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Community Safety Officer

Community Safety

Applicants who do not have a background in community safety or security are strongly encouraged to apply.  This position requires strong training and supervisory skills and the ability to work with diverse populations, and these skills may be learned in a wide variety of professions.

The community safety officer/dispatcher is responsible for performing duties, which contribute to the safety of staff, students and the college community; takes official action in support of the Reed College Honor Principle, college policies, and in the enforcement of certain federal, state and local laws. As a community safety officer critical thinking, good judgment, professionalism and a commitment to safety and customer service are essential. Reed College places a strong emphasis on relationship-building and conversations, rather than disciplinary action.

We are currently looking to fill one benefited half-time position as well as on-call positions. While we do our best to accommodate individual scheduling, work schedule will vary and may involve day, swing, or night and weekend shifts.  Reed College offers a generous benefits package. Benefits include comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution, retiree medical plan, college tuition assistance for employees’ children, paid holidays, paid vacation and many other campus amenities, such as access to the campus fitness center for employee and spouse and discounted TriMet bus passes.

The work environment is both in an indoor office setting and outdoors. Work is frequently of a physical nature with exposure to weather elements, including extreme weather conditions. Work involves frequent observation, verbal communication, walking, running, climbing stairs, standing, operating a motor vehicle, stopping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying, sitting, lifting up to 50 pounds in normal working circumstances, and other movements; and infrequent lifting up to 100 lbs (i.e. in evacuation circumstances) and using physical force to intervene when necessary. ​


  • Survey and evaluate campus environment for safety and security hazards
  • Respond to medical incidents; fire-related emergences; alarms and notifications from the alarm systems, including for a nuclear reactor
  • Respond to all other incidents of crime and campus emergency situations, provide crisis intervention in a nontraditional setting, use minimal force as necessary to apprehend perpetrators
  • Interface and engage in conversation with students and other members of the campus community
  • Route calls on the main college switchboard
  • Receive and prioritize emergency and non-emergency calls from the college community


  • Active listening skills
  • Display a willingness to listen, collaborate, educate, and work closely with colleagues towards a common purpose and departmental goals
  • Have a strong sense of social perceptiveness; be aware of others’ reactions and behaviors
  • Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Use logic and reasoning to identify strengths and weaknesses and alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Be able to identify complete problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
  • Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to multitask
  • Possess a strong sense of commitment to safety, security and excellent customer service
  • Have familiarity with a variety of computer-related software and equipment, Mac and PC operating systems, digital cameras, email and shared calendars


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Ability to interpret and apply guidelines, rules, policies and laws within an identified area of responsibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to multicultural competencies; experience must include working with people from diverse cultural, racial and economic backgrounds
  • Must be able to pass a physical capabilities test post job offer
  • Must possess a valid drivers license
  • Must be able to be certified for private security with DPSST


Click below to apply. A resume and cover letter are required for submission. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • how this position at Reed College would contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals
  • how you might use your background, education or experience to contribute to diversity at Reed 

Applications will be considered as they are submitted.  This position will remain open until filled.


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Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons who have served in the military and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.