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The Arizona State Hospital (ASH) provides inpatient psychiatric care to persons with serious mental illness who need long-term behavioral health care. ASH promotes hope and wellness for our patients and creates opportunities to participate in planning, delivering and evaluating services that assist with recovery. Treatment is individualized with goals that focus on education about an illness, instilling hope and improving one's overall quality of life. The Arizona State Hospital has a wide range of positions available, from our direct care staff, Nurses and Behavioral Health Technicians to Social Workers, Rehabilitation Specialist and Security to name a few. The Arizona State Hospital also offers 12 hour shifts for our Direct Care staff as well as some alternative work schedules, flexible hours for non-direct care staff. We offer a robust benefit package, including the ADHS Student Loan Assistance Pilot Program where eligible employees can receive up to $437.50 per month for their outstanding student loans. Come check us out and see how you can make a difference in the lives of all Arizonans.

Security Officer Lead

Arizona State Hospital

Job Location:

Address:  501 N. 24th Street Phoenix, AZ 85008

Posting Details:

Salary: $17.8120 

Grade: 17

Job Summary:

Under the general supervision of a Security Shift Commander (SO3), the Security Officer Lead (Security Officer 2- SO2) will provide daily on-on-one training and mentoring for Security Officer 1's staff in the performance of their duties, posts, and required response to various codes, drills and other emergencies, building/mall safety inspections and customer service, as staffing allows. The Security Officer Lead will provide initial on-the-job training to all shift new hires in how to perform tasks that will become part of their everyday work routine. The Security Officer II (Security Officer Lead) shall be the direct supervisor of their assigned Security Officer I staff.

The position will also serve as Specialist-in-Charge of Security in absence of on-duty supervisor, ensuring department safety and service posts, and the on-duty Operator/Dispatch position are maintained during shift, and handle other duties as required.

As the Security Lead, the role will involve assisting supervisors in: shift briefings; listening and guiding staff, problem-solving and resolving conflict as appropriate. The SO2 will make personnel recommendations to supervisor, may be involved in interviewing, and performs related work as required.

Job Duties:

•  Trains Security staff in a one-on-one status in duties related to the safety and security of ASH and ACPTC; ensures staff competency in performing required duties at assigned posts (10), including responding to all hospital emergencies and Codes as required, and daily departmental functions.
•  Performs duties of Security Lead as required, supervising the assigned Security I Officers. Is aware of rules and regulations, policies, procedures and protocols to help Security staff ensure their understanding and compliance.
•  Interacts with hospital staff, patients and residents, writes and submits appropriate related reports as necessary, confers with supervisor as appropriate management teams; advocates that Security staff assist Nursing and the hospital in maintaining a therapeutic environment for patients/residents, and in supporting the safety of staff and patients alike.
•  Assists supervisors in preparing related administrative guidelines, protocols and duty station procedures; assists in helping to resolve employee, patient, resident or visitor relationships; assists in problem solving and decision making.
• Position will also serve as Shift Commander in absence of on-duty Supervisor III, ensuring department safety and service posts, and the on-duty Operator/Dispatch position are maintained during shift, and handle other duties as required.
•  Other duties as assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
•  Federal and state laws and due process as it relates to safety and security of the hospital campus.
•  Proper methods and circumstances requiring use of force; proper use of metal, leather, and cloth restraints.
•  Proper methods to be used when transporting patients.
•  Hospital rules, regulations and procedures as it relates to the safety and security of the campus, order, discipline of staff and mental health and/or behavioral health patients.
•  Methods and techniques and practices of operating two-way radios, security cameras, security devices, electronic doors, electronic sound equipment, telephone system and intercom system.
•  Evacuation procedures including the use of fire extinguishers, sprinklers, test valves and their operation.
•  Report writing.
•  Performance Management (PM), and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Lean methodologies.

Skills in:
•  Applying and interpreting safety and security, custody, and consequence measures.
•  Using self-defense and use of restraints and other defense control devices.
•  Basic first aid and CPR.
•  Oral and written communication.
•  Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other staff, patients/residents, visitors, and local law enforcement agencies.
•  Drive State vehicles and ability to recognize and report safety hazards.
•  Hospital emergency response techniques.
•  Supervisory abilities and leadership; resolving problems and motivating and encouraging staff towards success in the work place.
•  Establishing and maintaining work relationships with other sections within the hospital, contractors, and the public.

Ability to:
•   Strength and ability to deal with physical situations involving patient care.
•   Lead staff and influence others.
•   Maintain interpersonal relationships with patients/residents, staff, and other law enforcement personnel and visitors.
•   Maintain a calm and even temperament during stressful conditions.
•   Speak and write effectively.
•   Interpret agency rules and regulations, policies and procedures in maintaining a safe and secure campus.
•   Respond to any campus emergencies.
•   Apply appropriate restraint techniques.
•   Use a portable two-way radio to communicate.
•   Perform physical duties such as lifting and carrying.
•   Evaluate departmental demands and to respond with the appropriate support and action.
•   Resolve related administrative and operational problems referred by subordinates or other hospital staff.
•   Coordinate the flow of work between each shift and the daily structured and changing demands of the hospital.
•   Provide job related training to new and existing staff.
•   Support a diverse multi-cultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels of public employment, and creates an inclusive work environment that enables all individuals to perform to their fullest potential free from discrimination.

Selective Preference(s):

The ideal candidate will have:
•   At least two years of progressive responsibility in a security and/or safety setting, preferably in a mental health care facility or in hospital/institutional security, or law enforcement work experience.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

•   Driver’s License
•   Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR and NVCI certification.
•   Must possess a valid level one fingerprint clearance card issues pursuant to A.R.S.41-1758.07 or must apply for a level one fingerprint clearance card within seven working days after beginning employment.


The State of Arizona provides an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
− Affordable medical and dental insurance plans
− Paid vacation and sick time
− 10 paid holidays per year
− Wellness program and plans
− Life insurance
− Short/long-term disability insurance
− Defined retirement plan
− Award winning Infant at Work program
− Credit union membership
− Transit subsidy
− ADHS Student Assistance Pilot Program

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


To help you build a financially secure future, the State makes monthly contributions to finance your retirement benefit. The State will make a contribution to the ASRS in an amount equal to your contribution. In other words, you and the State will each pay 50% of the total cost of the benefit. New State employees have a 27 week wait period for contributions to begin.

Contact Us:

Arizona State Government is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by calling (602) 220-6462. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation. DHS is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All newly hired employees will be subject to E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.