Montana State University

Classified Position
Vacancy Announcement
November 13, 2014

University Police

Position Number     0169
Start Date Upon successful completion of selection process
Starting Salary

$22.156 - $26.587 per hour, dependent upon demonstrated exceptional relevant qualifications

FTE Full-time (1.0 FTE)
Benefits Eligible for benefits
Bargaining Unit Montana Public Employees Association
Overtime Status Eligible for overtime

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


University Police is a public service law enforcement department for the Montana State University - Bozeman campus. The campus setting is a unique environment with a large and diverse population, requiring a community service-oriented approach to policing. The department is responsible for the enforcement of campus policies and procedures in addition to federal, state, and local laws. The department maintains the University Parking Enforcement Program and provides security for all persons and property on the campus.

Duties and

Duties may include (but are not limited to): patrolling campus by foot, bicycle, Segway, or vehicle; checking all buildings on campus for unlawful entry and fire and safety violations; enforcing all university parking regulations; controlling traffic; remaining informed of all policy changes and notifying appropriate parties as necessary; notifying appropriate parties in case of emergency; completing daily reports at end of shift; investigating crimes on campus and preparing necessary documents to support arrests; mediating disputes and communicating a variety of rules, regulations, and procedures in a community policing manner; performing related duties as required. Officers are expected to carry out departmental responsibilities in a proficient and professional manner.

This position can be physically demanding and applicants must be able to perform foot patrol 3-4 hours/shift, including in inclement weather. Officers must maintain a neat appearance and wear the department uniform on the job. This is a sworn peace officer position that requires a sworn oath to the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.

NOTE: Applicants with no previous peace officer training or experience will not be considered for this position.

Please respond, on a separate sheet(s) of paper, to EACH required and preferred qualification listed below by summarizing how your work experience and training relates to each of them. Specific examples should be included to aid the search committee in evaluating your qualifications.

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1.   Must meet one of the following three criteria, as set forth by Montana Code Annotated 7-32-303 sections (5)(a)-(c) and (7):

Please indicate which criteria you meet, and how:

i. A peace officer who has been issued a Law Enforcement Officer basic certificate by the Montana public safety officer standards and training council and whose last date of employment as a peace officer was less than 36 months prior to the current date.

ii. A peace officer who has completed a basic peace officer's course that is taught by a state law enforcement agency and that is reviewed and approved by the Montana public safety officer standards and training council as equivalent with current training in Montana and whose last date of employment as a peace officer was less than 60 months prior to the current date. (Within one year of employment, must satisfy the basic educational requirements by successfully completing a basic equivalency course administered by the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.)

iii. A peace officer who has attended, and successfully completed, an appropriate peace officer basic course (that is reviewed and approved by the Montana public safety officer standards and training council as equivalent with current training in Montana) but has not completed a one-year probationary term of employment as is required to meet all basic qualifying peace officer standards in this state.

2.   Meets the peace officer employment, education, and certification standards as set forth by Montana Code Annotated 7-32-303 sections (2)(a)-(i) and (3).

Please indicate yes or no for the following required standards:

  • citizen of the United States;
  • at least 18 years of age;
  • be a high school graduate or have passed the general educational development test and been issued an equivalency certificate by the superintendent of public instruction or by an appropriate issuing agency of another state or of the federal government; and
  • possess or be eligible for a valid Montana driver's license.

Successful candidates will also be required to meet the following required standards:

  • be fingerprinted and have a search made of the local, state, and national fingerprint files to disclose any criminal record;
  • not have been convicted of a crime for which the person could have been imprisoned in a federal or state penitentiary;
  • be of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation;
  • be examined by a licensed physician, who is not the applicant's personal physician, appointed by the employing authority to determine if the applicant is free from any mental or physical condition that might adversely affect performance by the applicant of the duties of a peace officer;
  • successfully complete an oral examination conducted by the appointing authority to demonstrate the possession of communication skills, temperament, motivation, and other characteristics necessary to the accomplishment of the duties and functions of a peace officer; and
  • take a formal oath of office at the time of appointment.

Successful experience working with the public, preferably college age individuals, under adverse conditions and in stressful situations.

4.   Successful experience applying problem solving and mediation skills in intervention and conflict situations.
5.   Successful experience exercising good judgment and working effectively, both independently and cooperatively under minimal supervision.
6.   Demonstrated personal and professional initiative (for example, setting and achieving goals) and a demonstrated desire to attend classes and training.
7.   Demonstrated ability to develop a working knowledge of, adhere to, and enforce institutional regulations.
8.   Demonstrated basic computer skills and knowledge, with an emphasis on Windows-based applications.
1.   Experience on a college or university campus.
2.   Experience enforcing policies and procedures in addition to federal, state, and local laws.
3.   Experience using firearms, police radios, and related law enforcement equipment. (Please list equipment used.)
4.   First Aid and CPR experience.
The Successful
Candidate Will

The successful candidate will also have the following abilities: to communicate effectively with employees and the public both in person and over the phone; to establish and maintain effective working relations with co-workers and the public; to represent University Police and its programs to a multitude of constituencies such as students and their families, staff, faculty, and others in a professional and courteous manner.

1.   Upon a conditional offer of employment, the successful candidate must pass a psychological evaluation, an extensive background investigation, and a DOT physical examination which includes pre-employment drug screening.
2.   The successful candidate must also complete a one year probationary period and meet departmental and university training requirements.
3.   University Police is a 24 hours/day, 7-days/week service based operation and the applicant must be able to work nights, weekends, and holidays with regularity.
4.   Must possess a valid driver's license, and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. Please do not send a copy of the driver's license at this time. (If successful candidate possess a valid out-of-state driver's license, must obtain a valid Montana driver's license within 60 days.)
5.   Must be able to work in a variety of environments, including temperature extremes and inclement weather; will be regularly exposed to hazards associated with law enforcement.
6.   Must possess and maintain the ability to give credible testimony in a court of law.

Screening of applications will begin on December 1, 2014 and continue until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, please submit the following application materials:

  • The MSU Application Cover Sheet. Download the MSU Application Cover Sheet and pertinent application information by clicking here MSU Classified Employment Application.
  • Written responses to the Required and Preferred qualifications listed above.
  • Employment History or Resume
  • At least three (3) supervisory/professional references with contact information (most recent/current supervisor preferred.)
  • Electronic submissions in Word or PDF are highly preferred but hard copies will be accepted. An original signature on the MSU Application Cover Sheet is required via scanned PDF, fax, or hardcopy original to the address below. Submit materials to:

    Kristine Mashaw, Administrative Manager
    Montana State University
    University Police
    7th Avenue and Kagy Blvd
    P.O. Box 172680
    Bozeman, MT 59717-2680
    Phone: 406-994-5428
    Fax: 406-994-5508

    Posted wjj 11/13/2014