Per Diem Campus Safety Officer

Bennington, Vermont, United States


Working in partnership with the campus community, the Campus Safety Officer is responsible for helping to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive living, learning and working environment - serving as a supportive resource for community members in need of services. Grounded in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Officer is responsible for positively impacting campus through building community and relationships, promoting accountability, reinforcing community standards and College policies/procedures as well as maintaining the safety and security of the campus for students, faculty, staff and guests/visitors. 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.

Bennington serves a diverse student population inclusive of members of ethnically/racially minoritized, international, LGBTQIA+, and disability communities as well as diverse gender identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, and political beliefs. Our staff and faculty also reflect diverse and intersecting 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 and community cohesiveness. 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, power, and privilege through its institutional policies and areas of study. We encourage applicants from diverse realms of interest, backgrounds, experience, and accomplishment to apply.

Available Shifts 

  • Per Diem - work on an as-needed basis (on-call support) 

Key Responsibilties

  • Serve as a supportive resource to students, faculty, staff and guests of the College - engage in first level response to incidents and service requests to help support the well-being of all those being served. Partner with Student Life to build community through interactions with students beyond policy enforcement. 
  • Provide timely response to service calls including, but not limited to, offering directions, transportation or escort assistance, vehicle assistance and building access. 
  • Respond to routine telephone inquiries and serve as dispatch/coordinator when needed. Protect College property from crime, fire, vandalism and accidents. Perform safety patrols in vehicle and on foot. Secure buildings and property; report maintenance issues. 
  • Coordinate/partner with Student Life, Psychological Services and Health Services to manage emergency situations involving student safety, health and wellbeing. Provide basic first aid and act as First Responder during emergencies, as needed. Coordinate and serve as the liaison between the College and outside agencies such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS.
  • Enforce safety, traffic, and parking regulations; assist with pedestrian and vehicle traffic flow as needed. 
  • Conduct timely and complete case investigations. Compile factual incident reports; attend student judicial meetings as required. 
  • As a designated essential employee, must be able to remain on duty beyond regular shift when circumstances warrant coverage. 


  • High school graduate or equivalent required; Bachelor's degree in education, social sciences or related field preferred. Campus safety and/or educational experience preferred, 
  • Candidates should possess demonstrated experience positively affecting others in a relatable community-based setting, with an emphasis on providing safe and supportive services in stressful situations, including mental health emergencies, with a diverse student, faculty, staff, guest population.
  • Candidates must be comfortable with and/or have experience working with students (or other populations) from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds.
  • Experience in recognizing emergency/high stress situations and effectively de-escalating/resolving highly desired. Strong negotiation and problem-solving skills required. Must be able to remain professional and calm during stressful situations and be able to treat sensitive/confidential information with discretion and tact. 
  • Must possess a collaborative and collegial style with the ability to maintain balance, consistency and flexibility in decision making.Must be effective and work well in a collaborative environment. 
  • Strong problem solving, critical and analytical thinking, good judgment with creative resolutions for positive outcomes. 
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to recognize, acknowledge, respect and effectively interact with people of different ages and cultures - and individuals at all levels of the organization; able to establish positive relationships; gain trust and respect of others. 
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and multi-task in a fast-paced setting required. 
  • Must have a high attention to detail and be able to work independently with limited supervision. 
  • Valid driver’s license is required. Successful completion of a background/DMV check required. Preference for those who possess current certifications in First Aid and Adult CPR with AED but we are willing to train.
  • Computer proficiency in Google (Gmail, Google Suite) required. Ability to adapt to and use changing technology. 

The College

Bennington College is a laboratory for innovation in higher education. At Bennington, learning and making—on campus and in the field—are inseparable, and its graduates are noted for their outsized impact on the world’s stage. This campus celebrates the ongoing making of work—shared on walls, in shows and performances, in lectures and readings, and in conversations—and believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity are vital to a collaborative community. This position captures, contributes to, and reflects the ethos of this creative community.

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.