Job Req ID:  113659

Sr. Security Systems Specialist

We are seeking a Sr. Security Systems Specialist who will support the delivery of campus safety and security services through the oversight of Security Systems Specialists and systems in the Communications Center for the Johns Hopkins University community.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads the activities of assigned Security Systems Specialists, schedule work shifts, leave and assignment of subordinate personnel in a 24-7 emergency communications and monitoring facility.
  • Provides supervision of 3 - 4 security systems specialist and all systems.
  • Perform periodic work inspections and provide input towards performance evaluations of subordinate personnel.
  • Ensure equitable workload and quality of performance.
  • Monitor and respond to proprietary intrusion, environmental, and fire alarm systems.
  • Monitor and respond to proprietary closed circuit television systems for events or activity that may require a security response.
  • Provide general assistance and information to Hopkins students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • Carry out administrative tasks as may be necessary for the operation of the Communications Center.
  • Coordinate handling of emergency situations and deployment of Hopkins security personnel during critical incidents.
  • Monitor Baltimore Police Department transmission and activities and transmit pertinent information to University security personnel. Contact and direct Baltimore Police, Fire and Paramedics as may be necessary.
  • Create and maintain manual and computerized reports, logs, records and data.
  • Perform other such duties as assigned, from time to time, be necessary.
  • Perform periodic testing and evaluation of Security Systems to ensure reliability.
  • Assume the duties of the Security Systems Specialist in the latter’s absence.

Special Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Must possess excellent people skills and an ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to speak clearly and understandably in telephone and radio communications.
  • Must be able to function effectively in a highly charged work environment under stressful emergency conditions.
  • Must be familiar with Microsoft Windows computer environment and Microsoft Office.


  •  Must be able to pass an extensive Maryland State Police / F.B.I. background investigation.
  • complete a physical/health screening examination by the Office of Occupational Health and Safety, which includes a drug screening.
  • Successful meet and maintain Campus Safety and Security physical requirements.

Physical Requirements 

  • Must be able to function effectively for extended periods in a seated position with periodic short breaks provided.
  • Must have unrestricted use of both hands.
  • Must possess full hearing capabilities.
  • Must have binocular vision, corrected to a minimum of 20/40 in both eyes.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High school Diploma/GED required. 
  • Four (4) years of related experience, experience with security communications, call center, security systems 

Preferred Qualifications
  • Four (4) years related experience to include two or more years in a progressively responsible supervisory/management role.
  • Related experience in security communications, call center, security systems
  • Associate Degree/some college preferred. 
  • Additional education may be submitted for some work experience.



Classified Title: Sr. Security Systems Specialist 
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OE  
Starting Salary Range: $45,000 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: 8 hours day / Shift Work 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​Security Administration and Training  
Personnel area: University Administration 



Total Rewards
The referenced base salary range represents the low and high end of Johns Hopkins University’s salary range for this position. Not all candidates will be eligible for the upper end of the salary range. Exact salary will ultimately depend on multiple factors, which may include the successful candidate's geographic location, skills, work experience, market conditions, education/training and other qualifications. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Education and Experience Equivalency
Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

Applicants Completing Studies
Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

Background Checks
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. Johns Hopkins is committed to hiring individuals with a justice-involved background, consistent with applicable policies and current practice. A prior criminal history does not automatically preclude candidates from employment at Johns Hopkins University. In accordance with applicable law, the university will review, on an individual basis, the date of a candidate's conviction, the nature of the conviction and how the conviction relates to an essential job-related qualification or function.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Johns Hopkins University values diversity, equity and inclusion and advances these through our key strategic framework, the JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion.

Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

EEO is the Law

Accommodation Information
If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition Office at For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711. For more information about workplace accommodations or accessibility at Johns Hopkins University, please visit

Vaccine Requirements
Johns Hopkins University strongly encourages, but no longer requires, at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine does not apply to positions located in the State of Florida. We still require all faculty, staff, and students to receive the seasonal flu vaccine. Exceptions to the COVID and flu vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons. Requests for an exception must be submitted to the JHU vaccination registry. This change does not apply to the School of Medicine (SOM). SOM hires must be fully vaccinated with an FDA COVID-19 vaccination and provide proof of vaccination status. For additional information, applicants for SOM positions should visit and all other JHU applicants should visit

The following additional provisions may apply, depending upon campus. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.

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