Associate Director, Security and Building Maintenance

Position Summary:

The San Diego Museum of Art is looking for a candidate to oversee the safety and security of the building, collections, staff, and visitors.  The Associate Director of Security and Building Maintenance provides oversight and maintenance of all museum security systems, including contract guards, burglar and fire alarms, surveillance systems, access controls, and building maintenance.  The position will also liaise with the Balboa Park security and maintenance teams.  The position is responsible for emergency preparedness and disaster recovery procedures and will ensure that all security and life safety systems are up to the highest industry standards.  The position will also supervise the maintenance and operation of the physical plant of the Museum and organize, direct, and coordinate the overall building maintenance programs for the Museum and its off-site locations.  The selected candidate will possess a high work ethic and a proven ability to collaborate with teams to implement a strategic vision.

This position oversees, manages and coaches the Manager of Operations and the Building Engineer, and acts as the primary liaison to the contract guard service.


Primary Duties:


  • Plan, direct, and administer the security operations of the museum. Manage all security staff, including hiring, mentoring, training, coaching, disciplining, and terminating staff, as necessary.  Develop and approve security staff schedules to ensure adequate coverage for operations of the museum.
  • Acts as the primary point of contact for all contracted security providers and manage relationship with third-party security services provider.  Ensure adequate security staff coverage for all museum events and operations.  Review and approve all bills and manage contract provider expenses in accordance with budget and terms of the contract with provider.
  • Coordinate security needs of all events, exhibits, and day-to-day operations.  Consult with curatorial, registration and other operations staff to ensure security needs for traveling and permanent exhibitions.
  • Develop and administer policies and procedures relative to the safety and security of the facility, collections, and visitors.  Oversee training programs, and ensure the readiness of the security staff to effectively cope with security issues and emergencies.
  • Ensure timely and effective coordination of security measures with representatives of other governmental agencies including the Police and Fire Departments.  Coordinate museum-wide disaster recovery planning and response.  Serve as the institution’s representative on the Balboa Park Safety and Security Cooperative.
  • Monitor all security systems in museum facilities.  Ensure that systems comply with all relevant regulations and requirements (city, state, federal and others).  Control and track usage of security equipment and devices. Recommend the enhancement or purchase of security equipment.


  • Work with the Building Engineer to manage all maintenance activities.  Create short (daily, weekly) and long (monthly, quarterly, yearly) term plans and schedules for all work necessary to maintain the facilities in top condition.  Track completion and quality of work to ensure highest standards.  Conduct housekeeping inspections on a regular basis.
  • Ensure proper operation of all systems throughout the facility (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, emergency lighting, etc.).  Conduct operational checks on a regular basis.
  • Oversee, maintain and administer all facility and operations related contracts and agreements.  Track terms and ensure compliance from all parties to these agreements.  Oversee the maintenance all SDMA vehicles, including adequate insurance coverage.


  • Supervise daily performance and conduct performance evaluations.  Develop job descriptions, interview, hire and train all department staff.  Provide coaching and development opportunities, as appropriate. Manage performance issues and handle terminations as necessary.
  • Ensure compliance with CAL-OSHA regulations.  Train all staff in appropriate and safe use of supplies, materials, and equipment.  Maintain all required documentation and completed all required reporting.
  • Develop and administer departmental budget in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, their salary requirement, and a resume to or The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA  92112 before May 31, 2016.

The San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status as provided by law.

Salary based on Experience and Knowledge. This is Full Time Position with excellent benefits and 403(b) Plan.

About The San Diego Museum of Art

The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.

In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. The Museum’s research library offers access to an extensive collection of art history publications.

More than 75 full-time and part-time employees ensure the smooth operation of the Museum, guided by the leadership of a 37-member Board of Trustees.

The Museum is supported by its Board, Members, donors, foundations, corporations, support organizations, countless volunteers, and our visitors. Additional financial support is provided by the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.



  • A combination of experience and education that demonstrates possession of the necessary knowledge and abilities for this position is required as noted:
    • High School diploma, GED or equivalent required; BA in relevant field preferred
    • Minimum 7 years related experience, preferably in a museum environment
    • Experience working with security and access control systems and applications, alarm systems, security surveillance systems, and life safety procedures
    • OSHA requirements (IIPP, BCP) and FMP Certification a plus
    • Customer service, delegation, and de-escalation techniques; Teamwork and conflict resolution skills
    • MS Office

Physical Demands:

  • Some carrying and lifting up to 30 Pounds.
  • Traveling to other sites by car.
  • Daily walking, including stairs and to/from parking lots, community centers, etc.

Work Environment:

  • Office space is located in the basement of the Museum
  • Office space is potentially shared with one or two other museum staff
  • Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy
Job Information
  • San Diego, Balboa Park, 92112, United States
  • 28411470
  • May 6, 2016
  • Associate Director, Security and Building Maintenance
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • Security
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 7-10 Years
  • 0-10%
  • $55,000.00 – $80,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

About The San Diego Museum of Art

Founded in 1926, the Museum is located in the heart of Balboa Park and serves a diverse constituency as well as over 300,000 visitors each year. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and the international border with Mexico is located roughly 30 minutes from the front door of the San Diego Museum of Art. Since late 2004, all of the didactic materials in the museum’s galleries have been presented in both Spanish and English.

The San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or any other protected status as provided by law.
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