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Become A Director Security Management

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Working As A Director Security Management

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • $105,310

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Director Security Management does

  • Review and approve budgetary allocations related to security operations.
  • Combined superior tactical and technical expertise, creating WorldAware Solutions to assists clients in understanding their global security and travel risks.
  • Function as a security response liaison between the Commonwealth of Virginia and Law Enforcement.
  • Implemented a security database tool (Access Commander) for security management purposes.
  • Respresented 18 business properties/entities regarding gaming/hospitality/entertainment) related to internal/external audits for SOX/PCI and MCS IT controls.
  • Provided oversight and governance for division-wide information security, audit, compliance, privacy and business continuity planning (BCP).
  • Maintain Organization Policies relating to the Physical Environment, Life Safety, Emergency Management, Safety and Security.
  • Evaluate new products and vendor offerings for use within VITA and the Information Technology Partnership.
  • Established Workplace Violence Policy, track and monitor all incidents.
  • Direct physical security and safety, protecting infrastructure and life for seven campuses including 2,500 students and 450 employees.
  • Supervised business continuity plan and disaster plan drills, which serve as a counter measure during a crisis.
  • Established as a respected leader within the security department, as well as with the company's senior management.
  • Delivered recommendations necessary to achieve corporate compliance as well as improve the protection of information confidentiality, integrity and availability.
  • Manage all financial aspects including 3 different budgets.
  • Increased security staff by 25%.
  • Coordinated all expense planning and reporting with R&D facility.
  • Oversee and conduct all emergency preparedness training and drills.
  • Lead the business and site crisis management initiatives, conduct exhaustive catastrophic event drills.

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How To Become A Director Security Management

Emergency management directors typically need a bachelor’s degree, as well as multiple years of work experience in emergency response, disaster planning, or public administration.


Emergency management directors typically need a bachelor’s degree in business or public administration, accounting, finance, emergency management, or public health. Some directors working in the private sector in the area of business continuity management may need to have a degree in computer science, information systems administration, or another information technology (IT) field.

Some smaller municipalities or local governments may hire applicants who have just a high school diploma. However, these applicants usually need extensive work experience in emergency management if they are to be hired.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Applicants typically need multiple years of work experience, often with the military, law enforcement, fire safety, or in another emergency management field, before they can be hired as an emergency management director. Previous work experience in these areas enables applicants to make difficult decisions in stressful and time-sensitive situations. Such experience also prepares one to work with various agencies to ensure that proper resources are used to respond to emergencies.

For more information, see the profiles on police and detectives, firefighters, police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers, and EMTs and paramedics.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require directors to obtain certification within a certain timeframe after being hired in the position.

Many agencies and states offer voluntary certificate programs to help emergency management directors obtain additional skills. Some employers may prefer or even require a Certified Emergency Manager® (CEM®), Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), or equivalent designation. Emergency management directors can attain the CEM designation through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); the certification must be renewed every 5 years. The CBCP designation is given by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) and must be renewed every 2 years.

Both associations require applicants to complete a certain number of continuing education courses prior to recertification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Emergency management directors must write out and communicate their emergency preparedness plans to all levels of government, as well as to the public.

Critical-thinking skills. Emergency management directors must anticipate hazards and problems that may arise from an emergency in order to respond effectively.

Decisionmaking skills. Emergency management directors must make timely decisions, often in stressful situations. They must also identify the strengths and weaknesses of all solutions and approaches, as well as the costs and benefits of each action.

Interpersonal skills. Emergency management directors must work with other government agencies, law enforcement and fire officials, and the general public to coordinate emergency responses.

Leadership skills. To ensure effective responses to emergencies, emergency management directors need to organize and train a variety of people.

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Top Director Security Management Skills

  1. Life Safety
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Emergency Response
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain Organization Policies relating to the Physical Environment, Life Safety, Emergency Management, Safety and Security.
  • Transitioned the physical security program from analog to digital.
  • Plan and establish a proactive, protective and preventative security system and monitor security operations.
  • Manage all threats, risks, crisis response, critical incidents, security concerns and incidents throughout GE Transportation, worldwide.
  • Establish ongoing improvement plans for security operations, security management, and operational processes, practices and standards.

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