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Manager of Security Services

The Wright Museum seeks a full-time Manager of Security Services reporting to the Director of Building Operations.

Position Overview

The Manager of Security Services will be responsible for the overall safety and security of the Museum’s building and property.

Essential Duties of the Position:

  • Develop and implement security policies, protocols and procedures
  • Control budgets for security operations and monitor expenses
  • Recruit, train and supervise full- and part-time security officers and guards
  • Assess the building and property for potential security vulnerabilities and put preventative safeguards in place
  • Attend meetings with other managers to determine operational needs
  • Plan and coordinate security operations for specific events
  • Coordinate staff when responding to emergencies and alarms
  • Review security incidents and breaches, and advise management on the appropriate course of action
  • Investigate and resolve issues related to the security of the building and property
  • Create reports for management on security status of the building and property
  • Analyze data to form proposals for safety and security improvements (e.g. implementation of new technology)
  • Ensure employees, visitors, and property are safe and well-protected
  • Maintain and expand relationships with community law enforcement partners, including Wayne State University, DPD, DFD, State, and Federal Agencies.
  • Performs other duties as required

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice or other related field required
  • 15-20 years of security administration or law enforcement experience

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Excellent leadership, managerial, planning, organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to be flexible, balance multiple projects and tasks concurrently, and work with close attention to detail
  • Deep knowledge of security strategy to identify threats and prevent emergencies
  • Experience identifying and implementing the latest security technology and equipment, including cameras, sensors, software, identification systems, building access systems, etc.
  • Experience in emergency response planning and reporting, including disaster recovery
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills; high level of presentation, problem solving and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to identify and remedy problems by finding creative solutions.
  • Ability to energetically manage a diverse and challenging workload and to work under pressure to meet deadlines while providing exemplary service to colleagues and patrons
  • Strong analytical skills to identify relevant data related to safety and security
  • Solid understanding of budgeting and statistical data analysis
  • Working knowledge of MS Office
  • Committed and reliable

Physical Requirements

  • Sit for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours) on a daily basis
  • Stand and walk for extended periods of time (up to 6 hours) on a daily basis
  • Bend, crouch, stoop, reach, and push frequently
  • Safely and successfully grasp, handle, and lift art and artifacts frequently
  • Lift and carry items up to 50 lbs. as necessary
  • Willing and able to travel (by car, truck, and/or plane) as needed
  • Willing and able to wear a uniform 
  • Able to work late nights, weekends, and in outdoor weather



The Wright Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

How to apply:
Application will only be accepted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.

Grants & Institutional Giving Manager

General Summary of Duties

The Wright Museum seeks an energetic and detail-oriented Grants & Institutional Giving Manager reporting to the Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

The Grants & Institutional Giving Manager will be responsible for designing, implementing, and facilitating strategic efforts in resource development and fundraising to support the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This position will be focused on developing sustainable support for the Museum through public and private grants and will support activities in other development activities such as corporate sponsorship, individual donations, museum membership and special events. Additional responsibilities will include recording receipts of grants, tracking submission deadlines, compiling financial reports, donor stewardship, and the maintenance of a grant database.

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination required by the date of hire to be considered for the position.

Essential Duties of the Position: 

  • In partnership with institution leadership, support development strategy and oversee ongoing development efforts with public/private institutions. 
  • Work with key internal and external stakeholders to identify resources needed, funding prospects, and execute funding approaches. 
  • Design and implement an annual giving campaign in the form of an annual development plan that includes strategies and goals for annual giving. 
  • Support and partner with the Senior Vice President (SVP) of Institutional Advancement on all major fundraising initiatives and support a Development Committee. 
  • Oversee development and execution of all fundraising proposals, including corporate sponsorship and local and national grants and grant compliance/reporting. 
  • Ensure prompt acknowledgement of foundation gifts. 
  • Submit grant requests, letters of inquiry, and proposals. 
  • Tracks performance against grant proposals and awarded grants, as well as sources of funds.
  • Prioritizes projects to keep multiple projects moving in a timely manner, meets deadlines, and manages supplemental material required for proposals. 
  • Provides writing support for major donor and individual contribution letters and acknowledgements. 
  • Prepares and produces final written reports as part of evaluation of final results for grants. 
  • Devise and implement special fundraising projects as needed (e.g., capital campaign, programmatic campaigns, etc.) 
  • Oversee all donor information using our membership database system, provide statistical analysis to board and senior leaders as needed, and support staff responsible for daily system functions and gift processing. 
  • Oversee the hiring, training, and mentoring of the development team, as well as additional staff, interns or contractors related to special projects. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor's degree required; master’s degree preferred in English, Journalism, Art, or related area. 
  • Five or more years of professional experience with grant writing and management in a nonprofit organization. 
  • Proven success leading and managing fundraising at the organizational level. 
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to influence and engage a wide range of donors and build long-term relationships. 
  • Flexible and adaptable style; a leader who can positively impact both strategic and tactical fundraising initiatives. 
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the organization. 
  • High energy and passion for the Museum’s mission. 
  • Exceptional computer literacy skills and familiarity with development related databases. 
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail. 
  • A willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends is essential.


The Wright Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

How to apply: 
Applications may be submitted here. Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.


Mission & Vision

Mission: to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African-American history and culture.

Vision: a world in which the adversities and achievements of African-American history inspire greater understanding, acceptance, and unity.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Wright is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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