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Community Safety Officer (internal applicants only)

Community Safety

The community safety dispatcher/officer 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 dispatcher 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, part-time position and this is open for current Reed employees only.  While we do our best to accommodate individual scheduling, work schedule will vary and may involve day, swing, or night and weekend shifts.  While the current opening has a schedule of 24 hours a week, movement within the department may result in another shift opening, which we will also fill from this recruitment.  Please submit your letter of interest by Friday, September 15 to be considered for this or another position that will open from internal movement. 

In addition to dispatch duties, this position is expected to work as a community safety officer as needed. The work environment is both in an indoor office setting and outdoors. Work can be of a physical nature with exposure to weather elements, including extreme weather conditions. Work involves 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.

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.


  • Maintain the Computer Aided Dispatch log of all officer activities
  • Receive and prioritize emergency and non-emergency calls from the college community
  • Route calls on the college switchboard
  • Print Reed ID cards
  • Monitor open doors using the Blackboard Door Monitoring system, and change door states remotely
  • Monitor video feeds from several locations around campus
  • Maintain databases of bicycle and vehicle registration, as well as parking citations
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in person, in writing, over the radio, and over the phone in both emergency and non-emergency situations
  • Maintain professionalism when dealing with difficult people over the phone, and in person
  • Perform the functions of a Community Safety Officer
  • Other duties as assigned
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 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
  • Valid drivers license
  • Current DPSST certification

Click on the apply now button below to submit your letter of interest by September 15, 2017.

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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.