Security and Safety Lead

Reports to: Building & Information Technology Manager
Department:  Security
Position Type: Full Time, Hourly (40+ hours per week)
Salary Range: $16–18 per hour, DOE
Benefits: Eligible

Summary of Position

This position reports to the Building & Information Technology Manager and is full-time position. This position is a working position. It oversees day to day security and control room operations, while actively providing shift coverage for the museum’s needs. This position also works closely with the Building Maintenance Lead and other museum staff to develop and enforce safety best practices. It is anticipated that the hours of work will be at least 40 hours per week, with a flexible schedule to accommodate special events as needed.


  • Heads safety committee, made up of staff members from several departments, which works with management staff to develop policies and procedures to ensure safety of employees and visitors
  • Researches and makes recommendations to improve and document TAM’s safety compliance program, and emergency action plan
  • Supervises day to day operations of security office including supervision of security staff under the direction of the Building & Information Technology Manager
  • Creates and manages Security staff schedules, and coordinates shift coverage
  • Assists in recruitment of security staff, completing performance evaluations, training and ensuring that the Building & Information Technology Manager is apprised of any staffing needs and/or personnel issues
  • Opens and/or closes the museum on scheduled days of museum operation, Monitors access controls and vendor coordination as needed
  • As needed, will assist in setup and breakdown of public museum spaces for museum events and oversee building security during events – including moving tables, chairs, equipment etc.
  • Oversees loading dock area, accepts deliveries and ensures compliance with museum policies
  • Oversees lot operations including cleanliness, ticketing, parking pass distribution and address troubles related to parking machine working with our parking lot contractor
  • Manages lost and found to include inventory log of items under museum control
  • Responds to security and safety issues as they arise, this may include responding to after-hours security events

Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience implementing and overseeing safety programs
  • 2+ years of non-profit specific supervisory experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Excellent customer service skills to both internal and external clients
  • Team player; Possess the ability to in a collaborative manner with all TAM staff
  • Ability to communicate effectively; both verbally and in writing
  • Must demonstrate problem solving skills and clear decision making process
  • Availability to work a schedule with hours that vary from week to week. Must work evening and weekend hours, as assigned
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • WA Driver’s License is required
  • Familiarity with computer systems, including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, and Word

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

This job is physically demanding. Strength, agility, and endurance are all necessary to performing the core job functions.

The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • There is frequent need to stand, stoop or walk for long periods of time. Desk time is minimal.
  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, machinery, computers, and/or controls.
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 75 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community;
  • Some work may be performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions.
  • Negligible local travel, less than 5% of work hours.

To Apply

  • Please email a succinct cover letter and resume to
  • Include “SSL_First Name_Last Name” in subject line.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date: Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution with nationally recognized exhibitions and innovative educational programs. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. Founded in 1935, the museum has strong roots in the community and anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown university and museum district.

Completed in November 2014, an additional $15.5-million building project has added approximately 16,000 square feet, and houses the new Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. This collection establishes TAM as the only major museum of Western American art of this caliber in the Northwest. It also enables the museum to fully explore the art history of the West while integrating its Western and Northwest collections.

Another significant gift announced on January 14, 2016 is the gift of the  Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. The Benaroyas carefully assembled over their 70 years of marriage a collection that  includes Northwestern and international studio art glass along with important paintings and sculptures by renowned regional artists. The gift, announced on Mrs. Benaroya’s 93rd  birthday, includes a contribution for the construction of a new 7,390 square-foot gallery addition in which to present the collection.  The new wing  has been designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of Seattle-based Olson Kundig and is projected to open in January 2019.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Tacoma Art Museum family!

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.