NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB:
School Safety Officers are responsible for patrolling school facilities and grounds to promote a safe environment and prevent disruptive or illegal actions, access to restricted areas, theft and vandalism. The primary responsibility of this position is ensuring the safety and security of school students and staff. Work involves performing a variety of tasks, such as assignment to a fixed post or roving patrol duties. The work performance and effectiveness of School Safety Officers will be subject to periodic review and evaluation.
- Good observation skills
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Pass a criminal background check
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with or knowledge of school climate and student conduct
- Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in working with youth, either in a professional or volunteer capacity, and that have safety/security expertise.
- Preference will be given to applicants who have experience with or knowledge of Positive Discipline and Restorative Justice philosophies
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
All duties and responsibilities of School Safety Officers are directed towards maintaining a safe and orderly environment for students and staff. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
- Overseeing the arrival and departure of students, complying with all school policies in this area.
- Conducting visitor sign-in duties and following the recommended visitor control procedures.
- Modeling courteous, respectful and professional behavior when dealing with students, visitors, and staff.
- Ensuring that all exterior doors are locked after the beginning of the school day and inspecting all entrances throughout the day to maintain the integrity of the building’s interior.
- Randomly patrolling the interior of the school and cameras, giving special attention to restrooms and areas where students might gather when not in class.
- Patrolling the interior and exterior of the school and cameras to ensure that outside threats do not enter the building and that students keep their assigned schedules.
- Participating in random hall sweeps to detect students not in class when classes have begun.
- Being accessible to students and staff who have safety concerns.
- Obtaining, reading, modeling, and supporting the school’s Code of Conduct and all other school rules, reporting all violations to appropriate school administrators.
- Becoming familiar with specific city/state laws that might impact safety procedures at the school, including those associated with truancy, age limits, threats, trespassing or sexual offenses.
- Preparing written reports of all safety/security incidents.
- Maintaining a notebook in which all student and staff contacts are recorded, carried at all times while on duty. This notebook should also contain notations on unsafe conditions found in the school building or on the grounds during routine patrols.
- Serving on the school’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and contacting school administrators to support the ERT function.
- Acting as a point of contact with school administrators when local law enforcement is present at School, assisting police in accomplishing official business.
- Performing other such school safety and security related duties as directed by school administrators.
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, tablets, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Additionally, cameras and ID screening equipment are used.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS, WORK HAZARDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform
the essential responsibilities and functions of the job. Unless reasonable accommodations can be made, while performing this job the staff member shall:
- Use strength to lift items needed to perform the functions of the job.
- Sit, stand, and walk for required periods of time.
- Speak and hear.
- Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.
- Communicate effectively in English and Spanish (preferred), using proper grammar and vocabulary. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
- Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.
- Works in standard office and school building environments.
- Ability to work outdoors during outdoor student activities.
The Work Hazards described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential responsibilities and functions of the job and are not meant to be all inclusive.
- Exposure to a variety of childhood and adult diseases and illnesses.
- Occasional exposure to a variety of weather conditions.
- Exposure to heated/air conditioned and ventilated facilities.
- Exposure to a building in which a variety of chemical substances are used for cleaning, instruction, and/or operation of equipment.
- Function in a workplace that is usually moderately quiet but that can be noisy at times.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
Greater Brunswick Charter School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, GBCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.