Security Director, Systems engineering

Chicago, IL 60601

Posted: 04/24/2023 Employment Type: Direct Hire Job Category: Information Security Job Number: 8989

Job Description

The Director, Systems Engineer - Security will lead efforts to evaluate current security needs, prioritize and remediate weaknesses in The organization’s security profile and run cybersecurity operations.  Work with the Vice President, Infrastructure Systems to improve processes, craft policies and procedures, and evaluate security technologies.  Provide guidance to the Vice President, Infrastructure Systems on strategy, roadmap, and risk management for the national organization.  Work with our larger member network to council our foodbanks on cybersecurity roadmaps.

Lead efforts, with input from the Vice President, Infrastructure, on crafting security policies, procedures, and strategy.
  • Direct and manage vulnerability assessments and remediation efforts.
  • Ensure security audits to determine password policy compliance, endpoint protection, privileged access, etc. are carried out.
  • Lead efforts to ensure cloud architecture incorporates cybersecurity needs. Prioritize and lead efforts to remediate cloud configuration vulnerabilities.
  • Lead annual IT Risk Assessment process that dovetails into the organization’s risk management process and provide input to the Board Risk Subcommittee.
  • Evaluate security technologies as needs are identified. Lead efforts with stakeholders as necessary to implement new security technologies and standards.
  • Lead efforts to continuously develop and enhance the organization’s cybersecurity practice.
  • Cultivate and disseminate knowledge of security best practices within the organization’s and across the Feeding enterprise network, spanning fifty states.
  • Responsible for protecting 2,500 plus endpoints across fifty physical locations.
  • Research and manage emerging vendors/tools and assume point of contact/Subject Matter Expert responsibilities to progress security posture of the organization.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
  • 7+ years relevant work experience.
  • One or more years’ experience supervising and/or leading others.
  • Demonstrated experience in crafting security policies, procedures and standards.
  • Cybersecurity certifications / accreditation a plus.
  • Working knowledge of CrowdStrike a plus.
  • Demonstrated involvement with the security community and possession of security certifications a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to tailor messaging based on audience.
Required Leadership Competencies:
  • Leverages Functional Expertise: Applies extensive functional expertise to diagnose challenges and root causes to complex, organization-wide problems. Provides colleagues with sound functional guidance and influences others to embrace leading practices for the benefit of the organization. Prioritizes building employees’ functional acumen and helps team stay abreast of leading practices in their field.
  • Manages For Results: Holds self and team accountable for achieving measurable goals and ensures people know what to do to optimize resources and deliver strong results. Constructs executable project plans and allocates time and resources necessary to implement priorities. Evaluates total impact of solutions to mitigate future problems and swiftly identifies and breaks down barriers to achieving results. Monitors and reports strategic progress to all levels in the organization. Provides supportive, direct feedback and addresses poor performance quickly, giving specific suggestions for improving performance. Trusts others to do their jobs and assigns clear accountability and decision making with appropriate authority.
  • Communicates Effectively: Conveys clear and effective messages using verbal and written communication to individuals, small groups, and large audiences. Shares timely, relevant project/operating priorities and updates to key stakeholder audiences that may include staff, network food bank members, donors, and other groups. Reads audiences, asks questions, and uses feedback to adjust messages and style as necessary to make positive impact. Seeks first to understand before voicing own opinions. Shares difficult or negative messages in a tactful manner.
  • Collaborates Internally and Externally: Leads cross-functional work groups and is regularly sought out to work collaboratively on problem-solving teams. Networks and fosters relationships with external partners to achieve long-term mutually beneficial outcomes. Promotes constructive conversations that challenge ideas and consider alternative points of view about issues and options. Models’ positive engagement in resolving conflict and elevates a focus on mission and what is best for the people we serve. Avoids finger-pointing and preserves others’ reputations, even in challenging situations.
  • Fosters Innovation and Continuously Improves: Pursues opportunities to identify new ideas, scan for best practices, share learnings, and drive continuous improvement. Analyzes current practices, policies, and procedures to find areas for improvement and apply best practices. Reinforces a data-driven, learning, and innovation-focused mindset across the organization through persistent inquiry for and sharing of external practices. Gives others latitude to test new ideas and learn from the experience.

Meet Your Recruiter

Renee Larmon
Accounts Receivable and Office Administrator

Renee joined NueVista in 2004, coming into the organization with five years of industry experience under her belt. Throughout her career, she’s learned to prioritize, remain organized, and be flexible in a fast-paced environment. As a true multitasker and team player, Renee’s ideas and practices have been instrumental in shaping the NueVista corporate environment of today. Her passion is for helping others, something fulfilled each day as NueVista clients are provided excellent candidate resources for their open requirements while candidates receive help finding great jobs that advance their careers.  

What was your first job?

My first job was working at Dunkin Donuts.


What’s your favorite piece of technology of all time?

The TV.


If you could pick one celebrity or historical figure to have lunch with, who would it be?

George Clooney.


What do you love most about working for NueVista?

I love that we are like a family.  Most of us have worked together for so many years that they are like my family.  I also love the work/family life balance that NueVista provides. 


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