Employer: Pierce County
Why It's a Great Opportunity: Pierce County Information Technology, a division of the Finance Department, has an exciting opportunity for an experienced cybersecurity professional. This small, yet dynamic team is looking for someone to focus on the daily operational tasks of the County's cybersecurity program and work on cybersecurity projects from beginning to end. Working directly for the IT Security Officer, the successful candidate will be a valuable member of Cybersecurity Operations Team. Pierce County provides a wide variety of public services, many of which are provided through, and supported by, the technologies built, operated, and maintained by our IT team. You will have the chance to broaden your experience by working through diverse industry areas; such as financial, medical, industrial, elections, and more.
You will work with a matrixed team of systems/network engineers, software developers, systems/data analysts, and GIS specialists to implement cybersecurity and compliance monitoring technologies, processes, practices, policies, contracts, and 3rd party services to protect County business systems and data assets from service interruptions, damage, attack and unauthorized access. You will assist the lead cybersecurity engineer in various cybersecurity operational and project tasks.
Our team of 130 staff directly supports Pierce County's 3,000 staff with their daily IT needs and provides geospatial solutions that support all County constituents. You will work with other talented, professional staff who are committed to meeting the highest principles of public service.
Why It's a Great Department: The IT Division has an excellent reputation for being an employer that is committed to providing top-notch service to its customers. We are a national leader in delivering public services through innovation. Our diverse technology solutions are all supported by a robust hybrid infrastructure of on-premises and cloud-based solutions and a secure network. We are a team that prominently endorses a positive and collaborative approach where we support one another and the work each one of us provides. The work you do in this Division matters because many Pierce County public services are provided through and supported by the technologies built, operated, and maintained by the IT team. We are a team that prominently endorses a positive and collaborative approach where we support one another and the work each one of us provides. We focus on a continuous learning mindset for employee development and are excited for you to join our team!
How to be Successful in the Role: The landscape of technology solutions is continuously evolving as new innovations take hold. The highly complex and evolving area of IT and cybersecurity require quick adaptation to stay current and ahead. The successful employee will quickly gain an expert understanding of the County's technology environment and utilize their experience and training in order to contribute to the on-going evolution of our cybersecurity program. Success will be measured by the employee’s ability to work in a cross-functional fast-paced organization, communicate and troubleshoot issues or security gaps, and conduct network scanning, penetration testing, and assess vulnerabilities identified.
Throughout your employment you will receive direct, constructive feedback from peers and your supervisor to facilitate your success and allow you to meet your professional goals.
Your Future in this Role: The IT Division has access to numerous training opportunities, which include peer, industry, vendor, and official Pierce County training as well as access to established procedures, standards, practices, and system documentation. Our training program is designed to help you develop as both a professional in your role as an IT Security Analyst and as a Pierce County employee. Your work will directly impact your community and it offers a great foundation for future positions within the IT Division and Pierce County.
As a member of Cybersecurity Operations team of the IT department, you will have access to many professional development training opportunities including training and mentoring related to security tools and technologies used in the department.
Core Daily Responsibilities:
Operate our Security Information and Event Management system
Participate in incident response and SOC operations.
Administer vulnerability management program and coordinate with relevant stakeholders to drive progress and maintain accountability.
A classification description with a more detailed list of essential functions and knowledge, skills, and abilities can be found here.
Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Computer Sciences, Business, Public Administration or related field AND
Four or more years of Information Technology
Additional education or experience may substitute for the recruiting requirements
Experience and knowledge in cybersecurity and Palo Alto firewalls
Certifications in Information Security
Positions in specific program areas may require program-related experience, education, and/or training
As a condition of employment, the applicant will need to authorize and complete a background check. Information received from the background check is reviewed case-by-case and will not necessarily remove an applicant from consideration
A valid Washington State Driver's License may be required when travel is required of the position
To be considered for this opportunity please:
Complete and submit an online Pierce County Employment Application by selecting "APPLY" above or go to: www.piercecountywa.org/jobs.
If you do not have internet access, you may visit your local public library or any WorkSource location and use their computers.
Individuals needing accommodation in the application, testing process or need this job announcement in an alternative format may call Human Resources at (253) 798-7480, at least two days prior to the need.
This is a competitive selection process. Your application form will be reviewed and evaluated for the quality and quantity of education/experience in the areas listed. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the County's needs will be eligible for further consideration. Notification of application status normally occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the closing date. Short notice may be given to applicants to participate in further selection processes which may include written, oral and performance examinations, and final interviews.
At Pierce County, diversity, equity, and inclusion means commitment, not a single step. We strive to foster an inclusive environment that supports equitable access to opportunities throughout your career. We want to recruit, develop, and maintain a talented workforce from various backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, and perspectives, committed to our vision. Employees of the County have local, direct, and visible impact in our diverse community. Will you join us in keeping Pierce County a great place to live, work, and raise a family?
Location: Tacoma, WA
Base Pay: $78,116.10 - $113,169.69 Annually