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Corporal (2 Positions)

Apply now Job no: 536932
Work type: Staff
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 8 - SUPA - State University Police Association, Probationary, Full Time, Safety


Job Summary

The Corporal performs general law enforcement work that includes some or all of the following: patrolling campus buildings and grounds on foot or vehicle; maintaining order; enforcing laws, rule and regulations; apprehending and processing violators; initiating police action; preparing and presenting oral and written reports; providing assistance to campus personnel, students and the public in public safety matters; and serving as the lead or senior member on a campus patrol operation. A team leader, assistant watch commander, or patrol agent responsible for leading a shift and providing direction to officers in the field.


Key Responsibilities

  • Patrols area within the jurisdiction of UPD, arrests violators of federal, state, and/or local laws, and prepares factual reports concerning the arrests
  • Investigates and prepares complete reports of crimes occurring on the University campus wherein the perpetrator has evaded arrest or detection
  • Cite violators of traffic regulations within the specified jurisdiction; conducts initial investigation of crimes occurring on state property and investigates potential safety hazards either observed or reported
  • Provides security for large gatherings, assemblies and/or other university activities or events
  • Participates in emergency preparedness, crime prevention and safety programs on an as required bases
  • Develops, implements, and enforces campus and department policies, procedures, and regulations within the assigned area of responsibility
  • Serves as the lead or senior member on assigned campus patrol operation; assists watch commander or patrol agent responsible for leading a shift and providing direction to officers in the field
  • Assumes command in absence of superiors
  • Provides on-the-job training to assigned staff; develops lesson plans and training for community groups
  • Provides public representations and workshops in support of department programs


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Effective interpersonal skills to resolve a wide variety of sensitive situations.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including writing clear and comprehensive reports.
  • Ability to think and act effectively in emergency and sensitive situations.
  • Thorough knowledge of current law enforcement methods and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of current criminal codes and laws.
  • Thorough knowledge of effective investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and make sound judgements, and oversee and evaluate assigned staff effectively.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a widely diverse population, and act calmly and rationally in emergency situations.
  • Ability to assist in the administration of a public safety program in a fair and objective manner.
  • Ability to provide effective leadership, training, and direction to assigned personnel, and assist in developing department policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle multiple work priorities, organize and plan work and projects.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriately handle sensitive communications with employees and external agencies.
  • Ability to quickly learn and apply a variety of state, federal, CSU, and SJSU policies and procedures.
  • Excellent customer service and public relations skills.
  • Ability to perform the wide range of duties associated with a sworn position within a small law enforcement agency.
  • Ability to wear a full duty uniform with specified safety equipment and perform the basic job functions of a POST-certified law enforcement officer (arrest and control techniques, firearms qualifications, operations of emergency vehicles, etc.).
  • Work shifts will vary and may include nights and weekends.
  • Ability to meet all requirements for POST Certification.
  • Ability to callback with minimal notice for major incidents and emergency situations on campus.
  • Ability to occasionally travel to other campus offices and off campus locations.
  • Ability to maintain composure in highly stressful and sometimes volatile situations.
  • Ability to communicate with constituents in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Ability to maintain a Valid California Driver’s License.
  • Ability to possess a valid P.O.S.T. Certificate of Eligibility or a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate in good standing.
  • Eligibility to be a peace officer in the State of California.


Required Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent and graduation from a Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) academy and a Basic Course Certificate
  • Two or more years of active law enforcement experience



A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.


Preferred Qualifications

  • POST Intermediate Certificate
  • Three (3) or more years as a sworn officer



Classification: Corporal
Anticipated Hiring Salary: $9,046/month
CSU Salary Range: $6,720/month - $9,909/month

San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.


Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • (P.O.S.T) Intermediate Academy Certificate
  • Basic Course Certificate

All applicants must apply within the specified application period: April 16, 2023 through May 5, 2023. This position is open until filled; however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.


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University Personnel


CSU Vaccination Policy

The CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measures established by each campus. The system wide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to


Additional Information

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was offered the position on a contingent basis.

The standard background check includes: criminal check, employment and education verification. Depending on the position, a motor vehicle and/or credit check may be required. All background checks are conducted through the university's third party vendor, Accurate Background. Some positions may also require fingerprinting. SJSU will pay all costs associated with this procedure. Evidence of required degree(s) or certification(s) will be required at time of hire.


All San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. Incumbent is also required to promptly report any knowledge of a possible Title IX related incident to the Title IX Office or report any discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation to the Office of Equal Opportunity.


Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Housing Fire Safety Notification: 

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR) is also now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and Sexual Assault prevention information, and information about drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery crimes for San José State University locations for the three most recent calendar years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director by phone at 408-924-1501 or by email at

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the Annual Fire Safety Report (AFSR) is also available for viewing at The purpose of this report is to disclose statistics for fires that occurred within SJSU on-campus housing facilities for the three most recent calendar years, and to distribute fire safety policies and procedures intended to promote safety on Campus. A paper copy of the AFSR is available upon request by contacting the Housing Office by phone at 408-795-5600 or by email at


Equal Employment Statement

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).


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Last Updated Apr 11, 2023