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Security Guard (Full-Time)

Responsible for protecting Museum property and collections from theft, fire, sabotage and accidental or willful damage or destruction and for protecting staff and visitors of the Museum from situations that may threaten their safety. Also responsible to act as good-will ambassadors for the Museum and provide essential customer services in a courteous and professional manner.

Reporting Relationship: Director of Security
Rate: $17.65 an hour; comprehensive benefits package including medical plan, dental plan, vision, life insurance, pension, 401K retirement, and generous paid time off.


First Shift. Security staff work a 40-hour week on-site; includes holidays and weekends.  Overtime available for second and third shift.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain security surveillance for the Museum collections and property.
  • Operate and maintain security console for burglar and fire alarm systems.
  • Periodic inspection of Museum complex to detect safety and security issues.
  • Responsible for opening and closing the Museum.
  • Provides assistance to staff and visitors as needed.
  • Conducts regular tours and patrols
  • Assists Gallery Hosts in security issues.
  • Provides information and assistance directly to visitors as required.
  • Interacts with visitors and staff in a professional manner at all times.


  • Valid SORA license required.
  • Prior security experience.
  • CCTV training/experience preferred.
  • Basic skills related to the operation of a personal computer.
  • Able to understand and implement written procedures in the training manual used by the security force.
  • Demonstrable ability to display good personal judgement in an emergency.
  • Willing and able to work on Saturdays and Sundays as well as evenings and nights as part of the regular shift.
  • High school diploma or equivalent required.

Physical Demands:

  • Must be available to work in excess of 40 hours per week when required by the Museum.
  • Must be able to lift items with a minimum weight of 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to bend, reach above shoulder level, climb stairs, and stand for long periods of time.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Due to the high volume of submissions, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


About The Newark Museum of Art:

We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.

We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware, upon which The Newark Museum of Art resides.

Founded in 1909 and located in New Jersey, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is the state’s largest museum and ranks twelfth nationally in terms of collection size. Global and diasporic, the collection includes more than 100,000 artworks, as well as significant holdings of science and natural history. From the classical world to the art of today, the NMOA boasts exceptional examples and depth in the Arts of Global Africa, Arts of Global Asia, Arts of the Americas, including Native American art, Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean, and Decorative Arts. The American collection features works by major artists such as John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Sam Gilliam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Carmen Herrera, Jeffrey Gibson, and Mickalene Thomas.

The NMOA’s visitor- and community-centric approach responds to the evolving needs and interests of the diverse audiences it serves by offering exhibitions, programming, a research library, paid internships, and local and global partnerships. A four-acre campus comprises the 1885 Ballantine House, a National Historic Landmark; the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden; and Horizon Plaza. Under the leadership of Director/CEO Linda C. Harrison, the NMOA has launched an era of transformation to create an engaged citizenry by reimagining the role of the art museum for the 21st century.

The Newark Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition, we aspire to make the Museum and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Newark and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from our BIPOC, disabled, and LGBTQIA+ communities as they must be centered in the work we do.