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Director of IT Security

Ames, IA Iowa State University

Information Technology Services at Iowa State is seeking applicants for a Director of IT Security.

This position is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the information security department and its support to University operations and activities. This includes collaboration in the design, implementation, and maintenance of all controls, processes, and procedures used to ensure the confidentiality and integrity of the computer-based systems and networks across all technical platforms campus wide, protection of intellectual data, and supporting business processes. The Director of IT Security will provide strategic leadership and direction in the development of information security policies and solutions that minimize information security risk. This involves establishing, implementing, and maintaining Information Security, Risk Management, and programs that ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. The Director of IT Security will be expected to recommend and assist in the management of security initiatives to ensure alignment and consistency across all colleges and units campus wide.

Information Technology Services provides core computing, network services, enterprise systems, and information security resources to the students, faculty, and staff of Iowa State University. ITS partners with IT professionals from around campus to provide more specialized IT resources to ISU’s academic and business units.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate proven success as a strategic leader; strong analytical, problem identification and resolution skills; and the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively among a diverse audience with varying priorities.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 34,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of related experience; or a Master’s degree and 6 years of related experience; or a Ph.D. or other professional degree and 3 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience
Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience managing and leading staff.
  • Experience developing and implementing comprehensive strategic responses and recovery strategies, plans, and procedures.
  • Experience identifying and mitigating information security risks in software applications, network and data center infrastructure, and access control procedures.
  • Experience identifying systemic security issues based on analysis of vulnerability and configuration data.
  • Experience leading and managing information security initiatives at a Research I institution.

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