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Director, Risk Management and Data Privacy

Kennesaw State University
Job Location:
Kennesaw, Georgia
IT Manager/Director
Director, Risk Management and Data Privacy

Job ID: 247026
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

About Us
Find your wings at KSU!

Are you ready to join a community leading in innovative teaching and learning? Kennesaw State University is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. With our growing enrollment and global reach, we are enjoying increased prominence among Georgia's colleges. We offer more than 150 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees to over 43,000 students. Our entrepreneurial spirit, high-impact research, and Division I athletics also draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Our university's vibrant culture, diversity, career opportunities, and rich benefits make us an employer of choice. We are searching for talented people to join our mission. Come to KSU and find your passion.

Our Kennesaw campus is located at 1000 Chastain Road NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Our Marietta campus is located at 1100 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060.

Job Summary
Responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining the university's Risk Management (RM) and data privacy frameworks. Leads directives to identify, evaluate, mitigate, and monitor the university's risk policies, with focus on compliance-related risk in collaboration with respective departments. Serve as KSU's main contact for RM and data privacy inquiries.

1. Promote, facilitate, and provide expert consultation, direction and strategic planning for Risk Management programs in support of both academic and non-academic University functions

2. Promote a culture of compliance throughout the institution

3. Responsible for proactively and systematically leading institutional efforts to identify, assess, monitor, report, and escalate significant risks for the University

4. Create and maintain RM framework and supporting policies and procedures

5. Evaluate issues and risks of various severity, complexity, and controls to ensure compliance with risk-based policies, procedures, and controls, and related governance and reporting frameworks

6. Prepares and submits annual risk mitigation plans

7. Establish and serves as a key coordinator for the Risk Management Committee

8. Maintain, develop, and implement University privacy management program, policies, procedures, and documentation that enable consistent, effective data management privacy practices, minimize risk, and ensure confidentiality of protected information

9. Oversee, develop, and deliver initial and ongoing privacy framework and operating model trainings to faculty and staff

10. Perform initial and periodic information privacy risk assessment, analysis, mitigation and remediation activities, schedule data privacy stakeholder interviews, Privacy Impact Assessments and Data Protection Impact Assessments

11. Work with key university stakeholders to oversee data privacy program

12. Collaborate with information security and technology teams to ensure that security and privacy concerns are aligned

13. Collaborate with Legal Affairs regarding all breach determination and notification processes under applicable federal and state laws

14. Monitor risk and data privacy programs for compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required Experience
Five (5) years of experience with directing, managing, and driving risk management programs, data privacy initiatives, and governance for a large-sized organization

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Professional certifications in governance, risk, compliance, or security

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
Juris Doctor degree

Preferred Experience
Experience in higher education

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Demonstrated ability to think analytically and creatively, and to guide others in decision-making related to risk assessments and risk mitigation measures
Ability to collaborate across the university, understanding, implementing, and evolving regulatory and legal requirements
Ability to partner with all University areas related to assessing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
The ability to see how various processes, policies and procedures interact with the whole (big picture thinking) as well as engage with projects at the micro level when necessary
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and exercise sound judgment
Ability to manage confidential information
Self-starter capable of developing new processes and procedures
Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and exercise sound judgment

Demonstrated understanding of risk assessment and risk management
Experience helping to develop and implement communications, training, and policy updates based on specific risk management needs
Strong working knowledge of regulatory requirements and an understanding of compliance procedures, protocols, and best practices, with demonstrated experience consulting on risk management and data privacy matters

Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Strong project management skills with proven ability to see projects from start to finish
Strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple tasks or projects and meet assigned deadlines
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e., Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national, origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
No, this position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 1% - 24% of the time

Background Check
  • Position of Trust + Education
Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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