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International Security, Safety and Risk Mitigation Manager

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

New York, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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The Office of the Deputy Chief Operating Officer is hiring an International Security, Safety and Risk Mitigation Manager that will be based in the New York office. The International Security, Safety and Risk Mitigation Manager will work with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to develop and implement a global security and risk mitigation framework that fosters a culture of safety awareness and risk mitigation. The incumbent will coordinate with the Director of Global Property Management to ensure the foundation’s duty of care for its staff and assets across all of its geographies are consistent and relevant.

The Manager has oversight and responsibility for safety, security and risk mitigation programs, policies, procedures and operations for the foundation, including training, strategy setting, assessments, planning and implementation. The incumbent serves on behalf of the foundation to minimize the foundation’s exposure to risk, as it relates to safety and security issues during the general course of the foundation’s work. Playing a strategic coordination role, the manager will work across the foundation to ensure alignment, forecasting and updates to our enterprise risk and business continuity systems.

This position requires periodic travel to the foundation’s regional offices.


Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and regional offices to develop and manage a safety and security risk framework for the foundation.

  • Manage safety, security education, training, and awareness with the goal of ensuring all staff, consultants, and contractors embrace security and risk mitigation as a shared and common responsibility.

  • Develop, review and edit safety, security and risk mitigation resources including one-pagers, briefing memos, risk assessments and reports.

  • Develop and maintain security standards, processes and tools to ensure personal safety of staff, guests, and assets globally.

  • Maintain awareness and understanding of global and regional events which will or may impact foundation safety and security activities.

  • Review existing plans and analyses; work with the CAO to prioritize and implement recommendations, communications, and training needs; leverage internal and external resources to set in place systems to integrate, monitor, update, and maintain safety and security with foundation staff over time.

  • Work with a cross functional team and external partners to assess and help to mitigate reputational risk across the foundation’s global footprint.

Emergency and Business Continuity Planning, Response and Coordination

  • Establish and manage a cycle of review and update for emergency action plans, business continuity plans, and other security and safety related guides and protocols; develop related communication, presentations, and training for foundation staff globally.

  • Build appropriate protocols, for example, Pre-Planned Response, briefings, and support systems to help prepare for, mitigate, and report on independent crises anywhere there is a foundation presence.

  • Respond to immediate crises during emergency situations that impact foundation staff or assets.

  • Help to support the creation of a crisis management support system, response room, and equipment appropriate to the New York office and as required across the foundation’s international footprint. Institute formal debrief activities following a crisis; identify organizational or single points of failure or dependency and determine appropriate adjustments.

  • Partner with the Director, Global Property Management and team on FDNY and other safety certifications, protocols, drills, and related training for the New York building, staff, and guests.

  • Partner with the Information Management team on related risk mitigation strategies and policies across the foundation globally.

  • Work directly with Operations Directors, and travel planning staff to assess potential staff safety and security risks in each region and ensure compliance with safety goals for all staff.

  • Escalate high-risk activity briefings with recommendations for action, and generate routine and ad-hoc reports for CAO and wider circulation.

  • Oversee specific safety and security related independent investigations, either self-initiated or as requested through foundation leadership.

Outreach Training and Awareness

  • Develop and promote systematic and routine training for all staff on security preparedness protocols, including crisis management, first aid, hostile environment training, travel preparation and extraction, incident reporting, and other related requirements.

  • Provide expert guidance and tools to support foundation staff, grantees, and guests as it relates to their activities on foundation premises globally, and their travel on foundation business.

  • Continually engage with security industry leaders and other appropriate external expertise in the development of emerging best practices to properly support foundation security requirements.

  • Develop and maintain appropriate local external contacts within other organizations and host country officials to allow direct engagement as necessary.


  • College degree with a minimum of six years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must have 6 plus years of complex, international security, investigations, physical security, and crisis risk management experience, this includes experience integrating gender and disability considerations into risk approaches.

  • A minimum of 6 years of experience collecting, evaluating, analyzing, and distributing security risk intelligence products for senior leadership decision makers.

  • Experience partnering with Human Resources, Medical, Legal, Information Technology and Communications Representatives.

  • Demonstrated track record of making recommendations to executive managementsupported by thorough analysis.

  • Successful track record influencing leadership and stakeholders in order to implement strategy and achieve results in times that can be fast-paced, pressurized and of high volume.

  • Prior roles require collaboration with both U.S. local, state and federal law enforcement and with foreign law enforcement and security services.

  • Proven knowledge of international politics, geography and geopolitics, preferably with experience working in an international organization.

  • Experience and skill at public speaking, group briefings, or presentations.

  • Excellent written communications; able to target multiple audiences.

  • Prior experience living in the Global South.


This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position is required to travel annually to the foundation’s regional offices. In addition, this position may need to

occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.

The Ford Foundation is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its programs, and operations. As part of this commitment, the Foundation will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application process, please contact talentacquisitionhr@fordfoundation.org

SALARY: The Ford Foundation is committed to practicing salary transparency. The compensation for this position is at minimum $109,000 and maximum is $127,000.


Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency

  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor

  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues

  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams


  • Hybrid Workplace and Flexible Work Arrangement policies

  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work

  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%

  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day

  • Professional development initiatives for growth

  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. The Ford Foundation does not discriminate against formerly incarcerated individuals.