Lead Crossing Guard

City of Santa Monica
July 21, 2021
Santa Monica, CA
Job Type


Job Summary
Leads staff and participates in the work activities of Crossing Guards by providing for the safety of school children on city streets while they are walking to and from school.

Please note: The current opening is for a permanent part-time (20 hours per week) position in the Traffic Services division of the Police Department.
Major Duties
Leads, coordinates and participates in the work of crossing guard staff engaged in providing for the safety of school children on their way to and from school.

Provides instruction to school children regarding safe movement across city streets at assigned intersections. Instructs school children to wait at curbs for breaks in traffic. Escorts children across streets and halting traffic, as required.

Reports traffic accidents involving school children to Police Department staff and school administrators. Reports dangerous road conditions and missing or broken traffic signs to appropriate staff. Obtains and reports vehicle license numbers for traffic violators.

Reports persons or suspicious individuals found loitering near school grounds.

Schedules Crossing Guards and maintains timekeeping records.

Assists in supervising and training Crossing Guards.

Visits Crossing Guard posts to review work in progress and receive reports of traffic violations and accidents involving children, as assigned.

Consults with school administrators to plan Crossing Guard schedules.

Maintains files, completes reports and performs various administrative tasks, as assigned.

Operates a two-way radio and vehicle.

Provides information and recommendations to supervisor regarding potential safety concerns.

Performs other related duties, as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of:
Traffic signals and basic traffic laws.
English grammar and composition.
Effective customer service techniques.
Applicable safety rules, practices, and procedures.
Reporting procedures in matters involving traffic violators and traffic accidents.
Principles of staff training and supervision.

Ability to:
Report to various work locations on time and to work conditions under a full range of climatic conditions.
Assists in selecting, training, scheduling and supervising Crossing Guards.
Write reports and maintain records using a personal computer.
Communicate effectively with school children, school administrators, the general public, supervisors and other City employees.
Operate a motor vehicle safely.
Use independent judgment and make sound decisions consistent with the department's mission, vision, values, policies and procedures.
Establish and maintain effective and cooperative relationships with City employees and the public.
Provide effective customer service.

Skill in:
Basic supervision.
Dealing effectively with a variety of individuals.
Reading, writing and communicating in English at an appropriate level.

Education, Training and Experience:

High school graduation or equivalent.

Two years of recent, paid experience as a school Crossing Guard. Experience performing responsible clerical duties, supervising or coordinating the work of others, and working with children is desirable.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of a valid Class C driver license. Possession of a valid cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid certificate is desirable.
Diversity and Inclusion

HOW TO APPLY : An on-line City application and required supplemental questions must be completed for this position. All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified for the position on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.

SELECTION PROCESS : All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Testing will consist of the following:

  • Oral Interview: 100%

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS : Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

NOTE : If three or more qualified City employees apply and pass the examination, a promotional list will be established in addition to an open-competitive list. If fewer than three qualified City employees pass the examination, the appointing authority, in accordance with the City's civil service rules and regulations, can decline to use a promotional list, in which case a promotional list will not be established for this position.

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally-rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our employees are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces and diversity of our employees. Join us!

Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for person with disabilities. Call (310) 45-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.

Closing Date/Time: 7/29/2021 5:30 PM Pacific

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