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Blue Ridge Pride Festival - Director, Security & Safety

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We are looking for a community leader who  wants to lead the development and execution of a more community-based approach to festival safety and security. Safety is our number one concern at the festival.  We have to anticipate and prepare many possibilities on festival day.  How can we most peaceably de-escalate conflict?  How do make everyone feel safe and welcome?  What is our plan for addressing an active threat?  Violent weather?  How do we plan to manage the prevailing COVID protocols and safety issues?

Responsibilities

Before the Festival
  • Work with festival leadership and our board of directors to develop a comprehensive strategy for ensuring crowd safety at the festival.  This may include a combination of community volunteers, contractors, entertainers, and law enforcement officials.
  • Develop a staffing plan and budget
  • Attract, select, and train volunteers and contractors. Ensure that they are ready to play their role.
  • Develop procedures, FAQs, signage, and other materials as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable safety codes.
  • Ensure readiness on the part of volunteers and contractors.
During the Festival
  • Oversee all people assigned to play security and safety roles.
  • Ensure that signage and street barriers are properly placed.
  • Throughout the day, mobilize and oversee resources.
  • Maintain a coordination center and communications during the festival.
  • Ensure appropriate response to incidents.
  • Where necessary, work with local law enforcement.  [This could be a request for support on our part, or the need to respond to an alleged infraction.]
After the Festival
  • Guide a lessons learned exercise and document recommendations for the future.

Commitment

This is a critical leadership role.  While we anticipate that it can be fulfilled with a few hours of work each week, we seek a leader who seeks full accountability to make this happen.  They will work directly with the Executive Director and the Festival Director.

  • June: Work with the Executive Director, key stakeholders and outside advisers to define our overall approach to ensuring security. Explore options and develop a governing set of objectives and criteria.
  • July: Develop detailed plans.  Secure resources and contracts where needed (e.g., EMT, contractors).  Identify certification and other documentary requirements. Develop a detailed work plan and staffing plan.
  • August / September: Prepare for the festival.
  • Festival: We expect this role to be fully on call from Friday 5pm until Saturday 8 am and present at the festival from 8 am until 8 pm.

What You'll Need

  • Experience with community-based approaches to crowd safety is a strong plus.  Absent this, a willingness to reach out to other groups and experts is vital.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.  This leader will need to draw on and work with many people.
  • The ability to make quick decisions and to project a strong presence before a crowd during the event is critical.
  • While we plan to pursue a community-based approach, a willingness to work with local law enforcement is considered essential to this role.   Crowd safety is our number one concern.
  • This leader must be prepared to set aside any personal agendas or loyalties. We will not tolerate harassment of our community nor harassment by our community. We seek to create an environment that is welcoming to ALL who come in good will.

Benefits

  • This is an opportunity to explore and introduce new (for us) approaches to festival safety and security.
  • This is also an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working at close quarters with all the factions that often struggle to work together at public events, especially at Prides.
Start/End Date06/20/2021 to 10/31/2021

Contact:   Tina White     ExecutiveDirector@BlueRidgePride.org    (917) 822-9085

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