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Director Of Security

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Trial Court is committed to: 

  • Fair and impartial administration of justice;
  • Protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
  • Equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment with policies and practices that strengthen and support diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Efficient, effective, and accountable resolution of disputes;
  • Prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.

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Director Of Security

  • 493817
  • Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Security Department
  • Executive
  • Security (Court Officers)
  • Full-time

Title: Director Of Security

Pay Grade:  Executive Management

Starting Pay: $121, 302.00 to $171,883.84

Departmental Mission Statement:  

The mission of the Massachusetts Trial Court Security Department is to provide safety and security for all those who work in or come to our courthouses. The Security Department seeks to ensure a safe and secure environment in which to conduct court business while maintaining professionalism, order, and decorum in the courts. Using a comprehensive best practice training programs, coupled with the implementation of state-of-the-art security system technologies, the department strives to ensure public safety, access to justice, and the highest customer service in the courts of the Commonwealth. The Security Department is committed to employing a high quality workforce to meet the diverse needs of those who utilize the courts.




Notes:  This position will remain posted until filled.

Position Summary: Working within the Office of Court Management, the Director of Security is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to ensure the safety and security of every courthouse in the Commonwealth, aspects of which include the installation of appropriate security equipment, the training of all court personnel in security procedures, and the establishment of standards for all court officers and related security personnel in all courts throughout the Trial Court.  The Director supervises the candidate selection process for all court officers and other security personnel, and oversees the assignment, transfer, evaluation, and discipline of court officers and all other security personnel throughout the Trial Court. The Director works with the Judicial Institute and the Security Management Team in the development and implementation of training programs for assigned court officers and security personnel. Other duties include supervising incident response, risk assessment, reviewing incident reports for appropriate action, and analyzing departmental statistics to achieve efficiencies. The Director is responsible for formulating goals and objectives regarding security services throughout the Trial Court; delegating responsibilities and appropriate authority to his/her Security Management Team, and holding it accountable. The Director regularly informs the Court Administrator of conditions and needs of the Security Department, and communicates to his/her security staff all administrative directives issued by the Court Administrator, Chief Justices, and First Justices.  The Director of Security works in collaboration with all judges, department heads, and other court officials of the Trial Court to ensure the safety and security of the courts.  

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:   Receives general direction from the Court Administrator of the Trial Court and his or her designee in performing duties in accordance with established guidelines.


Develops, implements, and continually updates and refines a safety and security plan for all courthouses of the Commonwealth;

Supervises the candidate selection process for all court officers and related security personnel;

Supervises the training, assignment, transfer, evaluation, and discipline of court officers and all other security personnel throughout the Trial Court;

Coordinates with sheriffs and corrections officials on the transport of custodies and defendants, as well as on safety and security plans for county owned privately leased space for court use;

Develops plans and contingencies for addressing physical access issues to courthouses and other related special needs;

Works with the Court Administrator and collaborates with the Chief Justice of the Trial Court and Departmental Chief Justices to prioritize the implementation of security initiatives and appropriate security investments based on appropriate risk assessments within courthouses;

Researches and makes use of the best available practices and security technology to ensure safety within all courthouses;

Oversees incident response planning as well as the investigation of security breaches, and coordinates the discipline and related legal matters associated with such breaches with the Court Administrator, the Human Resources Department, and other appropriate court officials;

Develops policies to respond to and address issues related to courthouse unrest or violence, breakdowns in access control systems, video surveillance, or other security measures;

Develops performance measures and other metrics as a basis for both individual and departmental assessments, and to support continuous improvement for all staff;

Establishes educational, experience and physical fitness qualifications for newly hired court officers and security personnel in conjunction with the Director of the Human Resources Department;

Works closely with the Human Resources Department, participating in union negotiations as necessary, addressing all collective bargaining matters involving safety and security, grievances, disciplinary actions and other personnel actions pertaining to court officers and other security personnel;

Serves as a principal coordinator for the administration of the Trial Court Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and response team in the event of a declared emergency;

Maintains collaborative working relationships with local, county, and state law enforcement and other related government agencies;

Based on research and knowledge of industry best practicein training methods, recommends training programs to the Court Administrator and directs the implementation of programs for the court system as appropriate;

Collaborates with the Director of the Judicial Institute when developing educational and training programs for court officers, security personnel, and all other Trial Court personnel;

Works with the Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department in developing budgets for safety and security programs and equipment; and

Performs related duties as required.

Job Competencies: All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:   

Ethics and Values

Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Security Department and the Trial Court.


Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court and Security Department missions.

Applied Knowledge

Comprehensive understanding of security and court officer operations, how to manage a diverse and large staff, knowledge of the court departments and divisions, and how to develop innovative approaches to fulfill Security’s role in the criminal justice system.

Problem Solving

Accurately assesses operational and staffing problems within the department and initiates corrective action.

Performance Measurement

Understands the value and importance of performance measures and other metrics as a basis for both individual and departmental assessments, and to support continuous improvement for all staff.

Strategic Planning

Utilizes the best available information to successfully position the Security Department to achieve aspirational goals at both the departmental and local levels.

Team Building (Motivating Others)

Fosters a sense of shared goals and accountabilities through the development of positive relationships in order to promote a healthy work environment.


Works cooperatively with law enforcement, other departments, managers, and officials, in contributing to a work environment that focuses on shared departmental goals.






















Minimum Requirements: These are the minimum requirements necessary to apply for the position of Director of Security:  

Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in criminal justice, public or business administration, or a related field (graduate degree preferred) and Seven (7) to Ten (10) years of experience in security management or related criminal justice field or an  equivalent combination of education and experience.

Proven ability to direct, supervise, evaluate, and coordinate the activities of a large security staff.  

Ability to effectively manage, evaluate, and discipline staff as necessary;  

Experience in developing safety and security plans;   Proven ability to plan and coordinate routine and long-range departmental goal and objectives;  

Proven ability to determine difficulties likely to be encountered in complex initiatives and measures and to develop effective strategies for overcoming those problems;  

Ability to manage a large department while operating in a unionized employee environment;  

Ability to use data to diagnose problems and drive enhancements and efficiencies in departmental operations;  

Working knowledge of and ability to use personal computers and related software to develop data bases and systems to record and track projects;  

Ability to organize, direct and coordinate administrative and program activities and to supervise staff;  

Ability to establish work priorities and to work independently;  

Proven ability to maintain accurate records and to prepare all necessary reports;  

Proven ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form;     

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally with persons at all levels, including judges, and to maintain effective working relationships.


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