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Chief School Safety Officer / Risk Manager

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Job Description

Length of position: Permanently funded, year round full time positon
Hours: 8:00 A.M - 5:00 P.M.

The Chief School Safety Officer / Risk Manager is responsible to lead Texas School for the Deaf's(TSD) efforts to ensure student and staff safety by designing, implementing, and championing emergency operations plans, including policies, procedures and processes that ensure campus safety.

The position is responsbile to ensure that TSD complies with state requirements for
comprehensive safety and risk management reviews, including implementation of school district requirements of the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) and the Texas Legislature.

The position serves as the school's liaison to local and state public safety agencies and performs administrative work in the development and administration of Texas School for the Deaf’s (TSD) risk management and loss prevention program, with the goals of identifying, minimizing, and controlling the exposure to all types of losses, and improving the work environment related to the health and safety of students, employees and the general public.

The Chief Safety Officer / Risk Manager functions as the point of contact and liaison or
coordinator for all matters pertaining to Risk Management, Health and Safety, Emergency
Management and School Safety. Work is performed under general supervision from the Chief
Financial Officer with wide latitude for independent judgment.


  • Risk Management Program Development
  • Develops goals and objectives for the school's risk management and comprehensive school safety program (which includes the areas of, health and safety, school safety, and emergency management and property conservation)
  • Develops measures to evaluate the effectiveness of the risk management program
  • Develops risk management policies and procedures
  • Effectively monitors and updates the School's Emergency Operations Plan, Active Threat Plans, Access Control Procedures and Standard Response Protocol templates in keeping with current state statutes or industry best practices
  • Risk Management and Safety Program Implementation
  • Operates as the Risk Manager, Safety Director, and Emergency Management Manager
  • Interacts routinely with all functions / departments of TSD as well as the State Office of Risk Management, Texas School Safety Center, the State Fire Marshall's Office and the Texas Facilities Commission
  • Provides leadership for the district's Safe and Supportive School's Program Team (SSSP)
  • Closely monitors legislative policies and mandates related to school safety; ensures adherence to current Governor's Office, Texas Education Agency, State Office of Risk Management and Texas School Safety Center directives
  • Review school files, reports and programs for compliance with applicable state and federal laws and the agency Governing Board policies relating to risk management, property conservation, health and safety, school safety, and emergency management
  • Identifies and analyzes perils, risks and hazards to which the agency, its students, employees, and/or the general public may be exposed, and prepares recommendations
  • Provides the Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer and school leadership with reports as deemed necessary
  • Conducts or monitors on-site inspections of school facilities to identify hazards and risk exposures
  • Arranges for tests and evaluation of emergency management plans and drill assessments; collects and retains documentation for reporting to oversight agencies
  • Provides and ensures ongoing staff training on safety, security and emergency management
  • Provides advice and technical guidance to Safety Officers across TSD departments
  • Participates as an active member of the School Safety and Security Committee and may participate as a member of the School Behavioral Threat Assessment Team
  • May supervise others
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Public Administration, Risk Management, Occupational Safety or other field of study from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience as a Risk Manager at a Texas State Agency, Federal Agency, Municipal Government Entity, School, University, or large private sector corporation can substitute for degree on a year for year basis.
  • Two years experience developing and administering policies and procedures related to school adminsration or school safety, risk management or loss prevention programs.
  • Two years experience evaluating programs, interpreting federal, state and local statutes and mandates, updating policies, presenting data or subject matter results / reports to management or end users.
  • Intermediate competency in the use of various software programs or applications used to track, collect, and analyze data; ability to develop basic presentations, subject briefs, and spreadsheets through MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word, Excel).
  • Sign Language: The ultimate required proficiency level for the position using the levels designated in the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) is INTERMEDIATE. If hired with a sign language proficiency level below this level, you are required to participate in signed communication learning opportunities on a regular basis until you have achieved the sign language proficiency level assigned to your position.


  • Advanced sign language communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of safety and emergency planning
  • Risk management / health and safety program experience in an education and / or residential facility
  • Risk management / health and safety program experience in a municipal, state or federal agency
  • Certified Risk Manager or Certified Risk Management Professional designation

Chief Financial Officer
Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) Code:
Risk Management Specialist V
For MOS equivalent

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