Senior Director of Safety Services

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    Senior Director of Safety Services

    The Cincinnati Public Schools invites applications for the position of Senior Director of Safety Services. This position reports to the Chief of Staff. The Senior Director of Safety Services leads the overall safety and security department including the procedures, staff, operations, strategic planning and procedure development for the district's Safety Services Department. This position advises district leadership in matters of safety, security, and emergency preparedness to assure the safety and security of district students, staff, and facilities.

    Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) serves 36,000 students preschool to 12th grade in over 67 schools across a 90-square-mile district in Southwest Ohio. Cincinnati Public Schools is the best-performing large urban district in Ohio and ranks among the top 2 percent of Ohio districts for students' learning and growth and offers families high-quality school choices and academic programs.

    The district's innovative approach to education, its investment in effective and caring educators and employees, and vast array of collaborative partnerships have accelerated school performance to the highest level in decades - ensuring that students in preschool to 12th grade thrive and graduate prepared for successful lives in the 21st century.

    Cincinnati Public is looking for creative, innovative, passionate, problem-solvers to join our team. We seek to have a positive impact on our children and families every day and are looking for staff members who want to not only do an excellent job with their career field but also serve as a role model for the children in CPS. We invite you to become a member of our CPS work family.

    • Master's degree in police science, criminal justice, business administration or emergency management, educational leadership or a related field.
    • Seven years or more of planning and leadership experience in professional law enforcement or private security or senior level educational leadership, including experience leading the administration of emergency operations programs which can include school building operations, with at least five years in a supervisory or management role providing direct supervision and training of law enforcement, safety/security personnel, or school and/or district staff
    • Experience providing safety/security services for educational facilities in a richly diverse community is preferred
    • Experience coordinating physical safety audits Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), ALICE and Ohio Peace Officer Training (OPOTA) preferred


    Leads organization by example, modeling the highest level of personal accountability, putting self on the line in pursuit of breakthrough results. Holds oneself and leadership accountable for decisions and progress against them. Fosters a culture of accountability and shared ownership. Sets high expectations and enrolls others in achieving them. Forges a culture of optimism and perseverance in the face of challenge.

    Ensures perspectives from within CPS and from families and stakeholders are reflected in decision making and planning. Seeks and considers input from multiple stakeholders in making decisions and recommendations, Embeds a customer-first mentality within the organization, modeling the ability to set aside one's own feelings and possible prejudices to really understand what customers need and want.

    Demonstrates ability to deal effectively with management, diverse employee groups and the public. Demonstrates ability to work with diverse groups and effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. Promotes the values of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism across the team, the district and within our school buildings. Embeds DEI priorities within the team, building shared ownership.

    Recognizes and encourages the behaviors that contribute to collaboration and trust within and across departments. Models the highest level of personal and professional trust with families, stakeholders and people across the organization. Contributes to a sense of shared purpose among the leadership team and holds the team accountable for collaboration within and across departments. Conducts oneself in the best interest of students, in accordance with the highest traditions of public education and in support of the District's Mission.

    Delivers clear and compelling messages that inspire others to work toward common goals to meet the needs of all students. Serves as an organizational role model in delivering direct and constructive feedback and coaching. Publicly represents the organization, successfully generating support for CPS' work and goals. Demonstrates ability to work with diverse groups, and effectively communicate, both orally and in writing. Instills a culture that encourages teams and individuals to raise challenging issues that are essential to moving the district forward. Mediates complex conflicts and identifies sources of conflict for the team to prevent escalation.

    Drives a results-oriented culture that relentlessly focuses on improving quality based on data. Proactively identifies and acknowledges mistakes made and reflects on causes, redesigning efforts based on what was learned. Seeks ideas and feedback from employees at all levels, appropriately incorporating input and championing change efforts.

    Makes strategic decisions in the face of uncertainties and pressure. Translates strategy into actionable plans and timelines. Removes obstacles for others. Ensures district's priority projects are delivered on time and on budget. Knowledge of current computing technologies and software applications appropriate to the position's job responsibilities.

    The Senior Director of Safety Services has the following performance responsibilities:
    • Develops the vision for and oversees the implementation of a comprehensive security/school safety program, policies and procedures; establishes internal controls, conducts inspections, reports potential hazards to appropriate departments
    • Oversees the development and implementation of short and long range district planning for safety and emergency preparedness programs, policies and procedures for schools, central staff functions and special events
    • Oversees and enforces school safety compliance with federal, state and local regulations; ensures the emergency management plan is submitted by all schools and to the state
    • In conjunction with the Cabinet supervisor, oversees, monitors and approves budget and staffing decisions for safety and security
    • Develops, proposes, reviews, approves and oversees the implementation of department activities, projects, budgets, equipment, staffing assignments, schedules and projected outcomes; ensures compliance with district policies and procedures in response to all school safety/security needs and emergency situations
    • Seeks grant funding support to enhance the safety and security of the district
    • Supervises the performance of the overall Safety Services team, safety managers and supervisors, security response team, school security assistants and other assigned personnel to ensure safety/security procedures and best practices are followed consistently; assigns supervisory and evaluation responsibilities as needed; interviews and selects employees and recommends transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions
    • Ensures all safety personnel meet the standards and certifications to best serve the district
    • Serves as the primary district contact for community partners and local law enforcement agencies, emergency responders and private security contractors to coordinate safety activities
    • Collaborates with Cincinnati Police Department School Resources Officers program to create and maintain a safe and secure learning environment for students, teachers and staff
    • Manages the activities of designated staff and contractors including determining that safety related procedures are followed in district buildings and at district activities or events
    • Manages and/or advises on district response to critical incidents on or near district property
    • Responds to inquiries from the public and district staff on a variety of school safety issues; communicates news and information regarding emerging situations with district leadership and the Board of Education as appropriate
    • Compiles, reviews and understands complex data analyses and provides information to district leadership to make data-informed decisions in the area of security and emergency planning; develops scorecards, reports, memos, procedures, manuals and other documents regarding operations and safety/security issues; ensures the maintenance of detailed records of safety department priorities, goals, strategies and measures
    • Participates in planning meetings with district stakeholders and community representatives; establishes partnerships to secure assistance or commitments for district safety needs
    • Prepares a variety of presentations and provides technical expertise and reports to district leadership, Board of Education, district employees, parents or other stakeholders regarding safety issues, concerns or threats; serves on district committees, attends staff meetings and represents the district in meetings, hearings, workshops, conferences and professional activities
    • Develops a thorough knowledge and application of the district's Positive Behavior Support program and Culturally Responsive Practices; participates in and plans staff development and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in K-12 school buildings; models appropriate behaviors; develops, recommends, implements and communicates improvements to schools and business practices with awareness and understanding of their impact in a racially and culturally diverse community
    • Develops a thorough knowledge and application of the district's Quality Improvement methods to achieve improvements in school safety
    • Works with district General Counsel, Human Resources, Chief of Staff and Superintendent's office on confidential employment or other security matters
    • Develops a thorough knowledge of the information technology systems used by the district such as PowerSchool, G Suite (Google Apps), Microsoft Office and Business Plus.

    Type Contract: Limited 260 days

    SALARY RANGE: Director II - Per CAAS Agreement


    All interested applicants should submit a resume and application online at , click on employment, then Apply Online.

    The intent of this job description is to provide a representative level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

    Note: A lead teacher in a position may not be appointed to an administrative position while serving as a lead teacher. A lead teacher may apply for an administrative position if the lead teacher resigns the lead teacher position prior to submitting an application, however, selection is not guaranteed. A consulting teacher may not be appointed to an administrative position while serving as a consulting teacher and for one full school year after serving as a consulting teacher.

    Certain jobs at Cincinnati Public Schools may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation are available upon request from Talent Acquisition and Staffing.

    Cincinnati Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is subject to federal regulations pertaining to employment. The district has a continuing non-discrimination policy which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We hire only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.


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