Security Officer - Meadows Museum
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas


Hourly Range:

$15.55 per hour

About SMU

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Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

The Meadows Museum at SMU houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. With works dating from the 10th to the 21st centuries, the internationally renowned collection presents a broad spectrum of art covering a thousand years of Spanish heritage.

About the Position:

The Meadows Museum, SMU, home to the most comprehensive collection of Spanish art outside of Spain, is seeking a Security Officer. This position reports to the Security Supervisor and provides security, safety and guest services in public and non-public areas of the museum as assigned. Under the direction of the Security Supervisor, it will be the responsibility of the Security Officer to safeguard the Meadows Museum and its collection, staff and visitors against damage and loss, following best museum practices. In addition, the Security Officer will monitor the surveillance systems of the Museum.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for security and protection of museum property, exhibits, classrooms and assets. Responsible for building security, door security, opening and closing of public and non-public areas and building rounds. Ensures safety of all persons on museum property, including staff and visitors.
  • Conduct hourly rounds to ensure visitor safety. While on rounds, checks exhibitions and art storage rooms and reports problems to the Security Supervisor. Also checks stairwells, fire exits, fire extinguishers and pull boxes and mechanical rooms.
  • Performs identification checks and clearance of guests entering the museum.
  • Escorts approved visitors through non-public areas and may monitor individuals working in art storage rooms.
  • Maintains records reflecting the physical condition of museum property as it applies to safety and security issues.
  • Responsible for response to emergency calls and may perform CPR or First Aid in emergency situations. Acts as an Evacuation Monitor during emergency situations.
  • Maintains a daily log and write incident reports.


Education and Experience:

A high school diploma or equivalent is required. An associate's degree is preferred.

Candidates must have a minimum of two years security experience for an equivalent sized institution, campus, or agency.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interface effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively.

Candidate must possess outstanding administrative and organizational skills, including planning, time management, and project management abilities.

Candidate must demonstrate problem solving and analytical skills.

Candidate must demonstrate the ability to exercise alertness and judgment to detect danger or injury, work independently and in accordance with established procedures.

Must demonstrate the ability to deal effectively with possible vandals and trespassers, follow instructions and stand/walk for several hours during each shift.

Fluency in Spanish, including reading, writing, and speaking is desirable but not required.

Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) are required.

Candidate must pass an extensive criminal background investigation.

Must have valid Texas Driver's License.

Security Officer Training is preferred.

Must have or be able to obtain CPR and First Aid certification.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Bend
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Carry/lift 25 lbs.
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Stand
  • Walk for long distances
  • Push/pull
Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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