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The Security Director is responsible for administering and managing the overall security operations for Canyon County’s multi-facility campus. This position provides direct supervision of security personnel and directs the development implementation and evaluation of Canyon County’s security and safety operational policies, procedures, guidelines, requirements, methodologies, annual budgeting, and security personnel to ensure a safe and secure environment. The work is performed under the supervision of the County Commissioners although extensive latitude is allowed for independent judgment and initiative

Canyon County is located in southwestern Idaho, tucked into the west end of the beautiful Treasure Valley. Just minutes from the capital city of Boise, it features a perfect mixture of rural and urban living and boasts one of the strongest agricultural economies in the entire state, including one of the fastest growing and premiere wine regions in the world in the Snake River Valley. The area’s mild seasonal climate also makes Canyon County a recreationist’s dream with easy access to skiing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, bicycling, camping, and golfing. Educational opportunities are abundant with a variety of public, private, and charter primary schools, two fully accredited universities, and the state’s largest community college. Canyon County is also home to two of the premiere professional rodeos in the United States, playing host to the Snake River Stampede and the Caldwell Night Rodeo each summer.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Develop, manage and maintain the Security Department by creating and implementing a strategic plan to identify safety concerns and facilitate programs and initiatives to improve the safety and security of Canyon County;
  • Develop and administer operational policies, procedures, guidelines, requirements, methodologies, annual budgeting and security personnel to ensure a safe and secure environment;
  • Provide direct supervision of security staff, including hiring, disciplinary actions, performance evaluations, scheduling, training and budgeting;
  • Develop, manage and maintain a comprehensive security system that includes video surveillance, access control, emergency communications, security policies/procedures, alarm monitoring, system integration, key control, parking and evacuation protocol over 18 Canyon County locations;
  • Ensure all security procedures, programs, policies and protocols are legally compliant and represent best practice for industry standards;
  • Identify legal issues or concerns related to security and research/implement solutions;
  • Conduct or facilitate annual vulnerability assessments for each Office/Department facility and recommend security improvements, including but not limited to: equipment specifications, detailed cost estimate for each system at each facility, locations of security equipment, electrical connections;
  • Evaluate and develop standardized facility access programs and protocols to reduce unauthorized access of individuals to secure or restricted areas;
  • Evaluate and develop standardized procedures, protocols and policies to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies;
  • Conduct compliance reviews, field surveys, needs analysis, and security cost/benefit analysis;
  • Develop and manage the annual security operations budget;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with fellow workers, County employees, County Offices; cities and their departments, state agencies, and members of the public;
  • Facilitate communication and the dissemination of security related information between appropriate agencies, offices and departments;
  • Participate in training and professional development to stay abreast of technical, legislative and professional trends impacting security programs, and development of the latest security technology, system, services, and products designed to promote safe facilities;
  • Work with offices/departments to address special security needs and/or concerns;
  • Assist EOs/DAs with administration of security policies, procedures and programs to ensure effective and professional security operation throughout the County; and
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • In-depth understanding of the latest security technology, system, services, and products including but not limited to: access control, alarm systems and video surveillance;
  • Must possess strong collaborative leadership, communication, and strategic planning skills;
  • Experience in security assessments and risk analysis to develop site specific recommendations;
  • Extensive experience in security management policies and practices, physical security, electronic systems, and supporting infrastructure;
  • Experience in security project/program management;
  • Understanding of mechanical, electrical and structural elements of municipal infrastructure, its systems, functions, vulnerabilities, and costs;
  • Experience with physical and technological physical security design and integration including but not limited to: card access systems, camera systems, alarm systems, locks/keys, security gates, emergency preparedness and management, and;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience with public safety, threat/risk assessments, policy/procedure, and security training.

Ability to: 

  • Negotiate or exchange ideas, information and opinions with others to formulate policies and programs, or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or solutions;
  • Develop a quantifiable and repeatable assessment tool to use for future assessments and to determine physical infrastructure meets regulatory requirements, ensuring program consistency and compliance;
  • Communicate effectively and diplomatically both verbally and in writing;
  • Maintain current and accurate documentation that complies with local, state and federal regulations, Canyon County policies and procedures, and relevant standards;
  • Develop and manage an annual budget;
  • Identify, mitigate, and correct physical deficiencies critical to the protection of staff, visitors, facilities and assets;
  • Exercise considerable independent and sound judgement;
  • Manage a large campus with remote locations;
  • Manage department staff by recruiting, hiring, scheduling, coaching, counseling, monitoring, training, and enforcing countywide and department specific workplace expectations, standards, policies and procedures.

Acceptable Experience and Training 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a safety related field; and
  • Five (5) plus years of progressively responsible experience within a large, multi-site, organization including the implementation and oversight of safety and security programs; and
  • Three (3) plus years leadership experience in the management and oversight of staffing operations; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to successfully perform the functions of this position (with or without an accommodation).

Desired Skills and Experience 

  • Master’s Degree in a safety related field;
  • Security certification(s) in emergency management, security, or related field (CPP preferred); and
  • Experience working in the public sector.

Special Qualifications 

  • Local travel to off-site locations will be required;
  • Must possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License;
  • Must successfully pass an in-depth background investigation to include eligibility to access Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) information as articulated by the Idaho State Police guidelines; and
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

Essential Physical Abilities 

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 sit and work at a keyboard and stand for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to effectively communicate with employees and the public;
  • May be exposed to adverse weather conditions, such as excessive heat, cold, wind or rain;
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and communicate effectively on the telephone and in person;
  • Sufficient visual acuity which permits the employee to comprehend written instructions and review, evaluate, prepare, and file a variety of written and text documents and materials;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and a personal computer;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, strength, agility, and physical reflexes which permit the employee to lift up to 50 pounds.

EOE Statement

Canyon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions related to recruitment and selection are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

ADA Statement

  • Canyon County does not discriminate against a qualified applicant with a substantial impairment who is capable of performing the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. Nothing in this job description restricts the County’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time;
  • This description reflects the County assignment of essential functions, it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; and
  • This job description is subject to change.