Grinnell Chamber

Identity, Cyber-Awareness & Vendor Risk Specialist

Full time
Posted: 08/18/2021
Grinnell, IA
Human Resources


Reporting to the Director of Information Security, the Identity, Cyber Awareness and Vendor Risk Specialist is a highly collaborative position that plays a key role in the management and maintenance of the Grinnell College Identity Management processes to ensure that Grinnell faculty and staff have the relevant level of access to Institutional data required to carry out their job. Responsible for the development, review, and updating of the College’s security awareness and training program and associated documentation, the Specialist instructs the program and reports on its outcomes. This includes training and awareness activities required by employees to gain or maintain access to College data.

As steward of the Grinnell College cybersecurity awareness program, the Specialist develops creative ways to help employees and students alike develop important cybersecurity protection skills. This also includes managing the College’s phishing awareness program, executing exercises and managing the associated training opportunities and messaging.

The Specialist is also responsible for the management and maintenance of information security vendor risk assessment reviews that provide confidence that the College’s vendors are meeting required security standards.


The Information Security Team

Information security is a high priority area for the college. After a review of current and best practices, an information security team was created under the leadership of an experienced Director of Information Security. This, now expanded, team assumes responsibility for proactive as well as reactive security services and expertise, and plays a key role in compliance-related activities and data quality and management throughout the campus.

Both the Information Security team and Information Technology Services leadership are committed to developing their staff and look forward to providing opportunities for professional certification and other relevant development experiences.


Information Technology Services

Information Technology Services (ITS) oversees the majority of technology, audio-visual, and telephone services for Grinnell College, and provides service and strategic support through its functional teams: Enterprise Systems; Information Security; Network Services; User Services; and Core ITS Services. ITS has a professional staff of about 40 and has benefitted from significant strategic investment by the College in recent years. The College’s senior leadership team have recognized the benefits of a stronger technology presence on campus and in our remote working locations and worked hard to create and promote a collaborative culture at Grinnell College.​

The ITS organization comprises a dedicated and talented staff committed to supporting the mission of Grinnell College and who exemplify the College’s position as a learning liberal arts college. As such, professional development is a crucial component to the department’s philosophy, which is demonstrated both financially and by the mentor-style approach to management that the ITS leadership employs.

Those who thrive in Grinnell College’s ITS organization are professionals with a positive approach and attitude who are motivated to deliver practical results and ultimately meaningful learning outcomes. Team players, yet able to work under their own initiative, they are flexible to changing requirements, are well organized, and good troubleshooters. Embracing and valuing diversity, they are instinctively inclusive and collaborative, help others around them, and are not afraid to offer or receive constructive criticism. Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills are essential, as is a demonstrated customer service orientation.​​


Additional Statements

  • ITS hires motivated and passionate candidates who will grow with us, and who we can nurture and retain.
  • Grinnell College offers a relocation allowance for employees who must relocate to accept our employment offer.
  • All offers of employment by the College to candidates for faculty and staff positions are provisional, subject to a satisfactory background check.
  • For full consideration, applications must be received by September 3, 2021. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree [Candidates who have not attained a four-year degree may substitute four years of professional experience.] 
  • Three years experience.
  • Values Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Selected candidate must successfully pass a background check prior to first day of employment.

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