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Director, Security Planning and Response

Washington D.C., DC, USA

We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ+ people, to join our team. Don’t meet every single requirement?  Studies have shown that people from marginalized communities are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification.  At HRC, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Position Summary:

The Director, Security Planning and Response is a full-time, hybrid position responsible for leading, developing, implementing, and administering a comprehensive safety and security program. The emphasis is on creating a culture of safety with an awareness of inclusivity, including training, emergency preparedness and response, and crisis intervention. 


This role requires regular, on-site attendance of at least three days a week to promote the overall work culture and environment of teamwork and personal interaction, and to efficiently achieve the organization’s mission of ending discrimination against LGBTQ+ people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. 


All applications must include a cover letter. In your cover letter, address the following prompt - Please detail your understanding of the role of security as it relates to the LGBTQ+ community. Applications not containing a cover letter will not be considered.

Areas of Responsibility: 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and oversees short- and long-term strategic and operational safety and security plans that incorporate all office locations, remote workers, and multiple off-site events, with a focus on creating and refining physical, operational, information, personnel, event, and executive security programs that proactively anticipate, deter, detect, and respond to threats emanating from an ever-increasing pool of political, religious, and ideological adversaries of the LGBTQ+ community and HRC’s advocacy and programs.

  • Provides direction to external consultants and works collaboratively with internal stakeholders to develop comprehensive security plans and responses.  Manages event security planning and incident response for local and nationwide HRC-sponsored events such as galas, community organizing events, prides, marches, rallies, and meetings. 

  • Works with internal staff, external consultants, employees, and volunteers to create a comprehensive protective intelligence program that feeds timely incident reporting and skilled internet threat monitoring data to a central focal point for review, analysis and response as needed.

  • Works collaboratively with external consultants and internal leaders to provide thought leadership to senior management on threat identification, assessment, and best practice mitigation efforts to reduce vulnerabilities and mitigate both risk and adverse consequences.

  • Identifies and applies best practice security standards, methods and remedies to reduce current and future security risks by defining security requirements needed to protect all office locations, remote workers, and local and off-site events.

  • Drafts, implements, and regularly updates safety and security policies and procedures.

  • Provides qualitative and quantitative reports on the effectiveness of the safety and security initiatives. 

  • In conjunction with the Leadership Development team identifies and implements training and awareness programs to ensure staff understand their roles and expectations regarding safety and security.

  • Communicates regularly with staff on safety and security initiatives and issues.

  • Establishes and maintains relations with local police departments, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other security organizations. 

  • Collaboratively develops written community safety policies, practices, and programs that create welcoming environments while emphasizing community safety, de-escalation, and effective crisis intervention.

  • Ensures compliance with applicable laws and guidelines, along with the mission and values of the organization.

  • Partners with internal teams, such as the risk committee, human resources, and information technology team to develop plans and responses aligned with HRC culture and needs.

  • Facilitates the internal HRC security team; managing communications, team meetings, and documentation.

  • Manages and supports external consultants, security vendors, and protective service entities to ensure comprehensive, seamless, effective, and professional security services.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Position Qualifications 

  • Minimum of eight (8) years of progressive work-related skill, knowledge or experience in the protective service industry or a closely related field. Specific education, training, and experience in physical, operational, information, and event security are desired.

  • Those with related experience in law enforcement, security administration, public safety, or emergency management will be considered.

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in Security Administration, Administration of Justice, Homeland Security or Emergency Management, as well as relevant industry certifications and accredited safety, security, and emergency management training preferred.

  • Knowledge of, and experience with integrated security systems and modern security technology is a plus as is working knowledge of digital networks and network attached security devices. (This is optional, but would be a plus.) 

  • Extensive knowledge of principles, techniques and methods in areas safety, security and crisis intervention.

  • Superior analytical ability to assess and evaluate policies, programs and issues.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to develop and sustain positive business relationships.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships. 

  • Flexibility to adapt to a rapidly changing environment and ongoing curiosity and willingness to learn. 

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously while prioritizing important issues. 

  • Must be independent at times, collaborative at other times, and have the judgment to discern when to be either. 

  • Experience with the Microsoft and Google suites of software.

  • Personal interest in and commitment to LGBTQ+ equality as well as cultural competency and sensitivity in working with the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.

  • Some travel is required, as well as flexibility around work hours including nights and weekends, ability to engage in rapid response as needed.


$110,000.00 - $134,000.00 / Year

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Organization Info

Human Rights Campaign

Washington D.C., DC, USA
Annual Budget : 
201-500 employees
About Us

The Human Rights Campaign envisions a world where every member of the LGBTQ family has the freedom to live their truth without fear, and with equality under the law. We empower our 3 million members and supporters to mobilize against attacks on the most marginalized people in our community.

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Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Mar 20 2024
Active Until: 
Apr 19 2024
Hiring Organization: 
Human Rights Campaign