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Director, Security

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Director, Security



Full-time, Exempt

Salary, commensurate with experience


The Director of Security is responsible for the development and effective administration of a comprehensive security program. They direct the work of a large group of employees engaged in a protective services operation. The Director must ensure all Security personnel receive adequate training in their roles and receive ongoing and consistent on-the-job training.


  • Plans, schedules, and assigns work activities.
  • Plans all security aspects of exhibition, and devises and implements security procedures to protect art objects entering and leaving departmental premises.
  • Instructs subordinate supervisors in inspection and supervisory techniques and activities.
  • Reviews the conduct, appearance, and performance of staff and implements remedial action as required.
  • Assumes command in emergency situations and summons police authorities and assistance as required.
  • Initiates investigations of theft, vandalism, or other security breaches/violations.
  • Represents the department in collective bargaining and labor relations activities involving security personnel.
  • Continually assess the Museum's immediate and long-range protection needs in conjunction with the Vice President of Museum Operations and recommend changes in personnel, equipment or procedures as required.
  • Supervise the installation and maintenance of the Museum's protection equipment.
  • Keep abreast of technological changes in the field and recommend changes or improvements to the Museum's security equipment as needed.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with federal, state and local government agencies and private and professional organizations to ensure the continuous protection of the Museum and compliance with regulations.
  • Coordinate protection operations with other departments for daily operations and for special events at the Museum.
  • Supervise the security management staff of the Detroit Institute of Arts:
  • Maintain duplicate personnel records of days worked, time taken off, etc.
  • Check daily records of each shift's activities.
  • Conduct daily briefing of security supervisors prior to their shift giving them pertinent information on programs and events of the day and any changes that may have taken place, inspect equipment, uniforms, and general appearance and make corrections as needed.
  • Supervisory personnel management responsibilities as follows: interview security applicants, initiate formal requests for personnel action such as recruiting, reassignment of personnel, and evaluation of work performance.
  • Ensure and maintain the DIA’s continuous good standing as a TSA certified cargo screening facility.
  • Develop and maintain an annual budget.
  • Establish work procedures and methods to ensure efficiency and effectiveness of security operations.
  • Resolve work related problems and disciplinary cases.
  • Implement training programs for all officers and supervisors to enable them to react decisively and in a positive manner protecting the lives and property of all who utilize the facility.
  • Meet bi-weekly or as needed with the VP of Museum Operations to discuss all major occurrences and the status of the security force.
  • Conduct crime prevention programs in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies utilizing educational exhibitions, films and other appropriate methods.
  • Comply with all applicable regulatory and procedural guidelines, ability to interpret such guidelines in a variety of situations.
  • Exercise sufficient internal controls to ensure that resources are protected against waste, loss or unauthorized use.


Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or related field of study and seven or more years of security management experience in a cultural environment. Training in police methods preferred.
Initiative and resourcefulness in proposing, implementing and revising policies and procedures necessary to the administration of the department’s security system; proven integrity.
Must have comprehensive general understanding of security, fire and safety systems and procedures.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local legislative and administrative requirements governing security operations.
Training in emergency procedures is essential, including disaster preparedness and recovery and familiarity with emergency first aid practices.
Knowledge of state of the art security technology a plus.
Knowledge of firearms required and must be eligible to obtain a permit to carry firearms.
Ability to train others and to develop subordinate levels of leadership.
Must be willing to pursue the Certified Protection Professional designation (CPP).


If you are interested in applying for this position, please do so HERE .  Applications will be received until the position is filled.


The Detroit Institute of Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer