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Security Officer

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Job Details
Job Order Number
Company Name
Bowdoin College
Physical Address

Brunswick, ME 04011
Job Description

Security Officer

Posting Number

Safety and Security

Job Summary

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. In addition the Security Officer II takes on responsibilities related to a chosen community service project.

Bowdoin College is committed to keeping our staff as safe as possible and has implemented many important safety measures. Please read more about what we are doing here:

Education/Skills Requirements

Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field, or equivalent education and training, and/or work experience preferred. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is required. Applicants must possess strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; the 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; the ability to learn and use a variety of computerized and electronic systems essential for department missions; the ability to work independently or as part of a team; the ability to achieve CPR and First Aid Certification.

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 may be required.Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency. OTHER REQUIREMENTS: 3,120 regularly scheduled hours (18 months full time equivalent) experience 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: a minimum of 96 hrs annually in each discipline is expected to maintain an acceptable level of proficiency. (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 (eg: 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. Endorsement by the Director of Safety and Security, in consultation with the Director of Human Resources. If it is observed that the officer is not maintaining the Security Officer II minimum standards, it is at the discretion of the college to revert the officer to the status and pay band of Security Officer I.

Standard Work Days and Hours

Third shift (11pm-7am) 40 hour position, typically consisting of five 8-hour shifts scheduled on a monthly basis in accordance with the needs of the department. Currently, days off are Wednesday and Thursday. 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 Director of Security.

About Bowdoin

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.

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.

Third Shift

Employment Category
Full Time Year Round


Benefits Eligible

Pay Type

Background Check Package Requirements
Support Staff + MVR

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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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