Research Security Compliance Specialist

DescriptionThis 50% position, reporting to the Associate Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Integrity (OSPRI), provides information technology (IT) support and administration for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) research community. This position will work closely with UCCS Office of Information Technology to develop and implement information security risk management resources related to sponsored programs research. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience working with all aspects of systems and network administration, including but not limited to designing, installing, integrating, configuring, and supporting information systems to ensure compliance with policies, procedures, and regulations related to controlled unclassified information processing and safeguarding.

This position must remain knowledgeable in all areas of cybersecurity. and multi-platform operating systems such as Windows, Macintosh, and Linux procedures and techniques in order to establish and train project personnel during project set-up procedures. The Research Security Compliance Specialist is expected to continue developing and maintaining technical expertise as well as knowledge of applicable government regulations related to Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), NIST Special Publications (e.g. 800-53 and 800-171), Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS).

This position will support researchers across campus that may involve data analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, privacy, confidential human subject reviews and cybersecurity, etc.

Who We Are:
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Job Duties:

Provide direct services to principal investigators and project teams with all aspects of information systems and/or network operations including setup, accreditation documentation, continuous monitoring, enhanced security safeguarding, instructional training, disaster recovery, cyber incident investigation/reporting and disposition of materials/data at the completion of a project.
  • Support multiple principal investigators and project times providing comprehensive services, training, system maintenance, inventory control and analysis of existing and future security technology needs.
  • Create and maintain university policies and procedures to ensure all supported users remain in compliance with applicable safeguarding policies, procedures and regulations.
  • Initiate and manage new projects from inception to completion, exercising discretion and best judgment, and then maintaining these initiatives. These projects range from individual, moderately complex to working on multiple, complex projects simultaneously and independently.
  • This position will collaborate with other University departments and personnel, including but not limited to, Office of Information Technology Security Office (OIT), and individual department/college IT staff, to develop and enforce comprehensive policy guidelines and procedures for the setup and operation of unclassified information systems subject to government and/or sponsor-specific rules and regulations. Examples of such government regulations include, but are not limited to, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800 series, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 199 and 200, applicable Department of Defense publications, and industry best practices. 

    Job Competencies:

  • Broad operational knowledge of a multi-platform computing infrastructure. Such as computers with UNIX/LINX, OSX; Windows operations systems, and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
  • Knowledge of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework categories.
  • Familiarity with the interdisciplinary nature of cybersecurity both technical and non-technical.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Maintain the highest ethical standards.
  • Ability to communicate and work with diverse individuals in a professional setting.
  • Communicate effectively in both verbal & written forms.
  • Excellent analytical and time management skills.
  • Ability to edit and write clear, precise, and grammatically correct documents.
  • Ability to work independently while exercising appropriate judgment in seeking assistance and guidance.
  • Work effectively under pressure.
  • Manage a heavy workload with multiple deadlines and competing priorities.
  • Interpret complex material.
  • Translate regulatory requirements into operational policies, processes, and procedures;
  • Maintain a sense of humor.
  • Communicate effectively with all members of the university community, including students.
  • Experience developing and delivering training.Experience analyzing and troubleshooting IT issues.Ability to lift computer equipment and supplies and work under desks.  This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


    What We Offer:

    Salary Range: Generally starting at: $30,432 - $38,040 (50%)


    This position is dependent on the availability of external grant funding. Funding is currently expected to last one year.


    The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

    UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

    Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.


    The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

    QualificationsMinimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in computer science information technology, information systems, computer engineering, cybersecurity or related field and 3 years’ experience in information technology, information security, cybersecurity, cyber management, cyber policy, or other relevant cybersecurity related technical or non-technical field.  Work experience in the fields listed above can substitute for the Bachelor’s degree.
  • Preferred Requirements:

  • Information security experience in higher education, industry or government.
  • Experience performing information security audits or risks assessments.
  • Experience developing and executing grants with cybersecurity elements.
  • Cybersecurity certifications – Security +, CISSP, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), or others.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of NIST Special Publication 800 series (e.g. NIST 800-53 and NIST 800-171), FIPS 199 and 200.
  • Experience with regulatory and legislative authorities including but not limited to HIPAA, FISMA, PII, and FERPA.
  • Physical Requirements:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit. Employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. Tasks may involve looking at computer screen continuously for long periods of time, talking and hearing within normal range. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

    Job Category: Information Technology
    Primary Location: Colorado Springs
    Schedule: Part-time
    Posting Date: Nov 23, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing

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