Director of Information Security
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Position Title: Director of Information Security
Location: Washington, DC
ABOUT FREEDOM HOUSE
Established more than 80 years ago on the core conviction that freedom flourishes in democratic nations where governments are accountable to their people, Freedom House is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that works to defend and expand freedom globally to help secure a world where all are free. Around the world, repressive regimes are preventing billions of people from exercising their fundamental rights. We identify and analyze threats to freedom, mobilize decision makers to respond to those threats and seize opportunities for progress, and support activists and organizations working to defend and expand freedom. We are dedicated to ensuring that the United States serves as a positive model of democratic practice at home and a consistent champion of freedom globally. By gathering authoritative data and leveraging our global networks, Freedom House is an unwavering beacon in protecting human rights and promoting democratic governance.
As a prominent human rights and democracy organization, Freedom House employees, partners, beneficiaries, and systems face increasing cybersecurity threats. As such, Freedom House is seeking a vigilant and proactive Director of Information Security to ensure that Freedom House’s technology and information assets (data, applications, infrastructure, and processes)—and those of its partners—are appropriately secured and protected. The Director will be responsible for oversight of all aspects of Freedom House’s IT ecosystem and will coordinate information security efforts across the organization, including with Freedom House’s managed services provider and our project teams that support activists, journalists, civil society organizations, and human rights defenders around the world.
An important year 1 initiative, the Director will lead the development of organizational information security policies and implementation of an information security program in partnership with the IT services team, our cyber security consultants, the Digital Security Technical Advisor for Freedom House’s Emergency Assistance Program, and the physical security team . In standing up the information security program, the Director will consult with regional program teams and programmatic partners to design and implement a responsive support system that ensures Freedom House’s staff, global offices, programs, and partners—who include human rights defenders, activists, and civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat—have the highest safeguards for the protection of their cyber and digital security. Support will take various forms, including: developing standards, practices, and protocols relating to information security; direct training to staff and program partners; consulting on information security emergencies and communications in high-risk environments; conducting organizational security audits/risk assessments of local CSOs and providing recommendations to address gaps; developing new approaches to meet emerging threats; and monitoring the efficacy of digital security interventions.
This is a full-time position based in Washington DC with flexible telework options, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer. Remote US-based candidates will be considered on a limited basis.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND EXPECTATIONS:
Freedom House is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
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DIRECTIONS TO APPLY
Applicants are required to complete our online application form and to submit a 1 to 2-page resume and a 1-page cover letter that outlines interests and qualifications for this position.
Cover letters should be responsive to the responsibilities and qualifications presented in the job description. Cover letters that highlight a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging will be well received.
If you require assistance in the application or recruitment process due to a disability, please call 202-227-4308 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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