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Executive Director for Information Security & Chief Information Security Director

Emporia State University
Emporia, Kansas (US)
$143,000 - $170,000
Date posted
Apr 17, 2024

Job Details

Under the general guidance of the Chief Information Officer, the Executive Director for Information Security & Chief Information Security Officer is a senior level executive overseeing the university’s information and cyber security. Working in partnership with the CIO, the CISO’s responsibilities include developing, implementing, and enforcing security policies and practices to protect critical data, and is responsible for helping protect the institution from various risks and threats.


  • Developing, and implementing secure processes and systems used to prevent, detect, mitigate, and recover from cyberattacks.
  • Educating and managing information and technology risk in collaboration with business leaders.
  • Building and driving a cybersecurity strategy and framework, with initiatives to secure the organization's cyber and technology assets.
  • Maintain Professional Knowledgebase; keep apprised of latest security and privacy legislation, regulations, advisories, alerts, and vulnerabilities pertaining to ESU.
  • Continuously evaluating and managing the cyber and technology risk posture of the organization.
  • Implementing and managing the cyber governance, risk, and compliance process.
  • Developing, justifying, and evaluating cybersecurity investments.
  •  Developing and implementing ongoing security awareness training and education for users.
  • In coordination with the CIO and emergency management team, implementing disaster recovery protocols and business continuity plans with business resilience in mind.


  • Bachelor's degree; preference for advanced degree. Minimum of five years' experience in information security or equivalent.
  • Strong commitment to customer-focused and team-oriented management.
  • Proven leadership abilities with a history of advancing roles in security management. Proficiency in project planning, implementation, and management.
  • Demonstrated capability in collaborating with diverse populations.
  • Experience handling sensitive and confidential information in compliance with federal and state laws.
  • Skilled in presenting complex security concepts to various audiences (e.g., end-user training, executive-level briefings). Up-to-date knowledge of emerging information security technologies and strategies.
  • Availability for off-hours support when necessary.


  • Salary: $143,000-$170,000 annually
  • Qualifications and previous experience will be considered for salary. 


Base pay is one component of Emporia State University’s total rewards package. We are dedicated to supporting the needs of the “whole you” with our holistic approach to employee benefits by offering comprehensive well-being benefits for you and your family that include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Free Dental insurance for employees
  • Retirement through the Kansas Board of Regents
  • Up to 31 days paid vacation and holidays
  • Sick leave
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reduction and tuition assistance
  • Dependent tuition waiver
  • For full details about our benefit plan offerings, please visit here. 


To apply, upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references here.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hire.


For more information

Jose Pavon

HR Professional

Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors which cannot be considered by law.


Emporia State University.

Founded in 1861, Emporia State University began as Kansas State Normal School, as teacher’s college. Today, ESU’s Teachers College is one of only four post-secondary institutions in the United States to be identified as an Exemplary Model Teacher Education program in a national study of teacher education programs.

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