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Safety and Security Officer

Lake Forest Schools

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Contact Information

Address:

Lake Forest Schools
300 S Waukegan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • NA

Salary:

  • Starting: $17.85/hour (2023-2024)

    The Position:

    • Has health benefits
    • Pays into the IMRF retirement system 

    One time bonus of $1,250 for any retired Police, EMS or Firefighters

Population:

  • 20,000

Position Details

Department:

Safety & Security

Classification:

Educational Support Personnel

Work Year/Hours:

10 or 12 Months, 8 Hours/Day

FLSA Status:

Non-Exempt

Reports to:

School Operations Director

Union:

SSA

Seniority Category:

Operations

Addendum B Cat:

Security

DESCRIPTION:

Under the management and supervision of the Director of Safety and Security, the Safety and Security Officer provides a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors at the East and West Campuses of Lake Forest High School. The position is responsible for patrolling the school and campus facilities, staffing internal and external screening posts, protecting school assets and investigating violations of school board policies on school property, and at school-sponsored events. The position rotates duties among several work stations throughout each day, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education, Experience, and Licensure:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Training in a security-related field or any equivalent combination of education and experience that would provide the noted knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Completion of college-level courses in the area of security, psychology, emergency management, or criminal justice - preferred
  • Security experience in a public school setting - preferred
  • Experience with office and school-based management systems - preferred

Competencies:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and positive problem solving attitude
  • Comfortable and pleasant demeanor in busy environments
  • Ability to:
    • work under pressure
    • work with speed, attention to detail, consistency, and organization
    • work harmoniously, cooperatively, and effectively with all stakeholders
    • meet deadlines
    • work effectively in office and school-based management systems
    • apply, standard security procedures and best practices
    • respond to provided training and maintain training
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Adhere to Board of Education policies, procedures, and student rights and responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Patrols and monitors assigned areas, grounds and parking lots to deter, detect, stop, investigate and report unauthorized or suspicious persons, vehicles and activities
  • Reports all hazardous and dangerous conditions that may affect the safety and security of students, staff, and visitors
  • Maintains the orderly flow of vehicle, bus and pedestrian traffic in the parking lot and during student arrival and departure times
  • Assists with the posting of approved signage and notification flags at exterior access points
  • Checks lots to ensure vehicles have proper parking authorization and are parked in assigned areas
  • Coordinates traffic and parking for extra-curricular activities and events on campus
  • Performs a daily walk through inspections of facilities to ensure doors/gates are opened and secured at designated times
  • Supports administrators and staff during emergency and crisis situations
  • Assists with the implementation of fire drills and other emergency response protocols
  • Works with school administrators to identify students violating school board policy
  • Monitors surveillance cameras to observe campus activity in designated areas
  • Establishes security presence during evening events such as athletic competitions, open houses, dances, graduation ceremonies, etc
  • Maintains a professional demeanor at all times and develops positive relationships with students, staff and community members
  • Serves as a single point of contact at the Welcome Center and Commons; assigned duties include screening visitors, answering the phone, assisting staff, monitoring Life Safety Systems, directing first responders and supervising student check-in/out
  • Maintains security records, logs, and reports
  • Makes recommendations to address deficiencies and improve school safety and security
  • Attends and successfully completes all staff development training as required by state law or as directed by the Safety and Security Director or School Administration
  • Abides by School District policy and Safety and Security Department guidelines and directives
  • Reads and responds to email communications
  • Safely operates a vehicle in all traffic conditions
  • Protects the confidentiality of records and information about students, staff and school operations
  • Serves as a team player and role model for other employees in the organization; demonstrates a commitment to continuous quality improvement; supports and exhibits organizational core values of caring, respect, integrity, professionalism, and responsibility, values diversity and demonstrates sound problem solving and responsible decision-making skills
  • Performs other job related duties as assigned by direct supervisor
  • Adheres to Board of Education policies, procedures, and student rights and responsibilities

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, reach, climb, balance, stoop, push, pull, and lift. The employee must lift and/or move up to SO pounds of force occasionally, up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly. Specific vision abilities required for this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly subject to inside and outside environmental conditions and is subject to loud noises, extreme heat, extreme cold, humidity, fumes, odors, gases, and hazards associated with moving mechanical parts and vehicles.

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates must apply online:

Online Application



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