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Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC)

George Mason University
United States, Virginia, Fairfax
October 08, 2023
Position Information
Position Information

Department College of Science (COS)
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Statement of Economic Interest Not Applicable
Job Category Administrative or Professional Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC)
Working Title Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity (DITC)
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number FA23KZ
Recruit Number FAC8914
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience
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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 .
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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of privacy and security policies, including CAP CLIA 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 GIAC GSLC 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.

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 3, 2023
Posting Date 10/19/2022
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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