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OSS Crisis Unit Staff (Hybrid/Remote from anywhere in CO)

Posted: December 4, 2023 Expired: February 21, 2024
High School 1 Year
Department Information

This position is open only to Colorado state residents. A n eligible list established with this recruitment may be used to fill other similar positions within the Colorado Department of Public Safety in the next 12 months. Our Mission - Engaged employees working together to safeguard lives and to provide diverse public safety services to local communities. Our Vision - Creating safer and more resilient communities across Colorado. Our Core Values – Unity, Honor, Service

CDPS commits to cultivating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive work environment. We ensure that we recruit, retain, and promote engaged employees. Our approach to diversity is simple - it's about embracing everyone! We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a reflex, not an initiative. Our strength is our promise to be inclusive with intentional strategies to welcome and uplift our employees to thrive - while building a more equitable workplace. CDPS is an equal opportunity employer. See our EEOD Utilization Report (2020)

Why Do I Love My Job at CDPS

At CDPS we nurture a centric culture driven by our commitment of creating a safer Colorado, an inclusive workplace where everyone can be their own authentic self. We model a culture of collaboration, support and growth to our employees. Our culture has public service focus, and we strive to provide innovative solutions and services to our fellow Coloradans!

Careers with a purpose:
If you are passionate about public safety service, and are eager to dedicate your career to serving Coloradans, this is the organization you want to join! We are committed to providing public safety services to our fellow Coloradans in their times of greater needs such as: safety on our roads, preparing and mitigating environmental disasters, disaster recovery, combating crime, school safety, and victim recovery. You’ll have the opportunity to challenge yourself and acquire new capabilities to build a rewarding and fulfilling career while making a difference in our community!
When you join CDPS, you are joining a team of exceptional individuals and together you will be inspired, motivated and supported to become the best you can be.

Unmatched Benefits:

We highly value work life balance and offer excellent work-life programs, training, and professional development opportunities!

Did you know that only 15% of employers offer a defined contribution plan? CDPS offers unmatched retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus 401K and 457 plans.

The Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) is available in every region of the state. It is our effort to support the well-being of employees and the workplace. EAPs provide short-term counseling, referrals and resources, as well as training and organizational development services. CDPS provides generous time off including 11 paid holidays per year plus vacation, sick leave, and wellness days.

Medical and dental options are available for permanent employees and their dependents. We also offer short and long-term disability coverage, and life insurance that includes legal resources and discounts.

Additional benefits we offer include free ECO passes for qualifying State employees within the RTD service area, and reduced college tuition at CSU Global and DeVry University.

Description of Job About the Work Unit
The Office of School Safety (OSS) was created to provide safe schools for all Colorado students in preschool through higher education. The Office of School Safety is comprised of three units: The School Safety Resource Center, the Crisis Unit and the Grants Unit. The Crisis Unit is tasked with training school personnel on crisis prevention, preparedness and response and assisting schools in their response when they have a crisis, if requested.

About the Job
This position will work with school personnel to assist in preparing for school critical incidents and will respond to these incidents when requested. This staff will be trained in the PREPaRE Model of crisis response by the National Association of School Psychologists and in any other crisis models as specified by the Crisis Unit Manager. This position will be trained to deliver the PREPaRE model and any other crisis models the Unit deems appropriate for Colorado school personnel.

This position will also be on-call to respond to crisis situations around the state when additional assistance is requested. This might include organizing the initial school response with local school and community officials and/or providing a supporting role as requested by the school officials. The goal always will be to return the students and staff to the business of education as quickly as possible while limiting the effects of trauma.

Key Responsibilities
  • Works with the CSSRC’s School Outreach Consultant and the Regional Training Consultants to select and provide materials and training to personnel in any schools/districts and charter schools, parents and students regarding all aspects of crisis prevention, preparedness and response in alignment with the Colorado SafeSchools Act (CRS 22-32-109.1) and other appropriate statutes and federal laws.
  • Works with the CSSRC’s School Outreach Consultant and the Regional Training Consultants to research, select and, when necessary, design instructional modules for professional development for school personnel for crisis prevention, preparedness and response.
  • This position is required to be proficient in the NASP PREPaRE Model and any other models selected by the Crisis Unit Manager. This position must also be certified to deliver the training on both PREPaRE workshops and any other models used by the Unit.
  • This position works with the CSSRC’s School Outreach Consultant and the Regional Training Consultants to be proficient in all mental health related workshops provided by the CSSRC so that the position can support the Center’s work when not providing crisis response training or support.
  • This position will alert school staff across the state of the availability of crisis response assistance. This assistance may consist of taking the lead in organizing the school response after a crisis, when requested, or serving in a supporting role in a school’s crisis response.
Responding may include one-on-one or group crisis intervention using a psycho-educational approach. Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet one of the following options for consideration.


Seven years of professional behavioral or mental health experience with youth/or youth in k-12 public or private schools will substitute for education requirement.


Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in any field and three years of full time professional behavioral or mental health experience with youth/or youth in K-12 public or private schools.


Advanced degree and two years of full time professional behavioral or mental health experience with youth/or youth in K-12 public or private schools.

  • A masters degree;
  • Additional years of professional experience in schools;
  • Leadership experience preferred;
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision;
  • Ability to build networks and partnerships;
  • The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge and background in current school safety issues and best practice recommendations;
  • Expertise in school emergency operations planning and management.


  • Must be available to respond quickly to a school crisis situation anywhere within the state.
  • Requires successful completion of a background investigation that includes a polygraph exam, a fingerprint based criminal history search, drug screen and personality assessment. If you have used any illegal drugs in the past five years, or have been convicted of a felony or have a history of criminal activity, you will be disqualified and will not be hired for this position.
  • Must be Colorado resident at the time of application.


If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

ARE YOU IN NEED OF AN ACCOMODATION? If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to [email protected].
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
Colorado Department of Public Safety is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, [email protected].

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  • Applications are considered complete and accurate at the time of submission. Therefore, additional information may not be solicited or accepted after your application has been received.
  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications may proceed to the next step. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
  • Comparative analysis for this position will include an structured application review by a panel of subject matter experts and may include a performance or oral board assessment.
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