SafeSchools Officer Full-time, 10-month
Position Title: Safe School Officer
Reports To: Supervisor of Security or his/her Designee
Position Goal: To ensure the health, safety, and welfare of students, personnel, visitors, and property by maintaining high visibility to identify and respond to situations jeopardizing the same while adhering to all District policies and protocol regarding safety and appropriate interaction with students, staff, and the public.
- Associates Degree or advanced degree preferred
- At least three (3) years security experience previous law enforcement or military experience preferred
- Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License with no serious violations preferred
- Current CPR/First Aid Certification
- District-mandated Passive Restraint Certification (within six (6) months of hire)
- Ability to successfully pass post-offer, pre-employment physical examination
- Strong interpersonal skills evidencing the ability to effectively interact with a wide range of constituents
- Proven track record of integrity, good moral character, initiative, and even-temperedness
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with diverse constituents
- Strong verbal and written skills with a proven ability to communicate effectively in English using proper grammar and vocabulary
- Ability to gather, assemble, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence
- Ability to work independently, utilize good judgment, interpret and apply school rules and regulations
- Ability to maintain security and confidentiality
- Experience in an urban school setting preferred
- Bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural experience an asset
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following fundamental duties:
- Patrol and monitor entranceways, hallways, stairwells, toilet facilities, outside facilities, and other public and unsupervised areas of the school or District building to ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, and the public, as well as District property and premises.
- Ensure a smooth traffic flow of students through the hallways and assisting students with on-time arrival to class and to assigned locations.
- Conduct inspections of doors, windows, and gates to ensure that the same are secure.
- Assist with supervision in the breakfast and lunch periods and with morning arrival and dismissal.
- Assist visitors with directions and secure proper identification.
- Monitor for and professionally approach unauthorized persons for questioning and route or detain them as necessary, calling police for assistance if necessary according to established emergency action plan.
- Remove disruptive students from classes when needed.
- Assist the professional staff, police, and emergency personnel in handling emergencies or disruptive situations.
- Encourage and ensure that students are adhering to dress code/guidelines and are wearing appropriate identification.
- Stay alert for irregular or unusual conditions or activities, fire, and safety hazards, as well as the potential for violence, theft, and violations of drug and alcohol laws.
- Conducting investigations and making reports as necessary.
- Report any discipline infractions, unauthorized visitors, and acts of vandalism to supervisor and the building principal.
- Notify immediately appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide, or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or anabolic steroids.
- Promote student responsibility for behavior and attitude by serving as a role model and dressing and grooming professionally and in accordance with District guidelines.
- Display ethical and professional behavior in working with students, parents, school personnel, the public, and outside agencies associated with the school and District.
- Protect confidentiality of records and information about students and staff; only sharing information when necessary to accomplish job responsibilities and in accordance with District policy and state and federal law.
- Monitor materials coming in and out of the premises to ensure that only authorized materials are brought in or taken out per District policy and expectations.
- Change locks on student lockers as requested/required.
- Monitor and review security system and electronic video equipment.
- Operate digital and video cameras in accomplishing job responsibilities.
- Actively participate in and successfully complete required trainings and in-service and workshop programs.
- Adhere to all federal, state, and local laws, as well as District policies, procedures, and contractual obligations.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee in ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of all.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Full-time or part-time, 12-month or 10-month non-exempt position. Salary and benefits determined by appropriate collective bargaining agreement.
Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.
The position holder must be able to perform the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. It is the responsibility of the employee to inform the school district administrator designated as immediate supervisor of the position, of any and all reasonable accommodations that will be required. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
The Reading School District is an equal opportunity employment, educational and service organization.