Director of Information Technology Cybersecurity Programs

Information Technology Northern Virginia, Virginia


 Position Description:


Position Summary

Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity located in Northern Virginia Director of Information Technology Cybersecurity Programs. The Director of Information Technology Cybersecurity Programs leads the Information Technology Cybersecurity Department in AUI Labs and works across AUI Labs to set the strategic direction for the information technology research portfolio.  The Director will identify new and evolving opportunities in basic and applied information technology research; focus assigned AUI Labs business development resources on the most relevant and timely opportunities in this field; develop evaluations of their technical, cost, scheduling and administrative requirements, risks and potential value; and generate successful proposals furthering engineering research in alignment with sponsors’ selection criteria, their general paradigms of proposal evaluation and AUI Lab’s business strategy and scientific and technology research and development missions.  The Director will also be responsible for managing the funded portfolio and supervising assigned human resources.


AUI provides excellent paid time off benefits (vacation and sick leave). Medical, dental and vision plans are effective first day of employment.  After one year of employment, AUI’s retirement benefit contributes an amount equal to 10 percent of a qualified participant’s base pay. No contribution is required of the employee; we also offer an optional supplemental, tax-deferred plan for employee retirement contributions.


Job Duties Summary

The Director of Information Technology Cybersecurity Programs:

  • Develops, manages, strengthens and grows AUI Lab’s research portfolio, employing highly-developed subject matter expertise, experience, communication skills and original research to shape thought leadership and strategies.
  • Is responsible for developing structure and program plans for expanding AUI Labs’ portfolio within the information technology area, including the focus areas of the individual departments, the facility and equipment needs, and the appropriate collaborations.
  • Leads and establishes proactive teaming strategies for proposals, where AUI Labs and partner(s), prime or subcontractor team capabilities are valuable, complementary, and offer an optimal combination of performance, cost and program delivery. Works with collaborators to develop Partnership Agreements and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for proposals.
  • Plans and implements outreach efforts (e.g., with prospective customers, at conferences or other meetings, with AUI research centers, etc.) to showcase AUI’s vision, core competencies, and focus areas for growth.
  • Works with AUI divisional leadership, research center directors and other department directors to leverage the existing portfolio and interests to provide value to pursuing initiatives and programs. A primary focus will be leveraging the capabilities that currently exist within the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, such as at the Central Development Laboratory, and in AUI Labs’ cybersecurity programs.
  • Is responsible for the identification, recruiting and leadership of the AUI Labs staff needed to support the Information Technology Cybersecurity Department portfolio.


Work Environment

Work is typically conducted in an office and light electronics laboratory environment. Regular travel is likely, including occasional international travel.


Position Requirements:


Minimum Education

An advanced degree is required in information security, computer science, or a related field.


Minimum Experience

  • 10+ years of information security experience.
  • 10+ years of leadership experience, including management and supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in program leadership, policy development, management, risk assessments and strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of common information security management frameworks such as ISO/IEC 27001, ITIL, COBIT and NIST and an understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Deep knowledge and experience with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Intelligence Community, the National Science Foundation or other potential Federal cybersecurity partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information security technologies with specific emphasis on cyber threat intelligence, cybersecurity incident response, behavioral and signature-based techniques and best practices and big data analytics.
  • A proven record of dealing with complex projects and meeting conflicting demands required.
  • Candidates must be eligible to receive and maintain a DoD - Security Clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship; current DoD Top Secret clearance preferred.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s in business, management, cyber, or information security.
  • Security Clearance:  Active TS/SCI
  • Preferred professional certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), or equivalent.
  • Project management certification a plus:  PMI, PRINCE2, CCPM, XPM.


Application Instructions:

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AUI is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V)