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Assistant Director & Chief Information Security Officer - NCSA

Assistant Director & Chief Information Security Officer
National Center for Supercomputing Applications

This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement but will require most days on campus due to the nature of the role.  This position may be eligible for immigration sponsorship. 

Since 1986, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has been home to pioneering partnerships that have not just moved the needle, but taken the computational research in bold, new directions. At NCSA, our advanced cyberinfrastructure and expertise provide a hub for transdisciplinary research that unites academic institutions and global companies in search of the answers to the world’s most challenging problems and help us meet the needs of future generations. NCSA is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and various federal agencies working together for the benefit of all those we serve.

NCSA is seeking a talented, enthusiastic partner to join our team as an Assistant Director and Chief Information Security Officer. This role will establish and maintain NCSA's information security enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. It will also lead cybersecurity aspects of significant sponsored projects with security policy and/or compliance requirements.

Duties & Responsibilities
Leadership and Strategic Direction
• Establish and maintain NCSA’s information security enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected.
• Direct the work related to planning, designing, implementation, verification, training, and administering information security policy and enforcement through process, controls and staffing.
• Direct the work related to security compliance for NCSA’s regulated research infrastructure and resources which support various types of regulated research data (e.g., HIPAA, FERPA, CUI, etc) on behalf of both NCSA and University research teams.
• Direct the cybersecurity efforts for the NSF-funded national cybersecurity ecosystem as lead for NSF ACCESS Operations’ cybersecurity efforts.
Information Security Policy Oversight
• Compliance – lead and coordinate all efforts related to data protection and the cybersecurity protection of NCSA-hosted and operated systems and services. Ensure NCSA staff are following NCSA, University of Illinois, State of Illinois, and Federal rules, regulations, and guidelines.

 • Documentation – Develop and maintain the NCSA information security policy document.

• Risk Assessment - Implement and maintain risk assessment program for cybersecurity, data, and computing infrastructure.
• Communication with NCSA Leadership – communicate policies, plans, issues, security incidents, requirements, along with suggesting improvements, and budgets.
• Incident Management – draft and relay pertinent communications, lead incident preparations, formulate security incident responses, post incident recovery plus incident documentation, and identify policies, procedures, and controls to address any concerns highlighted by each incident.
• Conformance – ensure corrective security actions are performed and that appropriate processes are followed.
• Business Continuity – analyze business impact and response plans, coordinate response plan testing, and perform post-incident review and recovery including identifying policies, procedures, or controls to address any concerns highlighted by each incident.
• Maintain an awareness of vulnerabilities, threats, and reasonable expectations of a security program by staying current on the latest topics in cybersecurity.
• Measure and report on the effectiveness of the information security program.
• Ensure compliance with the changing laws and applicable regulations and translate that knowledge to identification of risks and actionable plans to protect the NCSA and its projects.
• Represent NCSA in interactions with and presentations to existing and prospective collaborative academic or industrial partners and vendors, including participation with University cybersecurity committees and working groups.
Security Architectural Technical Lead
• Formulate a cybersecurity strategy, communicate this with NCSA Leadership, and implement Center-wide.
• Design and implement a Center-wide cybersecurity architecture.
• Validate cybersecurity process, and controls.
Information Security Research
• Develop cybersecurity research proposals.

 • Lead awarded cybersecurity research projects and direct operations.

Minimum Qualifications
• B.S. degree in engineering, computer science or related field. Alternative degree fields will be considered/accepted if accompanied by demonstrated equivalent experience (depending on the nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies). • 10 years of experience in activities associated with high performance computing (HPC) systems hardware and/or software. • 5 years of experience managing technical projects. • 5 years of operational cybersecurity or networking experience. • Familiarity with networking, security architecture, and risk assessment processes.
Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree or Ph.D. in engineering, computer science or related field. Equivalent experience may be acceptable as an alternative to the Master's degree/Ph.D., depending on nature and depth of experience as it relates to current NCSA technologies.
• 5 years’ professional experience with operational aspects of computational research at campus and national levels.
• 5 years’ experience leading multi-organizational collaborative projects.
• 5 years’ cybersecurity and/or networking research and development experience.
• Well-published in a relevant field.
• Principle Investigator of at least one major federally funded project in the cybersecurity or networking field.

Appointment Information
This is a 100% full-time Academic Professional position, appointed on a 12-month basis and renewable annually. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This position may be eligible for a hybrid work arrangement but will require most days on campus due to the nature of the role.  This position may be eligible for immigration sponsorship.

The salary range is $140,000 to $160,000 annually, and commensurate with experience. 

The University of Illinois offers an exceptional benefits package.  For further information, please visit 

Application Procedures & Deadline Information
Applications must be received by 6:00 pm (CST) on Monday, October 13, 2023. Apply for this position using the Apply Now button at the top or bottom of this posting. Applications not submitted through will not be considered. Qualified candidates must upload a letter of interest detailing qualifications noted above, resume and the names and contact information of three professional references (including phone number and email address).  All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  For further information, please contact Erica Hanson, OVCRI Human Resources, For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, COVID-19 vaccination requirement, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.
Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to apply and may request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (2008) to complete the application and/or interview process. Requests may be submitted through the reasonable accommodations portal, or by contacting the Accessibility & Accommodations Division of the Office for Access and Equity at 217-333-0885, or by emailing


Requisition ID: 1019661
Job Category: Administrative
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