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Security Officer

Bowdoin College
Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 11, 2024

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Security Officer

Posting Number: S01119JP

Department: Safety and Security

Job Summary:
New employees in Security will receive a $1,000 Sign-Bonus !

The Security Officer provides Communications Center support and serves on foot, bicycle or security vehicle patrol while conducting surveillance for the entire College campus to ensure the safety and security of College students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors and property.

Security Officers are responsible for:
  • Patrolling and performing daily walkthroughs, locking, and unlocking of all buildings, checking all fire alarms, and access control alarm systems.
  • Review condition of buildings on campus and takes steps to protect them from damage and theft., in addition to noting any conditions, hazards (e.g., imperfect lights), or other that may pose danger/risks while patrolling the designated territory.
  • Investigate incidents, crimes, and complaints committed by or against the college and community, and observe established regulations and policy.
  • Maintain currency in Campus Security Communications Center operations; monitor and take appropriate action with respect to all alarms/complaints/requests/reports; initiate and assist response action through communication with Campus Security Patrol Officers by radio or other means; maintain accurate records.

Hourly rate for this position is $19.50/ per hour (Eligible for overtime, shift, and weekend pay differentials) with a $1,000 sign on bonus!
  • This is a 3rd shift position, eligible for a 15% shift differential plus an additional $1.00/hour during weekend working hours.
  • Sign on bonus will be paid as follows: $250 paid out at the first check, $250 paid out after 90 days, and the remaining $500 paid out after 6 months.

Education/Skills Requirements:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent
  • Applicants must possess strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to deal calmly with a wide variety of people in dynamic, often stressful circumstances
  • Strong written communication skills, with the ability to complete detailed written incident reports, logs, forms, and other written communication
  • Ability to learn and use a variety of computerized and electronic systems essential for department missions
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • CPR and First Aid Certification (or willing to become certified)

  • Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field, or equivalent education and training, and/or work experience

Experience Requirements and/or Equivalents:
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to meet the requirements of the College’s Motor Vehicle Use Policy required.
  • Attendance at a Campus Security Officer Academy
  • Utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency.
  • Must work three regularly scheduled, 120 hours (18 months full-time equivalent) as a Bowdoin College Security Officer I, of which 1,040 hours as a Museum Security Officer may be applied toward this requirement.
  • Up-to-date training, experience and demonstrated proficiency in Patrol and Communications Center operations (Minimum of 96 hours annually in each discipline is expected to maintain an acceptable level of proficiency). Please note: an efficient, accurate way to track this is for officers to use TimePro’s notes section to reflect when they worked Patrol or Communications Center.
  • Develop and maintain at least one approved area of special expertise of benefit to the department (e.g., Field Training Officer, crime prevention, MOAB, defensive tactics, drug recognition, CPR/First Aid Instructor), as approved by the Director.
  • Design, implement and maintain a self-initiated community service project of substantial value to the Bowdoin community that enhances campus safety and security, as approved by the Director.
  • Completion of required Maine Campus Security Online Training Center courses, as prescribed by the Director.
  • Additional training, as determined by the Director of Safety and Security (eg: attend all mandated in-service training, Basic Training for Community Policing).
  • Two consecutive satisfactory performance evaluations and a current good standing status.
  • Please note that as part of the pre-employment process, we will be conducting reference checks, including contacting current or former supervisors, to verify employment history and performance.

Standard Work Days and Hours:
  • 40 hour position, typically consisting of five 8-hour shifts scheduled on a monthly basis in accordance with the needs of the department.
  • 3rd shift (11:00pm - 7:00am) - days off are Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • This position is intended to be flexible, maintaining 40 hours/week, but the officer may be assigned to other shifts if necessary; possible mandatory weekend hours/black out days; additional hours may be required for shift coverage, especially during significant College events (e.g., Commencement, Reunion, sporting events, concerts); subject to call in or may be required to stay beyond regular assigned hours due to operational needs, as determined by the Executive Director of Security.


About Bowdoin:
Bowdoin embraces diversity in all forms, and the College is home to talented students, faculty and staff—with a variety of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds; religious beliefs; and gender identities, among other factors.

We encourage applications from candidates committed to the support of an inclusive campus community and those who will enrich and contribute to the College’s multifaceted diversity. We value a community in which individuals of all backgrounds are warmly welcomed and encouraged to succeed.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin has maintained its commitment to the liberal arts for well over 200 years. Bowdoin’s reputation as a preeminent liberal arts college rests on the excellence of its faculty, students, and staff; intimate size; strong sense of community; and connections to the people, history, and natural beauty of Maine.

Bowdoin’s campus is situated in a beautiful natural setting. Located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 20,000, the College is a short drive from the Maine coast, twenty-five miles from Portland and 120 miles from Boston.

Shift: Third Shift

Employment Category: Full Time Year Round

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Pay Type: Hourly

Background Check Package Requirements: Support Staff + MVR

Is driving a Bowdoin vehicle an essential function of this job?:

Is a pre-placement physical required for this position?: Yes

Posting Date: 05/03/2024

Applications Accepted Until:

Open Until Filled: No

Special Instructions to Applicants:

EEO Information:
Bowdoin College complies with applicable provisions of federal and state laws that prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, admission, or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry and national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, place of birth, genetic predisposition, veteran status, or against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities on the basis of disability, or any other legally protected statuses.

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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin (rhymes with explodin') is a private, selective, liberal arts college, founded and endowed to benefit the common good. Our historic residential campus, located in Brunswick, Maine, is home to just over 1,800 students from all over the world.

Academic life at Bowdoin spans thirty-three departments, and is cooperative, not competitive: so we tend to attract students who like brainstorming with faculty, working in teams, and welcoming big, new, difficult questions.

We value kindness, diversity, creativity, and hard work.

There’s a lot to love about Maine. And this state is very much at the heart of the College. We simply wouldn’t be Bowdoin anywhere else.

According to one of our colleagues, “To teach at Bowdoin is to help train and educate future leaders—an unalloyed privilege in my experience and a rare one.”

We feel fortunate to live here and to be able to experience everything there is to see and do. Maine is renowned for its beauty—its iconic seaside fishing villages and beachesmountain vistas, and pristine forests. But the appeal is also very much about the people—their culture, sense of community, way of life, and welcoming, inquisitive, and energized spirit.

We’re not going to try to list all that Maine has to offer. But we will try to lead you in a few directions from which you can navigate your own journey of discovery—a very Maine thing to do too!

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