Director of School Safety

Ref: 5110

Avenues Shenzhen


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Role Managed by:

Gary Tang

Research Associate

t: +852 39559675


Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate upon experience

About Avenues

Begin by thinking of Avenues New York, Avenues São Paulo, Avenues Shenzhen, Avenues Silicon Valley, Avenues Online, Avenues London. Avenues is one school with many campuses, providing transformative, world-focused learning experiences to students around the globe. Avenues prepares students for engaged global citizenship during a time of unprecedented complexity and accelerating change, combining language immersion, interdisciplinary learning, a global curriculum, and a culture of creativity and deep collaboration.

Avenues Shenzhen

The newest campus of Avenues: The World School, and its first in China, Avenues Shenzhen opened in Fall 2019. It offers a unique early childhood program, and is now planning to expand to serve all grades from toddler through 12. Suffused with light, surrounded by greenery and seamlessly integrating technology, the campus is an urban oasis where architecture inspires learning and curiosity. The curriculum features language immersion, learning through play and interdisciplinary study in a state-of-the-art facility.

The Opportunity

The Director of School Safety ensures a warm, welcoming and safe environment for students, colleagues and families by managing the security, risk management, fire safety and emergency preparedness of Avenues Shenzhen. The director will build trusting relationships with the families and staff, lead the team that ensures school spaces are safe for all members of the community, develop and enforce thoughtful safety procedures, and work to continuously improve the safety and security practices.


Develop and reinforce a culture of safety:

  • Build and nurture a culture of safety that is relentlessly focused on high quality service and improving the experience of families, students and teachers
  • Collaborate to build a culture where all members of the campus team are involved in actively managing risk; lead risk management efforts focused particularly on safety and security
  • Develop and maintain deep level of trust between safety personnel, school staff and families

Guarantee smoothly functioning school safety systems:

  • Develop comprehensive safety procedures and ensure they’re understood by all members of the school community
  • Ensure school spaces comply with all safety requirements at all times
  • Develop guidance for school leaders on how to maintain safety throughout our school and ensure security personnel are equipped to provide them with ongoing support
  • Proactively identify areas for improvement to safety precautions and resource solutions appropriately

Build and manage school safety team:

  • Manage safety vendor and personnel to ensure highest quality services and integrate with the culture of Avenues
  • Hire, train and manage safety personnel to properly manage risk while upholding a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere


  • 10+ years of professional experience in the safety & security field, with increasing responsibility over time
  • Experience hiring and managing safety teams that deliver exceptional service to clients
  • Track record of developing and implementing safety and risk management plans, strategies and procedures in educational or other people-centric organizations
  • A keen analytical, problem-solving approach, including in ambiguous situations that require figuring out new solutions rather than taking pre-determined paths to success
  • Thrives in collaborative environment
  • Ability to lead through relationships, persuasion and influence
  • Fluency in Mandarin Chinese, with high proficiency in English
  • Sense of deep personal responsibility for the organization's success
  • Passion for education; experience in international and/or private schools is a plus

To Apply

For an exploratory conversation, to apply, or to refer someone for this role, please apply through this page or contact Dr Gary Tang at All communications will be kept in strict confidence.

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