• Sr. Director

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Engineering/Technical Services
  • Overview

    Jensen Hughes has a career opportunity for a Senior Director within the area of Threat + Violence Risk Management (TVRM). The position is located in Chicago, Illinois.  The ideal candidate for this position is an adept communicator with a successful track record of gathering and assessing information about individuals who may have the interest, motive, intention and capability of mounting attacks against our clients or their employees. Evaluating the potential threat to and vulnerability of a targeted individual is a primary methodology and strategy at Hillard Heintze to preventing violence. This candidate should have an aptitude for collaborating with clients, C-suite executives and staff on threat cases and workplace violence prevention.

    Our Hillard Heintze/Security division of Jensen Hughes helps employers in both the public and private sectors to create and sustain safe workplace environments that prevent violent incidents, mitigate risks and advance business and mission objectives. One of the core competencies is helping employers create safer, more secure workplaces by educating and informing their employees – at multiple levels – through training courses and curriculums. 


    • Coordinate threat case findings in combination with investigative findings and corroboration to gather the information and evidence needed to make a thoughtful assessment of the threat an individual may pose to our clients.
    • Once an assessment is made, develop a plan to monitor the individuals and to intervene, as appropriate, to prevent an attack. Attention to the individual’s motives and attack-related behaviors and to the systems (e.g., family, work, community, criminal justice, mental health, social media, social services) that the individual is involved with are key to assessing and managing a potential threat.
    • Prepare detailed written behavioral threat assessment findings with tactical, fundamental and strategic policy recommendations based upon proven principles of threat prevention methodology.
    • Excel at listening to clients. Become adept at finding non-invasive ways to build trust and help them think ahead of their current and upcoming challenges in threat and violence risk management and related fields.
    • Deepen existing client relationships and foster the development of new opportunities by working collaboratively through the TVRM staff to identify clients' priorities and requirements.
    • Develop insightful workplace violence needs assessments that integrate threat, vulnerability and consequence with a client’s legal, human resources and security departments and executive leadership into actionable policy development for clients.
    • Provide project management support and subject matter expertise for threat assessment cases and workplace violence prevention projects.
    • Help the Senior Vice President, TVRM efficiently task and align team members and subcontractors based on a combination of necessary skillset, allotted budget, team member’s billing rate and various deadlines across the TVRM Practice.
    • Model and promote a client-centric, highly collaborate work environment. Interact regularly with direct reports and other Hillard Heintze team members to provide direction, improve TVRM services, anticipate and remove obstacles, and foster an environment of collaboration, innovation and efficiency.
    • Help ensure the entire TVRM team maintains the confidentiality, discretion and privacy of client sensitive information.
    • Contribute to hands-on management and support to all projects by identifying critical elements related to project status, timelines and resource requirements.
    • Help ensure compliance with the firm’s service delivery and ethical standard while managing and fact-checking other team members' work and quality control of the final deliverable.
    • Help draft, review and finalize proposals for projects, budgets, work plans, reports, presentations and other materials that convey methods and results of TVRM activities for clients, potential clients and third parties.
    • Network with professional colleagues through seminars, conferences and meetings, and be in the forefront of developments that affect investigative research and analysis. Help other team members find networking opportunities that also fit within his or her comfort zone


    • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university required; master’s degree and/or other advanced professional security credentials or technical security skills preferred.
    • Minimum of eight years of experience in analysis of security and business risk, workplace violence, corporate threat and response, and/or analysis of open-source intelligence data.
    • Advanced communication skills and ability to create and deliver training, as well as educational and sales presentations to a variety of clients including C-suite members.
    • Prior experience working with corporate partners such as Human Resources, Security, Employee Relations, Legal, business unit leadership preferred.
    • Experience with investigations that suggest a subject has the interest, motive and ability to attempt an attack on a public official or figure and managing cases so that violence does not occur.
    • Experience with case management composed of two functions: efforts directed at clients so that a target is shielded from the potential assailant, and efforts directed at monitoring, controlling and redirecting the subject.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word and able to prepare reports and correspondence.

    Travel expectations are approximately 50%


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