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Working at the University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) means joining a team of dedicated public safety professionals who protect and serve at one of the top public universities in the U.S. We are looking for service-oriented individuals who are committed to excellence and integrity. If that’s you, and you are looking for unique opportunities within the public safety profession with a competitive salary and robust benefits package, then we’ve got you covered.

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Hiring Process

The DPSS hiring process will depend on what job you are applying for and can take from 5 - 8 weeks to complete. In general, all potential applicants will submit a cover letter and resume through the U-M Careers website. If you are selected, you will be sent a link to submit a video via SparkHire. The next step would be a panel interview and other interviews may be scheduled as needed. Successful candidates will need to pass a background investigation. Lastly, the new hire may have additional steps such as a drug screen, medical physical, and psychological evaluation, depending on the job.

Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4
SparkHire Video Interview Panel Interview Background Administrative
The SparkHire video interview includes the candidate recording answers to interview questions for submission to the hiring department. The videos will be reviewed by the hiring manager and top candidates are selected for panel interviews. The panel interview is when the candidate meets face to face with a hiring panel. The panel consists of front line and administrative staff who will ask behavior based questions of the candidate. Candidates are encouraged to respond with experiential examples including a situation, task, action and result. The background investigation phase includes an interview with background investigators who will conduct a thorough criminal, professional, and personal investigation of each candidate prior to hire. The administrative panel consists of:
  • A director interview
  • Conditional Offer
  • Medical exams:
    1. Psychological evaluation
    2. Drug screen
    3. Physical
  • Administrative review
  • Final offer and start date
This phase lasts approximately 2 weeks. This phase lasts approximately 1 weeks. This phase lasts approximately 2 weeks. This phase lasts approximately 3 weeks.

*The process may differ from the steps above, based on the requirements of the position.


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Types of Positions

Michigan Medicine Security Officer Housing Security Officer Museum Security Officer
Police Officer Dispatcher Parking Enforcement Officer
Michigan Medicine Security Button Guest Services Specialist Administration and Support Staff

Frequently Asked Questions

Who we are

DPSS offers a truly integrated approach to safety and security, partnering across the university and helping everyone in the U-M community to take charge of their own safety. We believe that everyone plays a role in contributing to a safe and secure environment. Our ability to achieve our mission, vision, and values is dependent on the relationships and partnerships we build with our diverse and vibrant community. We are only at our best when everyone in our community feels welcomed and safe.

Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is integral to our ability to ensure a safe and secure campus. For this reason, diversity, equity, and inclusion stand out as core values for our Division.