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Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California
$175,000 - $275,000 / Year
Posted Date
Aug 4, 2023

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Position Type
Executive, Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time

UC San Diego 



Filing Deadline: Mon 8/21/2023

Hiring Pay Scale: $175,000 - $275,000 / Year


UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.


For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy



UC San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is the largest employer based in San Diego County.


Reporting to the VC-CFO, Information Technology Services (ITS) delivers Enterprise information technology services to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of the campus Chief Information Officer (CIO). Information Technology Services (IT Services) uses world-class services and technologies to empower UC San Diego's mission to transform California and the world as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. As a strategic member of the UC San Diego community, IT Services embraces innovation in their delivery of IT services, infrastructure, applications, and support. IT Services is customer-focused and committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, and accountability.


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and within Information Technology Services. Crafting a culture around these values allows us to more deeply connect with and appreciate our employees, students, and campus partners. Information Technology Services is continuously working to build a community where we all feel safe, empowered, and encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work. We do this not only because it is what’s right, but because we know that diversity drives insight and innovation. We are proud to partner closely UC San Diego’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as their dedication to this mission helps us all to drive change.


The Office of Information Assurance (OIA) (a department within ITS) is responsible for the infrastructure, policies, standards and training necessary to ensure the achievement of the security and privacy goals of the University. Collaborating closely with various campus resources and partners, including campus counsel, health and campus privacy officers, and research compliance, to respond to and mitigate cybersecurity and information assurance risks, threats and vulnerabilities.


The Executive Director and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) establishes UC San Diego’s information security ecosystem, aligning security technologies, processes and activities throughout the organization. They build relationships across the campus with faculty and administration in Academic Affairs, UC San Diego Health Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego Supercomputer Center and distributed IT groups to enact strong but flexible security policies, technologies, standards and practices that balance academic freedom and the university’s mission of research and education with the need to manage risk and protect critical university resources and data. They recommend information security policy changes to UC and within UC San Diego, lead information security governance groups, and represent UC San Diego on UC systemwide committees, NH-ISAC, REN-ISAC and others. They proactively establish relationships with UC, local and federal law enforcement and collaborate as appropriate. The Executive Director and CISO serves as a member of the Senior Management Team reporting to the Chief Information Officer.



•   Strategy, Management, and Leadership

•   Risk Management and Compliance

•   Security Operations

•   Outreach, Education, Training and Awareness



•   Minimum 10 years of relevant experience in information assurance and cybersecurity

•   Expert knowledge of information technology security functional areas and as it relates to student data; health information; research subjects; finance (including credit card and loan transactions); management of IT resources and applications; and general computer use practices.

•   Expert understanding of privacy and security regulations and best practices, including federal and state laws, policies and standards, as well as extensive knowledge about a wide range of privacy / security regulations relevant to higher education and / or medical center and patient information.

•   Demonstrated management expertise in determining and recommending actions, for organization departments, to follow in IT security and privacy matters.

•   Demonstrated experience with information security practices and technologies for advanced academic research environments.


Preferred Qualifications:

•   CISSP and/or CISM certification

•   Security Clearance: Secret or ability to obtain this clearance

•   Advanced degree in information assurance and cybersecurity


Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is eligible for full:

•   Health/Dental/Vision Insurance

•   Vacation/Holidays

•   Life Insurance

•   UC Retirement Plan.


For more information about UCSD Benefits visit - and UCSD Work/Life visit


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Non-standard working hours. Must be able to travel as required.For emergency situations, must be available 24/7.Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on background check results.Must be able to obtain secret level security clearance.


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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).


To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit for more information.

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