Chatham University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Full Time

Security Officer

Chatham University has an immediate opening for a Security Officer in the University's Public Safety department.

Security Officers within the Department of Public Safety are unarmed and under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police. The Department of Public Safety operates 24/7/365. Schedules are currently five, eight-hour shifts, covering weekends, evenings, nights, and holidays. Mandatory overtime is required on a rotating basis, and you may be asked to remain on-duty beyond normal shift due to emergencies or manpower shortages. Security Officers will receive paid training across all campuses. Uniforms and a yearly uniform allowance will be provided. Candidates must pass an extensive background investigation, drug and alcohol random testing (to include reasonable suspicion and post-accident).

This position will add to Chatham's mission "to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect the diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably." Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. Learn more at:

Chatham University strives to promote a campus environment that understands and embraces multiculturalism while increasing individuals' intercultural competence. We actively work to build and sustain a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which promotes employee and student success and retention.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct vigilant, all-weather, foot and mobile patrols of all university facilities for suspicious activity, criminal activity, and hazardous conditions.
  • Maintain high visibility to serve as a deterrent to criminal acts and protect the life safety of those on campus.
  • Respond to emergencies by assessing the situation, employing tact, diplomacy, and individual judgment to remedy and/or maintain control.
  • Complete necessary administrative forms, reports, and logs related to incidents and activities.
  • Provide crowd control and/or traffic control during scheduled activities or during emergency situations as necessary.
  • Attend internal and/or external training courses, classes, and seminars to further develop skills and knowledge.
  • Communicate with community members and first responder agencies to address ongoing events/incidents and meet university needs, to include gathering pertinent information from participants and/or witnesses.
  • Enforce university policies on access control, smoking, and parking, to include issuing university citations when necessary.


  • High school graduate or equivalent combination of training and experience required
  • Valid Pennsylvania Driver's License
  • Ability to physically stand or walk for the entirety of assigned shift and lift 50 lbs.
  • Act 235 or prior security experience (preferred)Certification in emergency first aid, CPR, and AED (preferred)

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should visit and follow the instructions to complete the application process.

To ensure full consideration, please submit:

  • Cover letter addressing the qualifications of the position
  • Professional resume
  • Contact information for three professional references

All documents should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.

Chatham University offers a competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

About Chatham:

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability & health, the arts & sciences, and business & communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report, and--as the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of '29)'is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review.

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing & Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA--one of the country's most livable cities and great college towns--Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world's most sustainable campuses.

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

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