Villanova University — Chief Information Security Officer

Villanova University, a top 50 doctoral research university in the United States is seeking a unique individual who can provide expert technical knowledge and experience in information technology security while also bringing skill and strength at understanding and influencing human behavior to be Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The CISO will provide both strategic and operational leadership to a department charged with addressing the institutions top identified risk area. Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), the ideal candidate will assist the University in accomplishing its goals and objectives by bringing a collaborative, flexible, and solution-oriented approach to leadership.

For more than a decade, Villanova University was ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report in the Best Universities-Masters category in the northern region. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report also ranked Villanova as 2nd for “Best Value Schools” and 4th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the Best Masters Universities-category, Northern Region, and ranked the engineering school No.11 among all national undergraduate engineering programs whose highest degree is a masters. The Villanova School of Business is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in Bloomberg Businessweek ‘s 2016 rankings of undergraduate business schools. Villanova’s campus continues to undergo a massive transformation. In the fall of 2019, a complex of 6 new residence halls, that will house over 1100 students and bring student on-campus living to 85% will open on Lancaster Avenue. A brand-new performing arts center is slated to open in 2020 and Finneran Pavilion, home to the 2016- and 2018-men’s basketball national champions just reopened after a $65 million-dollar renovation. For more information on Villanova, please visit website.

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is responsible for establishing and maintaining a strategic and comprehensive University-wide information protection, IT risk, and cyber security management program to ensure that information assets are adequately protected and available. A key role for the CISO is to identify and define acceptable IT related risk by defining and implementing controls & policies. Additionally, as Villanova continues to rely more on cloud-based systems (Salesforce and Workday as examples), the CISO and the University Information Technology (UNIT) IT Security Team will be focused on researching and evaluating Cloud Access Security Brokers. Further, a strategic objective of Villanova is to enhance its research profile, and this will require a CISO who can partner and educate faculty on communicating how Villanova’s IT security can augment their grant applications and assist them in protecting their data and information.

The complexity of this position requires strong leadership and the ability to balance the priorities of security strategies and University strategies. He/she will act as a liaison to the University community to develop a culture of awareness and compliance and must leverage collaborations and campus wide resources. The CISO will work with other University Information Technology (UNIT) departments to coordinate support and work with departmental IT coordinators to establish lines of communication, guidelines, and policies for the user community.

Villanova is seeking candidates who possess a record of professional experience that demonstrates progressive responsibilities and significant senior-level management experience in a complex IT and IT Security environment. Education and/or experience equivalent to a relevant bachelor’s degree is required (Computer Science, Engineering, or a related major). A Master’s degree in a relevant field is preferred. The CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) or CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) is also preferred. Project management experience and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred as is experience and exposure to risk management practices and IT auditing.

Candidates must be proven leaders demonstrating a minimum of 7 years information security experience with at least 4 years in a significant leadership/management role managing cross functional teams in complex organizations including accountability for strategic planning, consensus building, organizational leadership, and technical performance.

Critical to this role is experience in striking the balance between providing a safe and secure computing environment with one that facilitates and supports both intra and inter institution collaboration. Equally significant qualifications include strong integrity, a high level of energy, and exceptional interpersonal relationship and team-building skills. The successful candidate should be highly collegial, consultative, have a non-hierarchical management style, the ability to develop and sustain collaborative relationships, and demonstrate commitment to cultural diversity and equal opportunity.

The full position profile can be found here.

Villanova University has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Tom Phillips, Principal, and Charlotte Harris, Consultant, are leading this search. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Villanova University is an equal opportunity employer and educational institution. There shall be no discrimination against any employee, applicant for employment or any student on any basis prohibited by law, including race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status (disabled or Vietnam era), or disability. This non-discrimination policy applies to all educational policies and programs and to all terms and conditions of employment, which include (but are not limited to): recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, benefits, promotions, disciplinary actions and termination.

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