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Program Safety Coordinator

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | San Fernando Valley, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

 Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (infant – 5 years old) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday.


This position is responsible in helping to continuously improve, initiate, and facilitate the safety practices and procedures for residential and non-residential facilities.  Works closely with the Facilities and Accessibility Manager, Maintenance Director and Area Program Managers in ensuring emergency procedures and life safety codes pertaining to emergencies, disasters, fire, OSHA, licensing, and program requirements are monitored, updated, and practiced throughout the program year.  Will also ensure that staff is trained and programs adhere to safety and emergency preparedness regulations.


  • Handles and coordinates fire alarm testing and maintenance which also includes the monitoring of fire extinguishers
  • Coordinates and communicates safety materials.
  • Participates in site inspections, and on-going monitoring of systems that involve emergency preparedness principles and the Environmental Health and Safety protocols.
  • Records observations and safety practices at multiple locations.  
  • Maintains, updates, and train employees on safety practices and disaster preparedness.
  • Follow up and monitor safety reports, inspections, and procedures.
  • Handles inventory and works with other service managers on supply orders and checklist on emergency supplies.
  • Trains, monitors, and supports staff and facilities in emergency evacuation drills and communication within programs.
  • Assist in minor operations that might include the following:
  • Community meetings
  • Networking with emergency personnel such as Fire Dept. /Police Dept.
  • Hold community or advisory meetings on emergency preparedness.
  • Attend Parent/Staff meetings.
  • Research and obtain community assessment data for projects and grants.
  • Duties include tasks that require daily workflow for the job:
  •  Attend and participate in staff meetings/trainings
  • Attend/support monthly events or functions at centers
  • Attend maintenance/facility /Safe Environment meetings or trainings to increase technical knowledge and skills
  • Participate in emergency preparedness community events and meetings
  • Follow health, safety, ergonomic, and OSHA requirements and maintain good body mechanics especially when heavy lifting or repetitive/strenuous activities are required.  
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, dealing with un-cooperative clients.  
  • Ability to work a regular schedule provided by your direct supervisor
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with and without reasonable accommodation including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.  



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
  • Must hold class 3 California Driver’s License (CDL) and proper insurance as required with an acceptable driving record substantiated by a copy of DMV records.  Must have access to automobile with adequate insurance and a valid CDL or means to other accessible transportation


  • AA Degree in Environmental Health or Safety related field, preferred.


  • 2 to 5 years’ experience with emergency preparedness and health and safety principles.


  • Knowledge of building and safety regulations and permit process.
  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements


  • Computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Understand, apply, and advocate all safety and compliance quality measures set by the agency and mandated requirements.  Fully understand and carry out all agency, government, and federal regulations.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, set priorities, problem solving, detail oriented and organized


  • Dependable, collaborative, have regular/dependable attendance, be prompt, positive mindset, flexible, organized


  • Proof at time of hire a Tuberculosis (TB) clearance and Health screening within 6 month prior to hire date.  Annual influenza vaccination (between Aug1-Dec 1) Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization, Health screening.  


  • BA degree in environmental health or safety related field.  Any OSHA or safety certificates.
  • At least one (1) year experience with shelters, adult rehabilitation programs, low income housing or Head Start/Early Head Start /ECEC programs.
  • Knowledge of building and safety requirements and emergency preparedness practices.
  • Visio software
  • CERT certified preferred.  If not, certification will be required within the first 6 months of employment.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.