Safe & Healthy Schools Coordinator

State of Vermont - Agency of Education
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Location: Washington County,
About the Job

The Agency of Education seeks a Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator to join our Operations team. The SHS Coordinator will fill a critical role in supporting school district operations, and will coordinate the Agency’s role in supporting the Safe and Healthy Schools Program, a relatively new and multi-Agency effort that was created to support the multi-faceted health, wellness, and safety needs of Vermont’s school system.

The SHS Coordinator serves as a liaison to support schools in implementing statewide school safety requirements and related operational concerns and ensuring that quality standards related to school safety are met by schools and Supervisory Unions and Districts. Of note, this position will provide significant technical assistance to schools and school districts in ensuring their compliance with “Act 29” of 2023, which requires all schools to adopt and maintain policies supporting safety response drills, emergency operations plans, access control and visitor support, and behavioral threat assessment.

In addition to a focus on school safety requirements under Act 29, the SHS Coordinator will also have an immediate role in supporting the State’s PCB testing program, will support AOE coordination with other state partners on school health initiatives, will assist in the implementation of District Quality Standards related to school safety, and will be a designated participant on the AOE’s emergency operations response team. This position will not support mental health needs addressed by SHS or other inter-Agency initiatives.

Successful candidates will have a working knowledge of school or district operations, specifically around health, wellness, and safety, and a demonstrated ability to communicate complex and detailed concepts to a variety of partners. Candidates must have strong organizational and task-management skills, a willingness to learn and use online and electronic planning tools designed to meet needs of hybrid workplace, and must be able to demonstrate flexibility and creativity around problem solving.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

The Agency of Education’s Statement of Purpose states, “The Agency of Education implements state and federal laws, policies, and regulations to ensure all Vermont learners have equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities. The Agency accomplishes this mission through the provision of its leadership, support, and oversight of Vermont’s public education system.” Equitable access to high quality education is a driving factor in all that we do.

This position, SHS Coordinator, will provide support to major programs that impact Vermont schools, including implementation and management of school safety regulations, district quality standards (specifically around school safety), and multi-Agency efforts around school health and wellness. These efforts will require significant attention on how school safety and wellness initiatives impact equitable access to education among a wide range of student demographics, backgrounds, and socio-economic statuses. A focus on how this work impacts equitable access to education will be critical to ensuring successful delivery of these programs and initiatives.

Wage or Salary
$28.58 - 44.82 hourly