Information Security Specialist Located At Va, Reston - Job Post By: National Wildlife Federation

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

To support our mission we are looking for an Information Security Specialist to join our team, working out of our headquarters' location in Reston, VA (all employees are working remotely while we make return to office decisions, expected to be in early 2022). We are seeking a candidate who has the technical knowledge, experience, and relationship building skills to implement and maintain smart security controls. You will work across NWF departments to assess security measures and implement methods to constantly improve our cybersecurity baseline, as well as manage incident response. You will work closely with IT, Legal and the NWF Security Council to ensure ongoing NIST-CSF compliance and information security.

In this role you will:

Create and maintain security policies and procedures
Provide the necessary support to monitor and ensure compliance with information security policies, procedures including internal auditing, technical reviews and identification of security risks
Directly assist in the testing, selection, design, implementation, documentation, operation, and maintenance of security technologies
Co-lead cross-departmental Incident Response Team and advise other NWF stakeholders on existing vulnerabilities and needed actions. Coordinate with IT staff in the administration of security awareness training, security end-user communication and training materials
Develop security architecture design, documentation and diagrams for applications and systems
Coordinate vulnerability assessments and provide recommendations for remediation
Maintain vendor risk management processes and policies
Keep up to date with evolving threats, relevant technologies and data security laws and update internal procedures accordingly
Serve as a project team member on engagements executed within the Strategic Business Operations department. These can be projects led by other teams with tasks related to security, or IT-driven projects.
Gain and retain knowledge of programs and business lines across NWF
Identify and integrate security best practices across NWF business lines

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Security or equivalent experience required
Two years’ work experience in Cyber Security related duties such as incident detection and response, and forensics.
Working knowledge and experience with SIEM or MDR systems
Working knowledge of NIST-CSF controls and policies.
Experience complying with related industry regulations and preparing for responding to information security audits and questionnaires
Time management skills to address a wide variety of projects and tasks simultaneously; aptitude for prioritizing the most important issues
Influence and Collaboration skills - ability to adapt, apply finesse, and influence others with adept conflict resolution and negotiation skills to achieve positive results
Ability to build relationships at all levels in an organization; seek opinions while maintaining confidentiality to provide appropriate solutions and decisions
Excellent verbal, visual and written communication skills; able to work effectively and clearly virtually and in-person with different audiences, including non-technical and highly technical personnel
Preferred Qualifications:

Preference to candidates with security certificates such as CISM or CISSP
Experience with additional frameworks a plus
NWF Values:

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:

Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized;
Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions;
Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in policy priorities, program development and partner engagement;
Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them;
Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission
Compensation and Benefits:

The salary range for this position is $110,000.

The National Wildlife Federation values work-life balance and a family-friendly atmosphere. Our paid time-off includes 3 weeks of vacation leave, open wellbeing leave, 10 paid holidays, 3 floating holidays, a week-long winter break, and additional leave options, per year. In addition, our benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, company paid life insurance, AD&D, short- and long-term disability, 16 weeks of paid FMLA l eave, 403b retirement plan with employer matching and annual contribution, adoption benefits, and flexible work options including telecommuting, non-traditional work hours, and compressed work weeks. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s benefits package at


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

The requirements listed in our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules, and if you have 75% of the qualifications listed we encourage you to apply. Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, which helps build the competencies, knowledge, and skills that translates directly to our openings. Applying gives you the opportunity to be considered.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Date Posted: 2021-09-22
Minimum Education: Unspecified

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