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To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the qualifications listed below and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative and not wholly inclusive.

Completed applications for this position should be emailed to [email protected]


Education and/or Experience

Must have a high school diploma or a GED with three to five years of experience working in security and/or related fields. Must have knowledge of security operations and understanding of security systems. This may be validated through traditional training programs or training provided by vendors or demonstrated skill. Must be able to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Must have a valid personal driver’s license and insurable driving record.

Language Skills

Must be able to read and comprehend the written word. Must be able to

communicate in a manner pleasing and informative to other staff and the public. Must have the ability to write reports and correspondence. Must be able to engage in open dialog with staff and others at internal Museum meetings.

Mathematical Skills

Must have basic math skills and the ability to use a calculator. Must have ability to compile and maintain budgetary information

Reasoning Ability: 

The ability to identify, define and solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situations. The ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral or scheduled form. Must be able to analyze what needs to be done, rank those tasks in priority and make sure the tasks are executed.

Computer Skills: 

Basic computer skills; ability to use word processing software, other software that are specific to the job, the internet and e-mail.

Legal Requirements: 

Must be familiar with and comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations that govern the operations of the Department. Must pass a drug screening, criminal record and background check with no recent felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.

Incorporated in 1947, HMA opened to the public on November 9, 1952. After more than 70 years in service, the facility has expanded to include ten exhibition spaces, an interactive Education Gallery, the James D. Francis Art Reference Library, the Grace Rardin Doherty Auditorium, several outdoor sculpture installations, five studio workshops, and West Virginia’s only tropical/subtropical conservatory. Additionally, HMA’s programming includes educational outreach as well as the maintenance of 50 wooded acres with nationally recognized hiking trails and a fully accessible sensory trail.

HMA has the largest and finest collection of art in the state with over 17,000 objects in the permanent collection, including American and European paintings, prints and sculpture, contemporary and natural history prints, studio and decorative glass, ceramics, folk art, Asian decorative objects, Haitian art, Peruvian pottery, and prayer rugs. The museum also features permanent installations of Near Eastern art and artifacts, antique firearms, and a decorative arts/glass gallery.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, HMA is the largest art museum in the region between Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Richmond and is the only nationally accredited visual art museum of its size in the Tri-State region of southwestern West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky. HMA is a member of the Southeastern Reciprocal Membership Program, the North American Reciprocal Museum Association (NARM), and the Association of Science- Technology Centers (ASTC) Travel Passport Program.


Non-exempt; Part time; not eligible for a permanent remote schedule


Reports to Director of Security.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

    1. Responsible for following all duties with the goal of anticipating and preventing any damage or issues with the art or other amenities in the public spaces.
    2. Follow all safety procedures.
    3. Follow prescribed schedule for walking the galleries, other facility spaces and building perimeters and grounds.
    4. Sit and watch camera displays on computer screens as work schedule indicates.
    5. Identify unusual or potentially questionable behavior in guests and be hyperaware of possible incidents.
    6. Prevent unauthorized persons from handling, touching or otherwise tampering with works of art.
    7. Anticipate and prevent unauthorized actions by visitors while in the galleries.
    8. Respond to incidents (both emergency and non-emergency) in an efficient, tactful, and effective manner.
    9. Report observed and potential safety violations, critical incidents, or unusual activity, including insects, by completing written reports as required.
    10. Present a pleasant facial expression and appropriate demeanor when visitors are in the galleries.
    11. Must have very basic knowledge about exhibitions (opening and closing dates) to respond to guest inquiries but for other questions, refer them to the front desk.

Criteria for Evaluating Job Performance:

    1. Satisfactory completion of all job duties.
    2. The security of all buildings and the grounds.
    3. The successful completion of all required training.
    4. Adherence to all appropriate safety procedures.
    5. The safety with which the building is operated.
    6. The success of the security operations of the Museum.
    7. The success of the employee in communicating effectively and interacting appropriately with the public and developing good working relationships with other Museum staff.
    8. The degree of cooperation and teamwork achieved with other Museum employees.
    9. The quality of recommendations to the direct supervisor which alerts him or her to problem areas or trends that may adversely affect the Museum, or which improve the security of the Museum as a whole.
    10. Compliance with all policies and procedures whether written or understood of the Museum.
    11. Ability to engage successfully in open dialog with other staff at internal meetings.

Physical Demands:

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. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for and walk for extended periods of time and to talk or hear.The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is also regularly required to sit for long periods of time and watch security cameras on a computer screen without losing focus. Vision requirements include close vision and the ability to watch screens for long periods of time. Outdoor activity is occasionally required on our trail system and studios. The ability to lift 30 pounds.

Work Environment:

Quiet at times and also fast paced and lively with many people in and out; noise level varies from very quiet to loud and bustling. Movement in and out of gallery spaces where there is natural light as well as artificial light.


HMA is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace environment. HMA believes that diversity enriches our organization and enables us to better understand, connect with, and serve our customers, partners, and communities. HMA welcomes and values employees of all

backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. As part of this commitment, HMA will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact the executive director.