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Company: University of California
Location: Oakland, CA
Career Level: Director
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education


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At the University of California (UC), your contributions make a difference. A world leader producing Nobel and Pulitzer prize recipients with over 150 years of groundbreaking research transforming the world. Choose a career where you can leverage your knowledge, skills and aspirations to inspire and support some of the greatest minds in the world and those who will follow in their footsteps. Working at the University of California is being part of a unique institution and a vibrant and diverse community. At the University of California, Office of the President, we propel our mission through impactful work locally, in government centers, and systemwide. We are passionate people, serving the greater good.

The University of California, one of the largest and most acclaimed institutions of higher learning in the world, is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. The University of California Office of the President is the headquarters to the 10 campuses, five medical centers, and three national laboratories and enrolls premier students from California, the nation, and the world. Learn more about the UC Office of the President


The Office of Risk Services is responsible for developing and implementing Enterprise Risk Management systemwide, identifying and developing strategies to minimize the impact of risk, developing a center of excellence for managing risk, and reducing costs, and improving safety by executing new ideas and strategic plans rapidly. By strategically managing risk, we can reduce the chances of loss, create greater financial stability, and protect our resources in support of UC's mission.


The Executive Director, Security, Risk, and Resilience is responsible for developing and executing a strategy for the global security function in line with the University's mission, risk exposure, risk tolerance, organizational requirements, business priorities, preferred practices, industry standards, and applicable laws and regulations. This includes ensuring the security for over 285,000 students, 323,000 faculty, post-docs, and staff, over 135,000,943 sq feet of total buildings across the campuses, and over $1 billion of insured art. Reporting to this position is the Director of Emergency Management and Business Continuity, Program Manager for Emergency Management, and the Program Manager for Security, Risk, and Resilience. This position is also ultimately responsible for the duties assigned to the local onsite security team at the Office of the President, through other external contracts.

The Executive Director ensures that decisions regarding current and future operations that might end in adverse outcomes are subject to critical review and bring any potential security, safety, and risk issues directly to senior leadership's attention.

The Executive Director serves as the contrarian for UC's senior leadership. The role questions the assumptions of current and future operational decisions, especially those that involve safety, security, and risk, and recommends preemptive mitigation strategies. The Executive Director informs senior leadership on critical flaws in security, safety, and risk management.

This position will report directly to senior administration on enterprise-wide security, including international, campus-based, and operational security risk exposure, and provides strategic advice and planning on how best to mitigate security-related risks.


25% Subject matter expert regarding issues of security.

Develops and maintains effective relationships with key internal partners, including executive leadership, functional business areas, and site leadership. Serves as the liaison to local, state, federal, and international security officials. Cultivates and maintains effective liaison with relevant external entities, such as government and law enforcement agencies, industry bodies, regulatory agencies, and private sector counterparts. Conducts leads and coordinates complex and sensitive investigations regarding security threats and violations. Coordinates with law enforcement as required.

Creates, develops, and implements strategies and programs to meet changing demands and ensures protection and consideration of the public interest. Applies broad spectrum risk management, enterprise expertise, and knowledge to University research and educational needs and requirements, financial obligations/considerations, and/or public/private partnerships.

25% Security Training and Awareness.

Directs the coordination of the risk assessment and response activities for multiple organizations or campuses / medical centers / OP. Engages with consultants and oversees systemwide security assessments. Develops and implements policy and training programs for multiple organizations or campuses / medical centers / OP. Develops, promotes, and delivers executive education on strategic planning, leadership, and decision-making related to threat, mitigation, response, and recovery. Develops and provides an annual report on security-related threats, risks, vulnerabilities, and suggested mitigation measures.

20% Executive Protection.

Serves as the security advisor and resource for the UC President's personal, residential, and travel security. Event Security. Supports the security of personnel and information at Regent's meetings by conducting security advances, preparing security risk assessments and planning documents, and coordinating with onsite security support at designated venues.

Travel Security. Develops and maintains UC's policies, processes, and tools to safeguard faculty and student travelers across the world. Monitors international security issues associated with faculty or student travel, and traveler locations.

Support the implementation of on-the-ground protective measures as needed in line with destination risk. Facilitates training and awareness related to travel security risks.

20% Risk Intelligence and Threat Monitoring.

Lead the coordination for all security intelligence gathering requirements related to the protection of UC's students, employees, facilities, operations, and reputation.

Establishes and serves as the representative of senior administration to the Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment and Management Leadership Council. Chairs and convenes the Systemwide Behavioral Intervention Leadership team twice a year addressing systemwide issues. Serves as a resource to the individual campus Behavioral Intervention teams evaluating cases and assessment of threats.

10% Crisis Response.

Serves as a member of the executive crisis response leadership team. Advises senior management including but not limited to the University President, Office of the President's leadership team, Chancellors, and Medical Center CEO's on short- and long-term strategies regarding Security, Risk, and Resilience across multiple organizations or campuses / medical centers / OP. Convenes and meets with UC Police Department Council of Chiefs and addresses Universitywide Policing, with the intent to develop an ongoing review of existing policing practices throughout the system to determine areas in need of improvement and ensure their alignment with national best practices.


Experience in higher education, state and federal government in national, international and educational environments including security, emergency management, risk services, and strategy leadership.

Extensive experience developing, delivering, and guiding security and risk strategy at the highest levels of state, federal, national, and international organizations.

Experience developing and delivering academic programs and delivering instruction and training in crisis, emergency and security management, conflict de-escalation, scenario planning, communication, ethics, and international travel risk management.

Advanced skills to appropriately and efficiently respond to and direct the response to emergencies and critical situations, including follow-up evaluation and critique of response efficacy; skills to create, develop and implement changes to emergency responses as required.

Seasoned security professional with at least 15 years in leadership roles. Prior experience in security policy development, compliance activities, and project management.

Familiarity with security laws and regulations in a variety of domestic and international jurisdictions.

Experience mentoring, developing, training, and directing security teams.

Ability to guide and negotiate complex issues through a hierarchical, bureaucratic organization to achieve resolution.


Bachelor's degree in business, criminal justice, or related fields required. MBA degree preferred.


Salary: $175,000 to $205,000

Benefits: For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: Benefits of Belonging



Please be prepared to attach a cover letter and resume with your application.


The first review date for this job is April 26, 2021.The position will be open until filled.


Background Check Process: Successful completion of a background check is required for this critical position. Background check process at UCOP

Smoke Free Work Environment: The University of California, Office of the President, is smoke & tobacco-free as of January 1, 2014. UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy


The University of California, Office of the President, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. EEO/AA Employer UC Nondiscrimination Policy

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