Grand Rapids Public Schools

Job Description

Position Title: Public Safety Officer/Security OfficerUnit: Support Non-Exempt (SN)

Pay Rate: Determined by district

Earning days: Determined annually by the calendar

GRPS MISSION: Our mission is to ensure that all students are educated, self-directed and productive members of society.

The Public Safety Officer/Security Officer works as a member of the school security services and building teams. The incumbent would assist the Sergeants and/or the building administration in investigating incidents at their assigned site. Also, the incumbent is responsible for the safety and freedom from violence, and protection against theft and disruptions by all students, staff, and visitors within the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS – Essential functions under the Americans with Disabilities Act may include any of the following duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by employees in this position. Regular on-time and in-person attendance is an essential function of this job. Other essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

Patrol all areas, both inside and outside, of the assigned site (i.e., hallways, parking lots, restrooms, locker room, cafeteria, etc.) to prevent vandalism, theft, rules and/or law violations, loitering or any other questionable activity
Politely challenge all persons entering the building, directing those with authorized entry to their destination and removing unauthorized persons
Assist with the loading and unloading of buses. Provide assistance to the bus drivers whenever requested
Identify those persons responsible for violations of school rules and regulations or laws
Report all safety hazards and unsafe conditions to the building administrators
Be familiar with the facility, administration, staff, and students at the assigned site
Provide security at school athletic events, parent-teacher conferences, graduations, and other school-related functions as authorized and directed
Investigate and report, on G.R.P.S. Incident Reports, all incidents related to security
Cooperate in every way possible with the Police whenever they are on school property
Be alert of all radio traffic and limit radio communication to only that which is necessary and security related
Participate in training programs as requested
Cooperate with the school administration, staff, and students
Interact with co-workers, administration, students, parents, and the community in positive, supportive, and cooperative ways.
Other duties as assigned

This description describes the type and level of work performed by a person assigned to this position. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required in the position.

Associates degree or 60 credit hours

Bachelor’s degree
Prior experience working with youth
Bilingual communication skills, are desirable

Demonstrated ability to deal with students, parents, staff, and community in a tactful and courteous manner
Demonstrated human relations skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated good attendance and punctuality
Demonstrated ability to participate as a member of the team
Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse environment

The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds, in order to remove individuals from an unsafe situation and must be able to move (drag) up 125 pounds.l Must be able to withstand extended exposure to all types of weather. Must be able to physically restrain individuals. Must be able to assist individuals with standing, transferring, and walking. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud to moderate. Work is performed indoors although there will be required outdoor activities. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being, and work output of students.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to compare, analyze, communicate both orally and in writing, copy, coordinate, instruct, compute, synthesize, evaluate, use interpersonal skills, compile, and negotiate.

Grand Rapids Public Schools manages employment applications online. Applications must be completed online at No hardcopy applications/resumes will be accepted for this position. Computer terminals are available in the GRPS Franklin Campus lobby from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday, for applicant use (Monday – Thursday during the summer).


The Grand Rapids Public Schools will not discriminate against any person based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, height, weight, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, disability, veteran or military status.

Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations: Assistance with the application process may be requested through the Human Resources Department at 616 819-2022 or [email protected]

Primary Location Franklin Campus Administration Building
Salary Range $23.87 – $32.53 / Per Hour
Shift Type Full-Time

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