Position Description

Safety Manager
Location GH Arizona - Phoenix
Job Category Lead Office (Finance, HR, Development, etc.)
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DEPARTMENT: Great Hearts Lead Office, Operations Department                    

LOCATION: Lead Office with frequent travel to the campuses                       

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Business Operations 

FLSA STATUS: Full-time Benefits Eligible, Salary, Exempt

Time Commitment and Reporting:  This is a full-time, 12-month, benefits-eligible position, reporting to the Vice President of Business Operations

Company Description

Great Hearts Academies is a non-profit network of charter schools dedicated to improving education by developing excelling public schools.  We gladly prepare our graduates for success in the best colleges and universities in the nation, but our main purpose is the formation of the soul, heart, and mind.  We believe that the highest goal of education is to become good, intellectually and morally.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for developing, organizing, and managing the Great Hearts safety and security program and emergency management operations.  This position will establish, review, and communicate security policies and procedures, evaluate security programs, prepare and maintain budget, and develops a training program that exceeds state requirements and industry best practices.  This position develops and maintains the Great Hearts standard emergency plans and procedures, leads the involvement with local safety agencies as it relates to planning and executing GH response before, during and after disasters, emergencies and drills.  Will coordinate and collaborate with school safety teams to maintain all safety procedures and mandatory drills.

 This role will have dotted line oversight of school safety personnel. ( School Safety Coordinators)

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Administration of security policies, procedures, and programs to ensure effective safety and security throughout the Great Hearts network.
  • Coordinates with Headmasters to lead the school safety coordinators to maintain safety programs within the schools
  • Contributes to creating the budget for academy safety and security needs and requirements.
  • Maintains the safety and security budget.
  • Works to acquire safety equipment that is appropriate to the needs of the schools, collaborates with facilities and work within the budget.
  • Plans an ongoing professional development program for school personnel that meets or exceeds state standards for safety and security practices.
  • Executes the procedures and protocols to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies while maintaining the Great Hearts emergency plan
  • Serves as the primary liaison with local, state, ands federal public safety agencies on all matters related to school safety.
  • Participates in ongoing training and professional development to increase skills and proficiency related to assigned duties.
  • Serves as a liaison with the Facilities Department to oversee the maintenance, repair, and development of the network’s safety equipment

Qualifications, Competencies and Strengths

This position offers an exceptional opportunity to lead and contribute meaningfully to a unique organization.

  • Minimum age is 18 years.
  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university.
  • Degree in Criminal Justice, Security Management, Education, or a related field preferred. 
  • Experience working within a school environment.
  • Certification in Emergency Management is preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of security management principles, best practices, and related laws and policies required.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office required.
  • Valid AZ driver’s license.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to lead a team of indirect reports while setting and implementing safety policies, evaluating security program, preparing budgets, developing and implementing safety training, maintaining emergency plans, and consistently monitoring and updating safety practices to best serve the Great Hearts community.

Personal Qualities and Values

We value each of our team members as individuals but believe that we achieve the greatest results by working together. The candidate should enjoy being a team player.

The nine core virtues that we seek to model and instill in our students are:

  • Responsibility.  We accept obligations and we act on those obligations in a manner suitable to their timely and satisfactory fulfillment.  We are willingly accountable for what we do and say, and we seek to learn from our mistakes.
  • Perseverance and Courage.  We spurn despair and strive to complete tasks to the best of our abilities, regardless of the difficulty.  We respond creatively to overcome obstacles and ask for help when necessary
  • Integrity and Honesty.  We are individuals of strong ethical values, who make consistently good choices in keeping with our knowledge of right and wrong.  We are always truthful in what we say and do, regardless of the circumstances or consequences.
  • Citizenship and Humility.  We give of our time and abilities to serve others.  We uphold liberty and social equality through respect for individual differences and always strive to do our best whether we are recognized or not.
  • Friendship.  We regard others and ourselves as deserving of kind and just treatment.  Our conduct is considerate and polite.  We look for the good in others and demonstrate compassion.  Our attitudes toward others reflect the way we wish to be treated.
  • Wisdom.  We learn from our mistakes and think before we act.  We look to each other and our past successes for guidance on making good choices.


  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits package commiserate with applicant’s experience.

For general information/questions regarding this position please contact:  Marilyn Papke at mpapke@greatheartsaz.org

Great Hearts Academies is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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