Natick Schools Advertising For Director of Safety & Security

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NATICK – The Natick Public Schools, with about 5,300 students, is advertising for a Director of Safety & Security. The job posting stated application would be accepted through the end of March 2022.

“The Director of Safety and Security’s primary goal is to collaborate with the Natick Public Schools, the Natick Police Department, the Facilities department, and Natick Technology Services in order to coordinate and document emergency management planning throughout the school system and its partners. The coordinator will evaluate the current status of emergency and security preparedness and develop written action plans, emergency planning documents, and enhance safety and security for the District,” noted the job posting. 

“The Director of Safety and Security coordinates efforts to provide a safe, secure, disruptive-free learning environment for all who work at, attend or visit the Natick Public Schools. The primary role of the Director of Safety and Security is to support students and staff with any safety-related issues, concerns, or problems. The Director provides a highly visible, professional, competent, and courteous service by distributing information and assistance to the school community in order to sustain the integrity of Natick Public Schools’ rules and regulations through necessary and appropriate enforcement actions. This allows the Director to establish and maintain communication and coordination with local, state, and federal agencies with respect to safety and security planning and response,” noted the job posting.

The full-time positions would report to the Superintendent of Schools and the Natick Town Administrator.

The job is full-time for 225 days of the year.

No salary was listed.

Bachelor’s degree is required. Degree in emergency management, project management, or technical discipline preferred.

Applicants are required to have experience in Emergency Management Planning, School Safety, Technical System Implementation and Integration.

Minimum 3-5 years of safety, security, or relevant supervisory experience required.

Additional years of experience and related training may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree.

A Bachelor’s degree with experience in Emergency Management, Project Management and technical implementations and integrations or related fields may be substituted for years of experience.

Licensure/Professional Certification:

  • Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record
  • NIMS training certifications
  • Certified Crowd Manager

Specialized Knowledge:

  • Extensive public contact and/or customer service experience. 
  • Experienced in providing proactive, consistent safety and security measures to multiple locations.  
  • Demonstrated experience implementing complex and integrated safety & security solutions in a school and/or municipal setting.
  • Current certification in first aid and CPR is strongly preferred. 
  • Thorough understanding of and commitment to the principles and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as they relate to student, staff and community engagement and cultivation

Skills set preferred to include: 

  • Card access and Intrusion Systems, Panic Buttons, Security Cameras, Emergency Radios, Visitor registration and identification, Emergency Communication Applications, ICS Training
  • Spanish/Portuguese language skills are strongly preferred.
  • Must be effective and work well in a collaborative environment that fosters cultural proficiency and inclusiveness.
  • Excellent organizational skills, the ability to determine work priorities, and make rapid and appropriate decisions, as appropriate.
  • Must have strong communication skills, including the ability to provide clear verbal and written communication, in a courteous and professional manner with individuals at all levels of the organization.
  • Must possess strong interpersonal, problem-solving, and listening skills, with keen attention to detail.
  • Must be able to remain calm during stressful situations and handle sensitive or confidential information with discretion.
  • Must be able to assure that the highest standards of confidentiality, discretion and fairness are maintained. 
  • Must have a high attention to detail and accomplish tasks independently with limited supervision.
  • Must possess the ability to present clearly and efficiently in front of both School and Municipal Committees.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for work to be performed
  • Bilingual skills, especially in Spanish and Portuguese, are highly desirable
  • Candidates should have a passion for working with students, families, and colleagues
  • Candidates must be flexible and collaborative
  • Candidates must be able to multitask in a fast-paced, supportive environment that nurtures student growth
  • Candidates must be organized and able to meet ongoing, time-sensitive deadlines for work production
  • Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and in conformity with state certification requirements.
  • Successful completion of Criminal Records Check (C.O.R.I.), Sexual Offender Record Check (S.O.R.I.), and fingerprints

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB (not limited to)
  • Develop written emergency management and safety plans
  • Run the district monthly NSSI meetings with an agenda published ahead of time
  • Audit all schools and document the current state of security measures in place and opportunities to improve (Gap Analysis)
  • Fully develop and keep a running list of prioritized safety and security projects that are ready to go out to bid and execute should a grant or funding become available.
  • Train faculty, staff, and students regularly on best security and safety practices.
  • Be savvy and educated on a number of automated safety and security solutions and systems.
  • Remain current on industry trends in safety and security including awareness and compliance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.
  • Research, manage and implement new technology systems to improve the safety and security of the Natick Public Schools
  • Respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the School District.
  • Provide parking and traffic control plans when required or requested.
  • Provide crowd management and assistance at events, as requested.
  • Evaluate current procedures and practices relative to security and safety and suggest alternative methods for the operation’s improvement.
  • Perform audits of security-related performance and conduct physical surveys of lighting, security cameras, emergency communication systems. 
  • Manage all capital projects relating to the safety and security, based on evaluations and in coordination with Technology and Facilities Directors
  • Maintain working relationships with all administration in the district ensuring they have all necessary equipment for the safety and security effort in their buildings. When requested to do so, assist in conducting investigations and preparing reports for Senior Leadership. 
  • Assist in preparation of emergency management and contingency planning that includes all segments of the school population. 
  • Assist the NPD School Resource Officers in conducting safety and security training for students, faculty, and staff when possible.
  • Provide education on preventive measures related to school and community safety.
  • Act as the Districts liaison between the schools and local, state and federal agencies
  • Act as a liaison between the Public Schools and all other Town Offices pertaining to safety and security of the School District. Work with the Natick Police Resource officers as required to ensure a safe, secure environment for all segments of the schools population  
  • Oversee upkeep, use, training, replacement and procurement of security cameras and systems, intrusion and alarm systems – serving as the conduit for the all systems preventative maintenance and emergency maintenance
  • Work with schools on planning of large scale events that involve safety needs i.e. football events, graduations, parades, district wide emergency drills or actions, etc. 
  • Work in tandem with NPD safety/traffic officer to support and address and potentially solve traffic patterns concerns in streets around schools at heavy traffic times 
  • Attend Conferences relative to school safety with SROs, School Admin and district/town strategic training areas as advised/requested
  • Suggest and/or update safety policies as needed and identified during gap analysis
  • Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations and/or Superintendent of Schools in Partnership with Town Administrator and Chief of Police.

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