Located six miles from Washington, D.C., St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, a JK-12 co-educational Episcopal Day School, educates the whole child by tending to the academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each of our students. Named the No.1 Midsize Workplace in the D.C. area by The Washington Post, St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to our mission. SSSAS combines a rigorous academic program with outstanding opportunities in the arts, athletics, and service learning for our students. SSSAS has a deep commitment to creating an inclusive community which values diversity and multiculturalism, and we seek candidates who have this same commitment. The diverse student body is 28 percent students of color, and 22 percent of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community.
Position Objectives / Expected Results:
The Director of Safety and Security is responsible for the safety and security of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. This person works closely with the administration to develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure a safe community. This position includes overseeing safety/security-related issues regarding buildings, parking lots, walkways and grounds both during and after normal school hours on all three campuses.
The primary responsibility of the position is to maintain a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors by:
Developing, implementing, and enforcing safety and security policies and procedures.
Developing, implementing, and managing programs and systems designed to effectively address security and school safety needs ie. ALICE protocol for armed intruder training
Coordinating a comprehensive school safety program, which includes working with the security team, the administration, the faculty and staff, and local law enforcement agencies.
The person in this position will work extensively with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and support the school's administration and divisional leadership. This person will have a strong knowledge of law enforcement methods, techniques and procedures and the ability to build the relationships necessary to increase awareness and confidence in St. Stephen's and St. Agnes as a safe and secure environment for students and adults.
Policies and Procedures
Create and update policies and Standard Operating Procedures, safety and security manuals.
Develop internal controls to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of policies and procedures.
Coordinate school safety compliance with federal, state, and local regulations by studying existing and new requirements, overseeing, and and working with the administration to enforce school-wide adherence to requirements.
Collaborate with other local schools (public and private) on best practices and matters related to school safety.
Maintain records of fire and other emergency drills and conducting drills when appropriate.
Assist in the development and implementation of security plans for special events.
Secure facilities and equipment by working in conjunction with the appropriate departments in recommending safety and security equipment purchases and upgrades.
Prepare memos, reports, etc. related to safety on school campuses, presenting them to appropriate administrative directors.
Programs, Training and Systems
Conduct and coordinate safety, security and emergency preparedness training by developing, scheduling and/or facilitating training for faculty, staff, students, and public safety officials.
Work with and train the administrative assistants on school safety and security issues.
Coordinate safety planning and practice by creatively implementing best practices in safety, security and emergency preparedness.
Work closely with the Information Technology and Building and Grounds teams to oversee all security related technology, including cameras, building access control, campus access control (SchoolPass), and communications (including phone systems, phone apps, two-way radios, intercoms, and emergency broadcast systems.)
Provide support with the VisitU Visitor Management System and periodically direct and/or escort visitors to campus locations.
Maintain access control through key distribution and biometrics.
Oversee the procurement and maintenance of all emergency supplies.
Leadership, Management and Coordination
Develop an understanding of organizational culture to ensure that procedures are appropriate for our school setting.
Develop strong, ongoing relationship with local law enforcement and serve as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies during critical incident situations and follow-up. Serve as a liaison with the Alexandria City Police and other emergency responders when needed in an emergency and when coordinating coverage at school functions.
Work with appropriate departments to meet operational security needs within budget; work with Finance, Facilities and Maintenance departments for capital improvements as needed; schedule expenditures.
Follow up on workers compensation claims.
Advise and assist administrators in matters involving incidents, hazards and accidents on school campus.
Participate in training and professional development to stay current on laws, policies and procedures regarding school safety.
Directly supervises a team of security experts and leverage their knowledge of school safety and security procedures and best practices.
Coordinate and conduct ongoing inspections to ensure that all systems are working effectively.
Schedule security coverage for all special events in collaboration with administration.
Perform security team evaluations and review job performance using Folio.
Serve as a member of and advisor to the School's Crisis Management Team to develop and revise the campus-wide Safe School Plan.
Coordinate with various administrative directors, Maintenance and Facilities Departments to address and correct safety/security issues on campus.
Possess knowledge of trends and best practices for safety and security in a private school setting.
Proven leadership and project management abilities.
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Ability to handle multiple initiatives simultaneously and frequently changing priorities.
Duties of this position require physical effort and manual dexterity.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and work outdoors in inclement weather conditions.
Ability to do considerable walking in order to make rounds of campuses and facilities.
OUR MISSION: To help our students succeed in a complex and changing world, we seek to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity and a commitment to service. Our mission is to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.
Located six miles from Washington, D.C., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, a JK-12 Episcopal School, educates the whole child by tending to the academic, social, physical, and spiritual needs of each of our students. Named as the 2nd best workplace in Washington, D.C. by the Washington Post, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to our mission to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community. SSSAS combines a rigorous academic program with outstanding opportunities in the arts, athletics and service learning for our students. SSSAS has a deep commitment to creating an inclusive community which values diversity and multiculturalism, and we seek candidates w...ho have this same commitment. The diverse student body is 27% students of color, and 21% of our students receive financial aid to create a socioeconomically diverse community.
Our culture promotes lifelong learning, and our faculty have a wealth of opportunities available to them to continue expanding their knowledge of both their disciplines and the field of education. Summer study grants, a 6-week multicultural seminar for new faculty, support for graduate studies, and conferences and workshops are just a few of the ways in which we support and encourage our teachers to continue to grow and learn.