Blackstone Consulting ED Specialist in DC, Washington

Description/Job Summary

JOB SUMMARY: Implement and oversee the security operation in the Emergency Department, which is a high risk, fast pace environment. The ED Specialist will be in constant movement and work in conjunction with security officers and Emergency Dept. staff. Assist with the functions of physical and personal security and safety measures of members, patients, staff, and visitors. Protects staff and property from theft or damage, or persons from hazards or interference, including the potential for violence in the workplace. Makes frequent tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment. Preserves order and may enforce regulations pertaining to personnel, visitors, and premises.


Primarily performs non-exempt duties in a service capacity, but in a fast pace, high risk, and constantly changing emergency department environment; may be assigned a service grade or rank in a chain of command in conformance with contract requirements or to facilitate the delivery of service according to business necessity.


The functions listed describe the business purpose of this job or position. Specific duties or tasks may vary and be documented separately. An associate might or might not be required to perform all functions listed. Additional duties may be assigned, and functions may be modified, according to business necessity.

All assigned duties or tasks are deemed to be part of the essential functions, unless such duties or tasks are unrelated to the functions listed, in which case they are deemed to be other (non-essential) functions.

Associates are held accountable for successful job performance. Job performance standards may be documented separately, and may include functions, objectives, duties or tasks not specifically listed herein.

In performing functions, duties or tasks, associates are required to know and follow safe work practices, and to be aware of company policies and procedures related to job safety, including safety rules and regulations. Associates are required to notify superiors upon becoming aware of unsafe working conditions.

All functions, duties or tasks are to be carried out in an honest, ethical and professional manner, and to be performed in conformance with applicable company policies and procedures. In the event of uncertainty or lack of knowledge of company policies and procedures, associates are required to request clarification or explanations from superiors or authorized company representatives.

Provide a visible deterrence to crime, prohibited activities, or suspicious activities in public and non-public areas in the Emergency Department including its waiting area. And as needed or necessary be able to respond to the main facility/building, outlying buildings, grounds, parking areas, stairways, tunnels, mechanical areas, patient floors or treatment areas

Respond quickly and effectively to emergency and non-emergency situations including defusing a variety of physical situations in the Emergency Department

Escort persons and assist departmental personnel

Be alert for activities which could result in injury to a person or damage to or loss of property

Communicate effectively with diverse people including patients, visitors, and medical personnel in the Emergency Dept. setting

Comprehend and fulfill written or verbal instructions

Maintain a positive working relationship with Emergency Dept. staff, including Clinical staff & members & facility staff, when necessary.

Maintain a thorough knowledge of the Emergency Dept., waiting room and its operations

Proper handling of routine and emergency incidents detrimental to the security and safety of the Emergency Dept., facility, patients, staff and employees.

Controls access to client department through the admittance process; assists visitors with a legitimate need to gain entry to the department; screens members, visitors and client employees in a proficient manner in order to expedite their admittance to the department, as needed and when prescribed.

Provides an atmosphere in which all client employees and visitors know that the client responds to and cares about their needs; provides a courteous, respectful and pleasant interaction with each client employee and visitor as perceived from their point of view; presents a good image of the client and its security department. Maintains and displays good public relations skills when interacting with patients, visitors, and staff.

Communicates in a manner that is open, honest and responsive in all situations; to the extent authorized, provides information regarding the department and surrounding area as requested by visitors.

Monitors entrances and exits; prevents unapproved or unlawful entry; controls entrance, the movement of people and vehicles, and parking.

In a calm manner, directs persons who cause a disturbance to leave the property.

Patrols assigned site on foot or on/in a vehicle; checks for unsafe conditions, hazards, unlocked doors, security violations, blocked ingress and egress, mechanical problems, and unauthorized persons; inspects buildings and grounds using appropriate equipment and protective gear.

Protects evidence or scene of incident in the event of accidents, emergencies, or security investigations; sets up barriers and signage, and provides direction or information to others.

Prepares logs or reports as required for post; writes or types reports or enters information in a computer using standard grammar; inspects security control logs and takes action as required.

Observes and reports incidents or suspicious activity to client representatives, company management, life/safety personnel or public safety authorities as appropriate for the circumstances and/or as required by the post.

Responds to incidents of disaster, healthcare facility emergency codes, fire, medical emergency, bomb threat, flooding, water discharge, elevator emergency, hazardous material event, inclement weather, and other incidents or conditions following procedures established for post, by the company, or through training or certification.

Age-Related Competency: Has demonstrated knowledge of and competence in age-related patient care, as defined and documented in the facility standards.

Workplace Safety: Is aware of and works within healthcare facility and departmental safety guidelines, including reporting potential hazards and hazardous behavior. Uses appropriate body mechanics and lifting devices, as needed, for all work assignments.

Meets or exceeds annual or bi-annual clinical/employee health screening requirements

Carries out specific tasks and duties of a similar nature and scope as required for the assigned post.

Enforce and abide by all regulations and guidelines of the facility and Blackstone Consulting Inc.


Additional qualifications may be specified and receive preference, depending upon the nature of the position.

The incumbent must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily in a high risk, fast pace, and demanding environment of an emergency department. The requirements below are representative of necessary knowledge, skill, and ability.


Must be at least 18 years of age

Must have a reliable means of communication (i.e., pager or phone)

Must have a reliable means of transportation (public or private)

Must have the legal right to work in the United States Must have the ability to speak, read, and write English Must have a High School Diploma or GED.

Must be willing to participate in the Company s pre-employment screening process, including drug screen and background investigation


Must have valid Government issued Driver s License or valid state issued I.D. card, Bureau of Security and Investigative Services Certification or Guard Card.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as police reports, local and state law, instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write accurate, clear and concise crime, incident and investigative reports. Ability to communicate effectively with patients, medical staff, employees and visitors.


Must have at least 2 years of experience as a Security Officer in a challenging environment; for example, in an emergency department. Prefer experience in dealing with the public in a service setting; prior healthcare security; military or law enforcement experience desired.

Competencies (as demonstrated through experience, training, and/or testing):

Must be able to meet and continue to meet any applicable state, county and municipal licensing requirements for Security Officers.

Knowledge of or ability to learn security operations and procedures.

Pass each healthcare competency exam and/or skills lab including a managing or defusing assaultive behavior training program or similar course as described by the client

Learn facility-specific including Emergency Dept. procedures and policies

Attend and learn Advance Healthcare Security Officer Confrontation Management skills and training program

Maintain specialized knowledge regarding response to Emergency Dept. conditions

Ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagrammatic form.

Ability to be an effective team member.

Ability to maintain professional composure when dealing with unusual circumstances.

Courteous telephone manner.

Ability to adapt to changes in the external environment and organization.

Ability to write routine correspondence, including logs and reports.

Good organizational skills.

If applicable, required to pass Hand Cuff training

Ability to provide high quality customer service.

Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact effectively at various social levels and across diverse cultures.

Working Conditions and Physical/Mental Demands

With or without reasonable accommodation, a candidate must have the physical and mental capacity to effectively perform all essential functions described. In addition to other demands, the demands of the job include:

Maintaining composure in dealing with authorities, executives, clients, staff and the public, frequently under conditions of urgency and in pressure situations.

May be exposed to stressful situations, such as challenging individuals who are in or approaching an unauthorized area.

Must display constant vigilance, think things through quickly, and respond appropriately

Must undergo and meet company standards for background and reference checks, controlled substance testing, and behavioral selection survey, in addition to any mandatory licensing requirements.

May be required to work overtime without advance notice.

Required ability to handle multiple tasks concurrently.

Keyboarding, basic computer usage and operating controls.

Seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly in order to communicate with employees and clients, observe and report incidents, and direct others.

Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Running may be occasional.

Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling.

Frequent lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 75 pounds.

Close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.

May be required to use vehicle for the performance of duties.

On occasion may be required to perform stressful and physical activity.

Depending upon assignment may be exposed to inclement weather or be required to work in environments or under conditions that require the use of protective gear and devices and/or awareness of personal safety and safety of others.

May be exposed to or required to handle sensitive and confidential information.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.

Must be on alert and able to move quickly throughout the Healthcare facility and physically restrain people by physically holding the individual down and then be able to also carry or lift the individual with other healthcare facility staff members.

The ability to maintain mental stability under periods of stress. The ability to push or pull gurneys with patients of various weights on them.

The duties of this job include possible exposure to deadly weapons, injury from violent persons, infectious persons, gases and fumes, blood and body fluids, hazardous chemicals, heat, wind, rain and cold; the employee must understand and demonstrate the ability to take protective actions, following established guidelines. The noise level in the work environment can vary from extreme noise to extreme quiet.