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Special Events Officer

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Excluded, Temporary, Part Time, Safety

Position Summary

The University Police Department endeavors to promote a safe environment in a manner that is fair, transparent, and respectful. We pride ourselves on the strength of our working relationships with our community and recognize the value in collaborating with our diverse community to improve the quality of life for those who live, work, study, or visit San Diego State University. UPD embodies the principles of community policing. In other words, working collaboratively with our community in order to prevent and solve crime, while building trust and legitimacy. See more on our community policing efforts.

San Diego State University Police Department is actively seeking seasoned law enforcement professionals with an interest in part-time employment to apply as a Special Events Police Officer.  Under general supervision, the Special Events Police Officer is responsible to protect students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, property and facilities from accidents, bodily harm, fire, theft, vandalism and illegal entry. The incumbent enforces laws and traffic/parking regulations; apprehends violators; provides general information and assistance to the public; and assists in investigations; patrols campus buildings and grounds by foot, bicycle, electric vehicle, motorcycle and patrol car; controls crowds during events or disturbances; guards property; investigates and prepares reports on accidents, property damage, fires, law violations, thefts and disturbances of the peace; gathers evidence, makes arrests and appears in court as required.

Work assignments include a wide range of activities in supporting special events on campus including emergency response, traffic control and enforcement, administering first aid to injured persons, and providing other policing tasks as required; adheres to the mission, vision, and value statements for the department and professional standards as outlined in the law enforcement accreditation program; and performs other duties as assigned.

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This recruitment will be used to establish a pool of candidates for current and future hourly intermittent appointments. This position is designated non-exempt under FLSA and is eligible for overtime compensation.


  • Current or *retired peace officer with a California law enforcement agency, current Level 1 reserve police officer with a California law enforcement agency. The last date of employment must have been within the last three years or have proof of requalification.  *CalPERS retirees must follow retired annuitant requirements as outlined by CalPERS.

  • Must meet current employment standards of the Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) and have completed POST approved Field Training program at home agency.

Specialized Requirements

  • Active law enforcement officers are required to obtain authorization from their home agency Chief of Police/Sheriff authorizing them to work on a per diem/hourly basis for San Diego State University.

  • Reserve police officers must also provide proof of completion of Level 1 Reserve Peace Officer POST Regular Basic Course (Reserve Police Officers Only)

  • Candidates are required to have attained permanency at their current or prior agency

Licenses and Certifications Required

  • Valid California driver’s license

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment not expected to exceed $75.00 per hour. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $15.00 - $140.00 per hour.

Supplemental Information

Applications will be reviewed upon submission.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Employment Services at 619-594-7901 or

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