The Harvard Art Museums are looking for an experienced leader to join them as Director of Safety and Security. The Director will be responsible, both personally and through supervision of others, for developing and implementing all aspects of security functions, including day-to-day safety and security of staff, visitors, collections, and property of the museums. Reporting to the Deputy Director of the museums, the Director oversees and manages a staff of full-time, part-time and contingent workers assigned to multiple facilities. The Director liaises with the site manager for the security vendor who staffs the Somerville facility to ensure the needs of the museums are met.
Identify, analyze, interpret, and respond to facilities conditions, personnel and visitor situations, and environmental factors that affect the safety and security of the Museums. Advise on best practices. Oversee the development and implementation of security, safety and emergency related programs, policies and procedures and provide staff with information and updates on proper interpretation and application.
Security Management: Ensure security of collections and safety of staff, visitors, and other occupants of all locations. Work with colleagues within Harvard University to ensure cohesion of security measures, communication, and support. Consult and collaborate with Curatorial, Collections Management, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Study and other departments to define security needs for exhibitions and ensure security of shipments and receipts of works of art. Assess staffing needs and maintain effective levels for both daily operations and special events. Ensure effectiveness of security systems, technology and devices in all facilities including planning, evaluation, purchase, enhancement, installation, testing and servicing. Oversee thorough investigation and resolution of all incidents. Collaborate with relevant museums and university departments to ensure all records and reports are properly written, distributed and filed. Develop and communicate security and safety policies and ensure compliance with museums policy and protocol. Develop and deliver recommendations, notices, procedures, professional development and training as needed or required to maintain university, local, state, and federal compliance. Stay current on cultural property protection issues. Maintain close working relationship with Harvard University Police Department.
Emergency Management: Ensure ongoing effectiveness of the Emergency Management Plan (LEMT). Develop, continuously update, and implement the plan; liaise with university officials, maintain up-to-date documentation, devise and lead staff through training scenarios. Ensure sufficient staff familiarity with safety procedures. Oversee regular safety drills and training; conduct or participate in inspections and assessments and provide corrective recommends as necessary. Represent the museums in university-wide emergency preparedness committees.
Administrative Management: Provide direct supervision to and support of security managers. Oversee effective and timely hiring, supervision and performance management of all security staff. Ensure effective planning, development, administration, and operations of departmental budget and personnel. Manage vendor relationships, supervise security-related contractors. Participate in negotiation of labor contracts. In consultation with HR, address labor relations issues and opportunities to work toward resolution. Collaborate constructively with other division heads and senior leadership as member of the Museums Management Team and on other project and decision-making teams and committees.
Special Project Management: Ensure museums facilities are compliant with TSA requirements, staff are property trained, and meticulous documentation is maintained. Act as point of contact for TSA screening.
Evening and weekend work may be required. The Harvard Art Museums—comprising the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum—reopened a new Renzo Piano Building Workshop-designed facility to the public on November 16, 2014. The renovation and expansion of the museums' landmark building at 32 Quincy Street in Cambridge unites the three museums and their collections together under one roof for the ﬁrst time, inviting students, faculty, scholars, and the public into one of the world's great institutions for art scholarship and research. In addition to the landmark building, the Harvard Art Museums' includes three additional properties across Cambridge and Somerville, MA. The Harvard Art Museums advance knowledge about and appreciation of art and art museums. The museums are committed to preserving, documenting, presenting, interpreting, and strengthening the collections and resources in their care. The Harvard Art Museums bring to light the intrinsic power of art and promote critical looking and thinking for students, faculty, and the public. Through research, teaching, professional training, and public education, the museums encourage close study of original works of art, enhance access to the collections, support the production of original scholarship, and foster university-wide collaboration across disciplines. For more information, please visit www.harvardartmuseums.org.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for the position. Minimum of 8 years of security management and administration, and including progressively responsible supervisory experience.
Bachelor's with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Security or related subject matter a plus.
Experience with security practices and procedures in an art museum environment highly desirable.
Demonstrated success hiring, developing, and leading strong teams in publicly facing environments with experience managing a unionized workforce preferred; effective, situationally savvy manager.
Proactive and independently motivated with sharp focus and a keen attention to detail.
Proven ability to motivate a staff to successful outcomes.
Strong relationship building skills with a proven ability to work collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders.
Demonstrated problem solving skills and initiative, excellent organizational skills and strong verbal and written communication skills.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 44744BR
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