California College Guidance Initiative, Senior Director

Job Type

Full Time

Job Location

Sacramento, CA

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Job Description

The California College Guidance Initiative is looking for a cybersecurity and infrastructure expert to join the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team. As part of the team, you will provide strategic leadership to teams working on the movement of student transcript data from K-12 onto and through to postsecondary institutions and the California Student Aid Commission. Additionally, you will lead CCGI’s work to ensure that all systems are built and maintained in accordance with security best practices, including the modification, clarification, and strengthening of our data infrastructure and related tools.

Our ideal Senior Director, Security and Infrastructure, has meaningful experience developing security action plans, security architecture, and policies based on business needs, risk assessments, and regulatory requirements. This person can comfortably drive the investigation of issues, challenges, and opportunities arising from our work with the California Department of Education, and they can quickly apply those learnings to inform strategy and technical implementation.

You will directly manage one other staff member, but also oversee a team of more than four staff. Additionally, you will ensure that there is knowledge sharing and collaboration between the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team and the, Integrations division which is responsible for moving transcript data through to postsecondary institutions.You will report to the Chief Technology Officer and be a member of CCGI’s Expanded Leadership Team.

You will be part of a team that works to solve large scale, system-level problems. As such, you must be comfortable working with unknowns and ambiguity, and an ability to move from ambiguity to concrete solutions, and you should have a passion for promoting public education and advancing educational equity.

What Will You Be Doing?

  • Oversee and strategically drive cybersecurity for CCGI:
    • Develop security procedures and implement processes that ensure these procedures are followed and reviewed regularly. This includes establishing robust disaster recovery and risk management systems as well as internal crisis communication teams/channels.
    • Ensure CCGI AWS and accompanying infrastructure is designed with security as the top priority.
    • Ensure CCGI conforms to evolving compliance regulations.
    • Manage staff access to restricted data and systems.
    • Manage investigation and forensics for any confirmed and/or suspected breaches.
    • Represent CCGI externally on cybersecurity issues.
    • Conducts the annual data security training and all data security training for new staff.
  • Provide project management leadership over CCGI’s work with the California Department of Education to ingest data from their CALPADS data system into CCGI’s AWS environment and transition of that data into
  • Supervise the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team:
    • Provide thought-partnership and oversight to the Director, Data and Analytics Infrastructure as s/he manages CCGI’s internal cloud-based data and analytics infrastructure, including engineering and architecture.
  • Create and maintain a technical think tank that prioritizes knowledge sharing and collaboration between the, Integrations division and the Data and Analytics
    Infrastructure Team.
  • Develop and maintain a relationship with CCGI’s technology vendor that ensures a thorough understanding of their security processes and documentation.
  • Directly manage one staff member – Director, Data and Analytics Infrastructure – and oversee a team of more than four.

What Experience Do You Need?

  • Experience in leading technology and security projects.
  • Knowledge and experience in state and federal information security laws, such as FERPA, COPPA, etc.
  • Experience with:
    • Big data tools
    • Data pipeline and workflow management tools
    • Building and optimizing ‘big data’ data pipelines, architectures, and data sets
    • Creating processes supporting data transformation, data structures, metadata, dependency, and workload management.
    • Relational databases, query authoring and optimization, as well as working familiarity with a variety of databases.
    • Object-oriented/object function and statistical scripting languages.
  • Experience working in K-12 data sets, including familiarity with K-12 CALPADS files, and student information systems is a plus, but not required.

What Is Your Formal Education Experience?

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field required.
  • Minimum seven (7) + years of experience working with cybersecurity, technology, and/or data infrastructure.
  • Minimum of seven (7) + years of experience as a supervisor or comparable coaching experience.
  • CISSP and CISM preferred.

What Intangibles Do You Need?

  • Self-directed and proactive problem-solver.
  • Clear, confident, and attentive verbal communicator.
  • Excellent professional judgement.
  • Ability to:
    • Write with attention to accuracy, audience, and concision.
    • Communicate complex information simply.
    • Collect and analyze information, problem-solve, and make decisions.
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining trusting professional relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Stellar organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to retain and apply new knowledge.
  • Comfort with and ability to easily transition between independent and collaborative tasks.
  • Ability to model, provide, and receive feedback using the Nonviolent Communication model.
  • A desire to work in a team culture that embraces collaboration and learning, data-driven practices, direct feedback, documentation, due diligence and preparation, professionalism and kindness, self-reflection, strategic thinking, and vulnerability.
  • Leads with an intentional focus on building teams that engage different perspectives, experiences, and strengths.
  • Demonstrated ability and continued desire to coach, mentor, lead, and manage in a virtual environment.
  • Dedication to continuing to grow management and leadership skills.

More about the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team

The team oversees all of CCGI’s internal cloud-based data analytics and engineering infrastructure.This includes data analytics, data warehousing, and data engineering projects, ensuring alignment with the organization's mission and goals.

This is a new role for the team. We are keen for you to bring your experience where you can thrive in an environment that allows for knowledge sharing and creates opportunities for you to take initiative to learn even more. This role reports to the Chief Technology Officer, who oversees both the Data and Analytics Infrastructure Team as well as the Team.

More about CCGI

The California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) works to ensure that all 6th-12th grade students in California have access to a systematic baseline of guidance and support as they plan, prepare, and pay for postsecondary education and training.

This baseline is provided by, which provides California students and educators with a wide range of college and career planning information and tools. The site also houses, audits, and transmits student data to help ensure more accurate and efficient decisions regarding admissions, financial aid, and course placement. CCGI provides technical assistance, support, and training to K-12 school districts in order to support students, counselors, and parents with the systematic use of, including its transcript-informed tools.

CCGI is a positive, diverse, and supportive culture.

Everyone at CCGI works remotely. We are all located in various parts of California. We rarely meet in person. Instead, we make use of tools, such as ZOOM, Slack, and Salesforce, to communicate and document our work.

CCGI is housed at the Foundation for California Community Colleges but is an autonomous initiative with its own mission, goals, and leadership team.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation) is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities (EEO) are available to all
employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, genetic characteristics, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status,
political affiliation, religion, age, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or veteran status. In addition to federal law requirements, the Foundation for California Community Colleges complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

The Foundation for California Community Colleges is committed to workplace policies and hiring practices that comply with federal, state, and local law. During the hiring process, the Foundation is interested in hiring qualified candidates who are eligible and authorized to work in the United States. However, at this time, the Foundation is not able to sponsor visas. As a result, the Foundation cannot hire applicants that currently, or in the future, require immigration sponsorship for work authorization(i.e., H1B or F1 Student Visa).

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