Director, Information Security Services

Washington, DC
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Job Description Summary:

The Division of Information Technology ( is the chief provider of technology infrastructure, services and applications at GW. The Division partners with stakeholders across GW to equip students, staff and faculty with the technology know-how and tools necessary to achieve academic excellence. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Information Security & Compliance Services, the Director of Information Security Services works within the Division's Information Security & Compliance Services department.

The Director of Information Security Services serves as a central liaison and contact regarding the security of data networks and central computing facilities which includes coordinating activities with University users and external IT managers. Along these lines, this individual fosters strong partnerships to ensure reasonable security controls are properly designed and implemented to adhere to regulatory and internal requirements, attends project and planning meetings to provide input and recommendations on secure deployment of new services, as well as interacts with the University user community to understand research needs and ensure secure access to data. The incumbent oversees intrusion detection functions and leads forensic investigations and incident response activities. The Director also evaluates future security requirements, developing and recommending budget changes accordingly, and manages consultants, vendor contracts, and purchases. This role requires the incumbent to maintain a professional expertise by attending outside seminars/courses as well as through the review of published literature. The Director manages a team of IT Security professionals to assist in achieving the aforementioned goals and objectives.

The position is based at GW's Foggy Bottom campus in Washington, DC but may require occasional travel to GW's Virginia Science & Technology campus in Ashburn, VA. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 10 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience partnering with Human Resources, Legal, Risk Management, and other business functions on processes and issues that relate to protection of critical information assets.
  • Experience with assisting in the development and management of information security programs and related standards.
  • Experience with the development and management of information risk assessment processes, including vulnerability testing and monitoring.
  • Experience with intrusion detection and incident response procedures and solutions.
  • Experience with formulating communication of information security, compliance, and risk standards and methodology to staff working on varied analytical, engineering, or systems integration projects.
  • Experience working with outside consultants, auditors, and regulators on independent security reviews as required.
  • Experience promoting information security awareness throughout the institution via training activities in coordination with other training units.
  • Experience with best practices pertaining to data classification, data access controls, data stewardship, and privileged access management and monitoring.
  • Experience working in a higher education environment.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Division of IT Family Information Technology Sub-Family Systems Security Stream Management Level Level 4 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday-Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM) Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: No Required Background Check: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search, Credit Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to gain a better understanding of your experience, the professional experience section of your resume must include months in addition to years. For example, instead of “2014 – 2015,” it should include “April 2014 – January 2015” or similar information.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: S005788 Job Open Date: 09/21/2016 Job Close Date: 05/10/2017 If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Posting Specific Questions
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  1. * Does the professional experience section of your resume include months?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Documents needed to Apply
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents


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