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Chief Safety Officer

OFFICIAL TITLE: Director II CODE: 0262 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Chief Safety Officer GRADE: Q MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Safety Officer leads the school district¿s efforts to ensure student and staff safety by designing, implementing, and championing the strategic safety plan for Montgomery County Public Schools. The Chief Safety Officer defines, develops, and implements, policies, procedures, and processes that ensure student and staff safety across all schools and facilities. Oversees multiple functional units, including school security, workplace safety, employee background screening, risk assessment, and emergency planning. Serves as the primary liaison to local, state, and national public safety agencies, including but not limited to the Montgomery County Police and Fire Departments, the Montgomery County Health Department, the Maryland Department of Environment, the Maryland Center for School Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Department of Homeland Security.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of safety and emergency planning. Knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements, as well as Maryland Safe to Learn Act. Strong oral and written communication skills. Excellent public speaker and project management skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelor¿ degree from an accredited college or university. Experience in related fields with progressive management experience. Specialized training in various facets of safety preferred, including workplace safety, environmental health, disaster and emergency planning, security and risk assessment and management. Demonstrated success in comprehensive safety planning. Other combinations of applicable education, training, and experience which provide the knowledge, abilities, and skills necessary to perform effectively in the position may be considered.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) None


REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: (Incumbents may perform any combination of the essential functions shown below. This position description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, knowledge, or abilities associated with this classification, but is intended to accurately reflect the principle job elements.)

Promotes student and staff safety through effective strategic planning and execution.

Creates a culture of safety across the entire school district and drives organizational behavioral changes for the system.

Develops and administers safety policies for the district that incorporate current applicable federal and state laws and regulations for school system safety.

Identifies safety goals, objectives, and metrics consistent with the districts strategic plan.

Evaluates and analyzes safety injury and accident data, as well as safety inspection violation data from schools and facilities.

Initiates action planning and safety compliance training to eliminate accidents and reduce occupational injuries.

Oversees inspections of new safety features for facilities and equipment to ensure compliance with public health organizations and applicable fire codes.

Oversees the preparation and implementation of safety and injury prevention, including embedding safety in curriculum and instruction.

Leads operational risk management activities to strengthen system-wide safety.

Provides direction to all MCPS safety committees enumerated in the labor management negotiated agreements.

Serves as the MCPS representative to the Montgomery County Child Fatality Review Team and to the Montgomery County School Health Council.

Coordinates services between the Montgomery County Health Department and environmental regulatory departments.

Liaises with Montgomery County Fire Department and the Office of the Fire Marshal in fire safety planning and fire code compliance.

Leads the school districts gang prevention efforts and is the superintendents designee to convene and chair ongoing and regular gang prevention meetings with other County agencies, including the Montgomery Department, States Attorneys Office, and Montgomery County Recreation Department.

Leads emergency preparation efforts and conducts ongoing safety drills for school system readiness against external or internal threats.

Designs and implements processes that enable consistent and effective security practices in every school and facility.

Ensures appropriate supervision and evaluation of all school-based security staff.

Manages the development of individual school and facility safety plans, which include school and workplace violence prevention, asset protection, access control, video surveillance, employee and student education, gang and bullying prevention.

Develops programs in all areas of school system safety.

Oversees incident response planning, as well as the investigation of security breaches, and assists with disciplinary and legal matters associated with such breaches.

Directs the deployment of safety personnel to manage routine operations and emergency situations, and leads crisis-management efforts as needed.

Coordinates district collaborative efforts with local agencies for accident investigations, law enforcement, traffic management, protection of property, health and fire inspections.

Oversees the background screening process for new and current employees, as well as volunteers and vendors.

Understands and applies the six leadership standards that have been established for the Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP/MCBOA), and the Supporting Services (SEIU) Professional Growth System (SSPGS).

Coordinates child abuse and neglect preventative efforts, as well as reporting and monitoring, as needed.

Assists with personnel investigations.

Performs related duties consistent with the scope and intent of the position.

Class Established: 7/2018
Date(s) Revised:
Last Reviewed:

This description may be changed at any time.

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