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Patrol Security Officer/Communications Officer (part-time, weekend)

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Work type: Part Time
Location: Swarthmore
Categories: Staff

Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college located in the suburbs of Philadelphia, whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore has a strong institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and nondiscrimination in its educational program and employment practices and encourages candidates who will further advance the goal of fostering a diverse and inclusive community. As one of the nation’s finest institutions of higher learning, Swarthmore College is global in outlook and draws students from around the nation and world. The 425‐acre campus is a designated arboretum, complete with gardens, rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails in the Crum Woods.

The Department of Public Safety is currently accepting applications for the position of Patrol Security Officer/Communication Officer.  The PSO/Communication Officer is responsible for responding to routine and emergency calls for service, conducting initial and follow up investigations as appropriate, responding to medical incidents and both fire and intrusion alarms.  They are also responsible for the efficient and effective operation of the multi-faceted Swarthmore College Communication Center.   The position maintains control of incoming telephone calls while providing direction for outgoing calls that are not direct dial accessible.  The Officer courteously provides information and assistance by telephone, radio or in person to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  The dispatch of internal communications, monitoring of CCTV, Access Control and both fire and intrusion alarms, as well as key control of organizations’ keys are all integral functions of the position.  Coordination of communication or responding to incidents under demanding emergency conditions is an essential skill. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in the security, public safety, law enforcement, and communications field, preferably in a college or similar environment and/or experience in a busy office setting in a call-taking environment.  An equivalent combination of experience and education may be considered.


  • College degree
  • PA Act 235 Certification or PA Act 120 Certification and APCO Certification

This is a part-time position scheduled to work every other Saturday through Sunday 3:00PM - 9:00PM. 

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


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