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Department: Security Services
Job Type: Full-Time
Available From: Oct 18, 2019
Reports To: Security Supervisor on Duty

Position Overview: 

The shift commander is responsible for the overall operations of a designated shift. They are the liaison or spokesperson for security during each shift they work. It is the responsibility of the shift commander to patrol, delegate and coordinate all safety and security activities for the SVA facility. Generally, there are two officers and one shift commander per shift.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with supervisor to ensure the safety and security of a specific location; report any and all problems promptly and follow-up to insure tasks have been completed
  • Oversee the officers on duty during the shift; delegate assignments and activities and report all such actions and activities to the supervisors.
  • Serve as contact for all inquiries or unusual requests from/regarding students, third parties, the building and/or city officials
  • Serve as shift contact with resident assistants, campus life staff and other members of the SVA community
  • Ensure adherence to fire and safety regulations, and package and delivery procedures.
  • Assist with gathering and communicating data for developing and implementing policies/procedures, which ensure the effective use of personnel and equipment.
  • Review, identify and reinforce security issues and needs; coordinate officer awareness of events, procedures and equipment handling.
  • Evaluate the direction and effectiveness of shift operations and patrol needs to make necessary personnel and equipment available.
  • Prepare or assist in the preparation of security reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or director of security.
  • Fill in for officers as needed.



  • Three years of related experience; supervisory experience preferred
  • High school diploma or equivalent education required
  • Knowledge of security and procedures
  • Customer service oriented interpersonal skills

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 7,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 38,000 alumni in 75 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and Continuing Education division, visit sva.edu.

Learn more about working at SVA.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu. No walk-ins or phone calls, please.

The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.