Security Officer, Department of University Police

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

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Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-02-08
Req: R0003083
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Job Description Summary

Provides security coverage for Wake Forest University.

Job Description

Essential Functions:

  • Checks property exterior and interior. Patrols areas and reports suspicious activities. Monitors library security system and facility for unauthorized users. Performs inspections and reports defects.
  • Completes Found Property reports for any unattended items. Completes reports and uses two-way radio to communicate with Police Communications Center.
  • Protects and safeguards the WFU community from criminal and/or potentially dangerous situations. Protects WFU property from theft and vandalism. Assists Police Officers in deterring criminal activity on campus.
  • Issues parking citations; provides crowd control during special events.
  • Reports, documents, and prepares testimony for Student Judicial Hearings.
  • Develops and implements a training program for security officers on the layout, operations, and systems utilized, if needed.

Other Functions:

  • Gate House Operations (if assigned): Monitors all vehicle traffic entering the Reynolda Campus between the hours of 10pm and 6am. Checks all vehicles entering campus; writes required reports that coincide with warnings and tickets; prepares cases for Student Judicial Court and properly testifies at the hearings.
  • Night Watch Operations (if assigned): Performs foot patrols of all residence and academic buildings on campus; monitors activities; reports to University Police Communications any damaged property, suspicious activity, or criminal activity; writes operation reports concerning incidents.

Required Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, the internet, and other relevant software.
  • Ability to operate equipment safely (i.e. vehicle wheelchair lift and two-way radios).
  • Ability to prepare cases and testify in court, as needed.
  • Must possess or develop a working knowledge of security technology (i.e. CCVT operation and monitoring, card reader access, and video systems).
  • Skill in building security and lock procedures; skill in providing protection services.
  • Ability to write detailed and accurate reports.
  • Ability to detect criminal activity and assist police officers with investigations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and time management skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow safety procedures and make logical decisions.
  • Knowledge of Campus Student Judicial System; ability to prepare cases and testify in court.
  • Must successfully complete First Aid, CPR, and Blood Borne Pathogen training.
  • Available to work during holidays, weekends, day and night shifts, and periodic overtime.
  • Ability to maintain effective customer relations.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of the University’s automobile insurance.
  • May be required to subdue and detain individuals in emergency situations.
  • Will be required to complete A.S.P. baton and OC Spray certification courses.
  • Physical Requirements: light work; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Climbing, crouching, standing, walking, running, lifting, talking, hearing. Visual acuity is required to: observe unauthorized, unlawful, or unsafe/hazardous situations, behaviors, or individuals; provide physical descriptions of people, articles, or activities; view suspicious activities, perform routine security checks, complete written reports, and view computer terminals. Subject to inside and outside environmental conditions; subject to occasional extreme heat and cold; subject to hazards.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Security experience in a campus environment.

Additional Job Description

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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