University of Alberta

Building Security Systems Manager

Operations Building

Competition No.  -    A103935335
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Building Operations, the Building Security Systems Manager will provide effective leadership in the design, development, implementation and maintenance of the U of A’s electronic security systems. This position is responsible for research and development related to electronic security system technology to identify opportunities to improve the program’s overall effectiveness and to balance technical, economic, risk and safety considerations, and will serve as the liaison to multiple stakeholders across the university community.

This position will oversee a team of technicians and contractors, service providers, and activities associated with building security systems. As the subject matter expert, focus is on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted and integrated approach to managing the complete breadth of electronic security system technologies across campus.


Strategic and Technical Leadership

  • Accountable for the technical and physical deployment, maintenance, and design required to provide and maintain the overall performance of campus wide systems; including testing, trouble-shooting, programming, additions, adaptations, modifications, upgrading and replacement
  • Delivers, manages and provides technical leadership by maintaining a thorough knowledge of hardware, software, operating systems and system analysis techniques, and security and technology trends pertaining to access controls, intercom system, and security and surveillance system
  • Identifies issues and implements corrective actions necessary to sustain a secure environment and establishes protocols and procedures in compliance with BSS policies
  • Develops, manages and maintains processes surrounding security systems and technology governance across the university to ensure regulatory requirements are met
  • Provides recommendations and strategic advice to the Associate Director with respect to emerging technologies, long term sustainability, future integration, design requirements and commissioning for new installations
  • Establishes policies and procedures to support effective systems and security risk management at the U of A; including all elements of the risk management framework, as-built system documentation, user manuals and operating procedures

Project Management and Continual Improvement

  • Develops project plans and schedules and leads project management to meet objectives
  • Responsible for managing the project delivery, testing, and commissioning of highly complex technology systems, while leading cross-functional resources to meet expectations within established budgets and timeframes
  • Identifies thresholds and benchmarks for performance and reliability monitoring and provides tracking and trending data and identifies opportunities for enhanced performance and reliability
  • Provides weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting on KPIs to the Associate Director, Building Operations and other members of the leadership team as required
  • Manages multidisciplinary project teams and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, including university support groups, departments, faculty, suppliers, contractors and consultants
  • Ensures continuous improvement through the assessment of building security systems and BSS shop procedures for continual refinement and improvement, in service delivery and operation

Stakeholder and People Management

  • Provides operational and managerial leadership and technical expertise to a highly specialized team of Access and Security Systems Technicians
  • Provides direction, mentoring and direct supervision to a team of technicians
  • Establishes, develops, strengthens, and maintains relationships with clients at all levels
  • Fosters a constructive performance management culture through the use of various U of A management tools and processes
  • Works closely with Executive management to align the BSS strategy with corporate goals and objectives


  • Minimum post-secondary education in a related field such as Engineering, Electronics, or Computers; an equivalent combination of education with a professional designation, supplemented with extensive management experience in a security environment or developing security systems, will be considered
  • 10 or more years of progressively responsible experience in electronic security systems in a professional services firm or large private or public organization
  • In-depth knowledge of access control systems, intrusion systems, IP intercom systems, mass notification systems, video surveillance systems, ethernet networking, and the product specific hardware and software for each, as well as general understanding of the programming of same in the unique product specific languages
  • Excellent communications skills (written and verbal); with the ability to communicate with clients at all levels within the University, and external parties such as vendors, contractors, and design consultants related to construction projects 
  • Experience working in a matrix structure using a network of departments to deliver end to end success
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in the technology and business systems environment
  • Demonstrated project management ability and organizational skills to manage several projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively in a professional services organization and externally with partner firms

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at: and annual salary range of $70,667 - $117,71.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.