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Wolf Point District Office School Safety Officer in Wolf Point, Montana

SUMMARY: The School Safety Officer (SSO) works with school administrators, staff, and facility to create and maintain a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for students.

CLASSIFICATION: Salaried/Full-time

WAGE: $23.75 to $28.15/hour - dependent upon experience

BENEFITS: Benefits include personal, vacation, and sick leave; paid holidays; 100% paid single health premiums or 90% paid two-party, parent/child, or family health premiums.

OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No

REPORT TO: Administration (Building Principles and Superintendent)

JOB GOAL: To assist in providing a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
1. School Resource Officer Certification is preferred or willing to obtain
2. High-School Diploma/GED

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Ability to establish and maintain rapport with students, school staff and parents
2. Ability to initiate and follow-through with law enforcement activities
3. Ability to complete criminal case investigations
4. Certified in first aid and CPR
5. Ability to efficiently write reports and present evidence in court proceedings
6. Ability to maintain confidentiality of student matters
7. Ability to effectively interview
8. Ability to de-escalate altercations and arguments between students and assist in speaking with them through verbal mediation
9. Valid Montana Driver’s license

PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITES:
1. Work as a uniformed police officer assigned as the SSO in the Wolf Point Schools
2. Work with school officials to promote a crime-free school
3. Detain students who break the law in reference to drugs, bringing weapons to school, making threats, etc.
4. Remand students who commit lesser offenses to principal for disciplinary action
5. Conduct physical searches of students’ property if they are suspected of violating the law and ensuring the school administrators’ safety during required searches as per school search policy and seizure
6. Conduct assembly/classroom presentations on school safety, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, theft, vandalism, personal safety, online safety, etc. at least 2 times each school year
7. Patrol school grounds to ensure overall safety. Monitor security cameras.
8. Deal firmly and fairly with students and parents
9. Act in a manner that is positive role model for youth
10. Work with guidance counselors and support staff to assist students when referrals to service agencies are necessary or in effort to assist in conflict resolutions
11. Conduct oral and written presentations to: members of local law enforcement, including but not limited to the Wolf Point Police Department, Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office, Fort Peck Tribes Law and Justice, Child and Family Services, BIA Social Services, Youth Court Services (State and/or Tribal), City, County, and Tribal Prosecutor’s offices, courts, and other governmental agencies, the business community, citizen groups and public in general
12. Attend regular meetings with school administration to exchange information and ideas
13. Perform investigative duties in cases involving juveniles as victims or suspects in conformance with stand procedures in effort for similar investigations involving adults
14. Enforce traffic laws in the area of schools, as appropriate
15. Work on neighborhood problems associated with the schools
16. Assist in medical emergencies when necessary
17. Serve as the link between the school district, local law enforcement, and social service agencies.
18. Assist organization of safety drills each year in coordination with building administrators

KNOWLEDGES/SKILLS:
1. Knowledge of city, county, state, tribal, and federal laws and Child Protection Services
2. Knowledge of law enforcement practices, procedures, and techniques in dealing with juveniles in school
3. Knowledge of laws pertaining to juveniles in Montana
4. Knowledge of Fort Peck Tribal law pertaining to juveniles

PHYSICAL/MENTAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an officer 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 officer is regularly required to stand, talk, and listen/hear. The officer frequently is required to walk and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The officer is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance, reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The officer must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The officer will operate under often stressful situations and will need to be mentally competent to cope with these types of working conditions.

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