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Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC)
George Mason University
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Internal Number: 55474
Department: College of Science (COS)
Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC)
The George Mason University, College of Science (COS), invites well-qualified applicants to apply for our position as Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC).
Mason Science is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation, and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.
About us: The College of Science (COS) at George Mason University blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains.
While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the College also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today's world. The COS community includes more than 4,100 undergraduate students, 1,000 graduate students, and 970 faculty and staff. To learn more visit https://science.gmu.edu/.
Reporting to the Chief Business Officer of the College of Science, the COS Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC) works to assure the College's essential IT operations remain functional and manages compliance for organizations that support COS. The DITC's role in supporting essential IT functions is mission-critical to support COS faculty, staff, and students to be more productive and efficient in their academic and research work. The Director is expected to anticipate and proactively respond to College technology needs, to lead IT projects within the College, serve on leadership committees as a liaison between the College and the central university administration, and work collaboratively with other academic and administrative units to find solutions to security concerns and business challenges. The incumbent will develop, implement, and maintain a long-term IT strategy by anticipating and addressing college-wide IT needs related to administration, instruction, and research; propose and implement college-wide IT initiatives; oversee the design, development, and implementation of solutions to research/instructional computing and networking requirements and college-wide IT infrastructure. Working with Information Technology Services (ITS), the Director will oversee the College's compliance with security requirements and oversight, and remain an expert on emerging technologies and their possible application to COS endeavors.
The Director will also be responsible for the College's IT process and policy development, documentation, interpretation, and oversight. This includes, but is not limited to:
IT security audit compliance;
IT emergency response staffing;
Maintaining a knowledge base of College policies and services related to IT and cybersecurity; and
Ensuring the College's compliance with all Mason, state, and federal IT policies.
Additional duties include, but are not limited to:
Directly supervise the work of the College-level IT staff (lab manager, web developers, networking, video-conferencing, classroom, and desktop support technical staff);
Identify IT skills required to perform work in units and address deficiencies;
Coordinate staff training to improve operations and find educational opportunities to promote the development of team members;
Recommend appropriate staffing levels for the College;
Coordinate IT endeavors with the greater Mason community. Represent COS on university-wide IT committees and advocate for the College's interests;
Liaise with central ITS and other campus units;
Support research computing initiatives;
Liaise between technical and non-technical users;
Provide leadership, guidance, and management for all of the College's IT matters;
Provide customer service response for incidents such as system failure, vulnerability assessment, and remediation;
Help faculty with system recommendations, to purchase and configure new systems; and
Oversee the IT, equipment, and classroom budget and management processes for the College.
Master's degree in technology or management-related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
Knowledge of federal and state requirements for privacy and security;
Knowledge of current cybersecurity issues and protocols;
Demonstrated knowledge of computing and web technologies;
Proven experience managing servers in an Enterprise environment (Windows or Linux);
Ability to work with unusual solutions for research projects;
Advanced organizational skills and persistent attention to detail;
Ability to lead and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously;
Experience working in supervisory and project management roles;
Demonstrated customer service skills and proven ability to work with individuals at all levels.
Knowledge of privacy and security policies, including CAPCLIA certification;
Experience configuring and supporting classroom technology;
Experience with database management and development, web design, and computer programming;
Knowledge of virtualization technologies and configuration management tools (e.g., KVM);
Experienced in compliance and requirements for attaining/retaining Security Certification (CISSP or GIACGSLC preferred);
Experience with infrastructure monitoring technologies;
Experience working with research computing;
Experience in a university setting;
Experience in consequential information technology and cybersecurity assurance/assignments.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
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George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report
George Mason University is a public, comprehensive, research university established by the Commonwealth of Virginia located in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C. Mason was initially founded as a branch of the University of Virginia in 1949, and became an independent institution in 1972. George Mason University is an innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world.
George Mason University has 37,000 students from all 50 states and 130 countries and a residential population of more than 6,000 students. Mason is a vibrant and dynamic community of scholars. 80% of our students are employed within six months of graduation. Nearly two-thirds of the 140,000 Mason alumni live and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Mason is a young university that, in just a short time, has made impressive strides in size, stature and influence. Today, as Virginia’s largest public research university, we are setting the benchmark for a bold, progressive education that serves the needs of our students and communities. To that end, we have 10 schools and colleges devoted to a variety of study.
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George Mason, for whom our university is named, was one of the greatest of the founding fathers of the United States. Mason drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a model for the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights.
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Mason is committed to creating a more just, free and prosperous world. Located in one of the most important political, economic and intellectual hubs in the world, we accept our responsibility to serve others: to help our students succeed, enrich the life of our community, and contribute to solving some of the most complex global problems of our time.
Washington, D.C.: Land of Opportunity.
Mason’s main campus is in Fairfax, Virginia, just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is easily accessible by car or public transportation.
At Mason, you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a beautiful wooded residential campus and outstanding college experience, as well as numerous internship and recreational opportunities that only a world-class urban setting like D.C. can offer.
You can intern with National Geographic or the Justice Department, visit the numerous museums with your Art History classmates, take a selfie in front of Lincoln Memorial, catch a Nationals baseball game, kayak along the Potomac, or check out the many neighborhoods where you’ll discover lots of great shopping, places to eat, art galleries, music venues, and much more. You can attend events and hear nationally recognized speakers. You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do.
There’s more to explore. Students participate in a field trip to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., organized by the Office of International Programs and Services.
In just a short drive, you can be hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains or walking the boardwalk in either Ocean City, Maryland, or Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Our closest airports are Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport, and Mason is easily accessible by public transportation. Free shuttle buses help you get to the nearest Metro station in Vienna, Virginia, just a short distance from our Fairfax Campus. The Arlington Campus is within walking distance of the Virginia Square-GMU stop on the Orange Line.
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We will invest in recruiting, retaining, and developing talented and diverse faculty and academic and professional staff. We will create a vibrant campus life in which all members can grow and thrive.
Diversity is one of our core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.
We bring together a multitude of people and ideas in everything that we do. Our culture of inclusion, our multidisciplinary approach, and our global perspective makes us more effective educators and scholars.
While at Mason, you’ll be making your own decisions and forming your own view of the world. Engaging with diverse groups of individuals, including students, faculty, and staff, will enrich this experience. You will learn from them, and they will learn from you.
We have a variety of communities here, and you're sure to find a group of people who are like you. The great thing is you'll also be embraced by communities of people who are not like you. At Mason, you'll be in a place where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Interacting with people from a variety of backgrounds will:
•Widen your outlook of the world,
•Show you how to work and collaborate with people of differing views,
•Expose you to new perspectives from people with disparate life experiences, and
•Give you the social skills to interact with all kinds of people.
Diversity also enhances learning and creative thinking by prompting the study of new material and the awareness of fresh viewpoints. The power of many perspectives will boost your capacity to explore original ideas and solutions. Seeing issues in a new way heightens your creativity and problem-solving abilities.
Another benefit: As our nation becomes more diverse, students who learn in a diverse environment will be more competitive in an increasingly global economy. You’ll enhance your critical thinking skills and improve your ability to develop nuanced solutions to real-world problems.
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