Minimum Qualifications Must be in title or on the Civil Service eligible list for this location or be eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 in a designated title determined by the New York State Department of Civil Service.
An employee is eligible to apply for transfer under Section 70.4 of the Civil Service law who:
a. Has had at least one year of permanent competitive service in a position allocated to Grades 7 –11.
b. Has passed the Safety & Security Officer Trainee Exam.
An employee is eligible to apply for a transfer under section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law who has had at least one year of permanent competitive service as a Direct Support Assistant, Grade 9 or a Developmental Disabilities Secure Care Treatment Aide, Grade 11.
In addition, candidate:
• Must be at least 18 years of age.
• Must be a United States Citizen and a resident of New York State.
• Must pass a medical examination administered by the Department of Civil Service’s Employee Health Services, which includes an agility test.
• Must undergo a thorough background investigation to determine suitability for appointment. Conviction of a felony will bar appointment; conviction of a misdemeanor or other violation of law may bar appointment. Background investigation includes fingerprinting for both state and federal identification records check. Candidates may also be required to be cleared through the New York State Child Abuse Register.
• Must have a driver’s license valid in New York State. A conditional license is not acceptable.
• Ability to work effectively within the treatment team.
• Ability to act independently.
• Ability to meet and maintain criminal background and physical standards.
• Ability to accurately observe and document conditions relating to welfare and security.
Due to the peace officer status of incumbents, re-fingerprinting, including payment of all applicable fees, is required even for an existing employee who may already have “search and retain” status with the Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Duties Description Shift: *To be discussed at interview.
Primary duties and responsibilities of the Safety & Security Officer 1 include, but are not limited to:
• Security patrols, on foot or by vehicle, in order to detect evidence of irregularities and deter criminal activity.
• Perform environmental searches and maintain security in a State Agency, Facility, or Community Residence.
• Inspect building to ensure that all areas are appropriately locked, secured, and free of hazardous conditions.
• Maintain communication by radio, P.A., or telephone for routine and emergency needs.
• Question suspicious persons.
• May direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
• Enforces state, municipal and institution laws, rules, and regulations.
• Instructs employees and Individuals about Emergency Fire & Safety practices and procedures.
• May operate security cameras, computers, and related electronic security equipment.
• Answers questions and gives directions to visitors.
• May occasionally arrest suspects and violators in order to protect persons and property.
• May testify in court.
• May need to conduct searches to located missing individuals.
• Responds to, investigates, and prepares detailed written reports at the scenes of fires, accidents, and other incidents.
• Summons medical assistant and applies first aid as the situation indicates.
• May physically intervene in fights and may physically restrain unruly individuals to prevent injury to others.
• Interview’s victims, witnesses, complainants, and suspects in order to collect information needed to assist in criminal prosecution.
• Conducts quarterly reviews of Agency properties as assigned by supervisor to ensure compliance with NYS Uniform and/or Life Safety code, and Agency rules and regulations.
• Daily and/or overnight travel within the Region, and to other Regions within the State may be required.
• May be involved in emergency management through planning, implementing, and assessing disaster plans.
• Performs other related duties to ensure the safety and security of Individuals, property, and grounds.
Additional Comments • For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.
• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
• OPWDD IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions, but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their position with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believed that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or email email@example.com to obtain information and RA forms.
• OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture, and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.