursuant to Section 830.32(a) of the California Penal Code and Section 72330 of the California Education Code. The San Francisco Community College District Police Department is a Peace Officers' Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) participant. The officer's primary functions are to provide protection of life and property and to enforce state and local laws and college policies within the jurisdiction of San Francisco Community College District campuses. In accordance with District policy, the San Francisco Community College District Police Department is a sworn unarmed department. Employees are required to sign a memorandum acknowledging their understanding of the District's policy in this regard.

Responsibilities and Job Duties:

1. Maintain law and order within and surrounding City College campuses and other district sites.

2. Provide a safe and secure environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors.

3. In a professional and courteous manner; respond to all emergencies on District property.

4. Uphold the laws and statues of the State of California, municipal and criminal, enforce state and local ordinances, rules and regulations related to the San Francisco Community College District.

5. Provide assistance and /or first aid.

6. Perform traffic control and investigate traffic collisions.

7. Issue verbal warning or issue citations for violations observed and issue parking citations.

8. Patrol assigned areas in a marked patrol vehicle and/or on foot.

9. Provide money escorts upon request on District property.

10. Conduct investigations of various crimes committed; interview suspects. victims and witnesses in the field; make arrests as necessary; prepare reports on arrests, burglaries, disturbances and unusual circumstances observed.

11. Make felony/misdemeanor/warrant arrests as necessary which includes transporting and booking suspects as well as properly preparing a San Francisco Police Department Incident Report.

12. Assist students, faculty, staff, and visitors by providing directions and responding to questions and inquiries; provide service escorts for any person requiring assistance.

13. Respond to faculty, staff and student complaints in potentially hostile situations; intervene and mediate in disturbances and disputes.

14. Testify and present evidence in court as necessary.

15. Assist in the event of natural disasters and other extraordinary circumstances.

16. May perform other duties as assigned by Chief of Police or his/her designee.

Working Conditions:

This classification may require maintaining physical condition necessary for walking, standing, running or sitting for prolonged periods of time; bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling; moderate to heavy lifting and carrying; possible exposure to physical injury and other dangers inherent in police work. Must possess satisfactory hearing capabilities and visual acuity of at least 20/100 correctable to at least 20/30 in each eye. Officers are required to wear police uniforms, a bullet proof vests, and required police gear.

Officers are required to work flexible shifts, rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays. Officers may be assigned to any of the District campuses under the department policy and/or at the discretion of the Chief of Police.

The department currently operates two shifts: Day shift and swing shift.  Shifts are 5 days/8 hours per day or 4 days/10 hours per day; 7 days a week.


Minimum Qualifications:


High School diploma or equivalent (GED or High School Proficiency Examination); AND


One (1) year of experience as a police officer, member of a military police unit or other work involving the safeguarding of life and property;   AND

License and Certification:

1.  Requires possession of a valid California Driver License;  AND

2.  Possession of a Basic P.O.S.T. Certificate  (issued by California Department of Justice, Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training) will be required prior to field work assignment and within twelve (12) months of hire date, as a condition of employment.

Note: Work experience with the District as a College Work Study student or Lab Aide (3591) Classification will not be considered or applied as qualifying experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Certificate of completion from a P.O.S.T. academy.

2. Completion of 60 units of college credits preferably in the Administration  of Justice field.

3. Two years of verifiable work experience.

4. One year of law enforcement experience.

5. Specialized training in law enforcement, security or related field.

6. Experience in working within an educational setting preferably in community colleges.

7. Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, linguistic, ethnic backgrounds and disabilities of community college students, faculty, and staff.

8. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

9. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

10. Reliable, responsible, dependable, and a good team player.

11. Ability to participate in meetings, workshops, events and other college functions as needed and to be able to represent the department.

12. Effective interpersonal skills enabling the officer to effectively deal with a diverse population of students, staff and the general public.

13. Good organizational skills.

14. Willingness to work extended hours or start early when required.

15. Ability to work and perform job duties effectively under pressure.

16. Ability to pay close attention to detail to ensure consistent accuracy and prioritize workload with frequent interruptions.

17. Effective experience in conflict resolution in person, virtually, email and/or by phone. Ability to take initiative, problem solve and work independently with good judgment about when to seek direction.

18. Understanding of regulations related to handling of confidential student information.

Important: Your application MUST include the following documents. To upload these items, please attach using the “Additional attachments” function within the application process.

  • Cover letter expressing your interest in the position, specifically indicating how you meet the Minimum and Desirable Qualifications as listed in this announcement.
  • Current Resume.
  • Copy of current California Driver’s License.
  • Copy of all relevant transcripts and certificates.
  • DMV printout with full and complete listing of all motor vehicle violations.

Educational Verification: Verification of qualifying education must include copies of transcripts, diplomas or certificates posting your degree(s) and Major(s). If verification cannot be obtained, the applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why such verification cannot be obtained. Requests for waiver will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Foreign degree(s)/coursework  used as qualifying to meet minimum qualifications must be evaluated by a foreign degree evaluation services organization, before an application can be processed. Please contact the CCSF Human Resources Department at (415) 452-7660 for evaluation sources. Failure to submit the required verification or request for waiver with the application at the time of filing will result in rejection of the application.

Verification of Experience: Verification may be requested at any time during this recruitment and selection process. If requested, verification of experience needed to qualify must be submitted on the employer's letterhead and indicate the name of the applicant, job title, dates of employment, hours/week, and duties performed and must be signed by the supervisor and/or appropriate company representative.

Verification of experience may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement with the application explaining why verification cannot be obtained.  Waiver request will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Failure to submit the required verification or request for a waiver at the time of verification is requested may result in the rejection of the application.


  1. Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.
  2. Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirements by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Benefits: New employees hired on or after October 1, 2013 will contribute 2% of salary to the San Francisco Retiree Health Care Trust Fund (RHCTF).


-If you have questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Eileen Reyes, City College of San Francisco Human Resources Classified Unit, by email at [email protected].

-If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Mario Vasquez, Chief of San Francisco Community College Police Department, by email at [email protected].

ADA Statement: 

Applicants who require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this hiring process should contact the Title 5/EEO/ADA Compliance Officer at 415/452-5053 to make the necessary arrangements. Please be aware that verification of a covered disability under the ADA may be required.

Selection Procedure/Conditions of Employment: 

1. Oral Examination: Candidates will be interviewed to evaluate their interpersonal effectiveness, oral communication and information processing abilities. The oral interview will be rated by department committee, who will make recommendations as to which candidates should proceed in the selection process.

2. Background investigation: Candidates must complete and pass an employment, character and background investigation to determine fitness for employment as an institutional Police Officer. A comprehensive personal history statement must be completed, and all statements by the candidates are subject to verification. Candidates will be required to pass a polygraph test, a drug test and a psychological screening. Applicants who are untruthful during their background investigation will be disqualified.

3.  A review of judicial and driving records will be conducted, Applicants must possess a valid driver's license at the time of appointment, and have a current history of careful and responsible motor vehicle operation. Prior negligent operator probation, license suspension, drunk reckless, or hit and run driving, or multiple moving violations may be cause for disqualification, regardless of where they occurred. At the time of application or thereafter, any type of vehicle-related probation, or driving without a valid license, or driving without insurance will be disqualified.

4.  Medical Examination: Prior to appointment, candidates must be determined by a licensed physician to be free from any physical condition that would adversely affect the ability to perform the duties of a Peace Officer. Candidates must pass a medical examination by a designated City physician and must meet minimum standards for hearing, color vision, visual acuity and other prescribed physical standards. The applicant's ability to perform the essential functions of the position as construed upon the medical evaluation may be a cause for rejection.

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience. Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in order to determine applicants' qualifications. Only those applicants who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to participate in the selection process. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

New Hires: As approved by the governing Board of the San Francisco Community College District, beginning October 1, 2021, City College of San Francisco  requires that new and current employees, students, and business partners participate in the COVID Safety Campaign. All parties entering CCSF facilities must demonstrate proof of COVID vaccination in compliance with current CDC and SFDPH guidelines. New hires must submit documentation for verification to the Human Resources Department.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of the City College of San Francisco to provide all persons with equal employment and educational opportunities regardless of race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, religion, age, gender, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, disability or AIDS/HIV status, medical conditions, gender identity, or status as a Vietnam-Era veteran. These categories specifically include status as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning person in any District program or activity. For further information, contact the Title 5/EEO/ADA Compliance Officer at (415) 452-5053.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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