Full Time

Deputy Director of Training

Secure Community Network Chicago IL


An executive staff position that reports directly to the National Director and CEO of the Secure Community Network (SCN), this position is responsible for identifying and determining the training and exercise needs as well as priorities of the Jewish community in North America, specifically as they relate to safety, security, and emergency preparedness, and then designing, directing and managing SCN Training and Exercise activities to address those needs and priorities. The Deputy Director of Training will hold a leadership role in assisting the National Director with long-range planning for SCN and will aid in the implementation of public awareness, preparedness and training programs as they relate to SCN efforts.

This position will oversee the development of the SCN national Training and Exercise program. In this role, the Deputy Director of Training will be responsible for directing and overseeing the design and implementation of policies, procedures and systems for:coordinating and scheduling training; organizing, planning, executing, and evaluating training and exercise programs; designing, preparing and piloting curriculum, participant and instructor manuals; collecting and reviewing source materials; conducting/facilitating training seminars and other processes in various settings; designing course methodologies, arranging for training locations, securing equipment supplies, and evaluating training impact. 


  • Works in coordination with the SCN team as well as partners to identify the training and exercise needs as well as priorities of the Jewish community in North America.
  • Designs, directs and manages a national Training and Exercise program which accounts for the ability to prevent, prepare for, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from all-hazards, whether man-made or natural. 
  • Effectively communicate, both written and orally, and maintain professional relations with internal and external partners. 
  • Determines training and development needs through surveys, interviews, or other sources; consults with stakeholders on the identification of training needs and the development of courses of instruction to meet such needs; reviews and analyzes special requests for training courses and professional development.
  • Researches and collects information and materials to be used in conducting and/or facilitating training, exercises, meetings or seminars to include lesson plans, training guides, participant manuals, videos, slides and other materials.
  • Oversees the scheduling and coordination of trainings, exercises, workshops, seminars, conferences or meetings; coordinates the training of personnel who will carry out trainings and exercises.
  • Oversees the development and delivery of training and exercises; assists in the development and delivery of required training and exercises.
  • Determines cost-effective training strategies.
  • Designs a system for and oversees the maintenance of updated training and exercise records. 
  • Utilizes research skills and engagement opportunities to identify and leverage best practices to better influence training intentions and overall exercise activities.
  • Provides assistance to the National Director and Principal Deputy Director regarding budgetary issues and grant management activities as it relates to SCN Training and Exercise needs. Participates in the interviewing and hiring process of relevant SCN staff.
  • Represents SCN on various committees or in meetings related to training and exercise, Homeland Security, Public Safety and Emergency Management matters as well as with related organizations.
  • Assists in the development of the annual operating budget and monitoring of quarterly expenses as it relates to the training and exercise needs and requirements for SCN.
  • Stays current regarding training standards, codes and statutes that affect SCN and the Jewish community.
  • Participates in strategic and day-to-day management decisions as a member of the Senior Management Team.
  • Ensures all relevant policies and procedures are up to date and understood by staff.
  • Plays an active role in preparing internal and external audits; ensure recommendations related to training and exercise are followed.
  • Assist in the implementation of necessary policies, systems and procedures for staff; update/design procedures when necessary.
  • Oversees the Performance Management System implementation for relevant staff.
  • Oversees the recruitment, training, and capacity building of relevant staff.
  • Assists during all Incident Response and Activation Periods for SCN.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree OR current/honorable discharge from military duty in a related Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) AND a minimum of ten (10) years of full-time professional work experience in Emergency Management, Sworn Fire Service, Sworn Law Enforcement or Emergency Medical Services. (If applicable, must provide original transcript at time of interview). Minimum of five (5) years’ professional work experience instructing, training and/or coordinating training programs in Emergency Management, the Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services, Public Health or in the military in a related M.O.S. Minimum of five (5) years effectively managing a team of three or more people.

Preferred qualifications include Master’s Degree in Training and Development, Instructional Design, Business Administration, Emergency Management or Public Safety and prior supervisory and managerial experience.

  • Excellent leadership, problem-solving as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced organization under extremely stressful situations and handle multiple tasks over an extended period of time in a self-directed manner.
  • Demonstrated team leadership and project management experience. 
  • Ability to receive and process sensitive intelligence and information.
  • Knowledge of incident and emergency management communication procedures and protocol.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, frameworks, and techniques of employee training including methodology of determining and developing training needs and goals, alternative training methods, curriculum outlines and materials, training and teaching resources, and assessment of results.
  • Ability to design, prepare, present and coordinate complex training exercises.
  • Ability to supervise the activities of both paid staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to ascertain compliance with federal and state emergency preparedness laws, rules and regulations and explain compliance requirements to various stakeholders.
  • Skilled in utilizing professional judgment in dealing with entities from all sectors as well as other professionals in the field of law enforcement, intelligence and emergency management.
  • Crisis management, incident management. 
  • Skilled in organizing training programs in conformance with NIMS, local/state/federal regulations and operating procedures.
  • Skilled in coordinating, planning and overseeing large scale exercises involving multiple jurisdictions, organizations and locations.
  • Ability to analyze course evaluation data and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and the ability to accurately perform tasks in all of the following: Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, as well as Salesforce.
  • Must be willing to travel on a regular basis and be on-call 24/7.
  • PREFERRED: Experience or certifications in any of the following:  Run, Hide, Fight; Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE); Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE); Stop the Bleed; Situational Awareness Training; FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Master Trainer; Familiarity with Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS); Emergency Management Professional Program (EMPP); Completion of Standard NIMS course work; IS-700 & IS-800; Certificates of Completion of the NIMS-ICS course work ICS-100, 200, 300 & 400.

Competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Secure Community Network is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals may apply by emailing a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to HR@securecommunitynetwork.org

This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the above position.