Rock Hill Schools

Director of Safety and Security




Purpose Statement:

The job of Director for Safety and Security is done for the purpose/s of providing structure and system support for Rock Hill Schools mission, vision, and strategic plan by providing an environment, which is free from recognized hazards, and collaborating with the schools and other agencies (i.e. law enforcement, emergency management, etc.) to assist schools to recognize, identify and evaluate risks and hazards (and/or respond) to our students and/or employees for the promotion of personal health, academic success, and future productivity of the students of Rock Hill Schools of York County District Three.


This job reports to Chief of Operations.


Essential Functions

  • Coordinates school safety plans, crisis management plans for all schools for the purpose of managing district activities in relation to the provisions of assigned programs.
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of addressing immediate safety concerns and investigates and responds to all safety concerns/issues.
  • Collaborates with other agencies (e.g. law enforcement, community professionals, etc.) for the purpose of communicating and/or receiving information regarding situations that may affect safety within the school environment.
  • Serves as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies to monitor the daily operation of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program and other law enforcement issues on the school campus.
  • Serves as district liaison for community first responder/crisis management advisory team.
  • Coordinates staff development for school safety with Instruction Department and school administrative staff for the purpose of promoting integration of safety/risk management topics across the curriculum.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts OSHA/Safety training sessions for shop and site based maintenance personnel, custodial staff and classified employees.
  • Schedules, conducts and documents meetings with school safety/crisis teams for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
  • Conducts school safety audits along with Risk Control Specialists from SCSBIT, sends reports to principals and verifies correction of deficiencies.
  • Directs/coordinates the periodic assessment/audit of school facilities and grounds to determine safety and security issues.
  • Prepares memos, reports, drawings etc. related to safety and traffic issues on school campuses and forward those to Maintenance, Facilities or other appropriate locations.
  • Prepares documentation for the purpose of providing written support and/or conveying information related to crisis/emergency situations, safety (i.e. annual board report on school safety) and risk management.
  • Develops and administers the budget for the department.
  • Works in securing grant funding which supports school safety initiatives
  • Approves contractor safety plans and monitors execution of safety programs and procedures prescribed by contract specifications through the Director of Purchasing.
  • Coordinates with local, state, and federal regulators and authorities to ensure compliance with applicable environmental protection statutes and regulations.
  • Coordinates with site-based administrators, Maintenance and Facilities Sections to address and correct safety/security issues.
  • Makes data-based decisions about how to organize and strategically align department and District resources to maximize safety of students, staff, and the school communities.
  • Participates in the development and maintenance of a District level Crisis Response Plan.
  • Develops and continuously improves policies and protocols to support emergency response and a safe school climate.
  • Leads and evaluates all safety and security department activities and initiatives.
  • Builds processes that use data to evaluate safety effectiveness and drives results aligned to safety and security priorities.
  • Provides leadership during critical incidents by using the Incident Command System model of standard response.
  • Proactively engages school communities in developing safety priorities, defining roles and responsibilities, building capability, and creating systems of accountability to ensure a safe and effective school climate.
  • Works with Capital Program and other District staff to provide leadership and program management oversight of capital efforts to equip schools with assets necessary to ensure the safety of school communities.
  • Develops adequate and relevant in-service training programs for security and school personnel which supports policy enforcement, fire safety, and accident prevention in the public school environment and supports other relevant in-services and training programs related to health services.
  • Effectively evaluates the performance of security and safety personnel.
  • Attends PTA, school board, athletic events, concerts and various other community and school band events and meetings as necessary.
  • Provides periodic reports to the Superintendent and the School Board on matters pertaining to school safety.
  • Advises and assists site-based administrators I matters in matters involving criminal activities on school campuses.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of security plans of special events involving the school facilities within the jurisdiction of Rock Hill School District.
  • Communicates with the media when appropriate o matters involving school safety.
  • Communicates with other school systems o matters related to school safety.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or his designee


Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications



Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

SKILLS are required to perform multiple, non-technical tasks Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: maintaining accurate records, skill in applying accepted administrative methods/techniques and proficiency in the use of world processing, spreadsheet, database, e-mail, Internet, or other computer programs; managing security systems.


KNOWLEDGE is required to perform basic math; read a variety of manuals, write documents following prescribed formats, and/or present information to others; and understand complex, multi-step written and oral instructions.  Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations and accreditation standards related to safety standards and hazards, pertinent codes, policies, regulations and/or laws, safety practices and procedures, knowledge of data collection, analysis and data presentation and knowledge of South Carolina Boards Trust (SCSBIT) related to general liability and civil suit claims; and environmental safety practices and procedures.


ABILITY is required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operates equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment.  In working with others, independent problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data may require independent interpretation; and problem solving with equipment is limited. Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: working with detailed information/data, setting priorities meeting deadlines and schedules, maintaining confidentiality communicating with diverse groups, establishing effective relationships.



Responsibilities include: working independently under broad organizational policies to achieve organizational objectives; managing multiple departments; and supervising the use of funds for multiple departments.  Utilization of some resources from other work units is often required to perform the job’s functions. There is a continual opportunity to impact the Organization’s services.


Working Environment

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires 30% sitting, 35% walking, and 35% standing. This job is performed in a generally clean and healthy environment.



Minimum of five years previous experience and/or training involving law enforcement and/or institutional safety and security.



Bachelor’s degree preferably in Public Administration or related field


Required Testing                                                 

Pre-employment TB Test


Certificates & Licenses

Related to field

RISK Management for Public Entities (RMPE) preferred


Continuing Educ. / Training                              

None Specified



Satisfactory SLED (SC Law Enforcement division) report outstanding references from current and former employers


FLSA Status                                                           



Salary Grade

Admin 7


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