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Security Officer

Apply now Posting Number: 493543
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Security

Position Title:

Security Officer



Salary/Pay Rate:

$19.76 Per Hour/24.61 after 6 months (After successful completion of the probationary period)

Night Differential of $1.50 applies to overnight shifts

Additional differential pay for Holidays and Inclement Weather Closings

Job Summary:

Marist College seeks applications for the position of Security Officer. The Security Officer is responsible for providing excellent customer service and focuses on safety and security to all members of the Marist community, including parents and guests. This position supports the institutional ideals of excellence in education, a sense of community, and a commitment to service. The Security Officer is responsible for the security of equipment and real property, remains alert and engaged at all times, demonstrates an understanding and embraces engagement with a diverse population, and is capable of handling crisis situations and making decisions based upon policy.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or GED; at least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Ability to obtain a valid NYS Security Guard Certification, with verification of the 16-hour basic OJT training certification.

Emergency Medical Technician certified by the NY State Department of Health is Preferred.

Valid Driver’s License.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrol assigned area on foot, in assigned motor vehicle, or other specialized vehicle to ensure personal, building, and equipment security
  • Examine doors, windows, and gates to ensure security
    Uses College keys to open and close buildings
  • Monitors closed buildings for unauthorized persons and/or suspicious activities
  • Inform and warn violators of rule infractions, such as loitering, smoking, or carrying forbidden articles
  • Provide escort services for visitors, students, staff, and faculty, as necessary; provides other public assistance, such as lockout services, jump-starts, and routine information
  • Watch for and reports irregularities, such as security breaches, facility and safety hazards, and emergency situations
  • Contact emergency responders, such as police, fire, and/or ambulance personnel, as required
  • Remain alert for the presence of unauthorized persons and/or security code violators; approaches suspicious persons and/or notifies police as appropriate; may confront and/or detain violators, as required, until police arrive
  • Perform periodic checks of emergency call boxes and/or street lights to ensure proper functioning; reports malfunctions as required
  • May provide safe and efficient transportation to College employees and/or visitors, as requested, using an institutional vehicle
  • Patrol and monitors assigned parking areas to provide public security and enforce infractions utilizing automated ticket system. Maintains security controls for issued College keys; safeguards and controls issued College equipment
  • Prepare automated incident reports
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned
  • Provide strong student focused costumer service
  • Identify fire safety issues and report observations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to successfully conduct security patrols without direct supervision
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to operate computer to complete reports and assignment
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and customer service orientation
  • Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations
  • Ability to perform CPR/AED
  • Skill in performing building security and lock procedures
  • Conform to duties detailed in the Security Officer Manual and other duties deemed necessary by the department policies
  • Ability to understand, follow, and enforce safety codes, regulations, and procedures
  • A strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work in a diverse, multicultural community
  • Ability to detect problems and report information to appropriate personnel

Required Application Documents:

Resume, Cover Letter, & Contact Information of 3 Professional References 


The position includes a comprehensive benefit package*. Benefits for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • 40 hours of paid vacation years 0-3. 120 hours of paid vacation years 4-7. 160 hours of paid vacation years 8+
  • Paid personal time of 40 hours per year
  • Paid sick time of 10 days per year.
  • 14+ paid holidays per year and extra compensation when scheduled to work on a Holiday.
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance programs at a 15% employee / 85% employer contribution rate. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Dependent Care (FSD).
  • Life insurance.
  • Generous short-term and long-term disability programs and workers compensation.
  • 403(b) defined contribution plan:
    • First 6 years College contributes 7.5%, Employee contributes a mandatory 4%.
    • College contribution increases to 10.5% in year 7, and 12% after 15 years.
    • Employee contribution decreases to 1% in year 7. Remains 1% thereafter.
  • 403(b) Tax Deferred Annuity – Roth option available. Voluntary, up to IRS maximum contribution.
  • Tuition Benefits:
    • Up to 16 undergraduate credits per semester. Up to 18 graduate credit per academic calendar. Eligibility extends to employee, spouse, and dependent children under age 26.
    • College pays 100% tuition only.
    • Eligible dependents may be Reimbursed up to $2,000 per semester towards tuition at another accredited institution.

*Eligibility requirements including waiting periods and/or employee probationary periods may apply at the discretion of the College

About the Department/School:

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and guest are always our priority in the Office of Safety and Security. Our team of 39 full-time staff integrates itself into the overall educational mission of the College by fostering cooperation, professionalism, respect, and teamwork among the College community.

The Marist College security staff are trained to respond appropriately to all calls for assistance; Our areas of responsibility encompass a comprehensive approach to campus security, crime prevention, fire safety, workplace safety, event planning and providing for an overall atmosphere of safety and community.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist educates approximately 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,200 adult and graduate students in 53 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. Marist’s study abroad program is ranked #1 in the nation by the U.S. State Department’s “Open Doors Report” and has also received the Senator Paul Simon Award for First Year Abroad programs in Italy and Ireland. Marist’s Joint Study partnership with IBM, which began in 1988, has brought the College the kind of world-class technology platform typically found at leading research institutions. To learn more, please visit 

Type of Position:



Security (Full-Time)

Months per Year:


Work Schedule:

Hours and days based on department needs. The position is shift work, and the successful candidate must be able to commit to working the overnight shift, weekends and holidays.

Current Schedule as follows:

Friday into Saturday 11pm - 7am

Saturday into Sunday 11pm - 7am

Sunday into Monday 11pm - 7am

Monday into Tuesday 11pm - 7am

Tuesday into Wednesday 11pm - 7am

Wednesday into Thursday - Off

Thursday into Friday - Off

Hours per Week:



Marist College Main Campus

Number of Position Openings:


Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.





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