The Security Division is responsible for overall security coverage at the Port of Long Beach to ensure a safe and secure environment for all staff, tenants, customers and the public. Specifically, the division is responsible for security operations and programs, emergency management and homeland security activities affecting the Port of Long Beach. The division also coordinates with local, state and federal agencies to develop and implement plans to counter all threats, including terrorism and natural disasters. The division includes approximately 100 security, technical and clerical positions and a budget of $42.0 million, and manages over $15 million in federal and state grant funded projects involving port security improvements. Core responsibilities include management of the Harbor Patrol section, consisting of a cadre of trained, armed, public officers (pursuant to Section 836.5 of the California Penal Code) who are responsible for security and public safety on public property and the property owned by the Port and within the Harbor District.
Under general leadership direction from the Managing Director of Commercial Operations Bureau, the Director of Security serves as a division head. The Director of Security has responsibility for planning, coordinating and directing port security, maritime law enforcement partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, and division operations within the Port of Long Beach and the Long Beach Harbor District.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
Manages the development and implementation of Port security policies, procedures, standards and guidelines to ensure security safe and secure environment.
Plans, directs and oversees implementation and maintenance of processes designed for the safety and security of the Port of Long Beach, including Port personnel, tenants, material/equipment, critical infrastructure, facility physical security and overall port security.
Implements and enforces the Port of Long Beach Tariff.
Identifies protection goals, objectives and metrics consistent with the corporate strategic plan.
Issues policy directives and amends the Port Security Program for promulgation and implementation to employees, consultants and contractors.
Serves as a key liaison with other agencies that have responsibilities for port security in the San Pedro Bay port complex, including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) and the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments.
Works closely with other Port divisions including Tenant Services & Operations, Risk Management, Maintenance, Communications and Government Relations and other City departments.
Oversees the management of service agreements with the Long Beach Police and Fire Departments.
Appears before and, addresses the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the City Council and port stakeholders regarding safety and security concerns within the Port of Long Beach and the San Pedro Bay.
Coordinates and collaborates on port security and operations issues with Port tenants, customers and industry stakeholders.
Reviews operations and performance records and reports of employees to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the Port of Security Program.
Reviews and evaluates information, reports and other security-related documents in order to remain informed of current threats to the maritime industry and of available countermeasures.
Determines, prepares and presents the budgetary needs of the Security Division in accordance with budgeted allowances when requesting personnel, materials, equipment and supplies to support the division’s operations.
Performs other duties as required.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The preferred candidate for this position will be a seasoned executive who can quickly become familiar with the Port’s security operations. Requirements of the position dictate that the Director of Security have an outstanding strategic planning background and significant experience in transportation security and law enforcement, preferably in maritime or airport security.
The Director of Security must be a senior level manager with a demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and direction.
The Director of Security occupies a position of public trust; therefore, the successful candidate must have a stellar record with respect to personal and professional conduct, ethics and behavior.
The Director of Security must have a professional appearance and demeanor.
The Director of Security must complete a background investigation as required by California POST, and may be required to obtain "Secret" level clearance (DoD or FBI).
EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE & EXPERIENCE
Requirements for the position include:
A Bachelor’s degree in related law enforcement discipline and/or public/business administration, or other applicable degree.
Extensive training in the areas of homeland security, port and coastal perimeter security, threat assessments and business continuity measures.
Master’s degree in public or business administration or related course of study, commensurate with the responsibilities of the position, while not required, would be highly desirable.
Ten years of management experience in the field of transportation security and law enforcement (maritime or airport security preferred), including experience managing and directing uniformed field services involved in patrol, special operations, port security coordination or program management for counter-terrorism and investigations, fiscal operations and professional development.
Work experience must be at the policy level, with a demonstrated ability to articulate a vision and lead a mission in maritime security for a port the size and complexity of the Port of Long Beach.
Experience overseeing operating budgets.
A history of developing and fostering effective partnerships.
A history of managing and successfully working with people from diverse backgrounds and areas of technical expertise.
Successful experience working in complex jurisdictional or political settings with other governmental or business groups is desired.
About Port of Long Beach
The PORT OF LONG BEACH is one of the world’s busiest seaports and is a leading gateway for international trade. Founded in 1911, it has grown to more than 3200 acres and moves more than $180 billion in trade each year. The Port of Long Beach is the second busiest container port in North America. If combined with its next-door neighbor, the Port of Los Angeles, the San Pedro Bay port complex would rank among the top nine busiest container ports in the world. East Asian trade accounts for more than 90 percent of Long Beach shipments with the top trading partners being China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Visit www.polb.com for more information.