The Director of Security and Safety oversees the personnel and programs safeguarding the staff, visitors, property, and art of the Menil Foundation, Inc. They will be responsible for developing a service-oriented team that values and assists visitors with positive and supportive interactions.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate a staff of Gallery Attendants, Gallery Attendant Supervisors, Control Room Monitors, off-duty Houston Police Officers, and/or other contract security forces as they protect the staff, visitors, museum buildings, grounds, neighborhood, and collection. Ensure appropriate scheduling of staff for normal operations and after-hours events.
Interact with guests, visitors, and staff in a cordial, professional, and helpful manner. Create an environment for collaborative goal setting and team building. Resolve disputes and conflicts appropriately.
Collaborate with museum colleagues to evaluate existing and introduce new policies for building emergency and safety plans, including evacuation, disaster control, and active shooter response. Establish and maintain contacts with personnel at law enforcement agencies. Coordinate with local Fire Department.
Develop and direct appropriate staff training, including fire drills, CPR, artwork damage response, conflict resolution, and visitor engagement.
Assure compliance with the private security rules and regulations of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Oversee the operation and maintenance of all security technology, access control, video management, emergency communication, and fire monitoring systems. Program access cards. Ensure appropriate camera positioning and programming of object protection boundaries. (Experience with CCure and Art Sentry preferred.)
Be available to protect the museum during times of emergency, such as during major storms or other manufactured or natural disasters.
The person in this position is on call to respond or send guidance 24/7/365.
The position comes with a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation and sick time, medical and dental insurance, life insurance, AD&D, and LTD coverage. Employees may also participate in the Menil's 401(k) plan and receive an employer contribution equivalent to 5% of wages earned after one year on the job.
How to Apply
For immediate consideration, please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Menil Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks diversity in its workforce. The Menil is committed to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Bachelor’s degree in a management or security-related field or equivalent professional experience.
8+ years of progressive management experience, preferably in a cultural institution, with a proven record of strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
Excellent communication, training, problem-solving, and conflict-resolution abilities.
Thorough knowledge of security system integration.
Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Certified Institutional Protection Manager designations are preferred.
The Menil Collection is a museum and neighborhood of art spanning 30 acres in the heart of Houston, Texas.
The main gallery building anchors the campus and is surrounded by four additional museum buildings: the Menil Drawing Institute; Cy Twombly Gallery; Richmond Hall, which features an installation by artist Dan Flavin; and the Byzantine Fresco Chapel.
Making art accessible is vital to the Menil’s mission; no admission is charged and public programs are free. All of the Menil’s campus buildings are entered at ground level, symbolic of its democratic ideals. The Menil’s philosophy is to foster each visitor’s direct, personal encounter with works in the collection. The display of carefully chosen artworks in serene settings are hallmarks of the museum.
The museum’s public programs aim to attract, educate, and inspire diverse audiences and are vital to the life of the Menil. Exhibiting artists lecture and perform; curators and scholars explore exhibitions, collections, and artworks; music, dance, and poetry performances are held, and all are organized to foster conversation.
The Menil is also marked by the activism and spiritual pursuits of John and Dominique de Menil. I...t is a museum engaged with art for life’s sake, including the witnessing of civil rights photography, the overt spirituality of Byzantine icons, and the contemplative act of viewing abstract painting. The museum and the campus aim to be an oasis in the midst of daily life that offers each viewer a moment to pause, reflect, and reinvigorate.
The museum’s collection—displayed in two-thirds of the main building and often rotated—is built around several types of art loved and collected from the 1940s to the 1990s by the Menil Collection’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil. The permanent collection highlights Arts of Africa, the Americas and Pacific Northwest, Ancient World, the Pacific Islands, Drawing, Medieval and Byzantine, Modern and Contemporary, Surrealism, and the permanent installation entitled Witnesses.
The Menil Collection does not aspire to be comprehensive. It strives instead for excellence in the distinct areas established by its founders and successive curators and directors. A rigorous intellectual independence and a commitment to humane values are key criteria for program choices the museum makes. Since its founding, the Menil Collection has supported substantial collaborations with contemporary artists who have used the collection as a jumping-off point for new work.
Scholarship is at the heart of the Menil enterprise. A conservation studio and a research library symbolically flank the public exhibition spaces, and the de Menils themselves commissioned several major research efforts. The conservation department is known for its studies of modern art materials and techniques and helps train conservators.