Minimum Qualifications for University Support Staff

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Police Officer

The entry level position is University Police Officer

Minimum requirements

  • High school diploma or completion of a G.E.D. equivalency
  • Age 21 by the time of appointment
  • United States citizenship
  • Must be able to pass a background check and be free of any diversions for or convictions of felonies or misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence
  • Must be able to meet the admission requirements for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Must be able to obtain an unrestricted Kansas driver's license (corrected vision acceptable)
  • Must be able to perform all the essential job functions and not pose a direct threat to the health and safety of self or others

Hiring Process

  1. Complete application form online at http://jobs.ku.edu. A resume and cover letter must be attached to the application form
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Public Safety Office
  3. Successful completion of POST. Applicants will be contacted by Public Safety Office to schedule the Police Officer Selection Test, a skills-based test covering arithmetic, reading, grammar and simple report writing
  4. Interview with Police Interview Board. Applicants will be contacted by the Public Safety Office to schedule interviews
  5. Background check interview with a detective will be conducted the same day as the interview with the Board. A thorough background check must be conducted and passed before applicant can proceed in the hiring process
  6. Successful completion of Behavioral Assessment Interview and Written Exam. Applicants will be contacted by the Public Safety Office to schedule this assessment
  7. Interview with Chief and Assistant Chief of Public Safety Office. Applicants will be contacted by the Public Safety Office to schedule interviews
  8. As a condition of employment, applicants must pass a physical exam and drug test

Security Officer

The entry level position is Safety & Security Officer

Minimum requirements

  • High school diploma or completion of a G.E.D. equivalency
  • 18 years of age or older
  • United States citizenship
  • Must be able to pass a background check and be free of any diversions or convictions of felonies or misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence
  • Must be able to obtain an unrestricted Kansas driver’s license (corrected vision acceptable)

Hiring Process

  1. Complete application form online at http://jobs.ku.edu. A resume and cover letter must be attached to the application form
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Public Safety Office. After review, applicants considered for interview will be contacted by Public Safety Office
  3. Interview with Security Interview Board. Applicants will be contacted by Public Safety Office to schedule the interview
  4. Background check interview with a detective will be conducted the same day as the interview with the Board. A thorough background check must be conducted and passed before applicant can proceed in the hiring process
  5. Interview with Chief of Public Safety Office. Applicants will be contacted by Public Safety Office to schedule the interview

Communications Specialist

The entry level position is Communications Specialist I

Minimum requirements

  • High school diploma or completion of a G.E.D. equivalency
  • United States citizenship
  • Must be able to pass a background check and be free of any diversions or convictions of felonies or misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence
  • Must submit to a background check
  • Must be able to work assigned 8-, 10- or 12-hour shifts with rotating days off
  • Hearing correctable to a range that will allow normal radio and telephone conversation with field units. Must submit to a hearing examination
  • Vision correctable to a range that will allow reading of computer display terminals, maps, and printouts quickly and accurately
  • Ability to perform all essential job functions and shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of self or others

Hiring Process

  1. Complete application form online at http://jobs.ku.edu. A resume and cover letter must be attached to the application form
  2. Applications are reviewed by the Public Safety Office. After review, applicants considered for interview will be contacted by Public Safety Office
  3. Interview with Communications Specialist Interview Board
  4. Background check interview with a detective will be conducted the same day as the interview with the Board. A thorough background check must be conducted and passed before applicant can proceed in the hiring process
  5. As a condition of employment, applicants must pass a hearing test


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