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Staff Assistant, Police Access Control Unit

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Department: SECURITY
Local Title: Staff Assistant, Police Access Control Unit
Budget Title: Staff Assistant
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Administrative, Information Technology, Security & Police


External Intro

Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

Internal Intro

Are you looking to enhance your career at Downstate? Help us grow as one of the nation's foremost metropolitan medical centers. Lead the charge in serving one of the largest and most diverse populations in New York City. We are highly ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers among the top 5 U.S. leading medical schools for training doctors. Are you ready for the challenge?

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Job Summary:

The Department of University Police and Public Safety at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Staff Assistant, Police Access Control Unit. The successful candidate will:

  • Assist with the day to day operation, support, troubleshooting, and routine maintenance of various security components, resolving issues directly or through engagement of internal partners and vendors as appropriate.
  • Work closely with the Capital Facilities Planning and Information Technology Services departments and assist in project management to incorporate security components into all new construction and renovation projects.  
  • Assist with the installation, programming, testing, acceptance, and operation of physical security technology, including, but not limited to, video, access control, and intrusion detection systems.
  • Perform small-scale installations or repairs themselves, and in arranging and managing contractors hired to perform larger installations.
  • Provide professional guidance regarding software applications for physical and electronic security, CCTV, and related areas for the Institution.
  • Assist with the following on behalf of the University Police Access Control Unit;  
    • order supplies
    • work with Contracts & Procurement as well as vendors regarding purchasing and procurement needs and service contracts
    • maintain records of all requisitions, purchase orders and supply inventory for the unit as well as tracking expenses as related to the unit’s budget allocation. 
    • Work closely with the Manager of the Access Control Unit and the University Police Department’s Budget Manager to ensure expenses fall within the annual budget allocation and in preparation of the Department’s annual budget request as related to the Access Control Unit. 
  • Perform additional job-related duties as required based on the needs of the unit and department.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in terms of availability, as this position requires availability for off-hours support.

Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience working with low tension installation and maintenance of security equipment such as installing, planning, ordering equipment and maintain CCTV/DVR and related security equipment.
  • Working knowledge of access control, card readers, alarm points, door contacts, mechanical locks, electromechanical locks, electric strikes, control panels.
  • Proficient in video management systems and devices including; analog, IP cameras and encoder, decoders and video storage.
  • Detailed knowledge of low voltage wiring, including code requirements, installations, running conduit, troubleshooting and working with security system hardware.
  • Proficient in networking concepts: LAN, firewalls, routers, switches and VLANs.
  • Reading and interpreting building plans (blueprints).
  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose system issues, including experiencing testing intrusion detections; systems, access control, panic alarms and surveillance equipment.
  • Experience with Information Security and Risk Management, Access Control, Telecommunications and Network Security.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills, comprehensive program evaluation knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of security in a large and diverse environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, Security Administration, Electrical Technology, Computer Programming, or related field.
  • 5+ years’ experience working with and/or managing security systems in a complex environment. Experience with Software House Platform preferred.
  • Experience working closely with technology professionals, electricians, and other stakeholders to resolve complex issues;
  • Strong organizational and project planning skills;
  • Project management experience;
  • Knowledge of the methods and practices of security in a large and diverse environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • The successful candidate should work well under pressure, and be collegial and able to work effectively in a team environment.

Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours (Full-Time)

*(Position requires availability for off-hours support when necessary)

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at


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