The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF; the Foundation), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, we have focused on developing and promoting innovations in health and healthcare to improve the lives of millions. In partnership with others, we are working toward a nation that is rooted in equity, compassion, and respect; a nation that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity to thrive, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they have. This requires addressing many harmful obstacles to wellbeing, including poverty, powerlessness, and discrimination.
We take seriously our responsibilities, and we pledge to work in ways that reflect our Guiding Principles. These are rooted in equity and influence everything we do at RWJF. Equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), and collaboration allow our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives to enrich our work and strengthen our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. Our efforts to build a Culture of Health and achieve health equity require us to dismantle structural racism and other barriers to health. Part of this work includes actively shaping a multicultural, inclusive, antiracist organization where all staff thrive as we build and use our capabilities, voice, and power to advance health equity. The Foundation offers a collaborative, collegial, and creative work environment. With a career at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, you will make a difference.
About This Opportunity
Reporting to the vice president and the chief information technology officer (CITO), the director of physical security and safety will be responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of physical security and safety for our organization. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in developing and implementing comprehensive security strategies, managing security personnel, and implementing safety programs to ensure the protection of employees, visitors, and company assets.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Develop and implement a comprehensive physical security plan to protect company assets and ensure the safety of employees and visitors.
Manage all physical security measures including access control, closed-circuit television, and alarm systems, as well as security personnel.
Oversee the development and implementation of safety programs, policies, and procedures to ensure compliance with regulations and best practices.
Conduct risk assessments and develop contingency plans to address potential security and safety threats.
Develop and implement emergency response plans and procedures in the event of an incident.
Conduct regular training and awareness programs for employees and security personnel on security and safety best practices.
Liaise with law enforcement and emergency response agencies to ensure effective coordination in the event of an incident.
Manage the budget for physical security and safety initiatives.
Stay up to date with the latest security and safety trends, technologies, and regulations to ensure that the organization is implementing best practices.
Perform cost-benefit and return-on-investment analyses for proposed systems to aid implementation decisions by management.
Perform regional vulnerability assessments that ensure RWJF’s corporate facilities are compliant with corporate standards, industry requirements, and governmental regulations pertaining to physical security.
Develop related policies and procedures, ensuring that an appropriate level of support coverage is always available, and that knowledge is effectively shared.
Oversee, manage, coach, and develop team members, providing regular and timely feedback.
Manage vendor relationships and monitor and manage key success measures to ensure value and contract requirements meet expectations.
Design and execute complex physical security, life safety or crisis management projects as they relate to the enterprise security management system requiring specialized expertise with higher levels of risk.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Commitment to racial and health equity and the Foundation’s vision, values, and Guiding Principles.
Experience working effectively in and fostering an inclusive environment as part of a multidisciplinary team with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
Minimum (10) years of experience in physical security and safety management, preferably in a corporate environment.
Security certifications such as Certified Protection Professional (CPP) or Physical Security Professional (PSP) are preferred.
Knowledge of safety regulations and best practices.
Ability to accurately analyze, compile, and distribute relevant intelligence information in a timely manner via email, telephone, emergency messaging systems, and direct interaction.
Ability to develop and implement emergency response plans and procedures in the event of an incident.
Ability to develop, implement, and document comprehensive physical security plans and safety programs to protect company assets and ensure the safety of employees and visitors while ensuring compliance with regulations and best practices.
Technical ability to comprehend physical security systems and to troubleshoot problems with access control hardware and software. Must be able to quickly navigate access control platforms, camera networks, and other physical security-related software rapidly and must be able to communicate industry terminology with security system integration technicians and IT support.
Knowledge and skill to leverage physical security, incident reporting, geo-mapping and intelligence-related software, as well as most Microsoft Office suite applications. Candidates must demonstrate a moderate to advanced understanding of Microsoft Office applications.
Proven ability to design, build, and resource a team; coach, develop, and guide team members; conduct talent assessments; manage conflict and resolve problems to ensure optimal outcomes for objectives and priorities.
Strong written and verbal communication skills; able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; and to see the big picture. Ability to compose timely notifications for senior leadership during critical and time-sensitive events.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information.
Ability to multitask, to work on tight deadlines, and to adapt to frequently changing priorities while maintaining a strong attention to detail.
Strong problem-solving skills. Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner and gather and analyze information skillfully. Develop alternative solutions and work well in group problem-solving situations. Able to demonstrate innovative and analytical approaches to resolutions.
Dedicated team player with a can-do mindset who considers others’ opinions; understands impact on other groups; and adapts to change effectively.
Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, security management, or related field; master’s degree preferred. A combination of equivalent education and work experience may be substituted for the above requirements.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions
The director of physical security and safety will perform job duties in a typical business office environment. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment. Will be required to attend meetings, potentially both in person and off-site via phone or videoconference. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
This position is assigned to our Princeton, N.J. headquarters office.
As of January 1, 2023, the Foundation has implemented a Hybrid: Flexible Purposeoperating model. All RWJF employees will be required to come into Foundation offices during the year for purposes related to their position such as critical tasks (e.g., building operations, grantee meetings), organizational events (e.g., training and development) and internally focused team activities. All RWJF offices remain open for all Foundation employees for focused work, optional organizational activities, and connecting with colleagues informally as needed for individual purposes.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented applicants.