Safety & Security Officer

The library is excited to announce an opening in our Security Department for a Safety & Security Officer. This is your opportunity to work in a fun, engaging environment working with members of the community and library staff.

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is a library committed to doing what matters most to our community, connecting our citizens with the information they want and need to live their best life.

We are looking for an individual who has:

  • a commitment to excellent customer service and experience working with a diverse community
  • the ability to effectively communicate with others
  • the ability to respond to security issues in a professional and confidential manner
  • the ability to work as a team and independently

Takes an active role in daily safety and security issues. Operates security systems such as cameras, DVR’s, controlled access and incident reporting software. Continually patrols library property and observes activity. Monitors and reacts to emergencies and activities on library property. Operates life safety systems such as fire alarm and announcement systems. Demonstrates professional rapport in all customer interactions. Maintains proper risk management reporting, documentation and record keeping of any accidents, slips, falls, liability situations, and parking lot violations.


To successfully perform the essential functions of this position, the applicant must have a High School diploma or equivalent, two years previous experience in security work in customer service type setting; or, full time college level coursework in criminal justice or law enforcement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis, excellent customer service skills and good problem-solving skills. This position requires; the ability to walk, stand, climb stairs, bend, lift/carry up to 50 pounds, exert 30 pounds of force when pushing/pulling materials, reach, talk on the telephone, perform stationary work at a computer terminal; and basic computer knowledge. Preferred qualifications include: ability to perform detailed work with accuracy, manual dexterity, and the ability to adapt to a fast-paced work environment. A pre-and/or post-employment drug screen, criminal history record check, and physical capacity testing are required as a condition of employment.


Monday 12:45pm – 9:15pm, Tuesday 12:45pm – 9:15pm, Wednesday Off, Thursday Off, Friday 12:45pm – 9:15pm, Saturday 9:45am – 6:15pm, Sunday 12:45pm – 9:15pm

Day, evening and weekend hours are required. To ensure proper security coverage changes in schedule may be necessary at times.


Beginning rate starts at $15.26 per hour. Excellent benefits available include health insurance, dental insurance, KPERS retirement, flexible spending plans, group life, and long term disability insurance.  Other optional benefits available at employee’s expense include life and cancer insurance and a deferred compensation plan.


This position will remain posted until filled. First review of applications will be the week of May 3, 2021.

HOW TO APPLY: A completed and signed TSCPL job application is required. Send applications to the Human Resources office at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

By Email to

By Fax to 785-580-4496

By mail to 1515 SW 10thAvenue, Topeka, Kansas   66604; attention Human Resources

Application materials may also be handed in at the Human Resources Office on the second floor of the library. Human Resources office hours are M-F 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If the HR office is not open, applications may be dropped off at the Customer Service Desk.

For more information, please contact Human Resources at: 785-580-4492 or send e-mail to:



Jesse Maddox is the Human Resources Director. He leads the staff responsible for recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce of employees and volunteers, employee compensation and benefits plans, organizational culture, employee engagement, employee relation, and legal compliance. Jesse likes to spend time with his family and attend sporting events.