Executive Director of the Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce

Responsible for developing/administering policies and procedures, budgetary decisions, extensive scope/impact of decisions on both internal and external contacts. Some functions include administration/management of a dept or division that may have 1 or more Assistant/Associate Directors, in addition to other Exempt and Non-Exempt level staff. This is an "advanced" level position.


The primary responsibility of the Executive Director is to lead all operational aspects of the Institute of Cybersecurity Workforce Development (ICWD) including, but not limited to: development of strategic plans; execution of business plans; achievement of overall goals and objectives; budgeting, fundraising, and financial management; and administration of ICWD facilities and personnel.


The ICWD is a degree granting Institute at Kennesaw State University with strategic focus areas in curriculum, research and outreach. It is a collaborative and interdisciplinary unit founded by the Criminal Justice, Information Systems, Information Technology, and Computer Science Departments and their respective colleges. Home to the Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, several professional learning programs, and an array of student and industry outreach activities, the ICWD is dedicated to the workforce demands of the public and private sector.

Vision: The Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development at Kennesaw State University is poised to become a leader in cybersecurity workforce development through innovative curriculum, applied research, industry partnerships, and technology/knowledge transfer in the domain of cybersecurity by identifying and leveraging opportunities that intersect business, computing, engineering, and social sciences. Ultimately, the Institute will contribute to the development of Georgia as a global leader in the practice of cybersecurity.

Mission: The mission of KSU's Institute for Cybersecurity Workforce Development is to foster inter-disciplinary collaboration in cybersecurity workforce development across the University to develop and deliver educational opportunities, academic discovery, and commercialization opportunities. The ICWD will assist the State of Georgia in supporting public and private sector workforce demands through high quality offering of certificates, degree programs, and ongoing education for managers and high-level executives.

Curriculum: A primary goal for the Executive Director of the ICWD is to provide a clear point of contact for all students interested in cybersecurity thereby leveraging both student recruitment and retention in pursuit of the development and delivery of educational initiatives. These initiatives (built on interdisciplinary offerings) in the domain of cybersecurity will support the next generation of security experts for both academia and the public/private sector.

Outreach: The Executive Director will be charged to develop a Board of Advisors. Chief Information Security Officer level individuals are recommended such that they can help brand the Institute, contribute to raising funds, and ensure currency. Additionally, outreach activities will focus on recruiting and retaining students.

Research: Given the Institute's attention on workforce development, the Executive Director will be expected to create research opportunities specific but not limited to improving understanding or efficiency of the cyber security workforce.

Audience: The audience for this institute includes local and regional companies who need to improve their Cybersecurity workforce and practices, students and potential students at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as non-degree seeking students (e.g., certificates, executive education, training), faculty with innovative research and teaching ideas focused on cybersecurity best practices, and local community members interested in: 1) helping develop a better trained cybersecurity workforce 2) attracting new cybersecurity-focused businesses to the metro area and 3) supporting cybersecurity startups.


This position WILL require a satisfactory Consumer Credit check as a condition of employment. See http://hr.kennesaw.edu/managers/docs/Credit_check_criteria.pdf for specific policy guidelines.


As part of the background check process, this position WILL require a satisfactory MVR (Motor Vehicle Report) as a condition of employment. See http://www.usg.edu/hr/manual/motor_vehicle_use for policy guidelines.


Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree and 9+ years comparable/related experience; management/supervisory skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ideal qualifications of a candidate for this position include:


  1. Executive or senior management experience in Cybersecurity or a related field.
  2. A proven success record in leading departments or organizations in start-ups, growth initiatives, team building, new product development, and relationship management
  3. A self-starter, team builder, task-balancer, and results-oriented manager with excellent communication (written, verbal, and presentation) and relationship building skills.
  4. An ability, in conjunction with the Director of Education, to determine marketplace educational needs and to design/deploy educational programming for ICWD constituents. Includes working with key stakeholders in customer discovery, business modeling, efficient scaling, and fiscal/enrollment management.
  5. Experience in securing resources by working with potential donors, cultivating development opportunities, establishing partnerships, and generating sponsored research or project opportunities.
  6. Proven ability to work with the business and public policy community and a variety of diverse constituents and partners (e.g., entrepreneurial enterprises; mid-market private and public companies; major local corporations; universities; government agencies; and various other outwardly facing funding and strategic partnership/investment sources) to achieve ICWD goals and objectives, including development of strategic alliances with these organizations to support the ICWD strategic plan.
  7. Demonstration of sound fiscal management, including experience in sourcing working capital and developing and administering budgets.
  8. Experience in developing and implementing effective marketing and creative promotional tactics.
  9. Ability to effectively speak at public events, and work with various media venues (e.g., print, broadcasting, and social media) to promote the ICWD.
  10. Proficiency with personal computers and related applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Acrobat), and online and mobile platform systems and applications.

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