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Director of Facilities and Security

Post Date: May 22, 2024

The Director of Facilities and Security is responsible for managing the facility and grounds maintenance and upkeep, security, and oversight of collections housing of the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History. S/he is responsible for ensuring that the systems, policies, procedures required to support these operations are in place and kept current, and for hiring, supervising, evaluating and guiding the staff and contractors responsible for carrying out the duties below.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Building and Grounds

· Oversee the successful operation of the Connecticut Museum’s real estate holdings, including the main office building (external landmark status) and exhibition spaces;

· Oversee planning and implementation for all capital projects for facilities;

· Partner with the Chief Curator of Collections to ensure collections security and safety including the maintenance of HVAC-related standards to support an optimal collections environment, safety awareness, collections housing, and work/study activities in all storage and public service spaces;

· Assist with and potentially manage collection moves; assist in exhibit furnishings set up, moves, breakdowns;

· Implement and manage organizational moves and associated space renovations;

· Propose and manage budget development and monitoring of the annual operating budget for the facility and security;

· Make purchase recommendations to achieve institution goals;

· Ensure that the short-term, mid-term, and long-term capital needs of the Museum’s facility are continually documented, updated and addressed;

· Liaison to external building and security contractors. Manage various contractors from initial contact to completion and monitor their performance; negotiate favorable terms with contractors and suppliers; schedule work to ensure minimum disruption to core activities. Direct, accompany and monitor as needed.

· Manage contracted seasonal grounds and garden care including weeding, watering, pruning and snow removal.

· Supervise staff responsible for daily housekeeping and long-term maintenance and repair of the facility, plan and direct work, manage schedules and performance;

· As needed, assist and back-up staff with room set-up and take-down needs for programs, facility rentals, meetings, events; and in performing routine periodic maintenance such as light carpentry, plumbing and painting as required;

· Monitor and assist in the maintenance of the Museum’s facility and grounds including, but not limited to: roofs, drainage, mechanical, environmental, electrical, fire and security systems, as well as housekeeping using a combination of hands-on activity and vendor services;

· Coordinate and manage various capital improvement projects as they may arise from time-to-time, including space renovations, roofing repairs/replacements, HVAC enhancements, groundskeeping initiatives, and security system improvements;

· Manage periodic and cyclical maintenance;

· Maintain a keen awareness of the Museum’s buildings and grounds with an eye out for unusual activity anywhere on the property, manage same, and contact appropriate services and/or Museum management.

· Help ensure that the premises meet health and safety requirements and that the facility is in compliance with regulations. Oversees ensuring the property is free of trash and debris.

· Respond to emergencies during and after work hours, taking appropriate action including calling contractors, law enforcement and notifying applicable Museum management and staff.

· Work collaboratively with the executive team on special projects;

· Initiate and manage standard operating procedures and systems; and

· Manage purchasing of facility and security-related, and postage meter and copier supplies.


Security and Safety

• Manage the security functions of all Museum properties to ensure public, staff and collection safety;

• Oversee all security staff and systems;

• Ensure the physical security of the collection;

• Monitor security cameras and respond as needed to incidents and emergencies posing a threat to staff and public safety; on “call list” maintained by security and environmental alarm stations;

• Manage access rights, keys/fobs and other physical security

• Provide onsite security as needed and train volunteers and/or contracted security staff for weekends, events, and time off coverage;

• Create/update/periodically train staff on emergency procedures, exiting, fire extinguisher usage, etc.

• Review and recommend lighting levels, maintenance and improvements;

• Manage the Museum’s fire and other panels and fire suppression equipment;

• Act as liaison between the Museum and local police, fire and EMS officials;

• Provide or direct opening and closing duties and procedures; and


Other duties

• As needed, assist Exhibits Department with exhibit change-overs;

• This position is considered “essential” relative to the Museum’s inclement weather policy;

• Other related duties as assigned.


Qualifications: The Director of Facilities and Security should be an experienced professional with substantial experience in building management, security and administrative best practices.


• Experience and ability to negotiate with and supervise outside contractors;

• Technical understanding of building systems, including, but not limited to HVAC equipment and controls and modern security systems;

• Mature judgment and a strong sense of responsibility;

• Positive interpersonal style and skills for working well with a wide range of people;

• Effective at working with others to reach common goals and objectives;

• Ability to work both independently and in a team setting;

• Ability to manage a varied and sometimes heavy workload;

• Demonstrated problem solving and decision-making ability essential;

• Strong management skills; supervisory experience required;

• Good spoken and written communication skills;

• Computer literacy;

• Able to lift 50 pounds; ability to perform physical labor and work from a ladder;

• Must be able and available to work extra hours and a flexible schedule; some weekend work required and in case of emergency;

• Reliable transportation and mobile phone required;

• High school degree or equivalent required, some college preferred;

• 5+ years’ relevant experience required; and

• Knowledge of museums or historic buildings a plus.


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Compensation: $65,000 – $75,000 per year.

Benefits: Eligible for generous full time employee benefits including paid vacation and sick time, participation in employer-contributing 403b plan, and health, life and disability insurance.

Schedule: Full time, Tuesday through Saturday. Two Thursdays per month Noon-8pm when there is Museum programming. On-site in Hartford, CT.

Other: Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until position is filled. Final candidate subject to background and reference check.

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