POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Collaborative Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO) Position


POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Collaborative Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO) Position

The Kansas Independent College Association (www.kscolleges.org) seeks a highly skilled information security professional to serve as the Collaborative Chief Information Security Officer (C-CISO) and lead a collaborative 3-year initiative diagnosing information security risks and vulnerabilities of small non-profit colleges and universities, consulting on remedies for those vulnerabilities, and serving as primary outside expert in event of information security attacks or breaches.
The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated portfolio of professional work. S/He will need to have strong technical skills, an independent entrepreneurial approach, and comfort with a small, collaborative team. It is essential that s/he be able to provide expertise in all areas of information security and be able to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical staff. This position will be primarily responsible for providing strategic vision and leadership in strengthening KICA’s participating member institutions’ overall information security posture, research emerging threats and trends, and recommend standards and procedures to mitigate risk across the membership.
• Provides strategic vision, direction, and leadership in strengthening the Association’s participating members’ overall information security posture through optimization of all areas of its security architecture, including security devices, applications, and processes.
• Researches emerging threats and trends. Recommends and implements products, services and procedures to mitigate both current and future threats.
• Recommends standards, controls, policies, and procedures in all areas of information security. Consults with members across the Association on security-related matters.
• Serve as primary point of contact for severe information security incidents at participating institutions and assist with institutional incident response coordination.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
• Strongly self-motivated interest in the position and information security in general
• Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including presentation ability
• Well-developed documentation skills
• Accessible via cell phone as well as after-hours, as needed, to provide support for normal business operations
• Extensive knowledge of multiple network and security platforms, including firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, remote access devices, vulnerability scanning tools, patch management systems, anti-virus systems, etc.
• Ability to quickly learn new technologies and manage security issues surrounding them
• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, ability to problem solve, memory for details, ability to prioritize, and ability to maintain concentrated mental and visual attention for sustained periods
Required Qualifications:
Experience: Five to ten years of information security or closely-related professional experience; Preference for such experience within a non-profit or higher education context
Education: Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent work experience; Graduate degree preferred
Interpersonal: Courtesy, tact, and diplomacy are essential elements of the job. Work involves much personal contact with others inside and/or outside the organization, generally regarding routine matters for purposes of giving or obtaining information which may require some discussion.
Other Highly Preferred Skills:
• Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification preferred
• Understanding of networking techniques and protocols
• Additional industry certifications in audit or other IT-related areas preferred, such as Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
• Working knowledge of industry standards regarding security devices and procedures
• Strong customer service orientation
• Experience working in a highly-regulated environment
Physical Demands:
• Performs sedentary work, sitting/standing at desk and/or typing, which requires repetitive motion of the wrists, hands and/or fingers
• Occasionally walks, stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls
• Occasionally reaches for, lifts, carries, and handles office equipment and materials up to 50 pounds
Term, Location & Compensation:
The KICA C-CISO initiative is planned for a 36-month time frame beginning July 1, 2019 with the potential to be renewed or expanded at the close of the initial term, depending on program outcomes, campus and board feedback, and available resources. The C-CISO will be a full-time employee of the Kansas Independent College Association, will be paid a competitive salary, and entitled to the full and competitive employee benefits package available to other full-time KICA employees, including but not limited to retirement contributions, medical and dental insurance, and paid leave.
To apply, please submit the following documents:
1. Cover Letter
2. Resume
3. List of three professional references with contact information
Deadline for applications:
May 17, 2019
Please send all materials to:
Mr. Matt Lindsey, President
Kansas Independent College Association & Foundation
700 S. Kansas Avenue, Suite 622, Topeka, KS 66603
Or by email to matt@kscolleges.org, with the subject: “C-CISO Materials”
About the KICA and KICF:
The Kansas Independent College Association, founded in 1976, is a 501(c)4 organization that seeks to strengthen Kansas’ eighteen accredited, non-profit, private colleges and universities of Kansas through collaboration, governmental advocacy, and public engagement. The Kansas Independent College Foundation, established in 1952, is a 501(c)3 organization that provides scholarship funding for the eighteen accredited, non-profit, private colleges and universities of Kansas and supports those institutions’ ability to financial support their students.

The member institutions of both KICA and KICF are Baker University, Barclay College, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College of Kansas, Cleveland University-Kansas City, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of Saint Mary.
KICA/F is an Equal 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 expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.