Transit Systems 2019-05-07 2019-06-11

Director of Security

Company: North County Transit District View more listings
Location: Oceanside, California
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 113095

The Director of Security has overall responsibility to plan, organize, direct, manage, and oversee comprehensive security, law enforcement, and emergency management as noted in the District Emergency Response Plan (ERP) to ensure the safety and security of North County Transit District (NCTD) employees and customers. S/he provides emergency management expertise to NCTD Executives and NCTD Board members as needed.

Distinguishing Characteristics
The Director of Security is distinguished by its direct responsibility to plan and manage all activities of security for all properties, assets and infrastructure for NCTD. This position is designated as Safety-Sensitive under NCTD authority (non-DOT) and will participate in a random testing pool under those guidelines. This position is designated as “at-will” in accordance with the NCTD Employee Handbook.

Supervision Received and Exercised
This position reports to the Chief of Safety and Security and is responsible for managing and/or supervising NCTD staff members and provides general oversight and guidance to contracted law enforcement personnel. Further, this position is expected to participate in the sharing of expert knowledge and as a vital member of various project teams that may be instituted.

Working Conditions
Normal working conditions for this position are in both an office and field setting. Business travel may be required periodically between District sites, governmental agencies, consultant’s facilities, and other locations as required. Job duties frequently require necessity to work beyond normal office hours for emergency call-outs, evening and weekend meetings. This position must work at multiple sites and needs to work shifts around the clock to provide adequate oversight of direct reports.


Essential Functions
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Updates and revises as required the (1) System Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan (SSEPP); (2) Emergency Response Plan (ERP); and (3) Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) as needed.

  • Oversees and manages all law enforcement services contracts. Works directly with contract agency representatives to ensure policy, procedure, legal and contractual requirements are met.

  • Assigns work to personnel, providing instructions and answering questions; Coordinates the scheduling and completion of work by determining operational priorities and resolving workload problems.

  • Ensures Department staff works in a collaborative and team-oriented manner with both internal and external customers.

  • Ensures direct reports are aware of and comply with NCTD’s EEO program, Title VI program, Board and Administrative policies, human resources, and other applicable policies and procedures.

  • Coordinates regular emergency preparedness and response training exercises with staff, contractors, and outside emergency responders.

  • Responds to rail and bus incidents and provides support to the Chief of Safety and Security in conducting investigations.

  • Manages NCTD’s security data and develops reports for senior management.

  • Tracks investigations by the assigned personnel from the San Diego County Sheriff Office, and additional contracted law enforcement/security organizations as applicable, regarding possible criminal activity on NCTD’s modes, in transit centers, stops, stations, and among NCTD employees.

  • Provides policy guidance and interpretation to staff and contract personnel relative to applicable areas of responsibility.

  • Prepares and recommends strategic plans to meet the District’s current and long-range security and emergency management needs.

  • Confers with and represents the Safety and Security Division and the District in meetings with members of boards and commissions, various governmental agencies, local law enforcement agencies and a variety of public and private organizations.

  • Represents the District on various Public Safety, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, and Transit Security Boards and Committees as assigned by the Chief of Safety & Security.

  • Makes recommendations for and prioritizes allocation of available resources towards, security and emergency management.

  • Provides Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) technical expertise for the design, installation, and expansion of various capital projects.

  • Assist in the development and administration of the Department budget for areas of responsibility which involves forecasting staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; recommends budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.

  • Responsible for the hiring, training, supervising, reviewing, disciplining, and terminating subordinate staff as needed and in accordance with District policy.

  • Stays abreast of federal, state and local laws, emerging security trends, and raise concerns as needed.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field required.

  • Minimum 10 years prior similar experience, including minimum 5-7 years supervisory experience required.

  • Previous experience in security, and emergency management programs at a public agency strongly desired.

A combination of experience/skills and education to fulfill the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position may be considered.

  • Possession of and the ability to maintain a California driver’s license, Class C, and a satisfactory driving record for the last five years.

  • Maintain compliance with the District’s policy regarding Conflict of Interest and Ethics.

  • Transit Safety and Security Professional (TSSP) Certification preferred.

General Requirements
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of security administration and investigation. Familiar with physical security and monitoring systems.

  • Knowledge of criminal laws, codes and ordinances and court interpretations, including rights of citizens.

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of project management, contract management, budget development, parking and citation management, and accountability.

  • Familiar with basic principles of local government organization, including techniques for effectively representing the District in contacts with governmental and regulatory agencies, community groups and various businesses, professional, educational and regulatory organizations.

  • Able to create and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying level of responsibility and from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds through excellent communication, teambuilding, and customer service skills.

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills; ability to gather, organize, analyze and present data to appropriate sources, ability to interpret and apply local, state, and federal rules and regulations accurately and effectively.

  • A professional level of expertise in multiple areas and demonstrated use of high-level discretion and judgment in execution of duties is preferred.

  • Must be able to manage and maintain simultaneous, transitional, and emerging priorities.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in computer software programs including the Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Able to respond in-person to emergencies on any shift and under any weather or time-of-day circumstances.

Physical Requirements
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to use the phone and computer for extended periods, manual dexterity to complete clerical functions, work with office equipment, and daily lifting of equipment up to 25 pounds is required. Ability to hear, see and to communicate verbally to exchange information. Ability to physically travel between District locations and other destinations, work in evenings when required, work in hazardous conditions, and negotiate a variety of different and irregular terrain as is typical along a railway right of way. May be subject to fumes, odors, dusts, gases, chemicals. Ability to walk, climb, balance, bend, carry, push, reach, sit, and stand.

Machines / Tools / Equipment
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and Microsoft Office Suite programs.

  • Ability to operate standard office equipment, including a fax and scanner machine, copy machine, and telephone.

  • Ability to operate closed circuit television equipment, two-way radios, and public address systems.

  • Ability to carry and operate a mobile on-call device.

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