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Security Officer, Senior Overview

  • Person Group: Classified
  • Job Code: 01934
  • Pay Grade: G
  • FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
  • Career Level: Level 2
  • Family: Safety/Security
  • Function: Safety/Security Services


The primary purpose of the Senior Security Officer is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn, work, and visit.  The Senior Security Officer also provides security services for facilities and grounds.  He/she provides patrol, housing, and event coverage as needed.

Level Scope

Applies skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; may adapt procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization; may work on non-routine tasks; resolves issues/makes working decisions within area of specialization or responsibility with minimal supervision.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: applying fire and life safety hazards; evaluating and handling disturbances and security emergencies reading, applying, and following written and oral instructions; writing business reports, investigative reports, or detailed documentation; typing or using a keyboard.

  • At least 2 year experience in a security related field, preferably in a college or university setting
  • Possession of a current Idaho Drivers License upon employment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations.
  • Ability to communicate and convey information effectively.
  • Be able to pass a criminal background check including a fingerprint check.
  • Good knowledge of self-defense measures, First Aid/CPR/AED, security problems and safety hazards as they relate to the university setting which includes a large complex of buildings and grounds, students, staff, faculty, and community members.
  • Experience performing investigations incidental to security activities and completing investigative reports.

Essential Functions

Key Responsibilities

60% of Time, the Security Officer,Senior must:

  • Campus Security Authority:  This position is identified as a “Campus Security Authority (CSA)” per the federal law known as the Clery Act.  Per this law, the employee is required to report any crimes that he/she becomes aware of to the Clery Compliance Officer.  Additionally, CSAs are required to complete annual training prescribed by the Clery Compliance Officer.
  • Responds to calls for assistance; assists in calming, controlling, and restraining combative, intoxicated, and/or aggressive individuals; maintains surveillance of potentially volatile situations; contacts local law enforcement agencies for assistance regarding potential problem situations; directs and participates in searches of buildings and surrounding area; assures timely evacuation in case of fire or other disaster; prepares written reports.
  • Provides for safety and security of residents and staff; enforces university policies and procedures; patrols campus and outbuildings to prevent vandalism and detect fires; patrols buildings ensuring that doors are locked and searches the facility when a door is found unlocked; observes movement on campus and uses radio to advise of disturbances or suspicious occurrences;  reports safety hazards; conducts searches for contraband; investigates vandalism and theft; checks and logs security lights; reports mechanical malfunctions; may be asked to be the signing party on a police citation as a University representative;  may make minor emergency maintenance repairs to ensure safety; may check the steam pressure and water level in the boilers.
  • Escort residents to and from living areas; may provide back-up services for living unit personnel; may maintain precautions to prevent runaways and unauthorized absences of residents;  may transport residents to and from area hospital, airport, or other points of origin/destination.

35% of Time the Security Officer, Senior

  • Accurately write Incident Reports and Daily Officer Logs.
  • Assist housing staff in the residence halls and campus housing areas with issues such as domestic disturbances, drug/alcohol incidents, disruptive/mentally disturbed subjects, fire alarms, etc. when requested.
  • Provide initial assessment and intervention on confrontations between individuals on university owned properties.
  • Communicate security related needs and information to various Boise State University departments, Boise Police Department (including university dispatch officers), and other non-campus entities via person to person contact, telephone, e-mail, etc.
  • Assist law enforcement agencies with matters relating to Boise State students, staff, and/or faculty.
  • Give safety presentations to groups or individuals; standby/assist Housing, Dean of Students, and other staff members when they are conducting interviews, advising people of discipline procedures or termination, escort people in and out of University owned/occupied buildings and/or spaces.
  • Support DPS operations and complete lock-out and jumpstarts as requested.

5% of Time the Security Officer, Senior

  • Perform other duties as assigned such as escort people to locations off campus: represent the University at off campus events.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

Security Officer positions involve observing activities of persons on campus owned or occupied places both day and night; patrolling an assigned area on foot; subduing and restraining physically aggressive or resisting individuals; helping lift, carry, or transfer incapacitated individuals; hearing conversations on a two-way radio. This job involves exposure to all types of weather conditions. Physical danger from residents and outside intruders is constant.

Travel Requirement

An incumbent may travel up to 5% of the time to attend local, statewide, and out of state training to develop and maintain certifications.

Career Path

Security Officer, Supervisor

Additional training/education or equivalent experience, as well as business needs are required for movement into higher level jobs.


Incumbents must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work.  Final employment offers are  contingent upon a Final Candidate’s successful completion of a Fingerprint Background Verification, and a determination by the University that the information derived from the Background Verification does not disqualify the individual.  In addition, a Financial History Check and Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) Check may be required.