Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
July 06, 2022

Eastern Massachusetts



Security Officer



The Boston Athenæum seeks an experienced Security Officer to join the Security team. Reporting to the Director of Safety & Security, the Security Officer ensures the safety and protection of the Athenaeum’s collections, assets, employees, and patrons while utilizing the highest standards of customer service. The Security Officer also provides a professional lobby presence at the main entrance to the Boston Athenaeum and on all floors during patrols. In addition, the Security Officer conducts foot patrols (interior/exterior) control access and egress, monitors CCTV and alarm systems, composes reports, deters criminal activity, misconduct and performs other duties as outlined.

This position is full-time with an hourly rate of $19 and will require a regular weekly Monday thru Thursday 12:00pm-8:00pm & Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm schedule

Duties and Responsibilities

· Meet and greet members, guest, visitors and vendors with exceptional customer service and filed questions

· Deter, deflect, detect, investigate and/or resolve all activity that could result in loss or liability including criminal incidents, fire hazards and safety conditions.

· Maintain a high level of visibility, vigilance and professionalism while on post and patrol.

  • Patrol each floor of the facility to monitor and assure all patron’s and visitor’s activities are in accordance with rules, regulations and policies.
  • Observe and report any irregular or unusual activity that may create security risks or safety concerns.
  • Conduct physical inspection (bag checks) in accordance with policy.
  • Write detailed narrative reports and maintain daily activity reports (DARs). Enforce rules, regulations, policies, procedures, and respond to emergency situations requiring security assistance.
  • Monitor all areas of the building to assure all collections, assets and patrons are respected, safe and protected from all nature of threats.

  • High school diploma(Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Pass a background investigation including criminal background check.
  • Has experience in professional, suit and tie security environment.
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced environment.
  • Great attention to detail, strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Strong communication skills both oral and in written communications.
  • Ability to use computer systems including but not limited to Access Control Software (AMAG), Alarm systems, surveillance equipment, and a Fire Command Center/Panel.
  • At least two years of experience in building security (preferably libraries/museum.
  • Per the City of Boston’s public health order, as of January 13th all staff must have received one dose of the Covid 19 Vaccine and be fully vaccinated by February 15th
How To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability, to
Apply by:
August 20, 2022
$19 /
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street on Beacon Hill. A distinguished membership library and cultural institution with a long history at the center of intellectual life in Boston, the Athenæum hosts events nearly every week of the year and supports a dynamic exhibition program. It desires to be a place that is welcoming to all, a place that nurtures a sense of wonder and delight in sharing the joy of physical books, maps, prints, and other works of art, and a place that fosters community and civil discourse as members and guests engage in face-to-face interactions.

The Athenæum’s collections are housed within a National Historic Landmark that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The reading rooms—crowned by the silent, barrel-vaulted fifth floor—have served as a haven and inspiration to countless writers and researchers. The library maintains over 600,000 volumes with strengths in history, biography, and literature, as well as fine and decorative arts. Notable holdings include primary materials on the American Civil War; the largest portion of President George Washington's library from Mount Vernon; a first edition copy of Audubon's The Birds of America; a 1799 set of Goya's Los caprichos; one of the most extensive collections of contemporary artists' books in the United States; and numerous artworks, including portraits of notable Americans such as Hannah Adams, John Marshall, and Alexander Hamilton, and by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Allan Rohan Crite, and Polly Thayer Starr. Membership is open to all, and visitors are warmly welcomed Tuesdays through Saturdays.