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Institution Security Officer I-Salem State University – Salem, MA

Date Posted: March 14, 2024

Employer: Salem State University


University police is seeking applicants for an on-site, in-person Institutional Security Officer I (ISO-I). The ISO-I makes periodic rounds and security checks of buildings and grounds; conducts surveillance of assigned areas; identifies the extent of violations and takes appropriate action; takes steps to remedy or control emergency situations; prepares and reviews a variety of information-gathering forms and reports; inspects firefighting and other safety apparatus; provides direction and general information to the public; and performs related work as required.


The basic purpose of this work is to protect and safeguard the buildings and grounds of a state facility and the lives of its residents, staff, and the general public. Incumbents of positions at this level receive direct supervision from Institution Security Officers-II or other employees of higher grade who provide instruction, assign work, and review performance through observation and reports for conformance to all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.


Hours: TBD by shift bidding process; subject to change according to departmental needs. Must be available for off-shift overtime, including compulsory callbacks.
Break: TBD by shift bidding process.
Salary: $38,588.16 annually/$742.08 weekly

Minimum Entrance Requirements:


Special Requirements:
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator's License.


Preferred Qualifications:
College degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or related field
Law enforcement, security, or military background
Effective oral and written communication skills
Ability to gather information, maintain composure in emergencies, and exercise sound judgment
Interpersonal skills to interact with individuals under stress and from diverse backgrounds
Knowledge of and experience with the application of relevant laws, regulations, and procedures
Experience in handling confidential information
Experience with and proficiency in record-keeping, report preparation, and interpreting documents


Working Conditions:
This is an on-site, in-person position in Salem, MA.

Institution Security Officers work in and around the grounds of a state facility; work alone; work outside in all weather conditions; are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; stand and walk for prolonged periods of time; and are subjected to verbal and physical abuse in a job-related setting; work in a high crime area; lift heavy objects or persons; work with people who are under physical or psychological stress; and work varied shifts.

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email [email protected].


Application Instructions:
Please apply online. Resume and cover letter are not required but are appreciated.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.


EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.


Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.


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