Part-Time Safety Monitor (20 hours)

Posted Date 3 days ago(2/14/2018 5:26 PM)
Job Type
Regular Part-Time
Evanston Public Library
Job Closing Date

Nature of Work/Essential Functions

*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.



This 20 hour part-time position actively maintains a safe, secure and pleasant environment for Library visitors and staff through the enforcement of Library rules keeping in mind the Library’s goal of access for all and equal treatment of all.



ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):

  • Engages with patrons and staff in a positive, effective manner.
  • Provides excellent customer service to all staff and visitors.
  • Defuses conflicts among library visitors.
  • Proactively works to prevent problem situations.
  • Responds to incidents and emergencies.
  • Makes hourly visits through entire facility to ensure safety and security.
  • Writes reports and gather information that will be shared with staff and may be used in a court of law to prosecute offenders.
  • Contacts Police as needed, including filing complaints and making court appearances.
  • Maintains professional working relationships with Evanston Police personnel and local businesses.
  • Closes and secures the Main Library. May open the Main Library. May open, close and secure the Branch Libraries.
  • Coordinates scheduling of safety staff.
  • Trains new safety staff members.
  • Participates in safety/security related meetings as a representative of the Library.
  • Reads professional literature and maintain working knowledge of latest trends in the field of library security.
  • Sets up meeting rooms and empty book drops as needed.
  • Provides support and coverage to the Library’s Maintenance staff as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Performs meeting room set-ups.

Minimum Requirements



Must possess a high school diploma or GED and must possess two (2) or more years of work experience with safety monitoring. Prior work experience in law enforcement is preferred.

Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of customers and staff throughout the Library, as well as outside the organization.
  • Ability to effectively deescalate a wide variety conflicts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, comfortably and intelligibly in person, on the phone and in writing.
  • Ability to multi-task many variable duties, requests and responsibilities.
  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure to perform the four operations with like or common decimal fractions; to compute ratio rate, and percent and measures; to perform arithmetic operations involving all American monetary units.
  • Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, policies and procedures, rules, regulations, journals, memos, letters, reports and legal documents.




The worker is subject to both inside and outside environmental conditions.


Ability to perform heavy manual labor including lifting and moving heavy object, bending, stooping, climbing ladders, and stripping floors.


Ability to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 50 pounds frequently, and up to 20 pounds of force constantly in order to move objects.


Ability to lift chairs and tables, and deliver heavy materials and equipment.


Ability to work outdoors, occasionally, in a variety of weather conditions such as extreme cold, high winds, rain, snow, sleet, high temperatures and humidity.


Frequently exposed to cleaning chemicals, odors, dust and dirt.





Additional Information


Under the supervision of the Library Facilities Manager, work is performed with the guidance of managerial staff. The individual has contact with other Library and City staff at all levels, and uses the necessary resources to meet and achieve goals and/or objectives. Work is assigned through specific projects and customer/staff request. The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks, and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation and/or research and analyze specific requests. Work performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, conferences and meetings. Guidance is provided through the City Code, departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to specific projects assigned. Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to quality, quantity, customer service, problem-solving ability and performance in accordance with this classification standard.



The employee has regular and frequent contact with the general public.




To apply for this position, please apply online at on or before the closing date.


Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position.  Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.

The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity.  The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities.  Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact the Facilities Management Office at 847-866-2916 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY). 



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