Security Officer

Job description


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the primary department charged with creating a safe and secure environment at Princeton University.  DPS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is comprised of 120 staff members.   The department consists of professional University police, security officers, dispatchers and administrators dedicated to providing best-in-class service to the community. DPS was awarded Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in July 2015. CALEA serves as the “International Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies” and oversees a rigorous accreditation process. Non-sworn security officers work in several different areas including  the main campus, at the James Forrestal campus, in Firestone Library, in the Princeton University Art Museum and their off-site storage facility.


This position is for 200 Elm, DPS Headquarters.


As part of an assigned team, security officers provide general security, personal safety and customer services to the University community as well as specialized security preserving and protecting University property from theft and vandalism.


Officers patrol campus, conduct security inspections, building lockups and staff the two access kiosks and serve as the first point of contact for vehicular traffic coming on to the main campus.


Officers understand access control systems, circulation and safety systems and know locations of emergency exits in event of an emergency. 


Officers staff the control rooms at Firestone and the Art Museum.  They actively monitor security access, CCTV, fire and environmental systems.


Officers maintain constant standing and active walking patrol to assist University guests with information and assistance.


Officers maintain effective working relationships with all members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff, alumni, docents, and visitors.


Officers are aware of and understand all special and general orders pertaining to the job. 


Officers inspect and ensure security and safety and report all deficiencies to their supervisor. 


Officers are knowledgeable of pedestrian traffic flow, recognize unusual incidents or unwarranted intrusions, and effect prompt and proper requests for assistance when required. 


They utilize communication means available for reporting purposes, emergency requests and normal business.


They operate departmental vehicles as needed and perform other duties as assigned.


Officers respond to incidents, accidents, and other emergency situations and are responsible for administering CPR and First Aid.


Officers are required to engage in various community oriented public safety activities.


Officers report to a sergeant or supervisor as appropriate to the assigned location.




  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to work on all shifts (standard work week is 40 hours, standard shifts are 8, 10 or 12 hours), during various hours, including nights, weekends and holidays. Overtime is mandatory.
  • Successfully complete various fitness for duty assessments including:
    • Two-part written exam (Wonderlic)
    • Post offer pre-employment (POPES) medical exam for hire, transfers, promotions and/or layoff placements
    • Background check.
  • Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary or medium heavy work; must be able to remain on feet for a minimum of eight hours at a time with scheduled breaks.
  • Position requires moderate physical activity.
  • Must be able to stoop, kneel, crouch, lift, carry, push, pull, climb, balance, walk, and run.
  • Must be able to restrain, lift and/or carry adults of varying weights.
  • Must be able to exert up to thirty pounds of force frequently or constantly lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Must operate a variety of machines and equipment including, but not limited to automobile, office equipment, radio, telephone, etc.
  • Work involves considerable exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperature and loud noises.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to hazards and physical risks to personal safety.
  • Must be physically fit and able to defend one’s self or other from attack or physical assault.
  • Must have 20-20 or 20-30 vision either naturally or with corrective lenses.
  • This is a unionized position: International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professional of America (SPFPA).
  • Per the SPFPA contact the starting salary is $36,500/year for a full-time position.
  • Per the SPFPA contract this position has a 12 month probationary period.
  • The final candidate must successfully complete a background check.


  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Previous security experience.


Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

Standard Weekly Hours40.00Work Schedule, If Other Than Standard HoursAbility to work on all shifts (standard work week is 40 hours, standard shifts are 8, 10 or 12 hours), during various hours, including nights, weekends and holidays. Overtime is mandatory. Eligible for OvertimeYesBenefits EligibleYesEssential Services Personnel (see policy for detail)YesPhysical Capacity Exam RequiredYesUnion CodeFSO-Security, Police, & Fire ProfsValid Driver’s License RequiredYes#LI-ST1




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Job No:
Posted: 11/30/2020
Application Due: 5/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time