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Job ID: 159427

Public Safety Captain
San Mateo County Community College District

Date Posted May 26, 2021
Title Public Safety Captain
University San Mateo County Community College District
San Mateo, CA, United States
Department Public Safety
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Classified Staff
  • Public Safety

Public Safety Captain

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number:

Department: Public Safety DIST (DEPT)

Location: District Office

Position Number: 1C0253

Percentage of Full Time: 100%

FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)

Months per Year: 12

If other, please specify:

Salary Range:


Min Salary: $111,264 (annual)

Max Salary: $140,928 (annual)

Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:

The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals. The Districts Students First Strategic Plan is focused on Student Success, Equity and Social Justice. We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our team at San Mateo County Community College District, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:

The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Caada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 33,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want:

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:

The Public Safety Captain performs work at the supervisory level involved in planning, implementing and evaluating safety and security policies and procedures for the College community and facilities. Under direction, the employee trains, supervises and evaluates the work of security officers and other staff, and manages College and District services related to directing traffic, enforcing parking regulations, event and crowd safety, securing College facilities and property, investigating complaints and incidents, and correcting hazardous situations as they arise. Public contact is extensive, and involves students, staff, outside law enforcement and other agency representatives, and the general public for the purpose of providing policy and procedural enforcement. A high degree of independent judgment and creativity are required to resolve both minor and major problems that arise. Consequences of errors in judgment can impact the safety of persons and the security of property, and can also result in loss of employee time. The Public Safety Captain can direct the work of public safety department staff, other staff, and student assistants as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.

1. Exchanges information with College and District management and other staff regarding short- and long-range department plans and College security and safety goals

2. Serves as a technical resource for safety, emergency and security information with students, staff, law enforcement and court system representatives, other agencies and the general public

3. Maintains liaison with local law enforcement agencies regarding services and emergency responses for the College

4. Attends meetings, workshops, conferences and other activities to update skills and to obtain current regulations and other information

5. Appears as a witness in court proceedings as required

6. Participates in College, District and other groups to provide input on safety, emergency response, training, traffic and crowd control and a variety of other security issues

7. Trains, supervises, schedules and evaluates the work of staff and student assistants

8. Recommends changes to staffing levels as required

9. Sets up and monitors a department budget

10. Directs and participates in research, compiling data for, and preparation of statistical, demographic, financial and other reports as required

11. Develops plans for and supervises the patrol and security of buildings, classrooms and other facilities to prevent incidents of theft, vandalism and other activities that may cause safety hazards, injury or loss to students, staff, visitors and facilities; schedules officers to open and secure College facilities used for special activities and programs; drives a motor vehicle to inspect sites and facility security levels

12. Investigates and reports on incidents that arise

13. Observes and reports hazards; responds to emergencies by directing staff and contacting appropriate immediate response personnel

14. Directs the processing of parking and other citations; makes determinations in citation appeals

15. Directs and participates in research, compiling data for, and preparing training manuals, department policies, procedures, reports and other materials

16. Uses a variety of computer software to enter, modify and retrieve documentation, activity logs and other data, and to compose and prepare correspondence, bulletins, reports and other written materials

17. Approves the purchase of safety and other equipment and supplies

18. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

A combination of education and experience equivalent to an Associates degree in administration of justice or a closely related field

A POST-approved training course or equivalent

Successful work experience of increasing responsibility in law enforcement or security services that has included demonstrated knowledge of applicable security, law enforcement, and Penal Code regulations

Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff

Skill in training, supervising, and evaluating the work of others

Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication, including persuasive communication and giving clear, concise instructions

Skill in the use of a variety of computer software to compose and prepare data analysis, reports, summaries, correspondence and other materials

Possession of an American Red Cross First-Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate

Possession of a valid California Drivers license (or the ability to obtain one) and the ability to drive a motor vehicle to off-campus locations

Physical Requirements:

This position requires standing, walking, giving chase (running); reaching, manual dexterity, stooping, pulling, pushing, climbing stairs and ladders of varying heights and driving a motor vehicle to off-site locations in order to perform the essential functions.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Knowledge of California vehicle and Penal codes and other applicable local, state and federal regulations pertaining to safety and security of personnel and property

2. Knowledge of law enforcement and security service resources available in San Mateo County

3. Skill in directing and guiding the actions and movements of others to assure safety and security in emergency, crowd control or other situations that arise

4. Skill in oral communication, including skill in giving clear and concise instructions and directions

5. Skill in setting up and maintaining detailed and confidential computer and manual records

6. Skill in communicating respectfully, tactfully, diplomatically and sensitively with people who are diverse in their age groups, cultures, language groups and abilities

7. Skill in using a variety of computer software to format and prepare correspondence, memoranda, reports, bulletins and other printed materials

8. Skill in written communication

9. Skill in First Aid and in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques and procedures

10. Skill in training, directing and evaluating the work of others

11. Ability to lead and to work cooperatively as part of a customer-service team

12. Attention to detail, ability to interpret and analyze complex data

13. Skill in conflict resolution and multi-tasking

14. Flexibility and quick decision-making to handle sudden changes in environment and surroundings

Preferred Qualifications:


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 05/25/2021

First Review Date: 06/29/2021

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:

Required Application Materials
All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicants cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, faculty, and staff as well as the applicants qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:

SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax:(650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:

Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)
2. Submit verifications of prior employment
3. Satisfactory references
4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.
5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States
6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees
7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.
8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:

The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.


Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:

San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2020 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2020 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2020 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2020 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000.

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