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Check with seller Security Specialist Houston

Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Salary: $17.50 per hour

Special Instruction to Applicants : Please attach a resume in the Supporting Documents section of the application.

Position Summary

As a member of the Rice University Police Department, the security specialist is responsible for providing security services for the Rice campus. This includes monitoring CCTV; providing security escorts, key services, and motorist assists; patrolling all on-campus areas and reporting any hazards or violations of the law and regulations, etc. In addition, the security specialist will interact frequently with members of the university community and will be responsible for providing building access, information and directions.

Essential Functions

Monitors and authorizes entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises
Writes reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences
Calls police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons
Answers alarms and investigates disturbances
Circulates among visitors, patrons, or employees to preserve order and protect property
Patrols industrial or commercial premises to prevent and detect signs of intrusion and ensure security of doors, windows, and gates
Escorts or drives motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations or to provide personal protection
Operates detecting devices to screen individuals and prevents passage of prohibited articles into restricted areas
Answers telephone calls to take messages, answers questions, and provides information during non-business hours or when switchboard is closed
Warns persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehends or evicts violators from premises, using force when necessary
Performs all other duties as assigned

Experience and Education Requirements

HS Diploma or equivalent
No experience required
CPR certification will be required within six months of hire (provided by RUPD)
Must possess (or have the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire) and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license with no more than three moving violations and/or at fault accidents within the past 36 months, and no convictions or deferred dispositions for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) within the past 3 years

Skills Required

Ability to develop positive and productive working relationships with students, faculty, and staff of the university
Ability to perform all assigned functions and duties in an effective, efficient, professional, courteous, and ethical manner with sensitivity to the diversity and uniqueness of the campus community
Ability to effectively operate various communications (i.e., CCTV) and data storage devices
Ability to read, write, and conduct routine business in an office setting or in field situations out of doors
Ability to multi-task
Ability to communicate effectively with various different groups of people
Ability to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards
Ability to successfully detect and resolve issues
Ability to work with minimal supervision


Some college coursework
Two or more years’ experience working in a security guard position with responsibility for routine interactions with the public and monitoring CCTV
Comprehensive understanding of the culture of Rice University, the relationship of the University Police Department with the Rice University community, the mission of the university, and policies and procedures of the university and the department
Ability to operate a utility vehicle in a safe manner

Physical Demands

Must be able to stand, walk, and walk up and down stairs; occasional lifting of boxes up to 20 pounds; must be able to hear and communicate clearly.

Working Conditions

Work mostly inside a multi-story facility; some exposure to various weather conditions and a parking garage environment; some exposure to laboratories, chemicals, and live animals. This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency. This position is considered essential personnel.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here:

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