Parkland College seeks a Director of Information Security to coordinate the development and implementation of a risk based approach to information security. The position is an ideal opportunity for an experienced leader excited by the challenge of building a new program or a rising leader seeking their first opportunity to direct a comprehensive security strategy. Parkland is committed to mounting a robust response to security threats to safeguard college data and educate students faculty and staff about cyber risks. The position is an ideal platform for career growth and achievement. The successful candidate will engage with members of the college leadership team, to facilitate the development of policies, work with a broad portfolio of technologies, and create strategic plans and roadmaps that will shape Parkland's response to changing risks and threats. The Director will build a small, but multi-faceted security team, advise the CIO and other senior college leaders, and be a key contributor to Parkland's technology management. Their efforts will directly impact the success of students and faculty.
The Opportunity: Like most organizations, Parkland faces multi-faceted threats to the availability, integrity, privacy and security of its data. As the pandemic hastened the College's digital transformation, these threats have intensified in their frequency, sophistication and persistence. In response, the College has taken several proactive steps and is making significant investments in its cyber security. Establishing a dedicated security team and adding a Director of Information Security to the IT leadership team is the centerpiece of the College's strategy. Additional measures include strengthening access controls, retaining third-party monitoring service provider, and conducting a comprehensive security assessment. The Director will lead the development and implementation the College's security strategy, build security awareness and capabilities across the organization, and lead efforts to detect, respond and mitigate threats and incidents. The Director will help further Parkland's security programs by:
Establishing the Director role as a key contributor to technology strategy and operations, risk management, and incident response.
Developing and facilitating prioritization of a multi-year roadmap and investment program In security technologies, services and organizational capabilities to meet NIST standards and relevant compliance requirements.
Building an information security team that includes one or two additional staff, student interns, and third-party service providers.
Managing the College's relationship with managed service providers and security operations center vendors to integrate them into security strategies and operational processes.
Improving identity and access management technologies and provisioning processes.
Facilitating the development, approval, and adoption of security and privacy related policies.
Devising strategies to secure data as the College pivots increasingly to digital processes, fully or partially online academic programs, and cloud based services.
Improving communication, training and outreach efforts to increase the College community's understanding of recommended practices to protect against security threats.
Facilitating continuous improvement of the cybersecurity program by identifying risks, recommending new mitigation strategies and partnering with the IT team to implement automated alerts, improved operational practices, and risk remediation.
The Director will represent the College in cyber security and risk discussions with community- based organizations, business, other higher education institutions, and law enforcement The agencies. Additionally, the Director will have opportunities to work with College faculty as an advisory on the development of cybersecurity related academic programs.
Qualifications and Experience:
We are interested in meeting candidates from diverse backgrounds and career paths that have led them into the information technology and cybersecurity fields. The following qualifications and experiences are required:
Bachelor's degree or five years of equivalent work experience in an information technology field.
Five years of experience implementing information security strategies or information security practices in IT operations.
Understanding of NIST and/or ISO based information security standards.
Strong analytical and problem solving abilities.
Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high pressure environment and make sound decisions in emergencies.
Proven to work collaboratively to build support for change and work across an organization to design and implement processes and practices.
Experience communicating with varied stakeholder groups and explaining technical issues to non-technical colleagues.
The most competitive candidates will have several of the following additional qualifications:
Certification in one of the following: CISSO, CISM, CHP, CGEIT, CSCS, CISSP, ISSAP.
Significant contributor to delivering and managing NIST and/or ISO based information security programs.
Understanding of higher education mission, culture and values.
Experience presenting to senior stakeholders to communicate technology and security priorities, policies and strategies.
To Apply, please visit: parkland.edu/careers. Candidates should submit an online application, including a cover letter and resume. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For full consideration, candidates should submit materials no later than October 15th.
Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to Parkland's Chief Information Officer, Amin Kassem at [email protected] or search advisors, Phil Goldstein and Mary Beth Baker of Next Generation Leadership Partners at [email protected]