Director of Special Programs

California, United States
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
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Sunday, 17 January 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

About Stanford

Stanford is one of the world’s leading universities, supported by diverse staff who share a passion for the University’s teaching, learning, research, and clinical care mission. At Stanford, you’ll find a pervasive culture of excellence, innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning.  Explore some of the many perks enjoyed by our employees at

Along with many of the University’s core departments, the Information Security Office is based at Stanford’s new 35 acre Redwood City campus (, featuring state-of-the-art buildings, recreation and fitness center, dining pavilion, and central Bay Area location, five miles away from the historical Stanford campus.

This Opportunity 

Stanford’s Information Security Office is a high-profile team, and is one of the few departments with university-wide purview. As such, team members gain a broad enterprise perspective, assist in a wide variety of activities, and make meaningful contributions on a daily basis.  Our team is well known at Stanford for our openness, inclusion, positivity, and fun.

As the Director of Special Programs, you will lead specific large scale efforts in support of our mission to protect the information assets that are important to Stanford. These will initially include the university’s PCI Compliance and File Storage Security programs.  Along the way, you will frequently collaborate with staff, faculty, researchers, and partner departments such as Merchant Services, IT, Legal, and Privacy.  For PCI efforts, you will collaborate closely with two Internal Security Assessors (ISAs) from the ISO Consulting team.  This position reports directly to Stanford’s Chief Information Security Officer.

This position is eligible for full-time remote work from any location in the U.S., with periodic visits to campus once travel restrictions are lifted. 

Core Duties

  • Achieve amazing results in support of our mission while modeling the team’s values
  • Promulgate infosec best practices through policies, automation, and outreach programs
  • Establish and maintain a strong partnership with Stanford’s Merchant Services team
  • Lead the university’s PCI Compliance and File Storage Security programs, continuously improving their effectiveness
  • Oversee and support Stanford merchants’ PCI compliance efforts and validate their annual compliance certifications
  • Lead assessments of proposed new payment services
  • Maintain training and awareness programs for PCI DSS and file storage security
  • Maintain the university’s PCI policies and website
  • Oversee the compliance status of the university’s PCI infrastructure
  • Lead responses to and investigations of PCI incidents
  • Monitor developments and trends in the payments industry and formulate strategy accordingly
  • Expand the university’s data loss prevention (DLP) scanning and remediation
  • Lead efforts to archive or delete unneeded sensitive data


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree and eight years of increasingly technical work experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Master’s degree and six years of relevant experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated growth mindset
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Outstanding written and oral communications
  • Exceptional interpersonal, collaboration, and diplomacy skills
  • Proven track record of pragmatism, sound judgement, and balanced risk management
  • Broad knowledge of modern information technology systems and cybersecurity
  • Familiarity with PCI DSS and ability to gain subject matter expertise in PCI

Stanford University’s commitment to safely and effectively meet the public health challenge presented by COVID-19 extends to ensuring University employees may work from home, or another off-site location, where determined appropriate, whenever necessary through the end of the 2020 calendar year. The department will give reasonable notice when employees are expected to return to work at the Redwood City campus.

Relocation and sponsorship will not be provided for this position.

How to Apply

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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory for all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with any disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employment opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or another other characteristic protected by law. 

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4807
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: M
  • Requisition ID: 87709