Protection Services Officer - Day Shifts (Full-Time)

Portland Art Museum | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 1/04/2023

The Portland Art Museum (referred to as Museum) invites applications for the position of Protection Services Officer. The Protection Services Officer (PSO) is a member of the Protection Services team, which performs a critical role in protecting the safety of visitors, staff, and Museum property. PSO’s work in various locations throughout the Museum including the lobby, control room, loading dock, Mark building, and patrolling campus.

Duties & Responsibilities


This PSO is stationed in Museum lobbies interacting with visitors and staff and is responsible for promoting a welcoming environment while balancing the art of de-escalation and initiating appropriate responses to safety and security issues.

  • Acts as the first responder to disruptive persons entering the lobbies and adjacent areas
  • Interacts with visitors in a welcoming manner by assisting with wayfinding and providing information related to the Museum collection, public programs, and events
  • Communicate museum policies in a respectful manner using flexibility and discretion to achieve a safe and positive outcome
  • Helps adherence to the “Visitor Agreement to Safe & Inclusive Spaces
  • Resolve conflict using de-escalation techniques and upholding equity and inclusion values
  • Removes and trespasses visitors if needed from the campus who exhibit harassment, discrimination, threatening or disrespectful behaviors
  • Communicating with law enforcement, fire departments, and emergency medical personnel as needed

Control Room

The PSO in the control room protects the Museum, its visitors, staff, and collection by providing a professional and proactive security control room operation service. This role is responsible for monitoring live video feeds, security, and life safety systems, coordinating the Museum’s response to incidents and alarm activations. Other functions include:

  • Calling law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical personnel as needed
  • Initiating building evacuations
  • Dispatches PSO’s to perform routine tasks and respond to requests for assistance
  • Important notification functions via phone, email, radio or Alert Media
  • Document activity and write reports
  • Issue Keys and Visitor badges
  • Lost and Found management

Loading Dock & Mail Room

The PSO in the loading dock & mail room maintains the security and safety of this station while performing important functions and services. These include:

  • Overseeing shipments and deliveries
  • Processing mail and parcels
  • Documentation and notification responsibilities
  • Supports Control Room operations


The PSO patrolling will frequently move about the galleries and public spaces and provide a visible and reassuring security presence to keep the Museum’s collections and visitors safe. Other functions include:

  • Opening and closing the Museum
  • Gallery inspections
  • Exterior patrols
  • Escorting vendors
  • Respectfully reminding visitors of museum policies
  • Responding to requests for assistance
  • Responding to and investigating alarms
  • Provide backup support to lobby PSOs

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Promptly address situations that could negatively impact the visitor’s experience, Museum collections, facilities, and staff by understanding and applying safety and Museum policies and procedures
  • Initiate evacuation of assigned areas during emergencies while following security procedures and applied training
  • Report and document incidents and hazardous conditions with objectivity, respect and an awareness of racial equity and free of assumptions, bias, or stereotypes
  • Utilize radio for department communications and other technology such as computers, iPad, etc
  • Attend ongoing training and learning opportunities related to the collection, special exhibitions, and equity & inclusion and accessibility, emergency procedures, de-escalation techniques, and bi-annual CPR & AED training
  • Promote and support institutional equity and inclusion goals
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding the Museum’s proprietary information and operations
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Required Knowledge & Skills

If you have any questions along the way including wanting to talk about a nontraditional career background, please reach out to HR.

  • Approachable demeanor with a people-first value
  • Work collaboratively in an equitable and inclusive framework with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Comfortable dealing with conflict, de-escalation, and confrontation
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • Basic operational knowledge of computers including word processing and email
  • Adhere to the Security dress code and visibly represent the Museum
  • Prior security or similar experience in environments that include interactions with people suffering from mental illness and or under the influence of drugs/alcohol

Education, Formal & Informal Experience, Training Required, Certification, Etc.

  • High school diploma or equivalent combination of experience and education required
  • Current Oregon Department of Public Standards Safety Training (DPSST) Unarmed certification (or obtained within 30 days of employment)
  • CPR & AED training certification (or obtained within 30 days of employment)
  • Prior security experience
  • Familiarity with access control, CCTV, and fire systems

Job Conditions

  • Full-time status
  • Schedule / Hours: Day shifts, flexible work days and hours
  • Onsite / Not Remote
  • Overtime as needed
  • Evening hours and must be available to work weekends, holidays, and special events as necessary
  • Works with emergency equipment including first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, and AED devices
  • Occasionally work outdoors to secure the premises

Physical Activities

  • Occasionally lift / push / pull up to 50lbs in emergencies
  • Frequently ascends and descends stairs
  • Occasionally remains stationary for prolonged periods but in an emergency will require rapid movement through the Museum campus
  • Occasionally grasping and handling objects such as pens, computer mouse, and radio
  • Frequently talking with colleagues and visitors
  • Occasionally operates a computer and other office equipment, such as a phone, iPad, and printer
  • Frequently listening and communicating with callers on the radio
  • This is not a complete representation of all physical requirements

Company Description


Full COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment. Exemptions due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief will require weekly testing. Contact for an exception request before beginning employment. Proof of vaccination to Human Resources is requested before the first day of employment.

Equal Opportunity & Accessibility

The Museum is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our hiring practices and in our Museum employee experiences. We strive to foster a mindful and respectful environment in which everyone can be their authentic selves at work and experience a culture free of harassment, racism, and discrimination.

The Museum is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. This commitment ensures that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, perform essential job functions, and/or receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

About the Portland Art Museum

The Portland Art Museum is one of the oldest art museums on the West Coast and the seventh oldest in the United States.

The permanent collection has more than 42,000 works of art, and at least one major traveling exhibition is usually on show. The Museum’s collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America; modern and contemporary art; Asian and American art; photographs, prints, and drawings; English silver, and an outdoor public sculpture garden.

The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Learn more at


  • Non-exempt / hourly
  • Budgeted compensation is within pay grade C ($15.67min - $18.02mid - $20.37max), depending on experience
  • Shift differentials eligible, for hours worked onsite:
    • Evening hours (6:00pm-12:00am) will be paid an additional $1.00 per hour
    • Night hours (12:01am-6:00am) will be paid an additional $2.00 per hour
  • Healthcare package: medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, 401K match, and flexible spending accounts
  • Paid time off: 6 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, vacation, sick, and bereavement leave
  • Transportation benefits: TriMet / C-Tran / parking pass discount or bike-to-work enrollment
  • Museum admission & lectures, programs, and gift shop discounts
  • R.E.A.P (Reciprocal Employee Attraction Pass), providing free general admission to local destinations

Application Process for Protection Services Officer, Full-Time

Apply online at:, to create a profile.

In order to be considered eligible, submissions require a resume, cover letter, four references, and all application questions answered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Job will remain open until filled.

Listing Type
Position Type
Full Time
Employer Type
Direct Employer
$15.67min - $18.02mid - $20.37max

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