Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS) ATUS is the face of information technology at Western, providing desktop services and support for teaching and learning.
Enterprise Application Services (EAS) EAS is responsible for the implementation, maintenance and evolution of Western's enterprise applications.
Enterprise Infrastructure Services (EIS) EIS provides the underlying infrastructure and core information technology services for the university.
Information Technology Services supports the university's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
As our Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), you will play a unique and crucial role in serving the university's increasing information security needs in the years ahead. You will report to the Vice Provost for Information Technology/CIO and also supervise the existing Information Security Officer position.
Your responsibilities will include:
Coordination of the University's information security program:
Under the general direction of the VPIT/CIO, coordinate the development, implementation, and maintenance of the University's information security program
In collaboration with the University community, assume overall responsibility for developing and maintaining the campus information security roadmap for ensuring the security of technology services, computer systems, data networks and data
Establish and maintain information security programs, including: policy, practices, and standards; awareness and training; incident response and management; IT risk management; and relevant IT architecture
Managing the information security team:
Direct and manage the information security team comprised of one full-time security professional
Provide vision and direction to the information security team
Ensure the delivery of a suite of high-quality information security services to the University
Develop and implement appropriate professional training programs for the team
Maintain the appropriate knowledge, skills and abilities for the position
Provide information security leadership:
Participate in strategic planning and development of goals and objectives, with special attention to providing leadership for those related to information security
Serve as primary ITS contact for information technology security incidents affecting the institution
Serve as security liaison:
Serve as liaison to federal, state, local and professional organziations
Serve as primary contact for information security vendors and contractors
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, especially in computer science, management information systems, information security, business or public administration
Eight or more years of experience in the Information Technology field with direct experience in the specific technical areas of systems administration, applications development, database administration, network operations and/or data center operations
Six or more years of experience in the information security field
Ability to work with sensitive/confidential information and to handle such information as required by federal and state law, and Western regulations/policies
Experience presenting complex security concepts to a variety of audiences or groups (e.g. end-user training, security conference presentations, executive-level briefings)
Successful pass of a criminal background check
Intellectual curiosity and a drive for excellence
Ability to work in a collaborative, technical, team-driven environment
Excellent written and verbal communication skills (demonstrated)
Proven team leadership and management skills
Project planning/management experience
Experience with evolving information security technologies and approaches
Ability to work in a fast-paced, production environment
Willingness and ability to provide off-hours support
Experience in and/or a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of IT users with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Master's degree from an accredited college or university
Experience working in a large enterprise IT environment
Experience managing both locally hosted and remotely/cloud-hosted systems
Experience with virtualization technologies, such as VMware ESX, Microsfot Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, etc.
GIAC/GSEC, CISM, CISSP, etc. certification
Experience with SaaS, IaaS, and/or PaaS; identity and access management solutions; IDS/IPS and firewalls; SAML, SSO, or authentication protocols
Knowledge and experience with cryptography and associated best practices
Knowledge of information security standards; and federal, state, and local regulations including PCI, FERPA, HIPAA, and NIST 800
Experience working in higher education
$125,000 - $143,000 depending on qualifications and experience
Required application materials:
Cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications
Names and contact information for three professional references
Provide specific reference to the diversity requirement for this position. Please address your experience in and/or a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of IT users with diverse social identities and backgrounds. You may address the diversity requirement in your cover letter or resume, or in a separate statement regarding diversity.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins February 26, 2018; position is open until filled
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); firstname.lastname@example.org
WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).
All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.