Director of Cybersecurity Programs


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS)is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,800 graduate students. UCCS is among the fastest growing universities in the state and is consistently ranked as one of the top Western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report. ColoradoSprings, (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities and was recently ranked by U.S. News andWorld Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

The Director of Cybersecurity Programs is the public representative for UCCS cybersecurity programs and is expected to seek and support new opportunities to broaden and build the cybersecurity program. The Director is responsible for the coordination of campus cybersecurity activities and is the primary campus liaison with the National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) and the Mountain West Cyber Higher Education Consortium (MWCC). This position works closely with the Deans, particularly the Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, and reports to the office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). The Director works with the college deans to expand academic program opportunities. The Director oversees an annual budget of $2.8M in State Cybersecurity Initiative (CSI) funding received from the state. The Director administers these funds to expand workforce development and invest in research and development reducing the nation’s vulnerability and enhancing its resilience to cyber-attack. To accomplish this mission, the Director must manage programs and budgets, facilitate communications between faculty, administration, and outside agencies, and perform other duties as assigned.

Duties will entail, but are not limited to:

  • Establish a shared cybersecurity program vision that is consistent with the mission and goals of the University.
  • Serve as the public identity for UCCS in cybersecurity.
  • Proactively grow UCCS cybersecurity activities through partnerships with business, government and educational organizations.
  • Coordinate cybersecurity programs across departments, colleges, institutions, external agencies and businesses.
  • Respond to inquiries from external entities and guests seeking to learn more about UCCS cybersecurity programs.
  • Develop plans and grant and funding proposals for potential cybersecurity opportunities including coordinating participation across departments, colleges, and external agencies.
  • Lead development and growth of the MWCC including joint research opportunities and support for K-12 cybersecurity programs.
  • Provide oversight of UCCS cybersecurity facilities and contractual management of UCCS funds provided to the NationalCybersecurity Center.
  • Prepare annual reports for the legislature in cooperation with other campus units.
  • Supervise student and staff employees as the program expands.
  • Develop and maintain CSI program Strategic Plan.
  • Solicit, review and prioritize CSI program requests.
  • Distribute funding and monitor execution for authorized CSI program requests.
  • Maintain oversight and responsibility for CSI budget.
  • Share and report CSI program execution with stakeholders, faculty and administrators.
  • Develop and maintain relations with cybersecurity faculty.
  • Establish and maintain websites and social media.
  • Establish a sustainable long-term funding model.

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

  • Skilled in ethical leadership and management.
  • Knowledge of personnel and fiscal management methods and practices.
  • Advanced time management, organization, and multi-tasking skills.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to excellence.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills including written emails, formal letters, logistics materials, speaking points, and final program reports.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Independent problem solver and self-motivated.
  • Ability to adapt to change in a positive and timely manner.
  • Ability to create processes and procedures to improve effectiveness.
  • Ability to interface and collaborate with a diverse group of people.
  • Experience communicating with and managing volunteers.
  • Experience managing multiple simultaneous processes and projects, setting and meeting deadlines, and providing direction and accountability to a team of individuals.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Salary: $110,000 – $120,000

TheUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado ColoradoSprings is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment.Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.


Minimum Education Level: Master's Degree


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the academic, business, military, government and/or nonprofit communities.
  • Master’s degree in a technical, security policy, or related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • At least 3 years of administrative, event planning, and/or project management experience.


  • Successful administrative experience at an institution of higher education or research organization including a proven record in building positive relationships, securing funding, and managing finances.
  • Doctoral degree in a technical, security policy, or related discipline from an accredited college or university.
  • Computer science and/or cybersecurity experience.
Posted: November 14, 2019
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