Jackson-Madison County School System
  • Jackson, TN, USA
  • Full Time


Jackson Madison County School System

Deadline: Until Filled

TITLE: School Safety Specialist

REPORTS TO: Chief Support Services Officer


TERM: 10 months

JOB GOAL: Under general direction, provide for a safe and secure school environment, foster an optimal learning environment and act as a deterrent to unsafe or poor behavior by patrolling the campus, monitoring student behavior, enforcing school and District policies, intervening in physical encounters, monitoring security cameras, monitoring visitors, and reporting unsafe or unhealthy conditions. Patrol and monitor assigned school campuses on various shifts, including, days, nights, weekends, and holidays to provide security and protection to students, personnel, equipment, and property; maintain campus security and protect District property against vandalism, illegal entry, fire and theft; enforce laws and regulations and respond to emergency situations. Position may require varying work hours and days including evenings and weekends.


  • Associates Degree (or equivalent coursework) with an emphasis in Criminal Justice (or related coursework)
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Two years' experience as a security officer, school security officer, campus supervisor or law enforcement officer and show evidence of successfully working with students.
  • Completion of six (6) hours of online training (state requirement)
  • Completion of three (3) days of on-site training (state requirement)
  • Completion of one (1) day of advanced training (state requirement)
  • FBI/TBI Fingerprint/Background Clearance every five (5) years
  • Alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent might find appropriate and acceptable

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board's policy on evaluation of personnel.


  • Coordinates the review, editing, and updating of Emergency Operations Plans for the school building each year as established under TCA 49-6-(801-814).
  • Participates in six (6) hours of advanced level training each year. (State requirement)
  • Patrol and monitor the campus and surrounding areas, bus stops, parks, and other public and unsupervised places to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff and the security of the facility
  • Display ethical and professional behavior in working with students, parents, school personnel, and outside agencies associated with the school.
  • Promote student responsibility for behavior and attitude by serving as a role model and dressing and grooming professionally. Wear District designated attire in a presentable manner during assigned work hours.
  • Intervene in situations likely to result in disruption or injury and direct students to refrain from such conduct.
  • Ensure a smooth traffic flow of students through the hallways, assisting students with on-time arrival to class and to assigned locations.
  • Remove disruptive students from classes when needed.
  • Assist the staff, SRO, and emergency personnel in handling emergencies or disruptive situations
  • Assist visitors with directions and securing proper identification. Intercept unauthorized visitors and escort them to exits.
  • Report any discipline infractions, unauthorized visitors, and acts of vandalism to the building administration.
  • Notify the building administration, SRO and/or appropriate emergency personnel of any emergency, potentially dangerous or unusual situations.
  • Notify immediately appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or anabolic steroids.
  • Participate in appropriate in-service training and workshop programs.
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information about staff and use discretion when sharing any such information within legal confines.
  • Patrol and monitor assigned school campuses in appropriate school security uniform at night, on weekends and holidays to provide security and protection to students, personnel, equipment, and property.
  • Maintain campus security and protect District property against vandalism, illegal entry, fire, and theft; check buildings and grounds for security, water leaks, malfunctioning equipment, unauthorized visitors, and fire; perform temporary repairs on school property and equipment as appropriate.
  • Enforce laws and regulations and respond to emergency situations; initiate contact with individuals on school grounds or surrounding property to assure visitor authorization.
  • Inspect and monitor the security of doors, windows, and gates; reset alarm systems and test for proper operation as necessary; detect and report fire and safety hazards; respond to fire and burglar alarms and extinguish small fires; summon and communicate with police and fire department personnel as needed. Prevent illegal parking, tampering with vehicles and loitering in school parking lots according to established procedures; assist with traffic and crowd control at special events as assigned.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of records and reports related to security incidents, issues, hazards, and activities; maintain timecards and officer's log sheet.
  • Communicate with District personnel and law enforcement, fire, alarm, safety, and community organization personnel to receive and exchange information related to security, vandalism, crimes, investigations, repairs, school activities and safety issues; contact parents to coordinate the release of juveniles; serve as a witness in student conferences, disciplinary hearings/proceedings; testify in court and hearings as needed.
  • Effectively communicate and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during work
  • Perform any duties and responsibilities that are within the scope of employment, as assigned by their supervisor, and not otherwise prohibited by law or regulation.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned


  • Knowledge/Ability Minimum Requirements:
  • Knowledge of investigative techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of security measures and safety procedures.
  • Knowledge of crowd control procedures.
  • Knowledge of report writing.
  • Knowledge of operation of a two-way radio system and radio communication procedures.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to assigned duties.
  • Knowledge of interpersonal skills sufficient to deal with normal and possible confrontational situations
  • Knowledge of basic first aid, CPR and safety practices.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations.
  • Ability to stay calm and react appropriately in unusual or emergency situations.
  • Ability to diffuse situations calmly and with authority.
  • Ability to exercise strict confidentiality of campus and student issues.
  • Ability to think clearly and take effective action quickly in an emergency.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with students and general public.
  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with students, the general public, district personnel and law enforcement agencies with poise and consistency.
  • Ability to acquire and maintain related certifications.
  • Ability to perform evening, weekend, and holiday security services.
  • Ability to meet state and district standards of professional conduct as outlined in Board Policy.

The Jackson-Madison County School System (JMCSS) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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