Campus Safety Assistant

Date Posted: 06/07/2023
Type/Department:Staff in Campus Safety and Wellbeing
Search Status:Position Filled
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Hampshire College

Department:  CAPES: Campus Safety and Wellbeing – Division of Student Affairs

Job Title: Campus Safety Assistant

Position Type: Full Time

Schedule: 40 Hours a week

Pay Range/ Status: $25.00 Hour / Non-Exempt

Location: Hampshire College Campus in Amherst, MA

Reports to: Associate Senior Director of Campus Safety and Wellbeing

Anticipated Start Date: Immediately


Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and member of the Five College consortium, is located on a beautiful rural campus in Amherst, Massachusetts. We provide residential undergraduate education to nearly 700 students. Each department at Hampshire College contributes to the collaborative culture of the organization and plays an important role in the success of the College. The campus safety and wellbeing department supports the Hampshire community in achieving its mission of being a challenging, but compassionate place to learn and grow by ensuring the safety of its community members. Primarily centered in both restorative and transformative justice, this will aid in creating a campus culture that is more actively anti-racist, inclusive and equitable. As part of the campus safety team, you will be instrumental in the department achieving its mission and goals!


Reporting to the associate senior director of campus safety and wellbeing and working in partnership with the health and wellbeing advocates (HWA), the campus safety assistant (CSA) is responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the College on their assigned shift in accordance with college and department policies and protocols. The campus safety assistant maintains a presence on college properties 24-hours a day, seven days a week, during the academic semester and during college breaks or curtailed operations.

The primary responsibility of the CSA is to support the Hampshire community in creating an intellectually vibrant, compassionate environment that is actively anti-racist, welcoming and safe to all members. The CSA provides routine services and resources to the students, faculty, staff, and visitors, including but not limited to access management, after-hours property checks and appropriate services, routine campus/building rounds, first responder calls, fire/security alarm response, monitoring access system, dispatching, certified shuttles, accessibility, general transportation, behavioral health responses and supporting other departments in their operations.

Based on a Community Response Model, the CSA response to behavioral health needs such as but not limited to disturbances, noise complaints, trespassing incidents, interpersonal low risk conflicts and other quality-of-life concerns Responses to behavioral health needs are normally responded to with a health and wellbeing advocate or another student affairs on-call staff. During these responses, the assistant’s primary focus is ensuring the environment is safe and secure to enable colleagues to provide mediation, consultation, and identify gaps to respond effectively to the incident/s. The CSA is cross-trained to respond to incidents utilizing the Community Response Model and is expected to support colleagues accordingly or at times lead in assessing the situation, intervene and provide the necessary support and resources to all involved in the incidents. Using population-health and environmental data, theory, and evidence-informed strategies, the responding team build relationships with, engage, and work collaboratively with diverse groups of stakeholders to assist all campus community members in achieving protocols, systems, and environments that create measurable improvements for the community, particularly in the realm of physical and mental health crisis response, intervention and triage.

This position serves as part of a 24-hour-per-day rotation in partnership with the health and wellbeing advocate staff. The CSA is cross-trained to execute and respond to all routine safety and security protocols and is expected to support colleagues accordingly or at all times.

The CSA is a student development practitioner and a student-centered staff member who cares deeply about forming strong relationships and engaging in meaningful experiences with students, open to new and challenging experiences directed towards professional growth. This position thrives being highly visible, maintain strong connections, participate in student activities, and work successfully with students, faculty, staff, parents and external constituents. The CSA has experience in safety, security and wellness initiatives, prevention and education program management and feel comfortable working in an evolving, fast-paced, organizational framework with shifting responsibilities.

The CSA will work in close partnership with department colleagues, particularly the dean of students office, residence life and student engagement, health and counseling services, prevention education, community advocacy, and other campus partners. The CSA will also work collaboratively with student affairs departments, and other campus constituents to build a community that will be open and honest with one another and act with integrity and civility at all times, treating one another with respect, care and kindness as we work through conflicts and seek justice and understanding within and beyond the campus community. Centered in both restorative and transformative justice, this will aid in creating a campus culture that is more actively anti-racist, inclusive and equitable.

As members of the division of student affairs, the CSA contributes to campus-wide educational initiatives and divisional-wide projects, including but not limited to ENGAGE Day of Learning, Move-In and New and Transfer Student Orientation, Community Orientation, and Community Education Day that advances the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and a vibrant, welcoming and safe community.


  • Must have knowledge of state, local and federal laws as related to college campus safety; an understanding of security on college campuses, including card access, crime prevention by environmental design, and general safety practices; and experience with crisis intervention, report writing, and field training.
  • Campus safety assistants must have the ability to exercise sound judgment based upon their training and experience and are held to a high level of ethics and code of conduct while on and off-duty.
  • Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrates skill in understanding of cultural differences.
  • Employs anti-racist practices and principles to accomplish work.
  • Ability to serve as an advocate for individuals of all ethnicities, genders, ages and backgrounds.
  • Ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
  • Supports and enhances a sense of belonging and success of students from traditionally marginalized populations.
  • This position requires a valid drivers license and must successfully meet the requirements of Hampshire College driver credentialing policy.
  • Assistants will be required to fill in on shifts as needed, and may be required to work overtime, holidays and emergencies. Campus safety assistants are considered essential personnel.
  • Employment is dependent on successful completion of the following:
  1. Pre-employment physical and background check
  2. Certification in CPD/first responder or ability to obtain certification in Massachusetts within six months of hire; EMT certification desirable.
  3. A valid driver’s license and successfully meet the requirements of Hampshire College driver credentialing policy.
  4. Completion of OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) SHA certification
  5. Fire Safety Extinguisher Training
  • Familiarity with computer programs: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, Information management (Colleague), social media applications, student activities platforms, etc.


  • Two-year college degree or equivalent preferably in Public Health, Organizational Leadership Urban Education and Policy Studies, Social Work, Gender Studies, Transformative Justice and Restorative Practices, or Education
  • One year of job-related experience

Alternatives to formal education and paid work experience may be considered as equivalent qualifications to include military service/training, volunteering, activism, and other non-traditional programs and experiences related to the position.


  • 4 Year College Degree
  • Masters: Higher Education Administration; Social Work
  • Experience in Community Response Model for campus safety and wellbeing operation.


Hampshire College offers an excellent benefits program for eligible employees such as medical, dental, vision, life insurance, generous retirement plan contributions, flexible leave plans, and many other fringe benefits. For information on Hampshire College, including more information on employee benefits and our company culture, visit our website at


Hampshire College is an equal opportunity employer and deeply committed to a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are particularly committed to revealing and combating the social and institutional structures that support racism and white supremacy in all phases of employment and college life. We believe that the educational and employment environment is enhanced when diverse groups of people with diverse ideas come together to work and grow. We encourage applications from women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual minority groups, veterans, and other candidates who will contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives. Hampshire College is committed to removing barriers to employment faced by equity-seeking groups and encourages (but does not require) members of these groups to self-identify in their application materials. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity in the work environment are particularly encouraged to apply.


Please submit your cover letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via our website at

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to diversity and inclusion in education and employment.