Children's Home Society of Florida

  • Security Guard

    Job Locations US-FL-Gainesville
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Facility Support
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Founded in 1902 to care for orphans, CHS is now among the oldest, largest and most respected private nonprofits serving children and families. Expanding from early roots in adoption and foster care, CHS offers an array of specialized services designed to nurture children and grow families. Last year, CHS delivered hope to more than 139,000 children and adults.


    OBJECTIVE:  Protect and safeguard CHS clients, visitors, employees, facilities and property through patrolling, monitoring, observation and exercising an appropriate level of response to threatening situations or conditions. 

    - Circulates among visitors, clients and employees to preserve order and

      protect persons and property.
    - Assists staff in crisis management intervention with visitors and/or clients.
    - Patrols premises to prevent and detect signs of hazards, intrusion and

      oversee security of doors, windows and gates.
    - Monitors and authorizes entrance and departure of employees, visitors,

      clients and other persons to guard against personal harm and property

    - Allow only authorized persons with proper identification to pick up deliver or

      visit children.
    - Warns persons of rule infractions or violations, and apprehends or evicts

      violators from the premises when necessary.
    - Maintains contact with and calls police, fire or other emergency departments

      in cases of fire, injuries or presence of unauthorized persons.
    - Investigates disturbances and unusual or suspicious events.
    - Monitors the parking lot and directs or escorts clients, visitors or staff to the

      building or transportation.
    - May operate or monitor detecting devices to screen individuals or to prevent

      passage of prohibited items.
    - Performs incidental administrative duties such as writing reports of activities

      and irregularities, answers telephone calls, takes messages, answering

      questions, turn on/off lights and other related functions.
    - Participates in the quality improvement process.

    This list of essential functions is not intended to be exhaustive. Children's Home Society of Florida reserves the right to revise this job description as needed to comply with actual job requirements.



    - High School diploma or GED equivalent
    - Completion of a license security training course and security officer license
    - Florida Driver’s License within 30 days from hire
    - One year experience as a security guard, law enforcement officer or related



    - Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will

    - Ability to concentrate and not be distracted
    - Ability to deal effective with people, including children and adolescents
    - Ability to recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
    - Ability to respond calmly and assertively in an emergency or threatening

      situation and to determine proper course of action
    - Ability to work under general supervision and make independent decisions

      regarding security issues
    - Knowledge of security operations, rules, precautions, prevention and the

      protection of people and property
    - The ability to interpret and apply regulatory materials

    NEEDED: bending/stooping, carrying, climbing, crawling/crouching, driving, kneeling, lifting, pushing/pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, walking
    PREFERRED: repetitive motions


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