Humboldt County Office of Education: School Safety and Emergency Preparedness Director

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HCOE Job Description

School Safety and Emergency Preparedness Director

Position Summary

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 Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), local community organizations and service providers in the realm of prevention, intervention and school safety.  Works in collaboration with Humboldt County partners to help implement and support countywide protocols, such as the Immediate Response protocol and the Student Threat Assessment process.  Responsibilities include training, crisis communication, plan development and support to local school districts and collaboration with law enforcement, behavioral and mental health providers and other community partners.

Coordination will be within the framework of a multi-tiered system of support, including the three tiers of intervention (universal, targeted and intensive individualized). Supports LEAs with School Safety Plans and assists with multi-agency responses to crises, natural disasters and public health emergencies.  Emphasis on prevention, intervention and postvention (e.g. mental health/suicide). Coordinates and maintains emergency preparedness management (including active assailant prevention and response, earthquake and fire preparedness and crisis management).  Develops and provides training and resources for HCOE and Humboldt County school districts.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This management position provides important guidance, direction and recommendations to the County Office of Education (COE) and LEA administrative personnel on school safety and emergency preparedness. Works closely with interagency partners on threat assessments and other community-based safety initiatives.

Supervision Received and Exercised

This position is supervised by the Director of Prevention and Intervention in HCOE’s Educational Services Division.

Examples of Duties & Responsibilities (Examples of Essential Job Functions)

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist with the establishment of appropriate planning to minimize the impacts of school crisis in the event of an emergency or disaster;
  • Lead the HCOE Safety Committee;
  • Serve on the HCOE Leadership Council;
  • Work closely with the Office of Emergency Services within the state and the county when an emergency or disaster arises;
  • Establish threat assessment protocols and annual cross-agency training;
  • Review, write or update memorandums, correspondence, reports, reference guides and training materials related to crisis prevention;
  • Maintain web-based resources;
  • Coordinate site safety planning and training for HCOE operated sites;
  • Support HCOE and LEAs in the planning and implementation of short and long range disaster and emergency preparedness plans and programs;
  • 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;
  • Coordinate with HCOE’s Administration office and the Community Outreach and Engagement department on the dissemination of safety and emergency information to HCOE staff, LEAs and the public;
  • Support the maintenance and analysis of data related to school safety prevention and intervention;
  • 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;
  • Conduct assessments of all disaster equipment and supplies;
  • Manage and maintain tools and critical systems to support safety operations of the organization;
  • Promote equity, cultural competency, inclusion and embrace diversity;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications (aka Employment Standards)

Knowledge of:

  • Emergency response;
  • Diverse student populations;
  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS);
  • Student threat assessment procedures;
  • Mental health support and best practices during crises;
  • 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:

Minimum Required: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as qualifying.


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


  • Minimum of five (5) years of related experience, preferably in an education or law enforcement setting.
  • Working knowledge of TK-12 education


  • Master’s degree preferred (M.A., M.S., M.S.Ed.) in related field.

Working Conditions (Work Environment)

  • Office related work; sitting and standing for long periods of time.
  • School site visitations and field work – often multiple sites in a single day.

Physical Demands

(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 within 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.

Other Requirements

  • Must be fingerprinted and a satisfactory Department of Justice records check must be received by HCOE prior to employment.
  • TB testing and/or risk assessment will be required upon employment.
  • Must pass a pre-employment physical (if applicable).
  • May be required to obtain first aid and CPR certificates within the first 6 to 12 months of employment.
  • May be required to drive with or without students; some positions may require a California driver’s license, proof of insurance and possible participation in the DMV PUll Notice Program once employed.

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 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.

Class 5
Reviewed & Updated 10/2/2023
PC Approved 10/10/2023

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