Executive Director - Institute for Cyber Operations

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Job Title: Executive Director - Institute for Cyber Operations
Location: UNG-Dahlonega, GA
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 223069
About Us

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.



Department Information

The University of North Georgia (UNG) Institute for Cyber Operations is part of the DOD Cyber Institute grant project, on which UNG is a partner. This project includes Cyber Institutes at each of the six Senior Military Colleges (SMC) which make up the SMC Coalition (Norwich which is the lead institution, the Citadel, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, and Virginia Military Institute, along with UNG). The goal of the project is to shape multi-university SMC programs that include opportunities related to experiential learning, internships, scholarships, curriculum and workshop development, outreach programs, and applied research, with a collective goal of increasing the cyber talent and workforce capacity to meet DOD and private industry cyber needs.The successful candidate will be the founding Executive Director for the UNG Institute, and will work closely with the Director of the Center for Cyber Operations Education, which is part of the Institute, as well as with units across the University in developing new and expanding existing opportunities and programs in cyber and related disciplines. The UNG Cyber Institute resides in the Mike Cottrell College of Business and reports to the dean of the College.

Job Summary

The University of North Georgia is seeking an Executive Director for the new Institute for Cyber Operations, a Senior Military College DOD Cyber Institute. The Executive Director will have two primary roles: (1) provide leadership to develop a campus-wide cyber education ecosystem on campus with outreach into the region served by the University of North Georgia and (2) serve as the UNG lead for the Senior Military Colleges (SMC) Department of Defense (DOD) Cyber Institutes grant program. This 12-month position is available beginning February 1, 2021, with the official start date negotiable.

  • Lead visioning, strategic planning and implementation to continue to elevate the UNG cyber program as a leader in the field of cybersecurity, including securing funding, building capabilities, and enhancing the production of the next generation of talent for the industry.
  • Proactively develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with internal and external groups, including university senior leadership at UNG and at other universities, high-ranking government officials and defense contractors (especially at the DOD and NSA), C-suite executives, and advisory boards to ensure the activities of the Institute are relevant, leading edge, valued and productive.
  • Facilitate the development and delivery of innovative research projects to expand the research portfolio at UNG in data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity, while advancing the knowledge and applications in these fields.
  • Teach undergraduate, graduate, and/or executive education courses related to cyber security and related topics, as needed.

Required Qualifications
  • An earned M.S. or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Systems or closely related field and/or commensurate experience.
  • At minimum of 10 years of experience in the cybersecurity or closely related field and five years in senior leadership roles in government or industry related to cybersecurity; Experience managing complex projects and in negotiating for and securing funding for projects.
  • Experience interacting with personnel from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.
  • Experience inspiring and leading complex initiatives involving multidisciplinary teams to achieve high-level goals; experience in building successful programs.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Secret or TS/SCI Clearance, preferred
  • Have experience either in applied cybersecurity in defense/national security or in the role of PI or Co- PI on research-funded projects.
  • Experience in obtaining and successfully completing externally funded projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting or facilitating research projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of cybersecurity practices and challenges; ability and willingness to work collaboratively with administrators, faculty, and staff from a variety of disciplines, universities, government agencies, and industry; interest in and/or demonstrated ability to conduct research and lead project groups that can include faculty, students, and staff; skill at effective communication, both orally and in writing.
Required Documents to Attach
  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Unofficial Transcripts
Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of North Georgia, as determined by University of North Georgia in its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.




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Posted: 1/22/2021
Application Due: 3/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time