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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 385H
Category: Protective Services


Supervise all security and safety operations of a community or state college; may direct and administer parking and/or other related functions.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Positions within this class have total responsibility for 24-hour coverage of all security, safety and related activities, under direction of an administrative official. Typically, supervise 2 to 10 full-time equivalent employees including campus security officers.

Typical Work

Plan, direct, and supervise all phases of the institution security system, traffic and safety program;

Develop departmental operating budget;

Schedule and assign security personnel to shifts and provide training to develop competent security personnel;

Participate in personnel transactions such as appointments, promotions, disciplinary actions and discharges; hire departmental employees;

Make reports and maintain files pertinent to the operation of the department;

Conduct investigations of criminal activity involving violation of campus regulations, or local, state, or federal statute;

Meet with administrative staff and local law enforcement agencies regarding mutual problems; provide assistance upon request;

Investigate complaints concerning campus parking and safety;

Assist in planning and implementing safety programs for institution employees, students, and visitors;

Investigate accidents and injuries and recommend corrective action if necessary;

Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: rules governing access to buildings and grounds; rules of behavior; general safety precautions and fire hazards; methods and procedures in dealing with clients, visitors, staff; methods and procedures for searching for escapees and violators; fire fighting equipment and fire prevention methods; first aid; report preparation and writing; verbal communication skills; observation skills; law enforcement basics; investigation procedures; electronic security systems.

Ability to: learn rules and enforce them; follow written and oral instructions; meet emergencies and employ effective courses of action; write reports; investigate incidents and obtain pertinent information; observe and detect suspicious situations; communicate with staff, residents and general public; apply first aid; operate electronic security equipment; use fire fighting equipment.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

High school graduation or equivalent; possession of a valid driver's license; two years of work experience as a campus police or security officer or equivalent experience or training; no previous felony conviction. U.S. citizenship may be required.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New class adopted May 17, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 2630), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.