Job ID: 205977187

Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
Job Description


Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.

Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.

Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.

The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.

The Position

Reporting to the Security Specialist Supervisor and the Director of Security, the Security Specialist ensures the safety and security of the Bates community. Security Specialists communicate and enforce relevant college policy, respond to calls for service (both emergency and routine), enforce college parking regulations, issue parking permits, support the Bates Card-Access system, prepare and submit incident reports, and perform such other duties as required by the Director of Security.

With an increasingly racially and culturally diverse student body, our ideal candidate will view their work through a lens of support, equity and inclusion. The candidate will engage and support students, guests and stakeholders from historically underrepresented groups including students of color, LGBTQ+ students, international students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and the student organizations dedicated to supporting these students on campus. Additionally, the candidate will develop strong partnerships with various campus offices and key stakeholders to ensure continued positive, long lasting relationships within the Bates Community. This is a full-time, 12 months position that works a minimum of 40 hours per week.

This position is considered “Essential Personnel” in the event that:

  • an emergency occurs on the Bates Campus or in the vicinity that would impact Bates,
  • inclement weather forces the closing of campus or
  • or other emergency events deemed appropriate. 

Essential Personnel are required to report to or remain at work if instructed to do so if contacted directly by the supervisor (or his/her designee), the President or a member of the President’s Staff (Sr. Leadership Team.) 


The successful candidate will have an associate’s degree in criminal justice or related field (or equivalent and relevant work experience).

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2 – 3 years of work experience that demonstrates commitment, dependability and maturity.
  • Current valid driver’s license and clean driving record required.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Ability to prepare and effectively present both oral and written information concerning activities and operations to internal and external constituents
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of people, including persons from diverse backgrounds.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.  Must be flexible, collaborative and have a positive attitude.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills; ability to synthesize complex or diverse information.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities with minimal supervision.
  • Keen attention to detail necessary for successful documentation, planning and execution.
  • Proficiency in basic data management systems and basic computer software (e.g., Microsoft Word and Excel, Power Point, Google docs, email and calendaring.)
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional software as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel (by car, air, train or bus) domestically and internationally as needed. 
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends, evenings & other non-traditional schedules.
  • A commitment to students and their personal development.
  • Personal commitment to excellence and the mission of a top-tier small liberal arts college.
  • Demonstrated awareness of, sensitivity and commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
  • Successful completion of a background check and physical.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume for consideration.


Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, 9% retirement contribution with potential for an additional 3% match, 10 days of vacation*, 12 paid holidays, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.   *Benefits may be tied to years of service or may be prorated for employees working less than full-time or 12 months.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. This position requires successful completion of a pre-employment background screening. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. (References will not be contacted without your permission.)

Application Process

This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff.  Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.  All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer.

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