Public Safety Officer (19.5 hr/wk)

Orange Coast College
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Dec 17, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


About Oran g e Coast Colle g e ( OCC )
Orange Coast College's 164-acre campus is located in Costa Mesa just minutes from Southern California's beautiful beaches. Founded in 1947, with classes beginning in 1948, OCC has grown into one of the nation's largest -- and finest -- community colleges. OCC has an unwavering commitment to equitable outcomes; inclusive practices; and rich racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. Ideal candidates for this position share OCC's devotion to educating and improving the lives of our representative student, employee, and community populations. We currently enroll 18,705 students, the majority of whom are from racially minoritized populations: 34% of OCC's students are Latinx, 2% are African- American, 25% are Asian, less than 1% Native American, 30% are White, and 5% are multiracial. OCC engages in a variety of professional development opportunities and partnerships so that we can serve disproportionately impacted groups. Student-centered activities that support OCC's mission include campus-wide student success projects funded by the Office of Student Equity; partnerships with local Hispanic Serving four-year institutions; active programs that work to improve the academic achievement of racially minoritized students, such as PUENTE and UMOJA; Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Disabled Student Program and Services (DSPS).

Orange Coast College Employee Demographic Information:
OCC Employee Demographics

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, procedures, and protocols.

Distinguishing Career Features
The Public Safety Officer is 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 two years of experience as a Public Safety Officer, advanced training and certifications, and the ability to work with students in peer-level mediation, direct student activities, attend formal proceedings.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Specific duties may vary among departments, divisions, and jobs. Incumbents typically perform a substantial portion or all of the following types of duties, as assigned:
  • 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 damage.
  • Protects campus property and facilities by making inspections. Checks buildings for physical safety and security. Inspects, monitors, and ensures accessible usage of the security of doors, windows and gates, emergency phones, fire extinguishers, and AED inspections. 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, complainants, 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 distinguish small blazes while calling in and reporting 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.
  • Enforce campus parking regulations and the issuance of parking citations
  • Performs other related duties as assigned that support the objective of the position.
  • Required to abide by all District policies and procedures including Board Policy 3050 – Code of Professional Ethics.

Qualifications and Physical Demands

Knowledge and Skills
  • 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 skills to prepare incident reports.
  • Requires sufficient human relations skills to resolve conflicts and confrontations, affect the 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 essential duties and functions of the position.
  • Requires the ability to learn, interpret, and apply relevant Education Codes and District policies, rules, procedures, and protocols.
  • 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.

Physical Abilities
  • The general physical demands, working conditions, and essential job functions associated with this classification will be kept on file with the Office of Human Resources.
  • Essential functions will vary by position.
  • As defined by Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the District shall engage in a timely, good-faith interactive process with employees or employment applicants who are requesting or are in need of reasonable accommodations and, provide reasonable accommodations for employees or employment applicants who, because of their disability, are limited in or unable to perform one or more of the essential functions of their job in accordance with applicable state and federal law.
Education and Experience
  • The position requires a High School diploma or equivalent, 21 years of age, and two years of security/surveillance experience, supplemented by specialized, successful training in security, safety, and behavior intervention. Additional higher education in public safety, jurisprudence, or a related field may substitute for experience. Experience in campus safety and/or law enforcement is preferred. Or, any combination of education and experience which would provide the required equivalent qualifications for the position.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Experience in campus safety and/or law enforcement is preferred.
  • Successful completion of an approved POST-certified Regular Basic Course (664-hour minimum basic academy).
Licenses and Certificates
  • Requires a valid California driver's license. Requires current First Aid, CPR, and AED certifications within a reasonable time after employment. Completion of 24-hour SB1626 or 40-hour 832 PC class.
Working Conditions
  • 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 temporary, part-time (19.5 hr/wk), categorically-funded, 12-months per year classified position. The District reserves the right to extend, modify, or eliminate this position based upon available funds. The normal hours of work will be Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm, with the flexibility to occasionally work extended hours and occasional weekdays, as necessary to meet the needs of the department. This will include a 5.00% full weekend shift differential. The effective date of employment will be arranged with the supervisor. (Salary Range EE-113)
  • 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 on July 1st of each year for all classified employees.
The deadline to apply is April 1, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. Application materials must be electronically submitted online at htt p :// p lo yment . Incomplete applications and application materials submitted by mail will not be considered.

Additional Information

Application Requirements
To be considered for employment you must submit a complete application packet. A complete application packet includes:
  • A complete online Classified/Management Employment Application .
  • A current resume . (Attached as a separate document.)
  • A cover letter highlighting your qualifications for the desired position. (Attached as a separate document.)
  • Answers to Supplemental Questions . (clear and detailed responses required as they will be carefully evaluated to determine the most qualified candidate(s) to be invited for an interview; please do not paste your resume, or put 'see resume' or 'N/A', or leave blank).

Submission of all required application information and materials is the responsibility of the applicant.

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.

Applications must be received no later than the posted closing date. There are NO EXCEPTIONS. Electronic applications may be completed by visiting 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 or (714) 438-4716.

Information for TDD users is available by calling (714) 438-4755.

All applications will be screened under a process of utmost confidentiality by a committee of representatives from the college community. All application materials become the property of the Coast Community College District and will NOT be copied or returned. 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.

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 that 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.

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.

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 the needs of a changing and increasingly diverse population.

Coast Community College District Title IX:

This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. The crime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 were submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the Campus Safety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices for any questions regarding the report.

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.

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