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Library Security Assistant

University of Florida
Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)

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Job no: 517956
Work type: Temp Part-Time
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Law/Enforcement/Compliance
Department:55020200 - LB-HSS BRANCH/CIRCULATION

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Job Description:

LENGTH OF EMPLOYMENT: Available to start immediately-December 16, 2021. Possibility of continuation is dependent on need and funding.

Library West is seeking to hire a Library Security Assistant to ensure a safe, welcoming, and secure environment for University of Florida students, staff, and visitors. Security Assistants are a part of the public face of the Smathers Libraries and are responsible for professional and positive interactions with all visitors, staff, volunteers, and contractors while monitoring for safety. Professional behavior and appearance are required.

Full training regarding the work expected, library procedures, and guidelines for dealing with patrons and security/compliance issues will be provided by the Libraries upon hire. Assistants will greet patrons at the entrance desks and inform guests of our policies, as well as complete regular patrols and security checks to enforce library conduct policies and guidelines

Additional responsibilities including providing directional assistance to users, ensure cleanliness of workspaces, and clearing the floors and securing the facility upon closing. Security Assistants will respond to facilities issues and problems, along with emergency situations, and communicate these to branch supervisors and other library personnel.

Regular weekly schedules will be set at the beginning of the semester, but may be subject to change. Work hours could include any hours the buildings are open plus additional time after closing. Security Assistants will be primarily assigned to Library West, but may work at Marston Science Library and Smathers Library as needed.

Specific duties include

  • Greet patrons at the entrance points of library buildings. Verify patron identification, inform patrons of library policies, and monitor building capacity statistics.
  • Monitor and record patron compliance with library conduct guidelines, issue reminders to users as appropriate, and report repeat issues of noncompliance to supervisors.
  • Communicate with library staff and faculty, as well as the University of Florida Police Department, to address and report security concerns and disruptive incidents.
  • Prepare building for opening and secure building at closing.
  • Perform routine patrol of library spaces. Building rounds are conducted at least hourly.
  • Gather statistics and report on patron compliance with established policies.
  • Provide exemplary customer service to library patrons, and provide general and directional information about the Libraries and the UF Campus.
  • Maintain knowledge of library user conduct guidelines, and monitor changes to these guidelines.
  • Inform supervisor of required building maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical and Environmental Conditions

  • Work environment is mostly indoors and air-conditioned;
  • Assistants will routinely patrol the buildings on all floors. The ability to climb up to 6 flights of stairs is required.
  • Library Security Assistants must be able to remain standing or walking for up to 8 hours, up to 10 hours on game days.
  • Face masks and hand sanitizer are made available to all employees while working in the library. Clear plastic barriers are installed at the service desks, and workflows have been adapted to reflect current Covid19 guidelines during all shifts.
  • Assistants may have to deal with aggressive and disruptive behavior, and must practice de-escalation techniques.
  • Parking decals to park on campus can be purchased from UF's Transportation and Parking Services ( RTS bus service is free to all UF employees with a valid Gator1 ID card.


Fridays - 5pm-10:15pm

Saturdays - 5:00pm-8:15pm

Sundays - 9:30pm-12:30am

Home Game Day Saturdays:

September 4th - 10am-6pm

September 18th - 9am-8pm

September 25th - 9am-8pm

October 9th - 9am-8pm

November 13th - 9am-8pm

Exam Week Schedule:

Friday, December 10th: 10pm-3:15am

Saturday, December 11th: 10pm-3:15am

Expected Salary:


Minimum Requirements:
  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to climb up to six flights of stairs, and remain standing or walking for up to 8 hours, up to 10 hours on game days.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Customer service experience in a high traffic, public context.
  • Punctuality, and ability to clearly communicate unexpected or emergency changes to scheduled hours.
  • Sound judgment; experience interpreting established policies and ability to refer problems to higher supervision when appropriate.
  • Experience communicating effectively with a diverse population, and experience expressing policies and regulations, both orally or in written/email form, with courtesy and tact.
  • Experience from previous jobs or service activities working with individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, and perspectives.
  • Ability to work independently, and to effectively organize daily work under general supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and to project a positive attitude.
  • Experience with and/or training in de-escalation strategies for dealing with difficult situations.
  • Knowledge of basic first aid, or First Aid/AED certification.
  • Previous experience in a security role.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
  • Applicants should provide a list of three references from previous jobs or service activities, including their contact information (phone and email address), and relationship to the applicant (supervisor, co-worker).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who can begin work immediately.
  • Availability to work through the entirety of the Fall 2021 semester (now through December 16, 2021) is expected.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required:No

Advertised: 14 Sep 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: 30 Sep 2021 Eastern Daylight Time

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