Humboldt County Office of Education: School Safety Director

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

School Safety Director


Under the general supervision of the Director of Prevention and Intervention, serves as a key member of the Prevention and Intervention Department.  Serves as a key training, technical, and informational contact between the HCOE, LEAs, local community organizations and service providers in the realm of prevention, intervention and school safety.  Develop and coordinate response protocols and resources, including training and coordination within the framework of a multi-tiered system of support including the three tiers of intervention (universal, targeted, and intensive individualized). Support LEAs with School Safety Plans and assist with multi-agency response to crises, natural disasters, and public health emergencies.  Emphasis on prevention, intervention, and postvention (e.g. mental health/suicide). Coordinate and maintain emergency preparedness management (including active assailant prevention and response, earthquake and fire preparedness and crisis management).  Develop and provide training and resources for HCOE and Humboldt County school districts.


  • Assist with the establishment pf appropriate planning to minimize the impacts of school crisis in the event of an emergency or disaster.
  • Establishment of threat assessment protocols and annual cross-agency training.
  • Review, write or update memorandums, correspondence, reports, reference guides, and training materials related to crisis prevention. Maintains web-based resources.
  • Coordinate site safety planning and training for HCOE operated sites.
  • Support HCOE and LEAs in developing and implementing Safe Schools Programs. This could include assisting school sites with the development of their School Site Safety Plan or related plans including active shooter training, COVID-19 prevention, suicide prevention, threat assessment earthquake and fire preparedness, and crisis prevention and response.
  • Lead organizational emergency response planning, and engages community partners to address the dynamic responses demanded by emergency conditions. Coordinate and/or provide training to staff, district and community partners related to prevention and intervention to emergency situations.
  • Serve as the primary liaison with the Humboldt County Department of Health and other public health agencies. Prepare related reports, assist in ensuring compliance with various local, state, and/or federal regulations.
  • Support the maintenance and analysis of data related to school safety prevention and intervention.   
  • Collaborate with HCOE’s communications staff to develop strategies related to emergency and crisis response and protocols for internal and external communities.
  • Keep abreast of latest directives and trends by the Humboldt County Department of Public Health, CDC, Cal/OSHA and State Public Health Department.
  • Primary coordination and facilitation of health related responses, including but not limited to COVID-19 response.
  • Recommend procedures for offices and sites that minimize exposure to hazardous conditions.
  • Promote equity, cultural competency, inclusion and embraces diversity.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Emergency response
  • Prevention and intervention
  • Mental health
  • Data management/analysis
  • Public speaking / Professional development facilitation

Ability to:

  • Collaborate with agencies, community organizations, and LEA’s (school districts).
  • Work effectively with K-12 educators, public, and private agencies;
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
  • Prepare grant applications;
  • Manage multiple assignments and deadlines;
  • Analyze situations accurately and take appropriate action;
  • Research, design, develop and present materials;
  • Prepare clear and compete proposals and reports;
  • Work effectively in the absence of supervision;
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others;

Educational and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Public/Mental Health or related field. Equivalent relevant work experience will be considered in lieu of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Master’s degree preferred (M.A., M.S., M.S.Ed.) in related field
  • Working knowledge of TK-12 education
  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience, preferably in an education or law enforcement setting.

License or Certificate

Possession of valid advanced CPR and First Aid Certifications within the first six months of employment.

Physical Requirements

(Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodation for the following physical requirements.) Sufficient vision to read printed materials; sufficient hearing to conduct in-person and telephone conversations; sufficient mobility to move about the county office and other sites as may be required; ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation distance, on the telephone, and to address groups of varying sizes; physical and emotional stamina to cope with sometimes stressful situations and conditions.

Additional Requirements

Individuals who serve in management positions provide services in the office, as well as in various sites throughout the county, sometimes serving multiple sites in a single workday. Public speaking skills, group problem solving and leadership ability, the ability to communicate effectively in writing, the capacity to maintain personal demeanor during periods of peak workflow and perform efficiently within restricted timeframes are critical factors for success in this position.

Individuals who serve as management personnel must be willing to modify days/hours and to work additional days/hours on occasion with appropriate compensation and be willing to travel using own transportation with mileage reimbursed, or county office fleet vehicle, as the job may require. Required Professional Licensure. 

Classified Management
Class 4

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