Date:  Jun 3, 2023


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Requisition No: 797730 

Agency: Department of Education

Working Title: DEPUTY DIRECTOR- SES - 48003833

Position Number: 48003833 

Salary:  Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000 

Posting Closing Date: 06/16/2023 

Florida Department of Education

Office of Safe Schools


Position Title: Deputy Director

Salary Range: $75,000-$85,000




Job Description

This position must be capable of handling multiple priorities in a high-volume setting relating to the various subject matter areas within the Office of Safe Schools. This position is responsible for supervising a team of employees and overseeing their daily functions within the organization including conducting manager performance reviews. Additionally, the employee will provide assistance and back up to the Executive Director of the Office of Safe Schools in the management and leadership of formulating policy and procedures related to the achievement of the Department’s safe schools mission as established by the State Board of Education, the Commissioner of Education, and the Legislature. The employee will represent the Executive Director of the Office of Safe Schools with advocacy groups, constituents, task forces, and other forums on issues related to Florida’s safe schools programs and policies. As requested, the employee will report regularly to the Commissioner of Education, the Governor, and the State Board of Education. The employee will assist in ensuring that the Office of Safe Schools serves as a central repository for best practices, training standards, and compliance oversight in all matters regarding school safety and security, including prevention efforts, intervention efforts, and emergency preparedness planning. The employee will be responsible for developing active working relationships with national and state stakeholders, policy groups, and researchers, and assist school districts in developing and implementing safe schools policies and procedures on behalf of the Executive Director of the Office of Safe Schools. Additional responsibilities include researching and gathering information and communicating with various constituents. This position will have the responsibility of preparing and presenting professional webinars to subrecipients and must portray a high level of customer service skills including, verbal and written communications, and collaboration with the districts and other department offices. In addition, this position will provide oversight and guidance in the awarding of grants to schools to improve the safety and security of school buildings based upon recommendations of the security risk assessment. The employee is responsible for the dissemination, in consultation with the Department of Law Enforcement, to participating schools’ awareness and education materials on the School Safety Awareness Program. 


Duties and Responsibilities

(Note: The omission of specific job duties does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.)

  • The employee must interact courteously and communicate effectively with others.
  • The employee must be productive under tight timeframes, balance multiple and competing priorities and maintain goal-directed behavior and performance.
  • The employee must support the efforts of the Office of Safe Schools which serves as the central repository for best practices, training standards and compliance oversight in all matters regarding school safety and security, including prevention efforts, intervention efforts and emergency preparedness planning.
  • The employee must be capable of performing simple and complex Excel calculations and reports for the Office of Safe Schools as needed.
  • The employee will be expected to provide guidance and assists the Executive Director of Safe Schools in the oversight of the Office of Safe School's efforts to establish and update as necessary a school security risk assessment tool for use by school districts, and charter schools.
  • The employee will oversee the implementation of sections 1006.07(6), and 1006.1493, F.S. of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act.
  • The employee will oversee the compliance and training functions of the Office of Safe Schools.
  • The employee will oversee ongoing professional development opportunities to school district personnel.
  • The employee will coordinate an interdisciplinary approach to providing technical assistance and guidance to school districts on safety and security and makes recommendations to address findings identified by school safety specialist in the school districts.
  • The employee will review and provide recommendations to the Executive Director of the Office of Safe Schools on the security risk assessments submitted by the school districts as well as coordinate with the Department of Law Enforcement to provide a centralized integrated data repository and data analytics resources to improve access to timely, complete and accurate information.
  • The employee will report violations or concerns of improper safety and security reporting to proper authorities for corrective action.
  • The employee will assist sub-recipients in achieving and maintaining compliance with federal and state rules and regulations by providing technical assistance, sample process and forms, trainings and other items as appropriate.
  • The employee will review administrative policies, procedures, guidelines and related directives to be implemented; evaluate the impact on operations; identify potential problems; and recommend appropriate action.
  • The employee will be responsible for identifying statewide operational problems in the implementation of administrative services policies and procedures or program policies and procedures.
  • The employee will perform related work as required.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Three years or more of professional work experience.
  • Strong writing skills to be able to convey information in writing respectively and effectively.


Preferred Experience

  • J.D. preferred


Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position.
  • Knowledge of laws, rules, policies and procedures relating to educational programs.
  • Knowledge of the techniques for planning, implementing or evaluating educational programs.
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection and analysis.
  • Knowledge of basic management principles and practices.
  • Knowledge, skills and abilities to include strong writing skills to be able to convey information in writing respectively and effectively.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to operational and management analysis activities.
  • Ability to communicate and deal effectively with a variety of people.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to collect, evaluate and analyze data to develop alternative recommendations, solve problems, document work flow and other activities relating to the improvement of operational and management practices.
  • Ability to organize data into logical format for presentation in reports, documents and other written materials.
  • Ability to conduct fact-finding research.
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.


How to Apply
Submit cover letter; resume; one professional, non-academic writing sample no more than three pages in length; and State of Florida application. This position requires pre-employment background screening. Applicants selected for interviews may be required to submit additional information.  



Benefits Information can be here.

  • Nine Paid Holidays annually
  • In-State Tuition Waivers
  • Health insurance (State pays 80% of premium)
  • Basic life insurance policy (80% employer paid)
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance options
  • State of Florida Retirement package –
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement
  • Training opportunities



Candidate Profile (application) must be complete in its entirety.

  • Include supervisor names and phone numbers of all periods of employment.
  • Account for and explain any gaps in employment so that the hiring process is not delayed. Gaps of employment 3 months or more MUST be addressed on the application.
  • Experience, education, training, knowledge, skills and/or abilities as well as responses to pre-qualifying questions must be verifiable to meet the minimum qualifications.  
  • It is unacceptable to use the statement “See Resume” in place of entering work history.
  • Periods of employment should be entered with the most recent/current listed first.
  • If claiming Veteran’s Preference, the candidate MUST attach supporting documentation (DD214).
  • If claiming the Right to Interview, the candidate MUST attach a copy of your official layoff letter when applying.
  • All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement


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Selective Services System (SSS)

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Other Personal Services (OPS) or Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:



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