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Associate Director, IT Security

Year Up

Year Up

Multiple locations
Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2024


The Associate Director of IT Security will report directly to the Chief Technology Officer. They will work cross-functionally across Transformation and Technology, and other departments within Year Up, to ensure that technology use and business processes adhere to accepted IT Security practices. They will work as a liaison among stakeholders to adapt and mature these practices to ever-changing business requirements and act as a point person responsible for evolving the organization’s Cybersecurity training.

To be successful in this role, you will thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy leading efforts to improve the organization’s security posture. You will demonstrate excellent written communication skills as you prepare quarterly security roadmap updates to senior Year Up leadership and on occasion interact directly with internal and external stakeholders to translate the security and privacy requirements of potential contracts. As an ideal candidate for this position, you will have a background in technology, and a strong understanding of common security control standards such as CIS and/or NIST.

As part of their responsibilities, the Associate Director of IT Security will be expected to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, speaker, or advocate, participating in Year Up’s mission.


  • Manage internal and external Security Team members to advance Year Up’s Security Program and continuously improve our security posture, leveraging the Center for Internet Security controls as a guide.
  • Provide written quarterly Security Program updates to the CTO and work together on executive briefings to the Board of Directors.
  • Manage internal and external Security Team members in their administration of security platforms and timely resolution of service desk tickets and security alerts.
  • Work cross-functionally to provide all required documentation and implement requested improvements to ensure Year Up’s successful completion of our yearly Cybersecurity insurance renewal.
  • Oversee quarterly security audits of critical systems and processes across the organization.
  • Participate in various projects, technology acquisition processes, and Year Up’s weekly Change Control Board meetings to ensure proper cybersecurity guidelines are being followed.
  • Manage cybersecurity training for all staff and contingent workers, so that Year Up meets all regulatory and customer requirements.
  • Work with senior leadership and Legal to draft and/or update security policies on a regular basis.
  • Perform initial security and privacy reviews of customer contracts as needed and serve as a backup to the CTO to negotiate related concerns and or limitations.
  • Manage backlog of security enhancements across a variety of applications.
  • Help drive business partner satisfaction by providing regular updates on active work, proactively identifying ways to improve services, and developing action plans needed to address improvement areas.
  • Provide Tier 1 support for security applications as needed; System administration is a portion of this role.


  • 4-6 years of overall technology experience required.
  • 2+ years of Cybersecurity management experience required.
  • Deep familiarity with the security requirements of some combination of Microsoft Active Directory, Microsoft 365, Windows and Linux Servers, Meraki Networks, Salesforce, AWS Cloud Hosting, Financial and Human Capital Management Systems, Application Development, Student Learning Management Systems, Data Warehouses and Enterprise Identity and Access management (IAM) systems required.
  • Strong understanding of widely used security control frameworks, such as CIS or NIST, required.
  • CISSP certification a plus.
  • Higher Education experience a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a matrix organization.
  • Strong analytical skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret customer business needs and translate them into cybersecurity requirements.
  • Commitment to continued professional development and growth.
  • Comfort with change in a fast-moving environment.
  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up.
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Salary Range- $91,200 - $115,000



  • Year Up has established salary ranges for each of our sites, which allows us to pay employees competitively, equitably and consistently in different geographic markets. For roles in which the location is listed as flexible, the range displayed reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Salary offers take into account a candidate’s skills, experience, and location. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your location during the hiring process.

  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.

  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.

  • Professional Development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives ($2,500 per year)

** This is an exempt role (paid on a salaried basis). **


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 workforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults, and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has directly served more than 40,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up's nationwide presence includes Arizona, Austin, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding and impactful place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. All aspects of employment, including the decision to hire, promote, discharge, or discipline, are based on meritocracy. We do not permit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristics protected by federal, state, or local laws. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

Year Up is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Your recruiter can provide details regarding the expected work environment and any physical requirements. Please let our hiring team know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially.


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