About Acacia Center for Justice:
The Acacia Center for Justice is a new non-profit created through a collaboration between the Vera Institute of Justice (“Vera”) and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (“CAIR”) Coalition. The CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization focused on providing legal assistance to adult and child immigrants detained by the government in the Capital Region. CAIR adheres to the fundamental belief that all people – no matter their story – deserve to be free, safe, supported, and have access to a just legal system.
The objective of the Acacia Center for Justice (“Acacia”) is to expand on Vera’s work over the past twenty years in providing legal support and representation to immigrants facing deportation through the development, coordination and management of national networks of legal services providers serving immigrants across the country. Acacia’s goals are twofold: to support immigrant legal services and defense networks to provide exceptional legal services to immigrants and to advocate for the expansion of these programs and the infrastructure critical to guaranteeing immigrants access to justice, fairness and freedom. Acacia will focus the collective power of both Vera and CAIR on delivering accountable, independent, zealous and person-centered legal services and representation to protect the rights of all immigrants at risk of deportation.
Who you are:
The Associate Director of Technology and Personnel Security Compliance will be responsible for developing and implementing a framework for technology security compliance for both Acacia’s and subcontractor information systems in accordance with government requirements. Incumbent will collaboratively set policy, identify risks, and resolve issues as part of managing the storage and transmission of information across both Acacia managed and subcontractor-managed systems. The Associate Director of Technology and Personnel Security Compliance will ensure that staff who work with government data have completed and passed the required trainings and been provided relevant documentation.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Partners with key stakeholders to gain an understanding of the current compliance and risk landscape.
- Creates a recommended framework for policies and requirements for technical infrastructure used by Acacia’s program staff and its network of subcontractors, adapting processes as appropriate and updating guidance as government requirements change.
- Communicates recommendations to internal ITS, program, and research teams as well as a network of subcontractors and consultants
- Update and disseminate policies as needed over the course of the contract Partners with Associate Director ITS to develop and manage an organization-wide security protocol
- Collaborates with vendors and perform tasks related to Acacia’s IT security practice Identifies gaps and make recommendations on resolutions regarding practice, policy, or governance
- Modifies policies and disseminate documentation as needed over the course of the contract Manages the training for applications directly related to IT security
- Conducts routine reviews of subcontractor systems to ensure policy compliance
- Serves as a lead resource and partner with subcontractors to measure compliance against recommended framework of hardware and software used to carry out contract work, reviewing for the security compliance all relevant systems and devices
- Documents audit results and track outcomes of risk resolution over the course of the contract
- Has full accountability for incident response and escalations as needed
- Responds to requests on information and security requirements from government stakeholders (which may include: regular contract compliance checks, requests for documentation, special requests during contract transition periods, etc.).
- Strong knowledge of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework and standards, with applied government contract experience
- Certification for Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
- Prior experience developing solutions to security compliance risks
- Able to communicate and create IT security awareness clearly and effectively with staff of varying technical knowledge
- Familiarity with hybrid on-prem & cloud IT infrastructures
- A strong dedication to equity and justice
- Collaborative and team-oriented
- Bachelor's degree + 6-9 years of relevant experience in an IT security and/or government contract compliance role, with recent experience leading ITS initiatives. In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, applicable work or life experience may be considered.
- Knowledge of government personnel security requirements
- Additional eligibility requirements: In accordance with federal contracts, Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing (e-QIP) security clearance may be required upon hire (for additional information: https://www.dcsa.mil/is/eqip/)
- Familiarity with AWS cloud products
- Familiarity with Docker/VM deployment
Compensation and Benefits:
Acacia has established an internal compensation philosophy the centers equity and pay transparency. The salary for this position is set at $126,000. The salary listed is just one component of Acacia’s total compensation package for employees. Supporting Acacia staff—both personally and professionally—is our priority.
- Medical/Dental/Vision- Some plans at $0 cost to the employee
- Employee Assistance Program
- 20 days per year of vacation time
- 12 days per year of sick time
- 4 personal days
- 11 observed holidays, including the last week of December
- $2000 Professional Development Stipend
- Home office set-up stipend
- Internet Stipend
- 401k with 5% employer contribution, no employee participation required.
- Student loan repayment assistance.
- Gym Reimbursement
People of color and those who have been impacted by the criminal justice system are strongly urged to apply.
Please upload a resume and cover letter at the link provided or email firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: ATTN: Human Resources / [Job Title], Acacia Center for Justice
Equal Opportunity Employment:
Acacia is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and support their retention and advancement within the organization. We are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, marital status, age, disabilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs, or any other characteristic. Our commitment to justice and diversity also means providing a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and engaging.
As a federal contractor, and in order to ensure a healthy and safe work environment, Acacia Center for Justice is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccine before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.
Acacia Center for Justice is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.