Public Safety Officer
Performs proactive security, intervention, law enforcement, and public information duties that provide a safe environment for students, staff, and the public while on District or campus properties. Protects students and property by carrying out proactive programs and public safety processes, enforcing education code and District policies, rules, and procedures.
Distinguishing Career Features
The Public Safety Officer the first of a two-level career ladder for college campus and event safety, student engagement, and security. Incumbents are fully competent to perform all of the duties of the position and have received supplemental training to provide service. Advancement to Senior Public Safety Officer requires at least 2 years of experience as a Public Safety Officer, advanced training and certifications, and the ability to work with students in peer-level medication, direct student activities, attend formal proceedings, organize and lead a team assigned to enhance safety, and security on campuses.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following kinds of duties:
- Proactively monitors campus activity to ensure the safety and security of students, staff, and authorized visitors before, during, and after normal business hours. Maintains a high level of positive and professional visibility.
- Enhances day-to-day customer relations by providing information and assistance to students, staff, and visitors in a way that establishes and maintains rapport with the student community.
- Conveys college policy, rules, and expectations for student conduct. Answers questions from students regarding policies, procedures, and the role of the department.
- Anticipates and intervenes in potential and actual incidents where students and or property may be at risk of harm or damaged.
- Protects campus property and facilities by making inspections. Checks buildings for physical safety and security. Inspects and monitors the security of doors, windows and gates. Addresses unusual or suspicious activity.
- Responds to complaints, incidents, and hazardous situations. Conducts investigations of reported injuries and accidents. Responds to incidents putting students, staff, and the general public at risk or harm. Interviews victims, complaints, and witnesses.
- Provides security at district and campus functions as required. Opens and closes buildings and rooms for meetings. Directs traffic and controls parking and safe movement of vehicles in parking areas.
- Detects and reports fire hazards. Responds to fire and burglar alarms. May be expected to extinguish small blazes while calling in fires to the local Fire Department using established emergency communications protocols.
- Contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in matters relating to the apprehension of offenders and the investigation of offenses.
- May work with staff in developing and implementing student activities and programs designed to reduce risk and enhance students' sense of safety.
- Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
The position requires a working knowledge of the methods and practices and procedures of effective security and safety enforcement. Requires knowledge of the pertinent education codes, District policies, laws, ordinances, and Motor Vehicle code related to the area of responsibility. Requires working knowledge of positive behavior intervention strategies, feedback, and support. Requires knowledge of techniques for identifying weapons, drugs, impaired abilities, and other unauthorized apparatus or behavior. Requires a basic procedural understanding of law enforcement and procedures and best practices connected with apprehension and custody of persons committing infractions. Requires understanding of and skill at applying basic interviewing techniques, vehicle operations and safe driving practices, standard broadcasting procedures using a handheld radio system, and crowd, vehicle and pedestrian control. Requires sufficient math skills to record distances, numbers, and times. Requires sufficient writing skill to prepare incident reports. Requires sufficient human relation skills to resolve confrontation, affect behavior of others, advise students in positive behaviors and problem solving, and convey a positive image of the District and campus.
Requires the ability to perform all of the duties of the position effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision. Requires the ability to learn, interpret, and apply relevant education codes and District policies, rules, and procedures. Requires the ability to utilize the authorized resources and equipment of the position in a safe and responsible manner. Requires the ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine and take proactive and professional action. Requires the ability to use appropriate physical defense and suppression measures to protect self or others in the most adverse of situations. Requires the ability to meet standards of physical stature, endurance, and agility established by the District. Must be able to maintain two-way radio communication with campus administration and local police. Requires the ability to administer first aid in injury and emergency situations. Requires the ability to communicate positively with students in a multi-ethnic and demographic setting and to interact both formally and informally with District staff, outside agency personnel, parents, and the public.
Education and Experience:
The position requires a High School diploma or equivalent, 21 years of age, and one year of security/surveillance experience, supplemented by specialized, successful training in security, safety, and behavior intervention. Additional higher education in public safety, jurisprudence, or related field may substitute for experience. Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required equivalent qualifications for this position.
Licenses and Certificates:
Requires a valid California Driver License. Requires successful completion of an approved School Security Training (SB 1626) resulting in active, state-issued license. Requires current First Aid and CPR cards within a reasonable time after employment.
Successful completion of an approved POST-certified Regular Basic Course (664 hour minimum basic academy).
Incumbent must be able to work inside and outdoors engaged in work primarily of an active nature, and in addition to or concurrently with meeting District physical suitability requirements. Requires the ability to maintain sufficient fitness to run, for the purpose of apprehending fleeing suspects, to accomplish crowd control, and to function well under stressful conditions. Requires near and far visual acuity to observe campus activity and read reports and written instructions. Requires hearing for ordinary conversation and to hear other sounds in order to respond to normal and emergency situations. Requires ambulatory ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time, physical strength to carry up to 150 pounds on an occasional basis, and agility to respond to emergency situations.
Work is performed indoors and outdoors where safety and health considerations exist from temperature extremes, physical effort, and at-risk incidents. Conditions of Employment
This is a regular, full-time, 12 month per year position. The normal hours of work are 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a 5% shift differential. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor.
- Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.
- The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in Coast Community College District policies, procedures, and Title IX. (Reference: BP/AP 5910)
- The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators, and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the District's strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.
Coast Community College District, through policies, practices, and other benefit programs, delivers a fair and equitable total compensation program that promotes equal employment opportunity, inclusion, and workforce vitality. In general, it is the policy of the District to place new employees at the first step of the salary grade. All movement on the salary schedule will occur July 1 of each year for all classified employees. Additional Information
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered for employment you must submit a COMPLETE application packet. A complete application packet includes:
- A complete Coast Community College District Online Employment Application
- A current resume (as a separate attachment - PDF recommended)
- A cover letter outlining your education and experience relevant to this position (as a separate attachment - PDF recommended)
- Answers to all Supplemental Questions (clear, detailed responses recommended for evaluation purposes)
Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting www.cccd.edu/employment. Once you have completed an electronic application, you may apply to open positions within the Coast Community College District by submitting the application and all other required materials. Required materials differ for each open position and must be complete when submitted for a specific posting. Instructions for completing applications and applying to posted positions are available online or by calling Applicant Processing at (714) 438-4714.
All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.
To ensure consistency and fairness to all applicants, please do not submit materials in addition to those requested. Additional materials will not be considered or returned. Be sure to complete all questions and sections of the application. For questions which may not apply, indicate "n/a" (not applicable). If you do not know an answer, please indicate so, but do not leave any space blank.
All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community.
Any documents that you are unable to attach can be faxed to (714) 782-6065. Faxes must clearly indicate your name and the job to which you are applying.
Disability Accommodations: If you require accommodations in the Application or Examination Process, please notify Human Resources by calling (714) 438-4714 OR (714) 438-4716.
- All online applications and required materials received by the deadline date will be screened to determine which applicant(s) meet(s) the minimum qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Please note: Possession of the minimum qualifications does not ensure an interview.
- Applicants who meet the required qualifications and who are also deemed to possess the highest degree of desirable qualifications will be invited to discuss their qualifications in an interview with the College/District. Therefore, it is highly recommended that applicants submit clear, detailed responses to all supplemental questions in order to demonstrate his/her qualifications as related to the position.
- If any travel is required for an applicant to participate in-person during the interview process, this will be done so at the candidate's own expense.
The Coast Community College District is a multi-college district that includes Coastline Community College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College. The three colleges offer programs in transfer, general education, occupational/technical education, community services and student support services. Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than 60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificate programs.
Since its founding in 1947, the Coast Community College District has enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community college districts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays an important role in the community by responding to needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.
Coast Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Coast Community College District is committed to employing qualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members who are dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizes that diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness, promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitable role models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring and staff development processes that support the goals of equal opportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for all qualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfully in providing educational or employment opportunities to any person on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or genetic information.