Human Resources

Senior IT Security Engineer

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Department: Information Technology
Work Type: Staff Full-time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Information Technology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

As the Senior IT Security Engineer you will be responsible for the engineering and execution of security controls for University systems to meet our strategies as set by the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), IT leadership team, and other University or regulatory bodies. You will work closely with IT areas ensuring our controls are implemented properly and will provide security analysis and design assistance. You will coordinate with the Security Analyst to correct or mitigate any deficiencies identified in the system. This position works with the CISO to ensure that risks have been properly identified and mitigated. Additionally, this role will assist the CISO in determining the University's security goals and policies. You will become part of a culture that empowers employees, treats them with respect, and encourages innovation and open communication.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Engineer and assist in implementing security solutions in line with departmental and University goals.
2. Identify security risks and suggest solutions.
3. Maintain a deep understanding of University systems and their associated risks.
4. Collaborate with the CISO and other groups to design and implement security controls.
5. Work with the Security Analyst, CISO, and other members of IT to audit the current security state of IT resources.
6. Work with the CISO to develop security goals and associated policy.
7. You will help everyone apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
8. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement initiatives.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

  • Bachelor's degree in system administration, information security or a comparable degree program; or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience from which the required knowledge and abilities can be acquired.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

- A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in an information security-related field
- A minimum of 2 years of professional experience implementing security controls

Desirable Education and/or Experience

- Experience with security auditing
- Experience with Linux or Windows server administration
- Experience with project management
- Certification in information security (GCIH, GCCC, CISSP, etc)

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

- Ability to obtain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance, which requires United States citizenship. May not possess dual citizenship.
- Demonstrated ability to engineer and implement controls for complex security issues in an IT environment
- Experience in maintaining security policies based on standards, procedures and guidelines
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
- Demonstrated experience conveying complex security-related issues to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Ability to carry a cell phone, work outside regular business hours and be available on-site during an emergency
- Superb communication skills, including the ability to build solid working relationships with people of diverse personalities and professional backgrounds, with a focus on customer service
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff
- Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

- Experience designing and implementing controls related to NIST-800 series, DFARS, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, or similar standard
- Experience working with firewalls, VPN, IDS, IPS and vulnerability assessment systems
- Experience with network monitoring methodology
- Experience working in a higher education environment or an environment with an open, diverse network
- Experience working in a customer support environment

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable based on education and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

Chief Information Security Officer

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Additional Information

Optional documents may include relevant certifications, list of professional references and their contact information, and letters of recommendation.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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