Master Police Officer
University Police – Master Police Officer
(lateral entry – certified Virginia police officer)
This position is for individuals who are currently Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified as a police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, or is eligible for recertification under DCJS guidelines with 40 hours of Mandatory In-Service Retraining.
The George Mason University Police Department invites applications for the position of Master Police Officer (lateral entry/Virginia DCJS law enforcement officer certified). The department is actively seeking a depth of experience and abilities. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
Candidates must be able to perform law enforcement and security functions within the University Police Department. Duties, responsibilities, and requisite skills include but are not limited to, providing vehicle, bicycle, or foot patrol of the campus; responding to calls for service and on-view suspicious activities; resolving complaints; investigating criminal and traffic incidents; providing first responder aid when required; and other duties as assigned. The George Mason University Police Department subscribes to a robust community-oriented policing philosophy in order to fulfill its mission.
- Possess a college degree.
- Previous supervisory experience.
- Previous military or security experience.
- Trained/certified in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training.
- Certified and experienced trainer or subject matter expert: firearms, control tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, SFST, CIT, or similar area.
- Experience in investigations/detective work.
- Previous experience at George Mason University or another college/university.
Both new and current state employees will be required to serve a one-year probationary period upon completion of law enforcement certification and/or employment.
The current salary for police officers upon graduation from academy training is in the low 60,000’s. Lateral officers are eligible for a higher pay rate upon hire; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is commensurate with experience, training, and education.
As openings occur, the initial steps of the hiring process include a successful review of the application pre-employment questionnaire. The best qualified candidates will be invited to an oral interview panel. Post Conditional Offer requirements include an in-depth background investigation including recent polygraph, and satisfactory completion of a medical examination, and a psychological assessment.
All lateral officers will be required to complete a one-year probationary period. Mason offers a comprehensive and attractive state benefits plan, including a tuition benefit. Lateral officers may be eligible to continue in their existing retirement plan or begin a new retirement plan under the Virginia Retirement System/Virginia Law Officers’ Retirement System.
This online application is equivalent to the Commonwealth of Virginia state employment application and is required. It must be fully completed.
Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 00195z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.