Event Security Officer (ESO)

Seattle, WA
Part Time
Entry Level


OVERVIEWWant to join a passionate team, and help visitors engage with meaningful experiences with art & culture at one of the best art museums in the Northwest? 
Seattle Art Museum seeks candidates who are excited about art and customer service! 

The Event Gallery Security Officer will provide excellent customer service and security for the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park during private venue experiences and museum-programming events, while implementing security policies and procedures related to the protection of art, the security of museum facilities, and the safety and protection of staff and visitors. 

The ESO will p
rovide customer service and security for the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the Olympic Sculpture Park during private rental and museum-programming related events, while implementing security policies and procedures related to the protection of art, the security of museum facilities, and the safety and protection of staff and visitors.


Seattle Art Museum offers FLEXIBLE scheduling, museum membership, and behind the scenes access to our sublime exhibitions and galleries! Due to varying demand, Event Gallery Officers are asked to work different hours every week depending on event schedule.  Must be available on weekends, including late nights.  This is event-based scheduling, typically 10-15 hours a week, ideal for students or those seeking additional income. 

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS:    Non-exempt      

REPORTS TO:     Security Supervisor


BENEFITS: Part-time regular employees are able to enroll in our company’s 403b plan. Employees will also accrue sick leave and vacation leave at a rate of .0385 per hour worked. There are twelve paid holidays and one floating holiday throughout the calendar year, that are paid on a pro-rated basis, reflective of employee’s   average hours worked in the prior six weeks. Additional benefits include subsidized transportation (ORCA business passport), access to fitness facility, and museum membership.


  1. Provide security for galleries, public spaces, meeting rooms, offices, storage areas, traffic corridors, and queues during events by patrolling and/or posting these areas.  Regulate and control access to private event spaces in SAM/SAAM/OSP. Ensure patrons, vendors and staff are following Museum policies and procedures.
  2. Build and maintain cooperative, respectful and professional relationships with other staff and volunteers. Strive to provide a welcoming, inclusive, accessible environment for staff, patrons and guests, while helping to ensure their safety and enjoyment of the museum. 
  3. Observe and assist visitors; correct or report problems as appropriate.
  4. Provide superior customer service and proactively use de-escalation techniques and training to prevent situations from escalating unnecessarily.
  5. Observe artwork for change of any kind; report problems to supervisor for immediate notification to registrar; report any building conditions requiring attention to Facilities.
  6. Cooperate with Visitor Experience, Membership, volunteers, and Venue Experience to learn and convey Museum information to enhance visitor’s Museum experience.
  7. Escort contracted workers and vendors through restricted access spaces in SAM/SAAM. Ensure non-museum workers stay within designated work spaces and provide key/proximity card access through locked doors/spaces.
  8. Maintain knowledge of current policies, procedures, and security system operations in order to correctly implement judgment and actions for protection of art, and the safety and protection of Museum staff and visitors.
  9. Report incidents, notable events, and respond to calls for emergency assistance.
  10. Complete written incident reports (IRs) detailing incidents.
  11. Participate in training programs for emergency situations, including fire and earthquake evacuation, active shooter preparedness, first aid. Be prepared to assist Security supervisors and others in these emergency response situations.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned.
  1. High School graduate or GED. 
  2. Demonstrated customer service skills.
  3. Good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
  4. Ability to prepare clear, accurate written incident reports.
  5. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion to make immediate decisions related to enforcement of regulations.
  6. Must be reliable.
  7. Ability to exercise excellent judgment by carrying out established policies and procedures for security and safety of people, artwork and Museum facilities in a complete, consistent and timely manner.
  8. Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to change in a dynamically moving event-driven environment.
  9. Ability to work with close attention to detail and maintain confidentiality. 
  10. Must have the ability to remain calm in stressful situations and help resolve customer complaints.
  11. Ability to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  12. Ability to pass and maintain security background check clearance.

Exposure: Work areas are primarily inside, in a climate-controlled environment with light background noise. Work is occasionally performed at other indoor and outdoor sites, in all types of weather. 
Schedule: Working nights, weekends and/or holidays is required. Work is part-time variable for museum events.

Stationary Work:  Approximately 95% of time is spent standing or moving around the work area. Balance of time (approximately 5%) is spent stationary while working at a desk. Long periods of sustained standing are required.
Communication:  Clear and effective communication with volunteers, donors, members, the public, and co-workers is necessary. May have contact with hostile or abusive members of the public.
Vision:  Corrected vision close to 20/20 is necessary to effectively use the computer screens.
Moving:  The ability to move up to twenty pounds on occasion is necessary for moving files, equipment, and supplies. Must be able to regularly position self to access files. Must be able to ascend/descend stairs in high-rise building.
Office Work:  Ability to effectively and regularly operate assigned equipment, including, but not limited to, radios, flashlights, telephones, dispatch software and other equipment, and supplies is necessary.

Don’t check off every box listed above? Please apply anyway! Studies have shown that marginalized communities - such as women, LGBTQ+ and people of color - are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. SAM is dedicated to building an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible workplace that fosters a sense of belonging – so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to still consider submitting an application. You may be just the right candidate for this role or another one of our openings!

Centering equity, diversity, and inclusion as an organization, and as individuals, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) is committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. SAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. 

The Seattle Art Museum will consider applicants who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties. Please contact the Human Resources Department at (206) 654-3188 or [email protected] for additional information or to request reasonable accommodations for the application or interview process.

TO APPLY:   Please visit https://seattleartmuseum.applytojob.com/apply  to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: Open Until Filled


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