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Director of Safety and Security  


The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures furthers the understanding, celebration, and preservation of cinema through inclusive and accessible exhibitions, screenings, programs, initiatives, and collections. Welcoming visitors from Los Angeles and around the world, the Museum works in active partnership with motion picture artists and specialists, scholars, staff, and diverse communities to contextualize and challenge dominant narratives around cinema, inspiring discourse, connection, joy, and discovery.

Reporting to the Vice President of Building Operations, the Director of Safety and Security will lead the security management team, provide 24/7 staffing, and manage the department’s electronic resources (access control, cameras, radios, etc.). You will lead the task force in developing and implementing emergency preparation and response programs. In emergencies, you will oversee the emergency response and coordinate with first responders and neighboring institutions.

You Will:

  • Oversee safety protocols and procedures for security and safety.
  • Provide a high level of integrated threat analysis and advise senior leadership on best practices.
  • Gather credible threat intelligence and risks to the museum and directly support risk-based decision-making and develop mitigation or resolution strategies.
  • Influence and improve existing processes through innovation and operational change, staying abreast crowd control procedures, and arranging for third-party supplemental security.
  • Supervise, train, and mentor the security management team.
  • Provide leadership to museum staff in security and safety.
  • Oversee safety and security programs, develop and implement procedures, obtain necessary permits for the operation of the department, and maintain security systems.
  • Develop the security team structure and oversee hiring and training of security personnel.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the security control room assuring repairs of security systems, including the access control, cameras, house radios, and public safety BDA systems.
  • Develop and manage the annual security budget, including vendor services, supplies, equipment, and uniforms.
  • Partner with the registrar team to audit and develop best practices to ensure the safety of collections and loaned objects.
  • Coordinate with outside government agencies, including city and county departments, law enforcement, the fire department to ensure appropriate support and response.
  • Liaise with neighboring and regional museums to share knowledge and develop a network of cooperation and mutual support.
  • Oversee development and implementation of emergency preparedness and response programs.
  • Direct training for museum personnel periodically conducting annual drills in compliance with applicable laws.
  • Assure the purchasing, distribution, and maintenance of emergency supplies.
  • Scope prospective engagements, evaluate pricing, develop proposals, and project plans.
Position Requirements

You Have:

  • A college degree preferred. High school degree or GED required.
  • 10+ years of security experience with 5+ years in a leadership position.
  • Experience using data and metrics to deliver insights and drive action.
  • Experience leading change, developing processes, implementing procedures, and working collaboratively across organizations to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Project management, planning, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Experience overseeing complex electronic security systems.
  • Experience with budgeting and purchasing related to security.
  • Working knowledge of laws and regulations related to security operations in public facilities in California.
  • Competency applying Cal-OSHA regulations, fire department regulations, and other health and safety regulations.
  • A certification in Physical Security Professional (PSP).
  • A certification from ASIS preferred.
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion.
  • Flexibility to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.


Our Benefits:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision
  • PTO and Sick Time
  • 401(k)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Director of Safety and Security  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Open Date 5/17/2021  
Location Los Angeles  
About the Organization The Academy is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 9,000+ accomplished individuals working in cinema. We recognize and uphold excellence in the motion picture arts and sciences, inspire imagination, and connect the world through the medium of motion pictures.

EOE Statement The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is important to the Academy. The Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. Also, to help foster diversity, the Academy uses programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.  

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