Compassion International

Senior Security Specialist

Job ID
Colorado Springs, CO
Health Safety Environmental


This senior specialist plans and implements the organization's global security programs. This position provides leadership, training, and direction to staff and leaders throughout the organization. The specialist further provides risk mitigation analysis and guidance on general and specific international security and safety programs and current risks to Compassion interests. At this career level, the incumbent maintains a strong, functional, problem-solving oriented and relationship-based consulting network inside and outside the organization to best serve and advise Compassion stakeholders in security matters both domestically and overseas. Further, she or he often coaches and oversees the work of other specialists and related staff.

Essential Job Functions


  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Compassion, and faithfully upholds Compassion’s ministry in prayer.
  • Acts as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect, nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on behalf of children.
  • Develops and implements security programs by region, exercising excellent professional judgment and advising the organization on threat assessments, security and safety procedures, and risk mitigation options, to ensure alignment with industry standards and best business practices, or as directed by federal law or international governmental bodies.
  • Evaluates security and safety aspects of tours, employee travel, and field office procedures, ensuring sound practices and sound decision. Conducts safety and security inspections in the field for Compassion facilities and ICPs and implements security and safety practices and training regarding situational awareness, crisis prevention, crisis management and response, threat scenario action steps, evacuation strategies, proper reporting procedures, and other security protocols.
  • Serves as a leader and may direct the response to emergency situations involving accidents, injury, hazardous materials, or fire and smoke incidents; prepares reports of findings and submits recommendations. Analyzes accident and incident reports for trends; makes recommendations for correcting unsecure or unsafe conditions and actions. Evaluates individual risk issues and conducts employee consultations when such issues arise.
  • Serves as a liaison between the International Security Team Leadership and other individuals, divisions, and departments throughout the organization, proactively communicating and coordinating the flow of timely information to the appropriate organizational decision-makers, as well as working with law enforcement entities as needed, and testifying in court as necessary.
  • Studies and filters threat development information daily and researches the specific security-relevant geopolitical, social, and environmental issues of interest to Compassion programs.
  • Serves as expert member of the Domestic Security Team and responds to domestic physical security incidents and emergencies as required.
  • Reports criminal information to authorities (as needed), works with law enforcement in the investigation of crimes against the organization, and testifies in court as necessary. Practices discretion and upholds confidentiality at all times.
  • Frequently coaches, provides expertise, and may oversee the work of other professionals and support staff in the department or division.



  • Has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, International Relations, or related degree program.

Work Experience

  • Strong network of pre-existing connections in Africa related to physical security functionality.
  • Ten years Experience working in security, law enforcement, or similar position.

Licenses and Certifications

  • N/A

*** Equivalent education, training and/or certification may be substituted for experience and education shown above ***

Working Environment: Office – Standard Office Environment

Physical Demands: Must be able to lift or move 30 lbs.

Travel Requirements: May be required to travel up to 10% of normal schedule

Other: This position requires that the applicant/employee must meet security services requirements to obtain and maintain a Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) Permit OR Title 18 Retired Law Enforcement permit. Employees will be required to continually participate and pass Quarterly Firearms Qualifications.

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