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Lead Museum Security Officer

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2023

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Lead Museum Security Officer

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Lead Museum Security Officer. The Lead Museum Security Officer is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $23.00 per hour. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Lead Museum Security Officer (LMSO) assists the Museum Security Supervisor with the supervisory and administrative duties of Amherst College's Museum Security Department serving the Mead Art Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History, and Amherst Center for Russian Culture. Works in close collaboration with the Beneski Museum and Museum Security Staff, and reports to the Museum Security Supervisor.

In addition, performs the duties of a museum security officer which includes the coverage of open shifts.

Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Due to the nature of the position, evening or weekend work may be required.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision
  • Assists with ensuring the policies, procedures and fundamentals of the Museum Security Department are upheld. Refers questions to the Museum Security Supervisor as needed.

  • Assist Museum Security Supervisor with preparation of monthly Security Staff Schedule.
  • Train Beneski Student Docents on security procedures.
  • Receive call-out notification and coordinate staffing coverage in absence of Museum Security Supervisor.
  • Refer supervisory issues to the Museum Security Supervisor.
  • Reviews security officer log notes and prepares reports for the Museum Security Supervisor
  • Maintains the training database for security officers, contact lists and face sheets for Museum and Security Staff.

Museum Security Officer Role
  • Cover regular gallery shifts as determined by schedule.
  • Ensure coverage for Museum Security Officer break times in absence of Museum Security Supervisor
  • Cover open shifts and vacancies, and perform other duties of a security officer as needed.

  • Helps provide access for contractors and facility workers who need access in the secure, non-public areas of the Museum. Assists Museum Security Supervisor with tracking access needs, ensuring work won't hinder museum operations or policy, and scheduling officers to provide access as needed.

Security Logistics & Administration
  • Coordinate security logistics for the Beneski Natural History Museum including access to the museum and special arrangements for classes, exhibits, and events with collaboration of Beneski Educator and Staff. Ensure all appointments are posted on shared calendar, and early openings are posted on schedule.
  • Prepare shift notes for officers to review at start of each shift, listing classes, events, facility work, and other appointments happening at each museum.
  • Coordinates regular walk-testing of alarm system at Beneski Museum with security officers.
  • Coordinates photographic documentation of new exhibitions for condition reference.
  • Assist Museum Security Supervisor with filing of departmental documents.

Uniform Management
  • Maintain inventory of all uniform items, both in-house ready to be issued, and items currently issued to each officer.
  • Re-issue or order uniform items for new employees, order replacement uniform items as needed for current employees.
  • Assist with Workday reimbursements and tracking allowances.
  • Manage returns of uniform items as needed. Submit finalized orders to Museum Security Supervisor for invoicing and budget tracking.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • 6 months of experience in private security and/or law enforcement.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, problem solving, organizational, time management, interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Outlook, and Excel.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Commitment to or experience working with a diverse community.
  • Successful completion of a pre-employment physical and lift test.

  • Associate's Degree or Bachelor's Degree (Criminal Justice, Administration, and/ or Emergency Management).
  • Law Enforcement or Professional Security Officer Certification.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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