Safety and Security Manager
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Title: Safety and Security Manager  

Department: Facility Operations and Security

Classification: Exempt

Reports To: Director of Facility Operations and/or Vice President of Operations

Direct Report(s): Security Guard(s)

Position Summary

The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Director of Facility Operations and/ or Vice President of Facility Operations and ins responsible for the leadership, strategic planning, supervising and training of all aspects of safety and security at the Mississippi Aquarium. The position will uphold all safety standards; ensure every element of the business is done in a manner that will keep team members and guests safe and secure. Protect the company and its assets by completing and recording daily rounds to determine, regulate and resolve possible threats. As well as being fully knowledgeable of industry standards and code compliance including but not limited to: OSHA, NFPA, ANSI, ADPA, AAUS, AZA. The position will act as a liaison and build a partnership with The Department of Homeland Security, Mississippi Department of Health and Safety, Gulfport Police, Gulfport Fire & Rescue as well as neighboring first responder networks and businesses.


  • Associates or Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred.  
  • At least 1-3 years’ experience in risk management.
  • Safety and Security Certifications are a plus. (ASP, CSP, OSHA, etc)
  • Working knowledge of OSHA, SDS and Worker’s Compensation and ADA.
  • Experience successfully handling Worker’s Compensation litigation and claims.
  • Legal knowledge is a plus.
  • Must be able to drive a vehicle and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  • Proficient in Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in safety management software and/or OSHA record keeping.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and assignments while prioritizing completion dates.
  • Be outwardly and obviously friendly and genuinely caring about all our guests and employees.
  • Be a cooperative team player and be able to work varying work schedules and assignments.
  • Maintain a positive Company attitude toward Company policies, practice, procedures, the Company Mission statement and fellow team members.

Position may involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous unpredictable animal species, and potentially dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs.  Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required. (e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, or gowns)

Position Attributes


  • Effectively develops, documents, implements, trains, monitors, and manages all safety and security programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Ensures the organization complies with all current safety regulations including but not limited to: OSHA Standards, dive safety operations, company standards compliance, AZA Safety audit and Homeland Security.
  • Evaluates the organization's procedures, facilities and equipment to identify unsafe conditions that need improvement.
  • Identifies and evaluates detrimental working conditions and makes adjustments to safeguard team members and guest health.
  • Researches and recommends safety equipment.
  • Responsible for investigations, legal preparation, company representation where it regards civil litigation involving guest injures, damage or loss of guest property and workers compensation.
  • Maintains all company required computer databases with information regarding incidents, accidents, illnesses and injuries.
  • Responsible for staying up to date on all corporate safety and security initiatives and ensuring proper training of staff.
  • Responsible for loss preventions up to and including theft, vandalism, natural disaster, flood and fire.
  • Responsible for maintenance of safety and accident records in compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Serves as the point of contact for safety and security system related issues.
  • Provides training to employees on use and features of the safety and security systems.
  • Responsible for workers compensation program.
  • Working with HR for reasonable accommodations to comply with ADA.  
  • Other duties as assigned.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Team Requirements

  • Safety and Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.
  • Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality.
  • Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.  To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
  • Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 150 pounds helping to lift accident victims.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening, background check and SCUBA dive physical release form.
  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infections, zoonotic and parasitic disease).
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