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School Safety Preparedness Specialist

  • 500066
  • Full-time

Arizona Department of Education

The Arizona Department of Education's mission is to advance equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices. Our vision is equity for all students to achieve their full potential!

School Safety Preparedness Specialist

School Safety and Social Wellness Section

Job Location:

Phoenix Location

Posting Details:

Salary: 56,000 - 65,000 

Grade: 21

Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Summary:

• The School Safety and Social Wellness team within the Arizona Department of Education helps educators support the emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of students. This position is responsible for administration of the School Emergency Preparedness Program. The Program takes a data-driven, all-hazards approach to advancing the capacity of public and private K-12 schools to plan for emergency, crisis, and disaster events, and covers all phases of preparedness to include planning, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery. The program prioritizes equity in planning including the planning for access and functional needs of school community members. Program outcomes are maximized through coordination and collaboration with other state and local agencies and organizations in education, public health, health care, law enforcement, and emergency management.
• In-state travel is required for this position

Job Duties:

• Development and implementation of the annual work plan to ensure achievement of program deliverables and program and agency goals, including development of school needs assessment
• Development, coordination, and/or oversight of training and exercise programs for organization-level and school-level personnel
• Monitoring of program budget and completion of quarterly fiscal reports
• Evaluation of program activities and reporting on accomplishments
• Coordination and collaboration with partner agencies, providing support to the School Preparedness Advisory Council

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Health and safety program development, implementation, and evaluation
• Evidence-based practices in school safety to include prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies
• Adult learning techniques, methods, and instructional strategies for in-person and virtual trainings
• A Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Health Education, School Psychology, Social Work, School Counseling, Nursing, or a related field of study is required for this position
• Training adult learners
• Facilitation of meetings with diverse stakeholders
• Organizational
• Time-management, and multiple project/task management
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Presentation
• Oral and written communication skills with a variety of stakeholders including educators, administrators, state agencies, law-enforcement personnel, and the public
• Intermediate skill in using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
• Operate successfully in a team environment
• Guide and support LEAs and schools in designing, implementing, and evaluating effective school safety systems
• Absorb technical, specialized knowledge related to school safety
• Research and draw meaning from public laws and rules
• Identify and create connections between the School Emergency Preparedness Program and other federal, state, and local programs and initiatives
• Effectively communicate and collaborate, interpret information, and make decisions
• Provide great customer service and technical support to internal and external customers

Selective Preference(s):

• Preference will be given to those applicants with a Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, or a related field of study

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Position requires possession of and ability to retain a current, valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records and must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12.).
• Offers are contingent upon successful completion of all background and reference checks, required documents and, if applicable, a post-offer medical/physical evaluation.


ADE’s comprehensive benefits package includes:

• Affordable medical, dental, life, and short-term disability insurance plans
• Tuition reimbursement program available for education/professional development advancement
• Hybrid schedule (combination of telework and in-office) may be available for some job roles
• Top ranked retirement and long-term disability plans
• Deferred compensation plan
• Accrued sick leave and vacation leave
• Ten paid holidays per year
• Wellness plans

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


You will be required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) upon your 27th week of employment, subject to waiting period. On or shortly after, your first day of employment you will be provided with enrollment instructions and effective date.

Contact Us:

The Arizona Department of Education is an EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer. During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting the ADE Human Resources office at (602) 542-3186 or via e-mail at HumanResourcesGroup@azed.gov.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.