Duke University Campus Security Officer

Website Duke University Police Department

Duke University Police Department

Occupational Summary
Perform a variety of security and safety-related functions while involved in the safeguarding of students, employees, visitors, patients, and property.

Work Performed
-Patrol and monitor premises, on foot and motorized conveyance, to provide incident prevention and detect signs of criminal or suspicious activity.

-Communicate effectively and respectfully with members of the community, supervisors, and peers.

-Respond promptly to, investigate, and properly document calls for service in accordance with applicable policies and procedures, including but not limited to:

  • Alarms
  • Assisting with patients
  • Directing vehicle & pedestrian traffic
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Motorist assistance
  • Parking violations
  • Protective escorts
  • Suspicious circumstances
  • Unlock/lock doors

-Deescalate difficult situations by remaining calm, being empathetic, and maintaining impulse control.

-Operate detection and electronic monitoring devices to screen individuals, areas, and property and prevent the passage of prohibited articles or persons into restricted areas.

-Ensure compliance with University policies, including parking rules and regulations, and perform appropriate enforcement action.

-Perform simple vehicle maintenance procedures such as checking fluids and reporting mechanical or other problems to supervisors.

-Observe and report hazardous or unusual conditions.

-Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

-The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Required Qualifications at this Level
-Must have High School Diploma or GED

-Must possess and maintain a valid North Carolina Driver’s License.

-Pass or achieve an acceptable score on all pre-employment screening

-Pass an extensive background investigation.

-Continued employment is contingent upon successful attainment and ability to perform duties associated with job-related certifications (CPR, IHASS, first aid, etc.) within the timeframe established by the department.

-Prefer one year of experience in a security-related field.

-The performance which reflects at least a satisfactory level, as defined by Duke University, is related to:

-Customer Focus, teamwork, creative problem solving, continuous learning, diversity Maintain a calm and professional demeanor during an emergency and non-emergency situations involving individuals and groups.

-Written communication skills that support the ability to submit accurate documentation and effectively communicate.

-Ability to work outside throughout the duration of assigned shift.

-Availability for work must be conducive to our responsibility for 24-hour coverage. This includes but is not limited to the ability to work at least 12-hour shifts, rotating days/nights, and provide coverage for weekends, holidays, and mandatory overtime.

-Demonstrate acceptable ability to use relevant equipment including a desktop computer, first aid kit, two-way radios, motorized conveyance, and screening devices.

-Comprehension and accurate application of policies and laws.

-Ability to operate a handheld, portable radio and parking citation device.

-Competitive candidates will have demonstrated the ability to perform the following:

-Stand inside or outside at a stationary post for the duration of assigned shift; run in response to calls for service; climb or descend multiple flights of stairs; climb or descend any type of ladder; perform CPR; assist with the lifting and carrying off persons; lift and carry a hand-held fire extinguisher (up to 40 pounds)and if necessary, use it to extinguish a fire; lift and carry assorted job-related items including, but not limited to pylons, chains, traffic directional/control signs, and vehicle immobilization devices (up to 50 pounds); sit in an upright chair to monitor CCTV camera screens.


Starting salary for a Security Officer Candidate is roughly $34, 320 for a day shift position and $37,876 for nights when factoring in a 12% Night Shift differential.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunities without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions
Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Candidates who are interested in a Security Officer position should contact Mr. Reginald Carthens (919) 681-7902 / reginald.carthens@duke.edu.

To apply for this job please visit careers.duke.edu.

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