National Association of State Retirement Administrators

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Information Security Lead / Information Technology Specialist 5
The Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) is a lifetime income, cost-sharing retirement plan for Minnesota public employees.
We serve over 440,000 current and former public employees from 2,100 governmental agencies and pay monthly benefits to more than 125,000 retirees, disabled members, and survivors of deceased members. Our members are social workers, firefighters, nurses, police officers, correctional officers, snowplow drivers, attorneys, and paraprofessionals. The services they provide and the work they do make our communities better.
About the Opportunity:
PERA’s Information Security Lead is the agency’s cybersecurity technical expert and assists the Chief Information Officer in overseeing information risk management for the organization. The Information Security Lead is responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and security program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected. This position will lead the development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive information security management plan, agency security policies, and plans to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all information systems and data.
This role will:
  • Set the agency’s information security strategy and define objectives and metrics to measure the success of the information security plan
  • Develop security architectures and roadmaps to protect the agency’s IT infrastructure, applications and data
  • Lead the creation of agency wide information security policies, processes, standards, guidelines and training
  • Identify security risks and solutions for migration
  • Manage, monitor and report on the strength of the agency’s security controls
  • Stay abreast of the latest security trends and threats to our business and assess potential impact on the security architecture
Once new hire training is complete, this position will primarily be telework. It is expected that in office hours will be at least one day a week on a bi-weekly basis for leadership meetings and then on an as needed basis as work dictates. Cost associated with travel to and from the office is the employee’s responsibility.

Job Posting Number: 64472
Posting Closes:  4/20/2023

Position: Information Security Lead / Information Technology Specialist 5
Organization: Public Employees Retirement Association
Location: St. Paul,  MN 
United States
Salary: $35.50 - $60.70/hr.
Posting Start Date: 4/4/2023
Date Posted: 4/4/2023
Requirements Minimum Qualifications:
* Minimum of five (5) years of professional IT/IS information security experience with at least two (2) years experience in a dedicated information security related position. 
*A Master’s degree in Information Security Management, Information Systems Security may substitute for one and one-half (1.5) years of experience. A Bachelor’s degree in Information Security Management, Information Systems Security may substitute for one (1) year experience.
Years of experience and education must clearly demonstrate the following:
  • Active CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) or equivalent broad security certification or to be obtained within one (1) year of hire date
  • Experience in developing security policies, procedures, standards and guidelines and/or a comprehensive security management plan
  • Advanced understanding of IT networks, servers, connection, etc.
  • Ability to distinguish and apply security controls and an in-depth defense security architecture that addresses security at the network, server, application, data and human levels
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical journals, as well as write technical documentation
  • Analytical skills and detail oriented sufficient to identify surface and underlying root cause issues
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to support the needs of other IT Services staff, and interact with agency staff using nontechnical language
  • Ability to work well both independently and within a team in a deadline driven environment
  • Collaboration skills to enable and lead teams without having direct supervisory responsibilities
Status: This listing expires on: 6/3/2023
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Organization Information
Public Employees Retirement Association
60 Empire Drive, Suite 200

St. Paul,  MN 55103
United States
Robin Gilmer