Campus Safety Officer

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

The Campus Safety Officer is responsible for the safety and security of College property, facilities, students, personnel, and visitors.  The Officer is responsible for responding to and addressing safety and security-related concerns (both emergencies and the routine) and ensuring that College and department policies and procedures are followed.

Bennington’s Campus Safety approach is one of harm and risk-reduction, and is focused on finding the learning moments possible in any given interaction and honoring student growth and development. This approach is applied to all aspects of student engagement including all policy enforcement and general service requests. The position is full-time (40 hours/week) and the work schedule is: Friday and Saturday, 11:00 pm to 7:00 am and Sunday through Tuesday, 12:00 am to 8:00 am. A shift differential applies to hours worked on the evening shift.

General Responsibilities:

  • Protect and provide assistance to students, faculty, staff and visitors/guests.  Use appropriate judgment to ensure adherence to College policies and procedures while promoting a positive, cooperative, congenial atmosphere.  
  • Protect College property from crime, fire, vandalism and accidents.  Perform safety patrols in vehicle and on foot. Secure buildings and property. Enforce safety, traffic, and parking regulations.
  • Report problems observed or informed of to the appropriate department.
  • Provide timely response to service calls including, but not limited to, transportation or escort assistance, security service calls, and vehicle assistance.  
  • Act as a First Responder during emergencies and serve as the liaison between the College and outside agencies such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS.  
  • As needed, investigate incidents and draft report of findings.  

Bennington serves a diverse student population - inclusive of ethnic/racial minorities, international and global constituents, sexual minorities, and various social classes, among other identities. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. All employees are expected to be respectful and responsive to these differences in the service of building community that promotes student and employee success. Each individual (faculty, staff and students) will be accountable for upholding these values.  The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply. 


Candidates should possess a high school degree or equivalent.  Experience in higher education, campus safety and/or policy enforcement is preferred. This position requires a valid driver’s license and candidates should possess or be willing to obtain certifications in First Aid and Adult CPR with AED. Strong verbal and written communication skills are necessary, including the ability to negotiate and resolve conflict and to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization. Candidates must have the ability to maintain a calm and supportive demeanor and a high level of professionalism and confidentiality at all times. Ability to use computer technology (gmail/email and other programs as needed) and ability to adapt to and use changing technology is required. Candidates should work well in a collaborative environment, possess excellent organizational skills, as well as have the ability to set priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced setting. Must have a high attention to detail and be able to work independently with limited supervision. Successful completion of a background/DMV check will be required.

Working conditions and physical demands

This position works both inside and outdoors and may be exposed to inclement weather, extreme temperatures and unpredictable situations.  Work requires walking for extended periods of time to conduct patrols as well as standing, bending, reaching, stooping, climbing stairs, and driving.  Work may involve strenuous physical activity/contact.

The College

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities.  Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

Nestled at the foot of the Green Mountains in Vermont, the campus consists of approximately 370 acres. The College was named one of ten with the best architecture by Architectural Digest.  From campus, it is a short drive to the cultural offerings of the northern Berkshires in Massachusetts, Albany, New York, and many of Vermont’s top recreational centers. New York City, Boston, and Burlington, Vermont are all within three and a half hours by car.