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Director of Safety & Security

Lake Forest Schools

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Contact Information

Address:

Lake Forest Schools
300 S Waukegan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Phone:

  • 847-235-9657

Position Information

Application Deadline:

  • 04/30/23

Salary:

  • Regionally Competitive

    Commensurate with Experience

Population:

  • 20,000

Position Details

The position of the Director of Safety & Security, is responsible for the oversight of all district safety and security programs and services.

The Director provides security for the school district staff, students, buildings and property through patrol of four elementary and one high school school building and building perimeters, including parking lots, playgrounds and athletic fields to prevent unauthorized visitors or property damage and to provide for general building security; oversees all emergency response procedures with district staff and local law enforcement and fire department.

Education, Experience, and Licensure (required and preferred): 

  • College degree required
  • Relevant experience and/or post-secondary training in business
  • Citizens Police Academy through Lake Forest Police Department (Must complete within one year of employment)
  • Successful completion of ICS training (Initiated within one year)
  • Valid Driver's License 

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):

  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite and Google Workspace
  • Follow all Board of Education policies
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively – written and verbal
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Outgoing, friendly, and customer focused
  • Demonstrates leadership abilities and must be a team player
  • Works with speed, attention to detail, consistency, and organization
  • Comfortable and pleasant demeanor in very busy environments
  • Maintain professional appearance
  • Extensive knowledge of ISBE school safety codes and emergency preparedness
  • Willingness to support the mission and vision of the district
  • Strong decision-making skills
  • Ability to identify and define problems, collect and analyze data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret local, state, and federal regulations and policies
  • Implement safety and security protocols to ensure safe environments in all district schools and buildings
  • Oversee student discipline, in conjunction with the SRO and building/district administrators, in school buildings, on school grounds, at school events, and on buses to ensure a positive and safe learning environment
  • Initiate and/or support district teams in the behavior threat assessment process
  • Oversee district security access software and video camera surveillance equipment
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of school safety and security programs and develop emergency operations plans, procedures, and objectives to facilitate and improve the programs
  • Ensure application of safety and security protocols to public events, sports events, and other extracurricular school district activities
  • Assist the administrative staff with any and all security concerns
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize information and trends related to school safety
  • Monitor bus and student drop off and pick up activity
  • Ensure compliance with building access and front-office safety protocols
  • Oversee the security of summer school in the buildings
  • Oversee and participate in frequent security inspections of school facilities
  • Develop and periodically monitor a reporting system designed to detect security issues in school facilities
  • Oversee and coordinate off-site student reunification policies and procedures
  • Make recommendations to correct security issues once identified
  • Recommend and implement procedures and best practices to prevent and deter violence at schools or other district properties
  • Research and recommend additions and improvements to the safety management program, particularly in areas such as emergency preparedness, accident prevention, general safety, and risk management
  • Coordinate with local law enforcement and the school assigned SRO's along with other appropriate health and safety professionals in matters of public safety involving students and staff
  • Evaluate effectiveness of security, surveillance equipment, and signage on school district properties
  • Coordinates with the Technology and Maintenance departments to address or correct any safety and security issues on school campuses
  • Provide school staff with professional development training related to safety and security (Behavioral threat assessment, active shooter training, ICS training, Evacuation drills, etc)
  • Participate in professional development training to stay current on laws, policies and best practices regarding school safety
  • Attend and present, when needed, at any Board of Education or community engagement meetings
  • Prepare and monitor Safety & Security Departmental budget
  • Conduct and hold annual safety meetings with local first responders
  • Serve as Liaison with local first responders, local and state
  • Responsible for filing required reports with Federal, State and Local government agencies
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his/her designee 

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates must apply online:

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