Assistant Manager of Security and Safety

New York, NY
Full Time
Whitney Museum

The Assistant Manager of Security and Safety is a primary member of the Security management team.  The assistant manager is responsible for managing security systems for the museum to support the Director of Security and Manager of Security.  This includes, but is not limited to, the Fire and life-safety systems, CCTV, Alarm-based systems for the protection of artwork, and building access control for the 99 Gansevoort and Bulwark locations. 

The incumbent is also responsible for assisting with the oversight of the security officers’ team, developing schedule rosters, duty rotations, replacing call-outs, and administrative systems for staffing using HRIS and/or other applicable tools.

The Assistant Manager will act as Fire Safety Director for the Museum and may be involved in building testing and inspections conducted by the Fire Department. The role also will work with other applicable managers and staff to ensure best practice and compliance relating to Health and Safety and Fire Safety legislation and maintaining all security records and logs.

The Assistant Manager will be the primary lead on the Museum Emergency Notification System, will be responsibility to ensure compliance & training.

The position also requires confidentiality as accidents are investigated and solutions recommended with support from the manager or director. Security supervisors in particular are required to model appropriate behavior and ensure the same among members of the Security team. At the Whitney, we believe that security is not only about protecting physical assets but also about ensuring the safety and dignity of our visitors, staff, and other audiences.  Guards are responsible for following our Code of Ethics and other related policies, for bringing violations to the attention of Security leadership, and for demonstrating integrity and professionalism as part of their jobs.  



  • Work with facilities managers to ensure public safety systems, processes and procedures are properly tested, maintained and followed.
  • As a facilities designee, ensure that proper engineering functions are carried out as they relate to building, staff and visitor security and safety.
  • Manage the contract for agency security provision to ensure that the service provided is in line with the standards and requirements set out in the service level agreement
  • Collaborate with other museum staff to ensure artwork protection.
  • Work as a Security Manager to cover management duties for special events
  • Perform duties as designated or requested by the Chief Facilities Officer and approved by the Director of Security as needed


  • B.A. preferred with a concentration in Criminal Justice or similar preferred
  • 3-5 years of security supervisory, law enforcement, and fire safety experience
  • NYS Training; Security and Fire Safety Director License
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively with all staff at premier NYC cultural institution

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Salary range of $65,000 - $80,000 per annum, commensurate with experience
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(B) elections
  • Generous PTO benefits
  • Commuter benefits - parking and mass transit
  • Admission to world-renowned museums across the city and nationally
  • Pet insurance and discounted membership for Citibike


The advertised pay rate is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.

Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? Research shows that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria. Yet, women and other people who are systematically marginalized tend to only apply if they meet every requirement. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse workplace experiences and backgrounds. Whether you’re new to arts and culture administration, returning to work after a gap in employment, simply looking to transition, or take the next step in your career path, we will be glad to have you on our radar. 

About the Whitney:

The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.


EEO Statement:

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.


COVID guidelines

The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority.  As such, the Whitney Museum is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated and boosted with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


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