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School Safety Program Specialist

  • 499940
  • Full-time


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 Program 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 (ADE) helps educators support the emotional, mental, and physical health and safety of students. The School Safety Program, a part of the School Safety and Social Wellness Unit, supports, promotes, and enhances safe and effective learning environments by placing school resource officers, juvenile probation officers, school counselors and social workers on school campuses in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute 15-154. The program currently funds more than 600 positions at schools across Arizona and serves diverse populations, including tribal members. This position serves as the School Safety Program Specialist. This employee will collaborate with site-based interdisciplinary teams and work to educate and support internal and external stakeholders regarding the successful implementation of the School Safety Program. Program goals include support of the social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health of all students. The position will be responsible for programmatic support and technical assistance to districts and schools across diverse geographical areas.
• In-state travel is required for this position.

Job Duties:

• Help design and facilitate engaging professional development workshops and trainings for educational leaders, school counselors, school social workers, school resource officers, and juvenile probation officers funded through the School Safety Program
• Provide School Safety Program school counselors, school social workers, school resource officers, juvenile probation officers, and their school safety leadership teams with differentiated technical assistance, professional learning, and support
• Assist (Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with the ongoing development of school safety teams and student support best practices
• Review grant applications to ensure the program is implemented appropriately, per Arizona Revised Statute 15-154
• Monitor programs for grant compliance
• Assist in developing and completing any administrative and monitoring reports
• Engage in a high degree of collaboration with ADE program areas to help coordinate their activities with those of the School Safety Program and other state plans and initiatives, and participate in agency divisional, unit, and team meetings and working groups

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Please note: For those selected for interviews, skills assessments may be administered as part of the interview process.
• Adult learning techniques, methods, and instructional strategies
• Campus prevention, intervention, and post-vention strategies
• Evidence-based practices in school safety
• Fundamentals of program design, development, implementation, and evaluation
• Methods and techniques of curriculum development, application, and evaluation
• State laws and polices pertaining to school safety programs and initiatives
• Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Social Work, School Counseling, or a related field
• Expertise in training adult learners
• Facilitate meetings with diverse stakeholders and program staff
• Public speaking
• Problem-solving techniques, including root-cause analysis
• Organizational
• Time-management
• Multiple project/task management skills
• Strong interpersonal, presentation, oral, and written communication skills
• Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Teams), planning and conducting webinars, facilitation of conference call meetings

• Communicate effectively with educators, administrators, state agencies, law-enforcement personnel, and the public
• Operate successfully in a team environment
• Understand state laws and policies pertaining to the School Safety Program (ARS 15-154)
• Guide and support LEAs and schools in designing, implementing, and evaluating effective school safety systems including social-emotional and behavioral and mental health supports
• Absorb highly technical, specialized knowledge related to school safety
• Research and draw meaning from public laws and rules
• Identify and create connections between the School Safety 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:
• Master’s Degree
• ADE School Counselor or Social Worker Certification and/or Licensure

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
• Work from home options available for appropriate positions
• 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.