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Information Security Officer, Planning & Consulting

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Position Title Information Security Officer, Planning & Consulting
Department/Unit Information Security
Location Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posting Number S096-24
Employee Group DPMG
Position Type Regular, On-Going
Duration of Contract (if applicable)
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0 FTE
Salary Commensurate with training and experience.
Classification ADM-07
Provisional Statement
This is a provisional classification. Formal regular review classification procedures may be initiated at any time by the incumbent or supervisor after the incumbent has worked a minimum of six months in the role.
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our almost 21,000 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.
Job Summary
Information Technology Services (ITS) is dedicated to a constructive, team-orientated environment, gathering varied perspectives, sharing knowledge, and building effective partnerships that enable our partners to achieve their goals by advising, providing solutions, and delivering service excellence in alignment with the University’s mission and goals. Reporting to the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), the Information Security Officer, Planning and Consulting will be responsible for leadership in development, communication and advising on information security policies, standards and general education.
Key Responsibilities
  • Act as a key expert in assessing strengths and weaknesses in security planning efforts, and evaluating the security of information management workflows, technologies, and peer relationships (supply chain, partnerships, political/social risk assessment, etc.).
  • Assess and manage risk framework implementations for university information systems and information assets. Lead design, implementation, education efforts, and reporting to university leadership. Work with CISO to create tactical and strategic risk mitigation plans.
  • Develop, review, implement and maintain an engaging security awareness education program which meets all industry regulations, standards and compliance requirements and aims to mitigate human information security risks and move employees toward a security mindset.
  • Consult and work with units on security plan development. Conduct risk assessments and information security consultations and provide guidance and education in building security and disaster recovery plans for key projects, institutional efforts and information systems.
  • Manage communications on information security topics and trends. Support CISO and CIO in creating and delivering presentations and reporting on information security risks, trends, and critical issues to all levels of university leadership.
  • Assist in the design, development and implementation of new policies, standards and procedures in collaboration with key stakeholders and service providers. Lead and assist CISO in audit compliance.
The successful applicant will be eligible for hybrid work (combination of in-person work on campus and remote work) as agreed by all parties based on operational requirements and university guidelines.
Required Qualifications
  • Undergraduate degree in relevant field (e.g. Communications, Information Management, Information Security) plus a minimum of seven to ten years relevant experience (or equivalent combination of training and experience).
  • Completion of industry security certifications (GIAC/ISC2 or related security designations), or a willingness and ability to achieve relevant information security designations within 3-5 years.
  • In-depth knowledge of IT practices, processes, controls, risk and governance frameworks as well as a broad knowledge of IT support environments, IT infrastructure, endpoint device management, networks, and cloud service environments as well as demonstrated commitment to ongoing formal and self-study to remain current with best practices in multiple disciplinary areas.
  • Experience relevant to information security systems and implementation and the demonstrated ability to learn technically complex environments.
  • Proven ability to problem-solve, and assess risks on complex, multidimensional initiatives and projects with excellent judgement, initiative, and follow-through.
  • Demonstrated solid communication (verbal and written), negotiation and presentation skills.

  • Experience in a complex, multi-platform IT environment.
  • Demonstrated leadership and advocacy skills.
  • Experience involving engagements with senior leaders and decision-makers.
  • Experience in a post­secondary or public-sector environment.

Job Competencies
The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate proficiency in Dalhousie’s core and leadership competencies (, in particular:

- Self-Awareness & Professionalism
- Integrity
- Respect & Inclusion
- Thinking and Acting Strategically
- Relationship Building
Additional Information
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, a health spending account, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Application Consideration
Applications from current university employees and external candidates are assessed concurrently. Current university employees will be given special consideration.

We sincerely appreciate all applications and note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted directly by the hiring department or Human Resources.
Diversity Statement
Dalhousie University commits to achieving inclusive excellence through continually championing equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. The university encourages applications from Indigenous persons (especially Mi’kmaq), persons of Black/African descent (especially African Nova Scotians), and members of other racialized groups, persons with disabilities, women, persons identifying as members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit
Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies one (1)
Open Date 03/22/2024
Close Date 04/22/2024
Open Until Filled No
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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Résumé / Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter