Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Director, Child and Club Safety (Midwest region based)

1 month ago
Job ID
2017-2896
Category
Child & Club Safety
Midwest Region
Region/State
Illinois

Overview

Under the direction of the National Vice President, Child & Club Safety, the Director, Child & Club Safety primarily provides leadership and guidance through training, resources, consultation and advocacy in the areas of Child and Club Safety for all local Boys & Girls Club organizations as well as provides guidance to field-facing staff in their efforts to support local safety needs.

Responsibilities

Training, Resources, and Consultation

  • Develop and promote self-help resources for local Clubs such as policies, procedures, checklists, newsletters and training materials for leadership, management and youth development professionals. 
  • Develop and deliver safety-related training modules via distance learning and traditional group trainings at local Clubs, conferences and state events. 
  • Conduct webinars and workshops on best practices and strategies related to child protection. 
  • Provide direct technical assistance to local Clubs via on site assessments, emails and telephone.
  • Identify potential risks/issues at local Clubs and proactively address through online and face-to-face training.
  • Advise local organizations on risk management, loss prevention, and insurance practices.
  • Advise local organizations on safety and security measures to include premise security, vehicular safety, and internet safety.
  • Provide training, consultation and recommendations regarding background checks, incident management systems and other related systems.

Advocacy

  • Represent and present at outside events to position BGCA as an authority on child safety issues as requested by the National Vice President, Child & Club Safety.
  • Maintain the Movement’s advocacy platform relating to Child and Club Safety. 
  • Support the planning and implementation of a bi-annual Child & Club Safety Symposium and the bi-annual market specific symposium.
  • Develop, implement and regularly review/update all BGCA policies related to safety as requested by the National Vice President, Child & Club Safety.

Compliance

  • Provide face-to-face, verbal and written technical assistance to help ensure local Clubs comply with federal, state or local regulations, such as: The Americans with Disabilities Act, life-safety, health or child care.
  • Provide face-to-face, verbal and written technical assistance and coordinate with other departments to ensure the compliance of local Clubs 
  • with BGCA membership requirements such as: background checks and certificates of insurance.
  • Strongly influence Clubs to implement best practices in child protection.

 

Negotiations and Partnerships

  • Review and recommend best price for common vendors for background checks, insurance providers, incident management systems, external safety hotlines, internet safety, external safety training programs, etc.
  • Benchmark with local Clubs, other youth serving organizations and government agencies to identify best practices and standards that inform BGCA’s overall child safety model.
  • Support the integration of child protection/safety practices with all Field Services work, collaborating closely with regional service directors and educating the Field Services team. 
  • Upon request, develop regular safety-related communiqués, as needed, for distribution through Field Services, and to all organizations through e-blasts
  • Monitoring, Reporting, Analysis and Follow-Up
  • Monitor the incident management system, analyze results and recommend actions to local Clubs and BGCA staff who are responsible for bringing about resolution. 
  • Review insurance data to identify norms, trends, and outliers and design strategies to address any identified needs/issues.
  • Develop internal monitoring tools and provide reports.
  • As appropriate, enforce safety practices in local organizations.
  • Track and evaluate best practices and standards of care utilized by local Clubs, other youth serving organizations and government agencies

Additional Responsibilities

  • Manage the department’s web presence and content on both BGCA.net and BGCA.org.
  • Manage, coordinate or otherwise ensure the completion of projects or grants that address child and Club safety issues
  • Demonstrate BGCA mission driven I*CARE values, and integrate these beliefs into our environment and ways of work
  • Adhere to organizational policies and procedures as described in BGCA’s Employee Handbook, Ethics Policy and elsewhere.

Qualifications

Education:
Bachelor degree in youth development, safety management/protection or similar discipline.

 

Experience:
Minimum of 5 years’ related professional experience.

 

Skills:
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Strong presentation skills with the ability to provide effective training programs and safety related resources. Ability to negotiate with vendors for Movement-wide resources. Demonstrated high standards of ethics and integrity. Ability to develop partnerships with related agencies. Excellent skills in monitoring, follow-up, and great attention to detail. Ability to collect, analyze data, and make decisions based on information. Demonstrates passion for child safety issues. Ability to be flexible and handle multiple tasks and projects at the same time; adjusts priorities based on need. Ability to work interdepartmentally to get results. Ability to influence others to make needed changes without having authority to mandate change. Ability to think conceptually and develop innovative solutions. Possess expert knowledge of risk management and control, premises liability, security, property hazards, sports and aquatic safety, emergency response planning/procedures, vehicular safety, bullying, and child abuse. Ability to effectively use technology while traveling.

 

Environmental and Working Conditions:
Normal internal office environment. Travel estimated at 60-70% (can be 12 to 14 days or more in a month – including weekends – depending on scheduling requirements). The individual selected for this position must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to navigate areas of the country by using a map or other direction methods. Ability to travel by air, car, train, or other modes of transportation.

 

Physical and Mental Requirements:
Physical requirements include sight, hearing, sitting for four plus hours per day. High energy level, comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities. Ability to get along with diverse personalities, at all times displaying tact, maturity and flexibility. Must have good reasoning abilities and sound judgment; skills essential for successful communications include speaking and writing.

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