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Director of Security and Compliance

| Austin
Civitas Learning is bringing together technology, design thinking, and data science in our mission to help one million more students graduate each year by 2025. To do this, we leverage large sets of student data that is regulated by federal and state-based legislation.
Thus, we are seeking an individual to lead Civitas Learning in the complexity of data security and privacy both in the U.S. and abroad. The optimal candidate will have familiarity of the demands of FERPA privacy law. As Director of Security and Compliance, you will be responsible for building and managing security programs to create a business as usual approach to security, privacy and compliance.
If you have performed the role of CISO or Director of Compliance; got your start or spent some time in IT, DevOps, and/or Security Engineering when you realized you had a passion for protecting privacy and the sanctity of data – we would love to chat with you!

  • Implement and manage a strategic, comprehensive information security & privacy program.
  • Act as project manager for SOC2 compliance engagement.
  • Deliver quarterly information security and privacy awareness training programs for all employees, contractors, and approved system users.
  • Collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure compliance with privacy regulations and rules.
  • Develop, maintain, and publish information security policies, standards, and guidelines. Oversee the approval, training, and dissemination of security policies and practices.
  • Ensure that security policies and programs are in compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies to minimize or eliminate risk and audit findings.
  • Facilitate appropriate resource allocation and increase the maturity of the security program.
  • Manage security incidents and events to protect corporate IT assets, including intellectual property, regulated data, and the colleges’ reputations.
  • Oversee and monitor the vulnerability management program.
Must haves
  • Bachelors degree in business administration or technology related field.
  • 5 years of experience in risk management, compliance, information security, and project management. Plus at least 2 years of leadership experience in these fields.
  • Experience in effectively communicating security and risk-related concepts to technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in critical thinking and problem solving in high pressure situations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legal and regulatory privacy requirements.
  • Exhibit excellent written and analytical skills.
  • Successful track record in managing multiple projects under strict timelines, as well as the ability to work well in a demanding, dynamic environment, while meeting objectives.
  • Professional security management certification, such as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) or other similar credentials, is desired.
  • Knowledge of common information security management frameworks and past participation in both initial certification and renewal of one or more of SOC 2/SSAE 16.
Nice to haves
  • Experience with and comfortable with complex contract and vendor negotiations.
  • Full understanding of FERPA and knowledgeable about GDPR.
  • Proven track record and experience in developing information security policies and procedures, as well as successfully executing programs that meet the objectives of excellence in a dynamic environment.
  • Formal legal background in education or applicable spaces with similar data protection and compliance challenges: health care, financial data, cardholder data, etc.
  • Ability to lead and motivate cross-functional, interdisciplinary teams to achieve tactical and strategic goals.
About Civitas Learning: Civitas Learning is a student success company delivering the clearest path to improved higher education outcomes. The company’s Student Success Intelligence Platform leverages each institution’s unique data to find and distribute the strongest signals across the student lifecycle. These signals empower students to make the best possible decisions along their academic pathway. Advisors, faculty, and administrators can personalize support, scale meaningful action, and measure impact to dramatically improve student outcomes. 
Today, Civitas Learning is a strategic partner to more than 325 colleges and universities, serving nearly 8 million students. Together with our growing community of partners, Civitas Learning is making the most of the world’s learning data to graduate a million more students per year by 2025.
Civitas Learning offers medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan. We also have a generous flexible, paid time off policy. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. 
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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • ReactLibraries
    • AngularJSFrameworks
    • Node.jsFrameworks
    • SpringFrameworks
    • Microsoft SQL ServerDatabases
    • MySQLDatabases
    • OracleDatabases
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We're in the heart of downtown Austin near great restaurants and watering holes. We also love our view of Lady Bird Lake.

What are Civitas Learning Perks + Benefits

Civitas Learning Benefits Overview

Civitas Learning offers medical, dental, and vision insurance as well as a 401k plan. We also have a generous flexible, paid time off policy. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA allows you to utilize pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible medical, dental, and vision expenses. The pre-tax contribution amount for 2018 is up to $2,650.
Disability Insurance
We offer short and long term disability coverage.
Dental Benefits
Keep your teeth clean! Our dental plan covers 100% of the cost of preventative care, including x-rays.
Vision Benefits
Our vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams and lenses after a $10 copay. Frames and contact lenses are covered up to $130.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer comparable health insurance plans and are fully insured. Offering both an HSA (with employer contribution) and an FSA.
Life Insurance
We cover basic life insurance with additional options to purchase individual and dependent plans.
Pet Insurance
We love pets so we offer pet insurance to cover your dog or cat for accidents, illnesses, wellness care and more.
Wellness Programs
We promote healthy habits so we partner with Global Fit to offer various wellness programs and discounts.
Onsite Gym
Our corporate headquarters offers an onsite gym to employees to get their workout on!
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
We provide employees with a 401(k) option and auto enroll new employees at a 5% contribution.
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is important. Primary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 12 weeks with the option to take an additional 4 weeks unpaid. Secondary caregivers receive 100% of wages for 4 weeks.
Flexible Work Schedule
We offer a flexible work day schedule to all employees, pending their manager's discretion.
Remote Work Program
We allow employees to occasionally work remotely, pending their manager's discretion.
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year, as well as maintained health benefits, for any employee eligible under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
We trust our employees to get their work done and take off time as needed, which is why we offer a paid, open leave vacation policy.
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
We offer all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
We offer paid sick days for all employees.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We are here to do great work - jeans and all!
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
We have a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, hot & cold brew coffee, tea, soda, and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Some Meals Provided
We provide catered lunches on Wednesdays and breakfast on Fridays.
Happy Hours
Our employees don't worry about where they will park—we cover garage or lot parking. For those who bike or ride to work, we offer a stipend.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program

Additional Perks + Benefits

In addition to all of the wonderful perks and benefits we offer employees, we also have a diverse culture committee who's sole mission is to work together, with mutual respect of all perspectives, differences, and approaches, in advocacy of the current and future culture at Civitas Learning.

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