Chief Data and Information Security Officer – Technology Services

City and County of Denver
September 12, 2022
Denver, CO
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About Our Job

The City and County of Denver utilizes a hybrid model workplace that balances the responsibilities of public service with the benefits of a flexible work environment. Employees work where needed,at a city site and/or in the field at least two days a week and telecommute remotely at a designated workplace within the State of Colorado the remaining days.

We encourage you to apply as soon as possible because this posting may close without advanced notice.

About Technology Services

The Technology Services Department (TS) of the City and County of Denver is using state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies to deliver and improve the systems, applications, and operations that we deliver to our customers. Technology Services supports the people, agencies and ideas that make the City and County of Denver world class city. The City offers a unique opportunity to work with a diverse business and technology environment on a large scale as we employ over 13,000 people, of which 9,000+ are daily technology consumers in support of a diverse population in excess of 700,000 citizens.

About the Data Tools and Governance Division

The Data Tools and Governance Division connects both internal and external customers to information and services by providing the access, framework, tools and expertise required to fully leverage the City's data and information assets. This division is dedicated to transforming Denver's access to and use of data to drive strategy, policy, and operations. The security team plans and implements security governance and controls, monitors and responds to cyber threats and vulnerabilities.

Diversity in the City

The City and County of Denver is committed to cultivating a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. This commitment is woven into our values and belief that we are strongest when we embrace and celebrate our differences. We aim to have employees who are as diverse as our residents, with different perspectives and unique ways of thinking. If you share these values and our enthusiasm for equity, we encourage you to apply to join our team.

Technology Services (TS) is seeking to fill its Chief Data and Information Security Officer position that oversees its Data Tools and Governance Division, which serves the vital role in transforming Denver's access to and use of data to drive strategy, policy, and operations.

As a member of Technology Services' Executive Leadership Team, you will be responsible for driving and advocating Denver's data and analytic strategy, including how data is accessed (data hub, open data) and how it is transformed into information and knowledge (analytics, business intelligence). In addition, you will coordinate and implement the City and County of Denver's information security efforts, such as assessing our current security posture, developing long term strategies and support tactics, partnering with a variety of stakeholders and customers, and overseeing all information security projects, programs and personnel. Your direct reports will include directors overseeing multiple teams of data and information security professionals. Denver's GIS administrators and analysts are part of these teams, in addition to its Data Protection, Records Management and Governance, Risk and Compliance programs.

In Technology Services, our mission is to improve city performance through four basic strategies: reliability, innovation, access and partnership. As our Chief Data Office, your job will be to improve and enhance performance across all four of these strategies. For example, you will act as an advisor to our Executive Leadership Team, providing analysis to make informed business decisions that affect technology reliability and customer access. You will use your strong leadership and technical background to mature our enterprise analytic capabilities and data service offerings to our customers.

The Chief Data and Information Security Officer will:

  • Enable customers (city departments) to innovate and achieve their strategic goals using data
  • Foster the maturation of a data-driven culture, related competencies, and data literacy across the enterprise
  • Represent and lead a nationally recognized team of data and security professionals, providing them with effective coaching and assistance as needed.
  • Govern and create a culture that manages data as an enterprise asset
  • Expand open data offerings to empower citizens, and to enable better government and commercial services
  • Oversee the development and delivery of the City and County of Denver's enterprise data and analytic platforms and tools
  • Evaluate and prioritize risks and emergent security threats throughout our organization, recommending mitigation strategies and informing TS of risks associated with current and future systems
  • Develop and maintain controls on data quality, interoperability and sources to effectively manage the risk associated with the use of data and analytics
  • Create policies and controls for the appropriate protection of information assets.
  • Collaborate with federal, state and other local cyber security offices on investigations, alerts, findings, etc.
  • Work with staff to ensure that all information owned, collected or controlled by or on behalf of the City and County of Denver is processed and stored in accordance with applicable laws and other global regulatory requirements

About You

We are looking for someone with some of the following skills and experience:

  • Proven experience partnering with a variety of parties, including internal/external customers, vendors, and senior levels within an organization
  • Excellent management, team building, and coaching skills. Proven track record of leading complex, multidisciplinary talent teams in new endeavors.
  • 5+ years of management level experience leading data science, data engineering, technical, or operational teams.
  • Able to work across business lines at senior levels to influence and effect change to achieve common goals.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory requirements, such as Payment Card Industry (PCI), Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and others.
  • Knowledge of common information security management frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, ITIL, COBIT as well as those from NIST, including 800-53 and Cybersecurity Framework

We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education requirement: Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Business, or a related field.
  • Experience Requirement: Five (5) years of experience managing large information technology teams or complex projects at the type and level of IT Director.
  • One (1) year of management experience must include budget and fiscal oversight responsibility, evaluation of business processes, and policy and decision-making experience with planning and organizing multiple programs, projects, operations or functions.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: Two (2) years of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

About Everything Else

Job Profile
CI3033 IT Director Senior
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Position Salary Range
$132,410.00 - $225,097.00

Starting Pay
Based on education and experience

Technology Services

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