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 Director, Contract Security & Training - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: DC Public Schools (DCPS) 
Hiring entity type: Educational Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Environmental/Safety
Management - General
Operations - Other
Service/Skilled - Security
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: a0x4U00000GhRNUQA3 / Latpro-3757857 
Date posted: Oct-14-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Director, Contract Security & Training

Office: Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Date Posted: 10/13/2020

Salary Range: 1-5 / $105,506 - $119,070

Position Overview

The Office of Innovation and Systems Improvement (ISI) works with the Chancellor to align resources across the organization through innovation and continuous improvement. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, we are guided by the five strategic priorities of the new Capital Commitment 2017-2022 Strategic Plan:

  • Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
  • Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
  • Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
  • Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
  • Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.

The Office of the Chief Operating Officer (OCOO) is comprised of the Strategic School Operations, Food & Nutrition Services, School Security, Facilities, Compliance, and Attendance teams. OCOO is responsible for guiding the operations and functions for all 118 schools within the District. Our goal is for all DCPS schools to be ready on the first day of school and every day thereafter so that all principals can lead, all teachers can teach, and all students can learn.

The Director, Contract Security & Training, in collaboration with the Director, Security, drives the district's efforts to provide for the safety and security of all students, staff, and facilities so that schools can focus on teaching and learning. This position will oversee the contract for security officers and special police officers at all DCPS schools. The Director, Contract Security & Training will work closely with MPD on behalf of DCPS and in service to all students. The Director's responsibilities include contract management, training development and implementation, building systems, deploying security personnel, developing operational frameworks, developing and adhering to annual budgets, implementing processes and procedures for evaluating programs and personnel, and special assignments as needs arise.

The Director, Contract Security & Training will report to the Deputy Chief, School Operations & Security.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Directs and oversees day to day management of the security guard contract, a $20M contract with approximately 300 contracted guards.  
  • Leads strategy and services across all schools with clear performance measures; contracts and directs the work of staff and contracted staff; and develops and revises procedures and methods for protecting students, personnel, and property.
  • Manages and coordinates with schools and vendors for guard deployment and need. 
  • Leads guard training programs and outreach initiatives, which promote and support ethics, professionalism, respect, procedural justice, accountability, and safety.  
  • Assesses department's programmatic talent needs; implements hiring, training/professional development strategies, and organizational design appropriately; and guides and coaches direct reports and other team members. 
  • Identifies and systematizes successful operational and project management methods across the department to meet both short and long-range safety needs for DCPS. 
  • Develops and implements annual budget for security programs and allocation of staff and resources; analyzes and reviews budgetary and financial data; and controls and authorizes expenditures in accordance with established limitations. 
  • Drives the gathering and analysis of data for internal and external reporting; and evaluates, on quantitative and qualitative basis, effectiveness of security-related programs and special projects towards meeting established goals and objectives. 
  • Works in partnership with MPD in ensuring that both school-based incidents and neighborhood incidents are examined in a comprehensive manner, taking a holistic approach to safety for all children in the District of Columbia; stays closely aware of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS organization; and pro-actively helps to adjust department approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources. 
  • Liaises with state and federal agencies on matters of security relating to the school district; keeps informed about innovations, developments in policy, and research; and advises DCPS senior management team on proposed legislation, policies, and procedures affecting the specific department and projects assigned. 
  • Advises Deputy Chancellor for Operations and other management on issues of strategy and operations related to and beyond safety and security programs; builds senior-level relationships across internal departments and Offices to drive collaboration; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders. 
  • Collaborates with other administrators, personnel, and outside organizations to coordinate activities and programs; resolves issues and conflicts; exchanges information and ensures school safety and security; confers with law enforcement, program, and truancy officers regarding student behavior; and serves as a liaison between DCPS, outside agencies, and the community. 


  • Bachelor's degree and five to seven years of related work experience.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector with considerable knowledge of public school administration a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and engage in conflict resolution to promote safety and reform.
  • Demonstrated leadership and administrative competency.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex data and situations and provide alternative solutions to problems.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, and effective human relations skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups.

DCPS Values

  • STUDENTS FIRST : We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
  • COURAGE : We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
  • EQUITY : We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
  • EXCELLENCE : We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
  • TEAMWORK : We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
  • JOY : We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.


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