Executive Director job description
June 30, 2016
The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC)
The ACSC is a trusted cross-sector regional collaboration organized to help protect the New England region’s organizations from rapidly evolving advanced and persistent cyber threats, and to support New England’s role as a center for cyber security R&D, education, talent, and jobs.
After several years of development with charter members, the ACSC was launched as an independent nonprofit organization in 2012 by Mass Insight Global Partnerships (MIGP) in conjunction with leading industry executives, university experts, and public officials. Today, the ACSC is a $1 million organization with some 30 members, including large financial services, defense, technology and pharmaceutical companies, universities, a group of smaller tech firms, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The ACSC is this region’s pre-eminent threat sharing resource and has been cited by the White House as a national model.
With offices in Bedford, Massachusetts, the ACSC currently has a staff of three, including the Executive Director. In addition, a variety of strategic and administrative services (IT, HR, finance, communications, conference and strategic development support) are provided by contract with MIGP. More information at www.acscenter.org.
The ACSC seeks an entrepreneurial Executive Director with strong cyber credentials who will take the ACSC to the next level, making it the premier national model for a regional ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization) and cyber security center of excellence, and continue to grow its membership, services, and research capabilities. This position reports to the Board of Directors.
Vision for the Organization
The ACSC will be a national leader in cyber security, and the major driver to make New England a regional cyber center of excellence. We will accomplish this through the following:
- Our robust and actionable threat-sharing network will become a highly effective cross-sector ISAO that results in the prevention and mitigation of significant cyber attacks among our members and the region.
- Our programs will be instrumental in developing a skilled and diverse cyber workforce in the region.
- We will promote cyber innovation by connecting university talent to industry and government needs, leading to new research and discoveries.
- We will advance the field through policy work, the development and advancement of standards and metrics for cyber risk management, and cyber forecasting.
As the head of the ACSC, the Executive Director will have primary responsibility for strategic leadership, organizational management, member recruitment and management, and external relations.
Strategic and Thought Leadership
- Drive the growth of the organization from a $1 million organization and 30 members to a $5 million organization that engages a core group of members plus others (hundreds) connected as associate members, sponsors or other partners.
- Work with the Board of Directors to develop and execute a multi-year strategic plan to fulfill the ACSC vision, making adjustments as needed given the rapidly changing cyber security landscape. In particular, drive the evolution of the ACSC to a fully functioning ISAO, with additional research and workforce development functions.
- Develop and refine metrics and other means of evaluating the organization’s and our members’ success in carrying out their missions, and delivering ACSC programs and services.
- Create intentionally-developed annual packages of programs that fill market gaps with members and that integrate the key activities of threat sharing, R&D, talent and training, and policy.
Member Management and Expansion
- Drive business development. Grow membership to engage a broader cyber community, including new horizontal segments (e.g. product and service providers) and new vertical sectors (e.g. IOT, transportation, and manufacturing). Expand membership categories and strategic partnerships, and create additional opportunities for connecting to and supporting the ACSC.
- Collaborate with the diverse ACSC membership, ensuring the satisfaction of and value-add for the different constituencies (technical staff across commercial, defense and academic institutions; university faculty and leadership; technology providers; government; legal; other).
- Facilitate one-on-one and group interactions to foster relationships among members and support the work groups that drive the Center’s initiatives.
- Partner with members and advisors to recruit additional members and expand the network.
External Relations and Fundraising
- Foster relationships with other ISAO’s, networks, and the key players in the regional and national cyber security ecosystem.
- Responsible for government relations at state and federal levels, including Congressional relations.
- Develop relationships with decision makers at key federal agencies to influence the research agenda and position the ACSC to lead research initiatives and attract private funding.
- Develop and cultivate relationships with thought leaders who can aid the ACSC and endorse the ACSC in their circles and beyond, and R&D connections that drive industry and public funding.
- Increase awareness of the ACSC and its work via media relations, social networks, speaking engagements, and other tools.
- Overall P&L responsibility and ensure ongoing viability and sustainability of the organization.
- Develop and manage the organization’s budget and financial reporting.
- Ensure highest quality implementation of all ACSC programming and services through effective management of the organization.
- Ensure appropriate staff is employed to deliver on mission, including permanent staff and consultants, and leveraging of volunteer services of members and partners.
- Manage staff. Establish individual goals, communicate priorities, review performance, and provide professional development opportunities.
- Supervise contract staff to deliver against priorities. (MIGP has continued to provide contracted staff services to the ACSC wherever most expedient and effective.)
- Seasoned executive with C-level experience
- Recent leadership experience in cyber security, especially with threat sharing
- Strong personal connections to the national and/or regional cybersecurity ecosystem, and high credibility in the sector
- Demonstrated success in entrepreneurial endeavors or organizations, especially growing programs/organizations; high tolerance for dealing with ambiguity
- Strategic thinker and intellectual visionary skilled at drawing out knowledge and expertise from others
- Strong communicator, collaborator, and facilitator with presence and natural networking skills; active team-builder
- Demonstrated capacity for fundraising and closing on large scale deals
- Ambitious, while maintaining humility
- A track record for attracting exceptional staff and developing them to their fullest potential
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and preferably a masters or PhD
Please send applications or candidate nominations to Kathy Plazak at ACSCED@acscenter.org. Inquiries may be directed to Kathy at 617-778-1585.
The ACSC respects the dignity of all individuals without distinction of gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, race or creed.