Human Resources

Community Safety

On-call Community Safety Officers/Dispatchers

Founded in 1908 in Portland, Oregon, Reed College is one of the country’s leading liberal arts and sciences colleges, providing an intellectually rigorous undergraduate experience. Reed College is devoted to the intrinsic value of intellectual pursuit and is governed by the highest standards of scholarly practice, critical thought, and creativity. The goal of the Reed education is that students learn and demonstrate rigor and independence in their habits of thought, inquiry and expression. Reed College values cultural diversity and intellectual pluralism as critical components of academic excellence. We seek dynamic On-Call Community Safety Officers/Dispatchers to join our institution.

Position Summary

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. These are on-call positions; work schedule will vary and may involve day, swing, or night and weekends shifts.

Essential Functions of the Job

  • 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

Qualifications Required

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Ability to interpret and apply guidelines, rules, polices 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 capacity test post job offer
  • Must have valid driver's license
  • Must be 21 years of age or older

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • 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

This position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.

Pay range begins at $15.43/hour.

To Apply

Email a letter of introduction discussing your qualifications and interests, a Reed application for employment and your resume to In your letter, answer the question "How would this position at Reed College fit with your long-term professional goals?" Applications will be considered as they are submitted, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

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, and others who would bring additional dimensions of experience to our community.