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Full Time

The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) is one of the finest museums on the West Coast and is celebrated for the superb quality of its permanent collection. Its mission is to integrate art into the lives of people through internationally recognized exhibitions and special programs, as well as through thoughtful presentation of its permanent collection. The Museum is in the later stages of an exciting $50 million capital campaign to make critical renovations to the facilities, to ensure its preservation, and to provide a better experience for our visitors and a better home for our expanding collection.

The SBMA is seeking a highly responsible, detail-oriented security professional to join us as a Co-Chief of Security reporting directly to the Director and CEO of the Museum, and working in conjunction with the other Chief of Security. This position is part of a team responsible for the overall security and safety operations of the Museum and Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House.  The Co-Chiefs oversee and direct day-to day security operations and effectively manage multiple shifts of personnel, which involves schedules to meet various events and programming, while ensuring coverage for art protection and inventory. This position is a liaison with local law enforcement and fire agencies and is responsible for responding to alarms and emergency situations.  The Co-Chief of Security develops updates and trains staff, docents, and volunteers on the Museum’s Emergency Operating Procedures and Injury and Illness Prevention Program and investigates or oversees investigations of incidents involving Museum safety and property.  A critical responsibility includes having current knowledge and oversite of all building security and safety systems, their maintenance, and effective vendor management.  During our renovation, the Co-Chiefs hold a critical role in overseeing access and movement throughout the facility and assuring a secure site.

Requirements include: B.A. or related certification; 5+ years of related security experience successfully managing a responsive and dedicated team; the ability to interact with the public in a friendly manner for a positive visitor experience, and experience in successfully analyzing problems and developing constructive resolutions both with building operations and staff. Knowledge of security/fire systems and loss prevention, emergency and first aid program management, and work in an art museum or other cultural institutions is desirable. This position requires the ability to lift 25lbs occasionally, assist persons who may have difficulty standing or walking, and the ability to stand or walk for long periods of time.


  • Successful Background Check is required if offered the position.
  • This exempt, full time position is eligible for our full benefits package including; Medical, Dental, and Vision, pre-tax plans, 403b with Museum match, PTO, Holidays and more.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary with reliable transportation.
  • Please submit Resume, Cover Letter and Application with salary requirements
  • Position is to be filled at the end of October.

Contact Information

Please email to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Fax: (805) 966-6840

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