Director of Safety Services – Olathe, KS 66062

DEPARTMENT/LOCATION: Safety Services Department/Education Center
STATUS: Administrator – Exempt, Full Time
POSITION SUMMARY: This position is responsible for critical incident management and maintaining emergency operating plans for the safety of the Olathe Public Schools. This position helps the district provide a safe environment for staff, students, and patrons by monitoring severe weather, oversight of security equipment and contracts, oversight of building and district crisis protocols and drills, and acting as liaison between local law enforcement and the school district.

This position reports to the Assistant Superintendent of High School Education.

PRIMARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Evaluates, responds and mitigates emergencies occurring at all District buildings. Provides timely incident notification and updates to District Administration. Coordinates tracking of all critical incidents impacting school facilities.
  • Coordinates emergency service responses to school facilities.
  • Maintains all Emergency Operating Plans for the district. Analyzes and evaluates current safety protocols.
  • Maintains all District radio communication systems and trouble shoots radio concerns. Coordinates radio programming and technical configurations.
  • Oversees the SRO and private security contracts.
  • Responds to any Crisis Management Team questions from administrators, nurses and administrative assistants.
  • Maintains the campus radio communication network. Facilitates purchase of desired equipment. Coordinates with vendors for repair and/or replacement of radios. Maintains the radio frequency design and operating channel assignments.
  • Oversees severe weather preparedness practices for the District. Conducts tornado sheltering reviews. Sets up and programs all weather radios. Monitors developing severe weather conditions and provides timely district wide notice. Updates contracted meteorologist services. Reviews notification practices and protocol for the most efficient and timely staff and administrative notification of severe weather.
  • Monitors and evaluates facility ingress/egresses and provides recommendations for enhanced security at all district facilities. Assists administrators with facility security concerns.
  • Responds to questions regarding child custody matters and acts as a liaison between administrators, parents, and law enforcement in child custody situations. Makes recommendations when Department of Family Services, SRS and/or police are to be notified regarding CINC cases.
  • Reports to the Superintendent Leadership Team (SLT) on all critical incidents. Ensures administration is kept aware of significant incidents and investigations taking place in the schools.
  • Ensures the Communications Department is kept informed of developing incidents impacting the schools or the district.
  • Maintains regular communication with all school buildings and all support facilities regarding any safety and security matters.
  • Fosters professional relations with Public Safety Personnel and works alongside first responders during critical incidents.
  • Conducts district crisis management meetings every quarter.
  • Provides CMT/Safety and Security information at new employee orientations.
  • Works with vendors in an effort to develop and maintain knowledge of ever-changing technologies involving alarm systems, physical security, access control, and camera surveillance.
  • Responsible for all oversight and training of the Education Center safety process and protocols.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in law enforcement, education or related field required. Master’s preferred.
  • Public safety experience or similar crisis management experience is required.
  • Experience with public speaking is preferred.
  • Previous school experience is a plus
  • Must be able to be on-call for emergency situations.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal, written and listening communication skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously
  • High degree of motivation, responsibility and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated ability in compiling, organizing, and analyzing data
  • Ability to work with a wide diversity of individuals
  • Detail-oriented and reliable
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible with every changing priorities and frequent work interruptions
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions with minimal supervision in a fast-paced work environment
  • Highly collaborative team player
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, etc.)
  • Ability to self-initiate areas of opportunity, make recommendations for improvement, and follow up as necessary to achieve desired results

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires the usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; stooping, kneeling, and/or crouching; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally, the job requires sitting, walking, and standing. The job may be performed under some temperature extremes and in some hazardous conditions.

IMPORTANT EMPLOYMENT STATEMENTS
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed and are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. This document describes the position currently available. The District reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.
The Olathe Public Schools prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity in its programs, activities or employment as required by applicable federal and state laws.

CLOSING DATE: Open until filled
HOURS OF WORK: 40 hours or more a week
CLEARANCES REQUIRED:
Criminal Justice Fingerprint
Background Clearance
TB Test

Job Type: Full-time

Experience:

  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)

Education:

Work Location:

Benefits:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Paid time off

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