Public Safety Officer (19.5 hr/wk)
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.