Public Safety Detective

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Public Safety Detective.  The position is a full-time non-exempt position reporting to the Director of Public Safety.

The Department of Public Safety supports the academic mission of Allegheny College by providing a secure and safe environment for the entire campus community. Public Safety performs law enforcement, safety, and security services within the College’s jurisdiction. Public Safety act as advocates of the Allegheny College Community while maintaining a professional service-oriented attitude and philosophy.

The detective conducts in depth criminal investigations, college policy violation investigations, and Title IX investigations which occur on Allegheny College property.  The detective also conducts background investigations. The detective acts as a liaison with other local police departments and works cooperatively with other law enforcement agencies in cases involving Allegheny College.  The detective also assists in gathering, maintaining, and properly reporting statistical information; including but not limited to Clery, Uniform Crime Report, and other related statistics.

The detective must have completed Act 120 Municipal Police Officer Training or its equivalent, such as the PA State Police Basic Cadet Training Program.   The detective must have a thorough knowledge of the PA criminal justice system, including but not limited to the Rules of Criminal of Procedure, Title 18 PA Crimes Code, and search and seizure case law.  The detective must possess a valid state driver’s license, valid CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications.    The detective must have prior criminal investigative experience, strong interpersonal, and public speaking skills.  The detective must be organized and demonstrate the ability to perform and maintain composure during stressful situations.  The detective must be able to communicate effectively with students, faculty, and staff. The detective must have the ability and desire to promote the College’s academic mission and the willingness to adhere to and uphold the College’s Student Code of Conduct and Statement of Community.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits.  Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA  16335 or by e-mail to  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

posted 1/14/22