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Chief Information Security Officer (WMS Band 2)

IT/Software Development Jobs
Washington State Department of Ecology

Job Summary

Full Time
Posted on
December 18, 2018
Washington State Department of Ecology
Lacey, Washington
Years of Experiences
1 - 3
3 - 5
Career Level
Manager (Manager/Supervisor of Staff)
Education Level
Associate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
$95,000.00 - $105,700.00 Annually

About Washington State Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology is Washington's environmental protection agency. Our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's land, air and water for current and future generations. We support environmental work throughout Washington. Nearly 70 percent of our budget is passed through to local communities to pay for projects that benefit the environment. We were founded in 1970 as the first agency in the nation dedicated to environmental protection.

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Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.

The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is currently looking to fill an Chief Information Security Officer (WMS Band 2) position. This position will be located in our Headquarters Building in Lacey, WA.

The Chief Information Security Officer position reports to Ecology's Chief Information Officer (CIO) in the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO).  Ecology's Information Technology is federated, with approximately 95 IT Professionals working in the central IT Team (ITSO) and another approximately 60 IT Professionals working directly within the Environmental Programs.

We are looking for applicants to provide leadership and direction, consult and advise, problem solve, and manage the Security Program. The ideal candidates will possess excellent people skills, with the ability to professionally and effectively communicate with a diverse audience ranging from IT Professionals to Agency Executive Leadership. Being comfortable working in a fast paced environment, have the ability to remain calm while quickly assessing an urgent situation, and the ability to make critical decisions.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on TwitterFacebookInstagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at:

The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. 
The Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) is the central provider of strategic and tactical support for the use of Information Technology (IT) within Ecology.  The mission of ITSO is to create and support useful technology services that adapt for the future and support Ecology's environmental mission.
Some of the key objectives of the Chief Information Security Officer position are:

  • This position serves as the Departments liaison with the Office of Cyber Security, the State SOC, and State CISO.

  • The CISO manages the Security Office which includes implementation of new security controls, responsible for auditing existing systems and applications, advises and recommends the implementation of security principles, policies and standards, security technologies and tools.

  • The position has a focus on planning, design, procurement, and implementation of Ecology's enterprise wide technology platforms.

  • Ensuring security design reviews are completed successfully, and thoroughly.

Some of the things this position is expected to accomplish are:

  • Establishing an Enterprise Security Program for the Department.

  • Ensuring the Department is complying with all applicable Federal and State IT Security Policies and Procedures.

  • Support a spirit of teamwork and collaboration between meeting business needs and ensuring a quality security posture.

  • Proactively identify trends, and areas of improvement with an eye to the future.

Some of the problems this position gets to solve are:

  • Supporting the Departments mobile workforce, by ensuring team members have access to information where they perform their work.

  • Protecting data and reducing vulnerabilities on our journey to the Cloud.

  • Advising the CIO and Agency Executive Leadership on security matters, issues, and future purchases or procurements that affect the enterprise.

This is an exciting opportunity where the successful candidate will get to work with a dedicated group of security professionals, who are committed to both protecting Washington's air, soil and water; and our IT environment. The CISO represents the Agency on cyber security, recommends corrective actions and risk mitigation.

If there is an IT Security incident or emergent situation, the successful candidate would be required to be part of the incident management – day or night, weekday or weekend.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be December 26, 2018.  In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before December 24, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.




Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in an Information Technology program or closely related field;  AND five (5) years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in one or more of the following IT disciplines: security consultation, systems development, systems analysis, database management, technical support troubleshooting, project management, server management, IT supervisor or team lead.  (Experience may be attained concurrently).
An Associate's degree or higher in an Information Technology program or a closely related field; AND Six (6) years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in one or more of the following IT disciplines: security consultation, systems development, systems analysis, database management, technical support troubleshooting, project management, server management, IT supervisor or team lead.  (Experience may be attained concurrently.)
Additional years of experience can substitute, year for year, for education.
Six (6) years (full-time equivalent) of professional experience in one or more of the following IT disciplines: security consultation, systems development, systems analysis, database management, technical support troubleshooting, project management, server management, IT supervisor or team lead, security operations, security and risk management, network security, identity and access management. (Experience may be attained concurrently.)
Three (3) or more years (full-time equivalent) experience as an IT supervisor or team lead capacity. The experience should include hiring, training, scheduling work or tasks, evaluating, motivating, coaching, and disciplining employees.

Desired Qualifications:

Five or more years of experience with one or more of the  following security strategic services focus areas; security reviews, security analysis, security  assessments, intrusion detection, security architecture, security research, IS security forensics IT project.
Five or more years of experience with one or more of the following IS security focus areas; mainframe security, database security, network security, desktop security, patch, management, anti-Virus/anti-Spam and user provisioning/access control systems.
Strategic planning experience.
Knowledge and experience in Industry Security Frameworks and Methodologies.  Knowledge and experience across breadth of IT technologies (desktop, middleware, server, cloud, data and information, development, etc.
Experience developing, recommending, and maintaining technology policies, standards, best practices for an organization, including facilitation of diverse stakeholder groups.
Knowledge/experience in open industry standards bodies, processes.
Knowledge of environmental and permitting business areas.
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification.
Strong oral and written communication skills.  Proficiency in writing technical user documentation and presenting to diverse audience.


Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s)Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan ForgivenessTuition Waiver,  Long Term Disability & Life InsuranceDeferred Compensation ProgramsDependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP),  Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)Employee Assistance ProgramCommute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader)Combined Fund DriveSmartHealth


Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details.


*See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information


Supplemental Information


Application Instructions


Please include the following documents as an attachment to your application:

  • Letter of Interest that address their interest and ability to perform the responsibilities.

  • Five professional references. 

  • Examples of written documents that you have authored such as but not limited to IT or Security Policies, Procedures, or Corrective Action Plans.

Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume" may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."


Other Information
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Cristie Fredrickson at: Please do not contact Cristie to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.