The Director, Office of Protection Services (OPS), is the principal advisor to the Smithsonian Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries and to the directors of Smithsonian museum, research and administrative entities, for security, protection and law enforcement matters affecting the Institution. The OPS Director is responsible for leading a 24-hour day security organization for facilities housing over 6,000 employees and attracting approximately 30 million visitors annually.Learn more about this agency
Serves as principal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Under Secretaries, and senior management on all major security, protection and law enforcement affecting the Institution. Provides advice on all major program issues, formulates Institution policies, identifies and develops program goals and objectives, and develops resource plans. Provides advice and guidance on a broad range of sensitive issues and critical developments involved in 1) planning and directing the Office of Protection Services (OPS) programs; 2) achieving operational effectiveness; 3) developing strategies to meet priority needs, and 4) the impact of changes on program initiatives and priorities.
Ensures that the Institution has a comprehensive security program to effectively cope with security issues covering the full gamut of emergencies (e.g., evacuations, thefts, storms, lightning damages, sabotage, poaching, assaults, etc.) Ensures the effective use of security personnel as well as safe and secure transport of priceless artifacts, and; reviews and approves special procedures to protect high ranking officials and dignitaries. In addition, ensures that supporting programs such as prevention, coordination and communication within OPS and among other Smithsonian organization in response to emergencies, (e.g., civil disturbance, terrorist activity, natural disasters, violence in the workplace, and investigations of reported or apparent violations of criminal statutes) are carried out and emergency preparedness planning and responses are in place and effective.
Sets the leadership standard within OPS for a staff of about 800 employees in a variety of professional, technical, administrative and protective occupations. Provides leadership for developing and administering policies to achieve related organizational objectives in personnel and performance management, equal opportunity and cultural/gender diversity. Encourages and cultivates a diverse and inclusive workplace culture within OPS that models progressive leadership practices (e.g., fostering a collaborative work environment, celebrating cultural/gender diversity and differences, supporting empowerment and teamwork, valuing risk-taking and learning, striving for professional and technical excellence, and recognizing accomplishments).
Oversees strategic and business planning, goal setting, quality implementation, organizational performance measurement, and re-invention efforts, to ensure alignment with Smithsonian vision, values and goals.
Oversees and administers Federal appropriations and trust funds for the Office of Protection Services. Ensures adequate control systems to monitor expenses and remain within budgeted amounts; and that financial management and related reporting systems are responsive, accurate and efficient.
Undertakes a variety of representational and liaison duties that include presentations to Smithsonian senior management, Smithsonian Board of Regents and various Congressional Committees and government agencies. Works closely with the White House, State Department, Secret Service, National Park Service, Department of Justice (FBI), D.C. Police and Fire Departments, Department of Transportation, and other public sector and law enforcement organizations. Ensures close contact and communication on a frequent basis with senior Smithsonian staff, museum and research unit directors, OPS areas and sub-stations.
Serves as host and Chairperson for the Smithsonian National Conference on Cultural Property Protection. This three-day conference draws approximately 150 security professionals from the United States, Canada and Europe. Responsible for site selection of conference, approves all sessions and speakers, determines seminar and lecture materials, makes all final decisions, including budgetary issues, pertaining to the conference.
Keeps abreast of latest private and public sector developments in the protection services field in order to evaluate applicability of those developments to the Smithsonian and incorporate best practices into programs.
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