Security Guard

Division / Program: 
Position Details
Program Summary: 

Self, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been providing services to some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable communities for over 30 years. We offer a broad range of essential housing, social service, drug and alcohol treatment, vocational, and employment programs with the goal of supporting individuals achieve self-sufficiency and sustain healthier lives (or improve their quality of life). We provide these services to more than 7,000 individuals within the Philadelphia area.

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • Complete routine facility checks before assuming responsibility and thoroughly document deficiencies on the shift report form during the shift change.
  • Participation in general staff meetings, department meetings and training as required.
  • Review prior shift incident reports and communication log book prior to starting shift work.
  • Alert prior shift to make corrections/ completion of duties before you assume responsibility for the facility.
  • Document noteworthy information (negative or positive) on shift report form.
  • Ensure all needed supplies are on hand for shift.
  • Monitor electronic surveillance equipment used on the premises.
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, program participants, and visitors to safeguard and maintain the premises.
  • Comply with the privacy standards as it relates to the collection, maintenance and use of protected personal information recorded.
  • Flexibly cooperate with emergency requests, changes in work schedule or assignment.
  • Check and secure fire doors and escape exits, tour building and secure every 30-60 minutes during shift and document as required.
  • Monitor participant activities including but not limited to body search with metal detector upon entrance to the facility, searches of resident sleeping quarters and storage locker/bags/containers.
  • Immediately inform supervisor of any unusual incidents concerning participants, building or staff and complete appropriate documentation.
  • Complete reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as contraband, equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • May be required to lift, carry, hold, and/or distribute materials and supplies that weigh 25-50 lbs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 


  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent with a combination of acceptable training and experience in human services including but not limited to homelessness, substance abuse and mental health.
  • Must be able to frequently stand, walk, sit, bend and lift supplies that weigh between 25-50 lbs.
  • Must be well organized, detail-oriented, tasks-driven and able to work independently and set daily priorities.
  • Must be able to provide constructive feedback to shift leader or designee in order to improve services within the facility.
  • Must visually observe, hear, understand, and interpret participant behavior.
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills and willingness to assist whenever needed.
  • Must be competent in computer use including Microsoft applications and internet.
  • Must be competent in computer use including Microsoft applications and internet.
  • Criminal and Child Abuse clearance will be required.


Past security experience strongly desired. Experience working the human service field with individuals who may have challenges in the following areas: homelessness, substance abuse and mental health or an acceptable combination of equivalent skills and experience is strongly desired.

Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Forward cover letter and resume to with SELF Security Guard in the subject line.