Campus Security Officer

Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time


Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") is seeking a Campus Security Officer who performs security work to protect life and property and enforce College rules and regulations, as well as local, state and federal laws. The Campus Security Officer prevents and investigates crime(s) for referral to local law enforcement and/or the Student Conduct Office as appropriate. As a member of the Campus Security Department, the Campus Security Officer fosters an optimal learning environment that supports the College's mission and student success. This position reports to the Campus Security Lieutenant.

This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by June 13, 2021 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Monitor and maintain safety and security of students, staff, College property, and members of the public in College facilities, by patrolling on foot and bicycle and enforcing College rules and regulations;
  • Serve as a resource officer for questions related to security, and provide any persons needing directions or general campus information in a helpful and professional manner;
  • Assist in maintaining a safe work environment with an effective security presence on campus that includes appropriate use of de-escalating techniques and College-issued equipment (i.e. taser, pepper spray, handcuffs) and use of force only as authorized under the College's Use of Force policy;
  • Act as a deterrent to unsafe behavior in violation of the Student Rights & Responsibility Code, College rules or regulations and stated behavioral expectations by providing high visibility, walking, cycling and surveying common areas, hallways, parking and other campus areas;
  • Intervene in any verbal or physical encounters among students, diffuse hostile situations and enforce policies regarding building use, weapons, tobacco, illegal substances, traffic rules, etc.;
  • Provide copies of written accounts of unacceptable behavior/incidents to the College's Assistant Dean for Student Conduct for further evaluation of disciplinary measures as necessary or verbal accounts for immediate review given the severity of the situation; contact law enforcement in the event the behavior may violate the law, to forward the same written accounts for review as appropriate;
  • Maintain security presence and order during campus events and activities and enforce appropriate regulations;
  • Assist staff and student during any crisis situations, including drills, weapons control, bomb threats and lockdowns;
  • In emergency situations, respond to the scene; provide first aid, and alert additional police or emergency personnel as appropriate;
  • Report unusual or suspicious activity to local law enforcement for follow-up as appropriate;
  • Draft and submit incident reports to Campus Security Lieutenant and Director of Emergency Management and Security, law enforcement agencies or other appropriate administrative staff on campus as appropriate;
  • Patrol other areas on foot and bicycle, checking for fires, vandalism, suspicious activity or persons or safety/fire hazards;
  • Perform work in support of keeping fire extinguishers, AEDs, and other safety equipment in working order and/or certified;
  • Conduct routine and special request locking and unlocking of campus buildings;
  • Assist in key making and lock or door repairs when assigned; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • One (1) year of college-level, trade, or vocational education;
  • Prior work experience as a police officer, police reserve, military police, or in a campus/university security capacity;
  • Have and be able to maintain a valid US driver's license, clean driving history and ability to be insured;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and general computer usage;
  • Ability to accurately type reports that are grammatically and structurally correct; and
  • Current CPR, first aid and AED certifications or attainable by date of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, or Psychology from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • EMT Basic Certification; and
  • Experience in key making and general locksmith knowledge related to key usage and lock systems.

Skills & Abilities

Problem Solving Skills : Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics;

Interpersonal Skills : Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas and try new things;

Oral Communication Skills : Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings;

Written Communication Skill : Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information; with knowledge of WACs and RCWs related to safety and security;

Customer Service Skills : Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; meet commitments;

Attendance/Punctuality : Is consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time; and

Safety and Security : Observe safety and security procedures with knowledge of rules related to buildings, student behavior and facility specific rules; observe skills and law enforcement basics, along with investigation procedures


This position is a twelve (12) month, full-time, overtime eligible, represented, classified staff position. There will be an orientation/training period lasting at least one (1) month on a weekday schedule with other security officers on their work shifts, Monday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (30-minute lunch). The typical work week for this position is 40 hours per week, with occasional overtime as assigned. The schedule for this position after the training period will be from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (11.5-hour shifts with rotating days off); however, must be available to work a flexible schedule when prior notice is given by the College. This position is available immediately.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

**Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities related to this position (e.g., Communication, Problem Solving Skills, MS Office Simulation [Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word], etc.).


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met and may be encountered by an incumbent when performing the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to move, climb stairs, sit, stand, communicate, reach and manipulate objects, tools or controls. The position requires mobility and the ability to operate a motorized vehicle as well as to complete repetitive patrol circuits both on foot and on bicycle over duration of work shift. The position requires a level of physical fitness that would enable incumbent to be trained and certified in use of taser, pepper spray, handcuffing and de-escalation techniques and otherwise perform duties typically associated with police work. Duties involve moving or wearing materials weighing up to 50 pounds on a regular basis; however, may be required to move adults weighing up to 200 pounds on an infrequent basis. Manual dexterity and coordination are required while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, motorized vehicle, etc. Position may be required to deal with violent and combative individuals requiring considerable physical effort.


Work environment is performed in multiple locations such as a typical office environment and indoor/outdoor settings that includes some exposure to hazards or physical risks that require following safety and driving requirements. Interruptions occur on a regular basis and there may be contact with individuals who may become violent, combative, under the influence of drugs/alcohol, mentally ill, injured, or who have communicable diseases. There can be exposure to adverse weather conditions and unusual elements such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust and/or uneven surfaces, while performing the duties of this position.


This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). Internal promotional, transfer and voluntary demotion applicants who have skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position will be considered prior to consideration of other applicants.