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College of Marin
  • Position Number: 5233681
  • Location: Kentfield, CA
  • Position Type: Campus Safety and Police

Police Officer

Salary: See Position Description
Closing Date:
Job Type: Full-time
Location: Kentfield & Indian Valley (Novato) - In Person, CA


PRIORITY SCREENING DATE: May 31, 2024Open Until Filled
COLLEGE OF MARIN is a dynamic and forward-thinking institution dedicated to fostering positive change, prioritizing student-centered approaches, promoting collaboration, and championing equity. We are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Police Officer. The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:

  • Perform duties in an equity-minded manner that centers student success and encompasses being (1) race conscious, (2) institutionally focused, (3) evidence based, and (4) systemically aware.
  • Prioritize the safety and well-being of our diverse student and employee population.
  • Champion equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in all aspects of policing, ensuring fair and unbiased practices.
  • Practice community policing that engages and builds trust with students, faculty, staff and the campus community.
  • Stay current on evolving law enforcement practices, technologies, and community needs.
Commitment to Diversity:
College of Marin is committed to cultivating a proactively supportive, inclusive, and accountable environment where equity, equity-mindedness, anti-racism, and social justice are valued, centered, and practiced. Our mission is to employ qualified administrators, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to student success and committed to an inclusive, anti-racist campus culture that demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population. We serve a county population of approximately 250,000 residents. Based on Fall 2023 credit enrollment data, the diversity of students at the college includes greater representation than the county with regards to enrollment with Hispanic/Latinx (34% of enrollment), Asian (6%), Black/African American (3%), White (47%), and Multi-racial (7%) students. The high-quality education and training at the College are made possible by our faculty and staff who are committed to excellence. As of Fall 2023, COM's workforce includes Hispanic/Latinx (13%), Asian (7%), Black/African American (3%), White (53%), and Multi-racial (3%) employees.

College of Marin does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, or perception of, race, ethnic group identification, ancestry, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, family and medical care leave, military or veteran status, or prior record of arrest or conviction, and is subject to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended, Civil Rights Act of 1991, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In accordance with Executive order 11246 (as amended), the College of Marin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Under general supervision, provides public safety services and performs duties that adhere to community policing principles and evidence-based policing practices as defined in California Code of Regulations, Title 5, section 59701. Provides services and performs duties that integrate the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). Responds and addresses mental health issues compassionately and effectively to ensure the safety and security of college campuses, students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Creates a safe, secure, peaceful, and inclusive campus environment in which all persons may fully develop their individual potential without fear or undue risk of physical or emotional harm. Performs field patrol, investigations, crime prevention, community relations services, parking and traffic services, and related services and activities. Actively participates in community policing including conducting student and community outreach, attending and participating in District activities and on-campus events, collaborative problem solving and providing a welcoming presence on campus in order to develop partnerships and engage students, faculty, staff and community members in campus safety. Performs related duties as assigned.

A Police Officer is responsible for both the routine and the more out-of-the-ordinary or difficult peace officer activities. Work is performed with latitude for independent judgment and action in order to identify and proactively develop solutions to the immediate safety conditions as well as underlying conditions impacting public safety. Police Officers are sworn Peace Officers under California state law with the authority to make arrests and are distinguished from the College Police Security Assistant classification, which has non-sworn civilian employees providing duties as set forth in the job description for that classification.

Essential Functions

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this classification.

  • Performs duties in an equity-minded manner that centers student success encompasses being (1) race conscious, (2) institutionally focused, (3) evidence based, and (4) systemically aware.
  • Fosters an environment that embraces educational equity and opportunities for student success by creating safe, secure, peaceful, and inclusive campus environments in which all persons may fully develop their individual potential without fear or undue risk of physical or emotional harm.
  • Performs duties consistent with the District's and Police Department's mission and function; understands the uniqueness of law enforcement in a college environment and remains sensitive to the safety of students, faculty and staff.
  • Polices with a "guardian" rather than a "warrior" mindset.
  • Operates District vehicles and patrols designated areas of the college campuses, education centers, parking areas and access roads in a marked District vehicle, on foot, or by bicycle, cart, or scooter to enforce state and federal laws and District policies and procedures pertaining to public safety, campus security, and asset protection.
  • Provides preventive resources and information, and communicates District policies and enforcement procedures to students, personnel and visitors for the purpose of ensuring their understanding and the potential consequences of violation.
  • Responds to calls and complaints regarding thefts, auto accidents, interpersonal conflicts and other felony and misdemeanor crimes; interviews persons with complaints; takes appropriate action respectfully and using an equity-minded lens; addresses individuals with mental health issues; de-escalates and diffuses situations; detains or arrests individuals violating laws; reports student code of conduct violations or employee code of conduct violations to appropriate District administrators; observes and reports safety hazards; records and documents incidents in patrol logs.
  • Interviews and takes appropriate action to assist crime victims using equity-minded practices and best practices for mental health issues, sexual assault, and dating and domestic violence; conducts preliminary investigations, including locating and interviewing witnesses, collecting and cataloging evidence and detaining or arresting individuals violating laws; coordinates with other local law enforcement agencies to transport detainees to jail facilities for booking.
  • Prepares reports including incident and arrest reports, criminal citation notices to appear, warrantless arrest reports and property evidence reports; assists with the preparation of periodic crime report summaries, outcome-based reports and other statistical data and reviews with campus and District administrators.
  • Attends and participates in campus activities not involving a police response or other formal public safety-related activities, such as participating in student events when invited, in town halls, convocations, and other events where informal or social interactions with other campus stakeholders is possible.
  • Opens and closes campuses and campus facilities; prevents entry and investigates the presence of unauthorized individuals on College grounds or in buildings; when necessary, requests implementation of emergency operations protocols.
  • Oversees traffic control, parking and safe movement of vehicles in parking areas; may issue traffic and parking citations using equity-minded practices and through an educational lens, and consistent with Police Department protocols.
  • Participates in the preparation of reports for various cases going to trial; prepares supplemental reports as required; appears in court to present evidence and provide testimony as required.
  • Participates in committees, shared governance, crime prevention, collaborative problem solving and other approaches to law enforcement in education.
  • Collaborates with other agencies including law enforcement, community professionals, disaster planners, etc. for the purpose of communicating and/or receiving information regarding situations that may affect campus safety.
  • Collaborates with individuals, groups, and communities the Police Department serves to develop solutions and increase trust.
  • Engages proactively to develop and evaluate effective responses to problems.
  • Participates in regular training on the law, safety procedures, conduct and methods of community policing, District policies and procedures, community engagement, operational tactics, report writing and other topics to keep knowledge and skills current.
  • Participates in regular training in: cultural responsibility; conflict avoidance, de-escalation, anti-bias; implicit and unconscious police bias including an awareness of police officers' own internally-held biases and prejudices; harmful racial and other stereotypes that are pervasive in society; and addressing mental health issues in a compassionate and effective matter.
  • In the event of a major incident or disaster, coordinates and participates in emergency operations center (e.g., authorizing emergency vehicle access to campus; securing buildings and/or facilities; notifying community agency personnel, etc.) for the purpose of responding to the emergency, maintaining campus security, and ensuring effective implementation of the emergency response plan.
  • Prepares, participates in, and presents various training activities/programs to support the campus community through an equity-minded lens. Such training may include, but is not limited to, First Aid/CPR training, AED Training, self-defense classes, emergency management, de-escalation tactics, facility shut down drills, fire drills and more. Offers training to ensure faculty, staff and students have the training, knowledge, and skills necessary for various safety and emergency-related incidents that may take place in the District.
  • May represent the District and/or department on internal and external committees and community groups.
  • Participates in training new officers, Police Services Assistants, cadets, student employees, volunteers, and others to ensure compliance with laws, regulations, and applicable District policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the College's Emergency Operations Plan.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Requirements & Desirables

Education and Experience:
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Graduation from high school or a GED program supplemented by specialized, successful training in law enforcement by a recognized academy; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility principles; and
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity-minded practices in support of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, college employees and community members.
Licenses, Certificates and Other Requirements:
  • A valid California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the District's vehicle insurance program.
  • Possession of a California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate is required at time of appointment to the position.
  • Police Academy Graduates: Applicant must be within two months of graduation from an Accredited P.O.S.T. Academy at time of application. Candidates must have successfully completed the academy and possess an Academy P.O.S.T. Certificate prior to an offer of employment.
  • Possession of current First Aid and CPR cards is required within three months of selection for the position.
  • Possession of current Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) certificate or must be obtained within three months of selection for the position.
  • Successful completion of a comprehensive background investigation is required, which may include but is not limited to a review of employment history, criminal conviction record, credit history, use of intoxicants and/or other controlled substances.
  • Applicants and incumbents will be required to undergo initial and periodic evaluations that finds them to be free from any biased behaviors, attitudes, and relevant traits and attributes, physical, emotional, or mental conditions that might adversely affect their exercise of peace officer powers consistent with their job duties and assignment.
  • No applicant shall be hired if the individual has a sustained finding related to moral turpitude, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, abuse of authority or power, excessive use of force, or other misconduct incompatible with the role of campus police officer under the requirements of, and District policies described in Subchapter 11 of Chapter 10 of Division 6 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Degree in modern policing from a California community college.
  • A degree from a two- or four-year college or university in a related field.
  • P.O.S.T. Intermediate Certificate.
  • Fluency in a second language commonly spoken in Marin County, preferably Spanish.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles, methods and techniques for policing in a community college safety and security department which may include policing.
  • Police Department operations, laws and practices including the laws of arrest, search and seizure; rules of evidence and court procedures; vehicle code and traffic control operations; court procedures and appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
  • Community policing including: 1) collaborative partnerships between police and those they serve to develop solutions to problems and increase trust in police; 2) partnerships and collaborative problem solving; and 3) proactive engagement and systematic evaluation of problems to develop and evaluate effective responses.
  • Principles, practices and techniques used in community policing including community outreach and engagement and collaborative problem solving.
  • Evidence-based policing, including effective policing practices that connect the best available research to the implementation of public safety guidelines and practices to improve outcome and allow public safety agencies to move beyond reactive, response-driven approaches.
  • Legal mandates, regulations policies, operating procedures, and best practices related to community college safety, security, and policing.
  • District's Police Department standards and law enforcement standards of conduct, ethics, and safety. The proper use of firearms, other lethal weapons and non-lethal force utilizing a baton, pepper spray, TASER, etc.
  • Care, cleaning, safe handling and use of a firearm.
  • Methods and procedures for effective report writing; correct English usage, grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Operating procedures and practices of disaster and emergency response.
    District practices and procedures for maintaining public records, campus safety records, and police records.
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules and regulations including OSHA rules and regulations. Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.

Skills and Abilities to:
  • Understand and exhibit respect for and sensitivity to the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, disability, religious background and sexual orientation of community college students, faculty and staff.
  • Communicate tactfully, respectfully and effectively with students, staff, faculty and the public, both orally and in writing, in a manner consistent with community policing and student/community service policies.
  • Perform all the duties of the position effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Utilize in a safe and effective manner all department equipment including District vehicles, bicycles, carts, scooters, weapons, safety tools/equipment, two-way radio systems and emergency alarm systems.
  • Maintain qualification for use of firearms, other lethal weapons and use of non-lethal tools/equipment.
  • Utilize appropriate crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine and take effective and appropriate action.
  • Utilize appropriate defense measures to protect self or others in adverse situations.
  • Meet and maintain the standards of physical stature, endurance and agility established by the District.
  • Maintain two-way radio communication with local police authorities, dispatch and administrators.
  • Administer emergency first aid and CPR and utilize an AED device.
  • Testify effectively and accurately in court.
  • Understand, interpret, explain, teach and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures, laws, codes and ordinances.
  • Prepare clear, concise and comprehensive correspondence, records, reports, studies and other written materials.
  • Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  • Operate a computer and use standard business software.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.


Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:
  1. In accordance with Federal Law all employees must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  2. Criminal Justice/Fingerprint Clearance.
  3. Pre-employment Background
  4. Pre-employment Medical Exam
  5. Pre-employment Psychological Exam
  6. Pre-employment Polygraph Exam
  7. California Education Code, Section 87408.6 requires persons employed by a community college in an academic or classified position to submit to a TB risk assessment developed by CDPH and CTCA and, if risk factors are present, an examination to determine that he or she is free of infectious TB; initially upon hire and every four years thereafter.
  8. DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Marin Community College District (MCCD) employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the MCCD requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency. For more information, please see the MCCD Emergency Operations Plan.
  9. Candidates applying for positions with the Marin Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
The following documents must be attached to your application in order to render it complete. Use the Attachment Type indicated in parentheses when making your attachments.
  1. Cover Letter describing what motivated you to apply for this position with the Marin Community College District Police Department, including how you meet the minimum and preferred requirements and are qualified to perform the essential functions as listed in this job posting. Additionally, please include what you think is one ethical challenge facing law enforcement today. (cover letter)
  2. Resume (resume)
  3. California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate (certificate or other)
  4. First Aid and CPR Cards or must be obtained within three months of selection for the position, if not already acquired with the P.O.S.T certificate. (certificate or other)
  5. Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Certificate or must be obtained within three months of selection for the position. (certificate or other)
  6. STATEMENT: Please provide a response to the following prompt (one page maximum; other) and attach it to your application: College of Marin's commitment to educational excellence is rooted in providing equitable opportunities and fostering success for all members of our diverse community. As a College of Marin Police Officer, how would you contribute to a culture of creating a safe, secure, peaceful, and inclusive campus environment for marginalized students, especially in light of the current national consciousness around issues of racial profiling within law enforcement?

Supplemental & Salary Information

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee must maintain department physical fitness and weight requirements necessary to perform the job functions with or without accommodation, such as the ability to walk, run, bicycle, operate motor vehicles and equipment, position and maintain traffic barricades and physically detain and apprehend suspects. Hearing must be within normal range. The employee must be able to lift, carry or drag up to 100 pounds and occasionally up to 165 pounds.

Must be able to meet the P.O.S.T vision guidelines for acuity, color vision and other visual functions.

Mental Demands:
While performing the duties of this position classification, the employee is regularly required to use written and oral communication skills; read and interpret data, information and documents; analyze and solve problems; observe and accurately interpret situations; learn and apply new information or skills; perform highly detailed work; work on multiple, concurrent tasks; work with frequent interruptions; and work under intensive deadlines. Incumbents occasionally will be required to pass psychological evaluations.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employees work under both office and outdoor conditions subject to frequent public contact and interruption and to intermittent exposure to individuals acting in a disagreeable fashion. Employees in this position classification are regularly exposed to noise, outside weather conditions, chemical/biological hazards, disease/infestations, and work in traffic. Work involves potentially dangerous situations and exposure to disturbing or traumatic events.

The employee will be required to work various shifts at night, on weekends and holidays as assigned and respond in emergency situations and natural disasters.

FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Salary Range: SEIU 625
Starting Salary Range: $40.70 to $44.84 (Step 1 to 3). Normal entering step is Step 1.

Please refer to our Human Resources web site for salary schedules.

Campus: Kentfield and Indian Valley Campus (Novato)
Full-time Equivalent: 1.0 - Full-time
Months per Year: 12
Work Days/Hours: 40/hours per week

Employees in classifications represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 and are required to comply fully with the CSEA/Marin Community College District (MCCD) Collective Bargaining Agreement. General information regarding rights and responsibilities under the Agreement can be found in the Collective Bargaining Agreements section of our Human Resources site. SEIU employees are also members of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), to which the member contributes up to 14.5% of their reportable compensation on a monthly basis.
Open Until Filled
All application materials must be received by the Priority Screening Date in order to be considered during the initial screening. Applications received after this date may be considered thereafter at the discretion of the College until the position is filled. This position performs its duties on both the Kentfield and Indian Valley (Novato) campuses, so if not already residing within the Bay Area, the successful candidate must be willing to relocate.

Applications must include the documents listed in the Required Documents section to be rendered complete; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Screening will begin after the priority screening date. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted to schedule an interview appointment with the screening committee; however, applicants will be notified of their status, either way, following the screening. Candidates forwarded by the committee following the first interview will be invited for a second interview. Regrettably, College of Marin is not able to offer reimbursement for travel to interviews at this time.


SEIU, Full-time Employees:
Health Insurance - the District's contributions for medical insurance coverage are as follows:
  • Employee-only: $1,500/month
  • Employee plus one dependent: $2,200/month
  • Employee plus two or more dependents: $2,700/month
Dental and Vision Insurance - Delta Dental and VSP vision plans for employee and dependents, with no cost to employees
Vacation Leave - 96 hours of accrual annually, with additional accrual after 3, 10, and 14 years of service

Sick Leave - 7.5 hours per month, 90 hours per year

Retirement through CalPERS - the District contributes 25.37% (of employee's salary) towards CalPERS pension. Vested after 5 years.

Life Insurance - $50,000, with the option to purchase additional voluntary life insurance for the Lesser of 5x base annual salary or $500,000

Additional Retirement Savings Plans - Employees are also eligible to participate in a voluntary, tax-advantaged 403(b) or 457(b) retirement savings plan.
Short-Term Disability & Long-Term Disability (employee paid), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA's), Optional indemnity plans, pet insurance, Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Additional Benefits (at no cost to employee):

  • 24/7 Helpline through the Employee Assistance Program (All members)
  • 24/7 Physician Access through MD Live (Blue Shield members).
  • Expert Medical Opinions through Teladoc (All members).
  • Generic Medications through Costco (Blue Shield members).
  • Enhanced Cancer Benefit through Contigo Health (Blue Shield members).
  • Hip, Knee, and Spine Surgical Benefit through Carrum Health (Blue Shield members).
  • Personal Health Coaching through Vida Health (Blue Shield members).
  • Physical Therapy for Back and Joint Pain (Blue Shield members).
  • Discounts for Gym memberships, Hearing Aids and LASIK Eye Surgery (Blue Shield members).
  • ClassPass Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with fitness industry leader ClassPass to make it easier for employees to exercise from the comfort of their homes. (Kaiser members)

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