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Part-time/ On Call Security Guard

Southern Research
Birmingham, AL
Start date
Apr 5, 2024

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Part time/ On Call Security Guard 

General Summary

Guards will perform duties related to the enforcement of security regulations and procedures to protect Southern Research Institute personnel, customers, visitors, information, property and other assets.  Must be willing to work additional hours as needed in an emergency or personnel shortage.

This position is an On-Call type position, which requires working various hours at short notice.  When not available to work for any reason, prior notice must be provided with 14 days' notice.  Due to the responsibilities of the on-call status, that after three times of not being available to work or combination of inability to be reached by telephone (within 24hours) you will be consider no longer on-call and subsequently self-terminate your position at Southern Research

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Ability to be on-call for duty.
  • Responsible for maintaining a secured facility to include monitoring access, checking identification and monitoring deliveries as appropriate. This also includes monitoring the city sidewalks and roads surrounding the Institute.
  • Must enforce compliance with Institute Parking Policy and address those that are illegally parked and creating safety hazards.
  • Creates and maintains a sense of safety and security on the worksite.
  • Understands what to do in all emergency situations.
  • Facility surveillance:  Patrols the Campus in a vehicle, on foot, or monitors surveillance from a fixed stationary post. When scheduled duty is at the front desk, must monitor the electronic surveillance system continuously for intruders.  During each scheduled shift, will be required to make rounds stopping at each “key in” station. Detects breaches in security and contacts appropriate authorities.  Maintains detailed and accurate reports on each shift.  Must lock and unlock doors and turn off lights during certain shifts.  Maintains dependable vigilance at all times.
  • Facility Access:  Monitors and controls employee and non-employee access to all areas.  Follows correct procedures for visitor and after-hour sign in. 
  • Emergency Response:  Must understand and implement the incident response command system during an emergency. Cooperates with local authorities as needed.  Must be able to obtain CPR/AED and PPCT (Levels of Force, Pepper Spray, Expandable Baton, and Hand Cuffing) Certifications. 
  • Alarm Response:  Responds to internal and external alarms following all required procedures.
  • Displays courtesy, tact and effectiveness in dealing with others.
  • Must follow all specific procedures and directives identified in the “Guard Book”.
  • Must notify the Security Manager and Lead Security Guard of any suspicions of and/or security breaches. 


This position requires US citizenship.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize MS Office product suite (email, word, excel).
  • Must maintain a valid Alabama Driver's License with satisfactory driving record in order to drive company vehicle on patrol.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new tasks and build proficiently in the operation of security, safety and emergency monitoring devices and systems. 
  • Willing to be on-call and work extra hours/ overtime when necessary.
  • Able to use judgment within defined practices and procedures.
  • Possess effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Security experience preferred
  • Alabama Security Certification

Core Values

Cultivating human connection – putting people first.  We know that every individual makes a difference and that no one can do it alone.  We believe the world's most powerful resource is human potential.  We are an inclusive and courageous team where innovation and diversity of though go hand in hand.  We understand that relationships move at the speed of trust.

Operating with precise execution – measuring what matters and owning results as a team.  We leverage data to drive decisions that advance science.  We recognize the importance of a stable foundation coupled with an agile mindset.  We hold ourselves accountable and take pride in our work.  We give and receive candid feedback as a gift that keeps us growing.

Harnessing relentless curiosity – our unstoppable, innovative force.  We are driven to ask sharp questions and push the boundaries of knowledge.  We use creativity and critical thinking as catalysts for finding solutions that change lives.  We learn by doing, consistently striving to improve our relationships, training, methodologies, questions and results.

Stewarding a healthy community – implementing sustainable operations for a safe, engaging environment.  We don't compromise on safety and health for our employees, customers or community.  We believe a healthy community begins with inclusive economic opportunities.  We respect the dignity of the patients we ultimately serve.  We are motivated to serve communities that are underserved and markets that are overlooked.

Job Specific Behaviors

Attention to detail - Utilizes established monitoring system(s), ensures accuracy of and records data in a timely manner.

Communicates effectively - Creates a team environment in which information flows freely and decision making is based on a win-win philosophy

Contributes to Team Success – Actively participates as a member of a team to move the team toward the completion of goals.

Adaptability – Works effectively under changing conditions. Approaches change or newness positively and tries to understand rationale for new direction.  Adjust behavior accordingly.

Applied Learning - Actively participates in learning activities.  Quickly gains knowledge, understanding or skill.  Applies newly gained knowledge or skill in completing assignments.

Judgment - Makes rational and realistic decisions which are based on logical assumptions, reflecting factual information and show consideration of all pertinent factors. Exercises discretion in completion of assignments.

Quality Orientation – Complies with established policies and procedures. Ensures high-quality work output.  

Initiative / Productivity - Asserting one's influence over events to achieve goals; self-starting rather than passive; acts to achieve goals beyond what is required; is proactive.

Work Standards – Sets high goals or standards of performance for self.  Dissatisfied with average performance.

Physical Demands

  • This position is required to perform work standing, walking or sitting for extended periods of time
  • This position will be performed in both indoor and outdoor environment and may be subject to various weather conditions

Certifications, Licenses & Registrations

  • Be able to obtain certification in the use of hand cuffs, chemical deterrent sprays and baton usage.  Must be able to certify in first aid and CPR/AED Will be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. 


MOVING SCIENCE. Our experts turn what couldn't be done into what we can't live without. By translating research into innovation, we act as catalysts that save lives and cultivate Birmingham's biotech scene. We are conduits between Science and Society. With precision, we transform ideas into discoveries. We see possibilities before they exist and activate scientific progress that is purposeful. We move science, because the promise of a brighter future moves us. We work with more than 150 industry and academic partners to drive scientific discoveries. From drug discovery to development, to carbon capture and environmental health sciences, every layer of our scientific and professional teams serve a fundamental role in moving science. We're making Birmingham the biotech hub of the southeast. Coming in 2024, our new biotech center will feature 60,000 sq. ft. of commercial wet labs, A/BSL-3 space and data science facilities. Our team will grow 125 scientific jobs and help shape the future of biotech in Alabama. We're investing in renovations of 40,000 sq. ft. of facilities including vivarium space and launching a new clinical diagnostics lab.

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(205) 581-2000
2000 9th Avenue South

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