Director of School Safety (Statewide)-KIPP Texas Public Schools

KIPP Texas Public Schools is a nonprofit public charter school network, dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for college success and choice-filled lives. Today, KIPP Texas operates 59 public charter schools educating over 31,100 students across four regions – Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of 255 college-preparatory public charter schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system and enrollment is open to all students. Nationwide, KIPP students complete four-year college at a rate of 36 percent, comparable to the national average for all students and approximately three times higher than the average of students from low-income families.

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The Opportunity

The Director of School Safety will own the creation and implementation of a comprehensive, statewide school safety program that incorporates legislative mandates, industry recognized best practice, and proactive action to ensure that students and staff can engage in the safest possible physical and virtual learning environments. This role will work closely with KIPP Texas Student Support Services, state, regional and school based leaders, city and county emergency management and law enforcement agencies, the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC), KIPP Foundation and other internal/external partners as applicable.

Key Responsibilities
As the designated District Safety Officer for KIPP Texas:
Liaise with local law enforcement on threat prevention and coordinate emergency response
Advise school based teams as part of the threat assessment process
Prepare and submit reports to TEA as required
Under the mandates of SB11 and HB 496:
Provide annual safety training to staff and students
Create and maintain the district and campus Multi-Hazard Emergency Operating Plans (MHEOPs)
Conduct annual campus safety audits, create and manage improvement plans to address gaps.
Create, convene and lead Board, District and Regional safety committees on a quarterly basis
Manage the web based Emergency Management System (EMS) and Threat Assessment Module platforms
Administer and maintain user and team accounts as well as site setup
Monitor emergency drills for completion and compliance
Generate auditable and actionable analysis based on platform generated data
Work closely with the Director of Organizational Compliance to monitor, anticipate and take action on new legislation and rules pertaining to school safety
Designate regional and school based School Safety Champions to assist in safety audits, facilitation of safety committees and safety communication across the state
Identify, build, and sustain partnerships with key stakeholders to support diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and organization strategies.

Skills and Qualifications

Previous law enforcement/emergency management experience preferred
Experience with K-12 mental health programs preferred
Demonstrated values around anti-racism by reinforcing a commitment to equity through actions and unconscious bias.
A track record of performance and successful implementation across multiple concurrent projects, shifting and competing priorities, and driving teams towards results
Demonstrated understanding of the functions, processes, and challenges of safety within school systems
Demonstrated experience with effective adult learning, facilitation, and training
Ability to deal with ambiguity and conflict, while leading and managing teams of people, in many instances through influence or without direct-line authority
A desire to self-reflect, give/receive feedback, and continuously improve
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with others in a fast paced environment and meet established deadlines
Demonstrated strong presentation, organizational, documentation, and training skills
Leadership style compatible with the position
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
At least ten (10) years of progressive leadership experience
At least five (5) years of experience supporting K-12 school systems preferred
FEMA emergency management certification preferred

Compensation and Benefits
Salary is based on years of experience, degree of education, and level of expertise. A competitive benefits package is also offered.

KIPP provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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