Security, Security Manager, Full Time

Posted May 12, 2023
Type Full-Time
Department Security
Category Exempt
Hiring Pay Scale $64,480-$76,000 per year

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an exquisite collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Approximately 1,000 works from the permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the Norton Simon Museum’s galleries and sculpture garden throughout the year.

The Museum is located in beautiful Pasadena, California, just steps from the bustling Old Pasadena district known for its shops and restaurants, and adjacent to the vibrant neighborhoods of northeast Los Angeles, Glendale and South Pasadena. Easily accessible by public transportation, the Museum also offers its employees free parking, as well as free admission to the Museum anytime, and discounts in the store and café. Full time employees can expect excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a pension program.


Reporting to the Director of Security, this full-time exempt position assists in the operation of the Security Department. 


Position requires excellent judgment; strong communication, writing and computer skills and effective presentation, negotiation, problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Position requires at least three years of security supervision or military or civilian law-enforcement or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A college degree in a relevant field is beneficial. Experience with access control systems and related technologies as well as the protection of high-value or cultural property is highly desirable. Must be certified in First Aid and CPR by the American Red Cross,or be able to acquire this certification within one year of hire date. Must live within a 30-minute drive time to the Museum.  A valid California driver’s license and personal automobile insurance are required.


  • Assists the Director of Security in the operation of the Security Department, keeping the Director informed of all matters affecting the department
  • Ensures visitor and staff safety and security, provides first aid and directs medical response as necessary
  • Manages the schedules for non-exempt security employees and participates in the review and disciplinary process as directed by the Director of Security
  • Supervises and provides training for all Security Officers and Gallery Attendants
  • Participates in investigations and prepares required reports
  • Schedules and facilitates periodic fire and life safety drills for staff
  • Conducts routine audits and inspections of security supplies, technologies, equipment and the Museum facilities and grounds
  • Works with the Director of Security to ensure training, policies and procedures comply with best practices, laws and professional standards
  • Will be assigned to a variety of duties and special events to meet the goals of the Museum and Security Department

Physical Requirements

This position requires excellent eyesight, use of a computer in a seated position, moderate physical lifting, twisting, walking, climbing stairs, prolonged standing, and the ability to remain alert at all times. Work may require strenuous physical activity related to responding to emergencies or alarms.


Weekly schedule is five, eight-hour days, and may vary according to Museum needs and Manager availability. Security Manager must be able to work evening and weekend hours, including some holidays.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Norton Simon Entities* provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Norton Simon Entities do not unlawfully discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals over forty years of age, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. The Norton Simon Entities make reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social and recreational programs.

The Norton Simon Entities are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

*The Norton Simon Entities are composed of the following: Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena and the Norton Simon Art Foundation. Employment may be with either, or both, of these entities.

How to apply

All interested applicants must provide their expected earnings; resumes without expected earnings will not be reviewed.  No phone calls please.  Due to volume of resumes received, we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of resumes. 

Send cover letter and resume to:

Nels Ortlund, Director of Security
Norton Simon Museum of Art
411 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
Email: [email protected]

Employment is contingent upon proof of legal status to work in the United States.