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Director of Information Security

Wesstern Washington University, Bellingham, WA, United States
Employer Description

Western Washington University—with more than 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school—is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. 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.

The Information Technology Services department encompasses three central areas (please see http://www.wwu.edu/vpit/):

  • 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. 

The Director of Information Security will help establish a fourth central area for ITS.

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.

Job Description

This new, full-time position will play a unique and crucial role in serving the university’s increasing information security needs. The Director will report to the CIO and also supervise the existing Information Security Manager position.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Direct the University’s information security program

  • Manage the information security team

  • Provide information security leadership

  • Serve as security liaison

Review of applications begins March 4, 2019; position is open until filled.

Applicants must apply online. For full details, see online application:


Job Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, especially in computer science, management information systems, information security, business or public administration

  • Five (5) 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

  • Three (3) or more years of experience, beyond the five-year experience listed above, dedicated specially to the information security field. General System/Network Administration work, such as system patching or configuring access control lists, does not count toward these three years

  • Experience working with sensitive/confidential information and to handle such information as required by federal and state law

  • Demonstrated experience designing and presenting complex security concepts to a variety of non-IT audiences or groups (e.g., end-user training, security conference presentations, campus briefings)

  • Successfully pass a criminal background check

  • Excellent demonstrated written and verbal communication skills

  • Proven team management skills

  • Experience with evolving information security technologies and approaches

  • Willingness and ability to provide off-hours support as needed

  • Experience in and/or a commitment to cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of IT users with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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, Microsoft Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, etc.

  • GIAC/GSEC, CISM, CISSP, etc. certification

  • Demonstrated experience with three (3) or more of these areas: SaaS, IaaS, and/or PaaS; identity and access management solutions; or IDS/IPS and firewalls

  • Knowledge of information security standards; and federal, state, and local regulations including PCI, FERPA, HIPAA, and NIST 800

  • Experience working in higher education

  • Project planning/management experience

  • Ability to work in a collaborative, technical, team-driven environment
29 January 2019
28 February 2019
Bachelor's Degree
110000 – 120000
Education / Training