Information Security Lead

Amarillo, TX
Oct 17, 2020
Institution Type
Community College

At Amarillo College, our students are the priority. It is our mission and our responsibility to enrich their lives by helping them identify an educational pathway that will lead to success in life. It is therefore required that every team member, regardless of job title or duties, be responsible, first and foremost, for assisting students in every way.

We are currently seeking a Full Time Information Security Lead who will adhere to the aforementioned mission statement and who will be a leader of Security in the Infrastructure and Networking area of IT. The qualified candidate will be working with all facets of IT and the other facets of the business to accomplish the goals required by the State of Texas DIR for Information Security Compliance per the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 202.



Required: Associates Degree in CIS, Networking or related field.

Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in CIS, Networking or related field.


Required: 5 plus years of hands on networking and/or security experience.

Preferred: Experience in Higher Ed and Texas DIR Security Requirements.


  • Ability to work well with a diverse set of users with a diverse set of skills.
  • Must be knowledgeable in a Cisco Networking Environment.
  • Must be knowledgeable in current OSs for PCs and Servers.
  • Must be knowledgeable in Development Practices.
  • Ability to deal with people in a professional manner.
  • Ability to maintain a neat and clean appearance.
  • Ability to maintain equanimity in the face of resistance, indifference, or hostility.
  • Ability to work independently and as team member.
  • Ability to work under pressure of heavy workload and/or short timeline to complete work assignments.
  • Ability to handle multiple high priorities, and deal with changing priorities.
  • Ability to help set a positive attitude for the whole team during difficult times.
  • Knowledge of college and department policies and procedures, safety rules and regulations.
  • Self-motivated to meet project and team goals on schedule.
  • Ability to think outside of the box, and find great solutions for complex problems.


  • Develop and maintain an agency-wide information security plan as required by §2054.133, Texas Government Code.
  • Develop and maintain information security policies and procedures that address the requirements of this chapter and information security risks.
  • Work with the business and technical resources to ensure that controls are utilized to address all applicable requirements of this chapter and information security risks.
  • Provide for training and direction of personnel with significant responsibilities for information security with respect to such responsibilities.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to College Leadership, information-owners, information custodians, and end users concerning their responsibilities under this chapter.
  • Ensure that annual information security risk assessments are performed and documented by information-owners.
  • Review the inventory of information systems and related ownership and responsibilities.
  • Develop and recommend policies and establish procedures and practices, in cooperation with the CIO, IT Infrastructure Manager, information-owners and custodians, necessary to ensure the security of information and information resources against unauthorized or accidental modification, destruction, or disclosure.
  • Coordinate the review of data security requirements, specifications, and, if applicable, third-party risk assessment of any new computer applications or services that receive, maintain, and/or share confidential data.
  • Verify that security requirements are identified and risk mitigation plans are developed and contractually agreed and obligated prior to the purchase of information technology hardware, software, and systems development services for any new high impact computer applications or computer applications that receive, maintain, and/or share confidential data.
  • Report, at least annually, the status and effectiveness of security controls.
  • Inform the parties in the event of noncompliance with this chapter and/or with the information security policies.
  • Create and maintain onsite manuals related to these security efforts.
  • Fulfill monthly state reporting requirements.
  • Lead by example: setting a high level of effort, commitment, dedication, and skill.
  • Promote continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices.
  • Comply with all college, state and local procedures, rules and regulations.
  • At times, work under stress and/or meet rigorous deadlines.
  • Exhibit professional behavior while assisting with the needs of students, faculty, staff, visitors and co-workers.
  • Conduct self with professionalism and respect toward others.
  • Participate in and complete performance assessments/evaluations as assigned.
  • Perform additional duties or job functions that are required and deemed necessary by supervisory personnel.
  • As an Amarillo College employee, seek knowledge of and pledge to actively engage in a culture of caring striving to serve students, peers and the community by embracing the AC Core Values: Wow, Family, Fun, Innovation, and Yes!

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel between offices and buildings, and requires the ability to lift, carry, push, pull and/or maneuver office supplies as needed.

Working Conditions: Must be willing to work a flexible schedule (days, nights, weekends, holidays, and varying events if necessary.)

Work Environment: This position operates in a professional office environment, routinely uses standard office equipment (i.e. computers, phones, copy and fax machines, filing cabinets) and is in a high traffic area with continual interruptions. Software commonly used includes Microsoft Office, Colleague, and various other educational applications. Work may also be performed outside of the office and with little to no supervision.

Travel Expectations: Some travel may be required for this position.

Salary: Aligned with the current published salary scale for the represented position grade, commensurate with experience.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Amarillo College is committed to hiring and retaining a racially diverse, culturally competent staff at all levels of the organization who not only reflect the demographics of our clients but also continue to deepen their skills and competencies to serve the full range of our customers.

Promotional Opportunity Policy

Under the Amarillo College Promotional Opportunity Policy, only current appointed or part-time non-appointed employees will be considered for a position during the first five (5) working days from notice or posting.