Governance, Risk, and Compliance Lead
Company The University of Chicago
Location Chicago, IL
Preferred GIAC Certifications GWAPT, GCPS, GWEB
Travel 10%
Salary Not provided
Contact Name Anonymous
Contact Email jobs/at/
Expires 2024-05-29

Job Description

Globus ( is a sustainable, non-profit unit within The University of Chicago delivering solutions to the research community worldwide. Globus develops and provides critical services that support scientific research for governmental, academic, and commercial organizations in a wide range of disciplines including life sciences, physics, and astronomy. We develop and operate commercial-quality, cloud-based software application and platform services used by 10s of thousands of researchers to manage their large–and growing–data management challenges. We have offices located at 401 North Michigan Avenue in the heart of downtown Chicago and remote employees who work-from-home. Globus, together with Globus Labs, a research group within the University of Chicago, and part of the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Labs, develop and deploy cutting edge technologies to solve new challenges facing the scientific community and enable break-through scientific discoveries.

Job Summary

As the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Lead for Globus, you will spearhead the Unit's compliance endeavors, ensuring alignment with essential regulatory standards for both our products and operations. Globus offers a robust suite of capabilities for data and compute management, along with automation, serving researchers worldwide. Our offerings come in the form of a hosted service (SaaS) and platform (PaaS), utilizing a hybrid architecture, with management services hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Globus capabilities are offered for use with protected data and adhere to NIST 800-53 controls and the HIPAA Security Rule. In your capacity, you'll oversee the compliance program to uphold these standards, crafting and leading initiatives aimed at enhancing operational efficiency as we expand. Your focus will be on ensuring that we consistently meet our customers' compliance requirements while scaling our operations effectively. As the resident expert within the team, you'll manage security assessments, monitoring compliance status, providing procedural guidance, implementing security controls, and driving process improvement and maturity initiatives.

Beyond sustaining our current compliance framework, your role will involve leveraging your expertise and insights into the Globus customer base to advocate for and implement additional compliance standards in response to customer demand and market trends. This will entail conducting thorough gap analyses and collaborating with third-party vendors as necessary.

If you thrive in collaborative, innovative, mission-oriented environments, consider joining Globus where your skills and passion for compliance can make a meaningful impact on research worldwide!

Leads implementation and maintenance of NIST risk management framework and 800-53 controls to manage security and privacy risks for the Unit.
Develops compliance strategy, and leads and executes various tasks based on those strategies, including development and maintenance of policies and procedures, system security plan, plans of actions and milestones.
Reviews technical procedures developed by the operations team, and ensure compliance with policies.
Supports the operations team in managing security incidents, generating reports, and serving as the primary liaison for communication with both internal and external stakeholders, in adherence to established policies.
Serves as compliance lead on internal and external assessments and audits.
Assists customers with security risk assessment of Globus products, and owns all customer communication on security and compliance.
Collaborates with the procurement team to review contract terms and data protection agreements pertaining to product and operational security. Ensures that contractual obligations are in line with the current operational standards of Globus.
Serves as a mentor to staff providing compliance and security consulting and awareness efforts, including engaging with the product team to analyze security of applications to provide risk recommendations.
Uses a deep understanding of IT expertise to develop and implement security and compliance policies, guidelines, and safe practices for the unit.
Leads teams to conduct in-depth information technology risk assessments; makes recommendations and designs improvements to IT security procedures.
Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) - International Information System Security Certification Consortium, SANS GIAC Certification - Global Information Assurance Certification

Preferred Qualifications


Implementation of security or compliance frameworks such as HIPAA, NIST SP 800-53r5, NIST SP 800-171, or similar.
Maintaining security and compliance for production applications within cloud-based environments, with a preference for Amazon Web Services.
Proficiency in cybersecurity and compliance within higher education and/or government sectors.
Demonstrated experience in conducting information security audits or risk assessments.
Experience as security and/or network engineer and/or system administration.
Licenses and Certifications:

Relevant security certifications such as CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, or compliance certifications, and/or SANS GIAC certification for technical knowledge (e.g. GWAPT, GPCS, GWEB).
Technical Skills or Knowledge:

Proven track record of managing Governance, Risk and Compliance programs and supporting various compliance frameworks, including NIST RMF, SOC 1/SOC 2, HITRUST, HIPAA, and/or optionally FedRAMP
Strong knowledge of information security risk management frameworks, such as NIST RMF, and compliance practices.
Demonstrated proficiency in administering intricate security controls and configurations for applications.
Well-versed in public cloud security and compliance best practices, particularly in supporting compliance for applications hosted on cloud platforms.
Expertise in AWS security controls and compliance resources.
Some familiarity with Governance Risk and Compliance tools and suites (e.g. Navex, LogicGate).
Preferred Competencies

Strong crisis management and leadership ability.
Work collaboratively with cross-functional teams, especially in an engineering and product environment, and build consensus across teams.
Enjoys solving complex and hard problems and can turn incomplete, conflicting, or ambiguous inputs into actionable plans.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Excellent organizational skills and constant attention to detail.
Work independently, and balance competing priorities.
Weigh business needs against security concerns.
Working Conditions

Occasional evening or weekend hours.
Option available for hybrid work with occasional required attendance at in-person meetings.
Application Documents

Resume/CV (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

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Information Technology

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