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Campus Security Guard 1

Whatcom Community College
Posted on July 28, 2019

Classified, Security Guard 1

$2,978.00 - $3,871.00 Monthly
Bellingham, WA
Job Type
Safety & Security
Job Number
8/2/2019 4:59 PM Pacific

The Campus Security Guard (Class Code 385K) provides general security, public safety and other customer services to the college community with an emphasis on maintaining a safe and secure learning and work environment. The Security Guard patrols campus on foot and in a vehicle to maintain security from fire, theft, unlawful entry, property damage, and vehicle prowls; conducts building lockups; responds to incidents and other emergencies, responds to fire alarms, taking action as required; and assisting motorists on campus with dead batteries and other issues. This position enforces campus rules and regulations; addresses and refers student conduct issues and concerns; and coordinates response with local emergency services agencies. This position may also conduct preliminary investigations of college violations and non-criminal incidents. This position is considered as essential staff and may work days, nights, weekends, holidays, and during inclement weather or natural disasters. This position reports directly to the Whatcom Community College Director for Safety and Security.

Job Responsibilities

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Monitor and maintain safety and security of students, faculty, staff, college property, and members of the public in College facilities, by patrolling on foot and in a vehicle and enforcing College rules and regulations;
  • Serve as a resource officer for questions related to security, and provide any persons needing directions or general campus information in a helpful and professional manner;
  • Assist in maintaining a safe learning and work environment with an effective security presence on campus that includes locking / unlocking campus buildings, safe escort services, appropriate use of de-escalating techniques and coordination with local emergency response agencies;
  • Act as a deterrent to unsafe behavior in violation of the Student Rights & Responsibility Code, College rules or regulations and stated behavioral expectations by providing high visibility, patrolling and surveying common areas, hallways, parking and other campus areas;
  • Intervene in any verbal or physical encounters among students, diffuse hostile situations and enforce policies regarding building use, weapons, tobacco, marijuana, illegal substances, traffic rules, etc.;
  • Maintain security presence and order during campus events and activities and enforce appropriate regulations;
  • In emergency situations, respond to the scene; provide first aid if needed; and alert additional police or emergency personnel as appropriate;
  • Address suspicious or unusual activity and report to local law enforcement as necessary;
  • Draft and submit incident reports to Campus Safety and Security and to Bellingham Police Department as warranted;
  • Educate, inform, and enforce parking regulations by issuing parking warnings and citations.
  • Maintain a daily patrol log;
  • Report safety concerns, safety hazards, needed repairs to facility and operations, and temporarily minimize safety concern/hazard if able.
Customer Service:
  • Provide general knowledge and information for WCC policies and procedures, student services support and resources, and human resource services as requested.
  • Provide relevant college and Campus Safety and Security department assistance and information to the college community (students, faculty, staff and visitors).
  • Maintain up to date awareness of daily events and activities.
Campus Safety and Security Additional Services Support:
  • Coordinate requests for service for Campus Safety and Security staff through varied communication methods such as in person, over the phone or over 2-way radio.
  • Provide guidance and support to students, faculty, staff and visitors requesting safety and security services such as room unlocks, vehicle door unlocks, vehicle battery and tire assistance, safe escorts, etc.
  • Communicate with emergency response personnel as necessary.
  • Wear College approved uniform and equipment. This position is unarmed.  
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Three years relative experience performing similar duties as noted in position description.
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License and insurability.
  • Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the security guard position including lifting up to 50 pounds and standing/walking/stooping a majority of the shift, as well as the ability to work outside in extreme weather conditions.
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience working in higher education.
  • At least two years' experience working with campus safety and security and/or a security office and/or law enforcement agency (civilian officer or commissioned officer).
  • Knowledge and understanding of FERPA, Title IX, Jeanne Clery Act, and Student Rights & Responsibility and Student Adjudication process.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to consistently work calmly and maintain effectiveness in situations of high stress.
  • Knowledge and experience in addressing individuals experiencing mental health and behavioral challenges.
Special Requirements:
  • The successful candidate must consent to and pass a criminal background check after a conditional offer of employment.
  • The successful candidate must obtain certificated training in First Aid/CPR/AED within 60 days of employment.
  • Range 39, full-time salary starting at $2,978 per month with periodic increments to $3,871 per month. 
Benefit Package:
  • The position comes with a full benefit package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan. 
Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:
  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.
Start Date:
  • September 1st, 2019 or as soon as can be arranged with the successful candidate.
Application Due Date:
  • Applications due on Friday August 2nd, 2019 at 4:59 pm
Shift and Working Conditions:
  • Position's shift is 40 hours per week. This position is considered as essential staff and may work days, nights, weekends, holidays, and during inclement weather or natural disasters. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds required.


Special Instructions to Applicant

A completed application consists of an online application and:

  • Letter of application detailing relevant experience and how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position.
  • Diversity statement that addresses how you have committed to equity and inclusion in the past and how you might support a diverse workplace and educational environment through this position.
  • Current resume.
  • List of five recent professional references with contact information.


Whatcom Community College
237 W Kellogg Rd.

Bellingham, Washington, 98226