Safety and Training Manager

Company: Keystone Science School

Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Department: Human Resources

Employment Class: Regular Full-Time

Pay Status: Exempt, $48,000-$60,000/year DOE

Expected Hours: Minimum 40 hours/week

Dates of Employment/Start Date: ASAP, April/May 2021

Reports To: Human Resources and Admin Director

Housing Available: No

At Keystone Science School, we believe that the power of inspiring curiosity and critical thinking, through the lens of science, changes lives and strengthens communities. We create future leaders who can problem solve and work together in an ever-evolving world and workplace environment.

Located in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Keystone Science School’s historic campus serves as base camp for our diverse suite of inquiry-based learning programs. We combine hands-on science education with outdoor adventure to create engaging experiences for our students. At KSS, we change lives, we bring fun and laughter to everything we do, we care about each other and those we serve, we strive for excellence, we offer competitive compensation and generous benefits, and we are committed to serving students from diverse backgrounds. We’re proud to be Summit County’s #1 Best Non-Profit and #2 Best Place to Work (2019)! Visit KeystoneScienceSchool.org to learn more!

Program Overview and Job Summary:

The Safety and Training Manager is responsible for developing, upholding, and training for all risk management practices for all departments and programs of Keystone Science School utilizing a collaborative approach with all staff members of KSS. This includes the adherence of all policies and procedures of the KSS Risk Management Plan, Colorado State Child Care Licensure Rules and Regulations, Summit County’s Public Health Department, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation standards, and guidelines within the Pinnacol Safety Program.

Keystone Science School invites candidates to apply who are energetic, enthusiastic, smart, hard-working, self-directed, dedicated and fun. Our tagline, Science. Adventure. Fun! summarizes what we seek in our employees: passionate about our work, willing to seek adventure and take risks to improve KSS, and able to laugh along the way. We work hard so we can play hard!


The main areas of focus for this position are:

  • 50% Licensure, ACA, and Risk Management
  • 30% Training Development and Facilitation
  • 10% Safety Committee Management and Facilitation
  • 10% Site Visits and Implementation Oversight

Licensure, ACA, and Risk Management

  • Update the risk management plan on an as-needed but at least an annual basis with support from the KSS Safety Committee and the KSS Vision Team;
  • Manage KSS’s Colorado State Child Care Licensure for all licensed programs;
  • In artnership with the Operations Manager, manage and oversee program, facility, and kitchen health and safety standards issued by Summit County’s Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment;
  • Manage and oversee all aspects of ACA Accreditation for all accredited camp programs;
  • Manage the implementation of the Pinnacol Safety Program in collaboration with the HR and Admin Director;
  • Serve as the point of contact between KSS Child Care Health Consultant and Keystone Science School;
  • Hire and manage seasonal health care workers;
  • Maintain health care PPE, first aid materials, and KSS health center;
  • Evaluate and assesses proper risk management practices and protocols for all programs and departments of Keystone Science School.

Training Development and Facilitation

  • Develop and facilitate risk management trainings required under ACA, Colorado State Child Care Licensure, KSS Risk management and Safety Program as part of program training sessions and monthly trainings with all year-round and seasonal staff;
  • Develop and facilitate required OSHA or Work Comp trainings in partnership with the HR and Admin Director;
  • Partner with Program Managers and Program Coordinators to schedule, train, and evaluate risk management planning within program areas;
  • Partner with other staff of the management team to serve as the emergency contact during any school, retreat, and facility rental;
  • Conduct certification trainings for staff such as standard precautions and other trainings as needed.

Safety Committee Management and Facilitation

  • Serve as the chair of the KSS staff Safety Committee whose goal is to strategically address all aspects of safety at KSS;
  • Determine priority areas for Safety Committee to discuss and address;
  • Ensure members of the committee have the resources (training, funding, etc.) they need to successfully implement safety measures across the organization.

Site Visits and Implementation Oversight

  • Visit programs and sites to ensure safety protocols are adequately implemented;
  • Ensure Program Managers understand risk management, licensure, and ACA guidelines and expectations and are implementing appropriately in programs;
  • Understand various facility limitations as they relate to safety and work with Program Managers to develop systems to effectively manage risk.

Other duties as assigned.

The minimum requirements in knowledge, skills, and abilities for the candidate of our choice:

  • Strong work ethic and will work until the job is complete;
  • Ability to teach, lesson plan, and provide on-going coaching;
  • Motivation to contribute positively to the KSS at-large community;
  • Multi-task efficiently while managing a high-volume workload in a fast-paced, changing environment;
  • Strong command of communication, writing, and organizational skills;
  • Effectively interact with people of diverse backgrounds and different levels of experience;
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including days, nights, and weekends;
  • Ability to work in a busy environment with many distractions;
  • Superior customer service skills, with the ability to be creative and think ‘outside the box’;
  • Have an interest in, respect for, and ability to work with and/or around children.

Our required education, experience, and certifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • At least 2 years of knowledge and experience within industry risk management (backcountry, front country and classroom);
  • At least one year of experience writing and upholding risk management policies for an outdoor education program;
  • An understanding of or experience in leading adventure based programs in the backcountry;
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience leading and training staff;
  • Ability to clearly communicate the purpose and practices of CO State Child Care Licensure, ACA and risk management to all staff;
  • Experience facilitating and coaching positive learning environments, emotional safety, equity and inclusion in an education setting;
  • Current Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and CPR certifications or above, from an approved vendor (if certification has been held in the past and can be renewed that is acceptable);
  • Age 21+ with a minimum of 5 years driving experience, excellent driving record, and a valid driver’s license;
  • Must be able to successfully pass a comprehensive background check.

In addition to the above required talents, our ideal candidate will have these preferred skillsets:

  • Experience working outdoor education or camp programs within the state of Colorado;
  • CPR and First Aid instructor in good standing with an approved provider;
  • Desired computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.);
  • Comprehension of the Spanish language via written and/or verbal form.

Travel Expectations

Limited travel throughout the state of Colorado and Utah.

The physical demands of this position

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or hold objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk and hear. The employee must be able to lift and carry at least 40 pounds for an extended duration. The employee is occasionally required to travel for extended periods over rugged terrain. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Our work environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position requires the employee to work in close contact with their teammates and children. Staff will be expected to adhere to dynamic health guidance and policy set forth by KSS while working with teammates and children during a global pandemic. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but varies seasonally due to programs and staffing on campus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee often works outside and drives vehicles in various weather conditions.


Salary plus a generous benefits package: medical, dental, vision, Paid Time Off, sick time, and paid holidays.

How to Apply

Ready to find yourself at the heart of Science. Adventure. Fun? Apply now! Please submit the online Employment Application found at KeystoneScienceSchool.org/Employment. All applications require a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. In your cover letter, please address your philosophy of education, and describe how your previous experiences have prepared you for this position. Applicant materials will be accepted until Friday, May 7th. For more information, please contact the Human Resources department ng [email protected]. Equal Employment Opportunity Keystone Science School is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a wide variety of backgrounds. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, religion, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Posted on: April 15, 2021
Job Type: Full Time
Job Starting Date:
May 15, 2021
Application Closing Date:
May 29, 2024
Job Salary Range:
48000.00 to 60000.00
Years of Experience: 3 – 5 years
Preferred/Required Degree Level: Bachelor’s degree