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Senior Director, Center for Security Studies

Category: Faculty Services
Location: Largo, MD
Requisition ID: 10010292


Senior Director, Center for Security Studies 

School for Cybersecurity and Information Technology  

Exempt, Regular, Full Time, Pay Grade 3.5

Location: Largo, MD

The School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) seeks a Senior Director for its Center for Security Studies (CSS).

The Senior Director for CSS will join one of the largest online institutions in the world, serving a global student population. Working adults, military personnel, and other students around the globe are achieving their academic goals through UMGC’s innovative educational options, including online instruction, accelerated academic programs, and classroom-based courses taught during the daytime, evenings, and weekends.

UMGC offers onsite instruction in over 150 locations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe, including over 20 locations in the Maryland and greater D.C area. One of 12 degree-granting institutions in the University System of Maryland (USM), UMGC is the largest public institution of higher education in the U.S., serving over 92,000 students annually, including 70,000 undergraduates and 20,000 graduate students.

UMGC strives to reflect the diversity of the global community within which it exists. Cultural differences are valued as essential to the educational process and working environment. Candidates with an understanding of and appreciation for diversity are especially encouraged to apply.

The CSS was created in 2004 as part of the National Security Agency/Department of Homeland Security (NNSA/DHS) Designation as a Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CD).  The CSS satisfies CAE/CD designation requirement for a formal organization providing institutional support for information assurance education and related subjects and for use as a resource for faculty and students.   

Reporting directly to the Department Chair of Cybersecurity and offering support at the both the graduate and undergraduate levels, CSS provides educational resources, networking and career training opportunities for working adults pursuing security studies, and to work with industry, academia, and government to meet the Cybersecurity and homeland security needs of our nation.  Participants in the CSS include distinguished faculty members, chairs, program directors, and other experts.


Specific Requirements Include:

Reporting directly to Department Chair of the Division of Cybersecurity in the School of Cybersecurity and Information Technology, The Director of CSS manages and orchestrates the work of the in its school-wide, local and national-level efforts to educate leaders and make significant progress in the cybersecurity and homeland security fields by:

  • Identifying opportunities for grants that align with the University and Center missions, ensuring timely responses to requests for proposals for grants that are relevant to UMGC’s cybersecurity education missions; i.e. capacity building grants from NSA and scholarship funding from NSF resources.
  • Establishing scholarships and fellowships supported by individuals and public- and private-sector organizations.
  • Administering the managerial and financial aspects of grant responsibilities and accountability.
  • Conducting applied research in collaboration with faculty, fellows and external sources.
  • Providing mentoring, advisory and consulting services to faculty, fellows and external sources.
  • Assembling and delivering specialized courses.
  • Seeking funding for and developing innovative teaching tools such as remote access laboratories, network test-beds, interactive learning objects and simulations.
  • Planning and hosting conferences, colloquia, workshops and webcasts on the cutting edge of Cybersecurity and homeland security topics.
  • Partnering with industry and government to develop new programs and deliveries in the areas of information assurance and homeland security.
  • Ensuring compliance with submissions requirements for current and potential future grants.  Ensuring preparation of accurate, detailed, and timely required annual submissions reports, and accounting.
  • Overseeing cross-departmental administration of grant  through multiple separate departments at UMGC including the Graduate School, the School of Undergraduate Studies, Finance, and Student Accounts and Financial Aid.
  • Facilitating articulation agreements to allocate resources to the various departments; providing accurate accounting and reporting to conform to federal guidelines which differ somewhat from internal UMGC structures. 
  • Coordinating UMGC course checks with various external curriculum requirements. For example monitoring and updating UMGC curriculum mapping to NSA/DHA Knowledge Units to the NICE 2.0 Framework.
  • Overseeing the creation, development, and maintenance of the content shown on the CSS web page that contains resources, announcements and other pertinent cybersecurity  information, is accessible via the University of Maryland Global Campus main page (, and is  operational, dynamic and current with up-to-date links to key cyber resources such as other academic institutions, government sites, conferences, workshops, news, center POCs, courses, etc.   
  • Actively pursue relationships with community colleges, 4-year institutions, HBCU’s, federal, state and local government agencies, and private industry to provide program support and analysis, consulting, applied research and specialized education and training in the areas of cybersecurity.  
  • Offering conferences, seminar series and webinars that explore cybersecurity and homeland security issues and trends in an open and unclassified format. Speakers and panel members include a wide range of leaders and security experts from the government, industry and academia. The CSS events must be designed for students, faculty, policymakers, government officials, military personnel, defense contractors, and law enforcement officials, interagency and private-sector communities working and interested in the Cybersecurity and homeland security fields.  
  • Providing fellowships with monetary award to cover stipends, tuition, fees and books for graduate courses, certificates and degrees in Cybersecurity.
  • Creating an advisory board to meet regularly to provide guidance on the critical work of the CSS.  
  • Providing a UMGC library with books, a number of databases and news links available to students and faculty, which contain articles from hundreds of computer science and security-related journals.  Collaborate with The UMGC Library   dedicated liaison to the Cybersecurity department that fields related information requests, and makes a blog available to guide students to both new material in the databases, and to new free/open access content each week.
  • Providing support in the curriculum development and grants for hands-on learning, an integral part of UMGC's online classroom. Support the  two labs UMGC Virtual Lab and the UMGC Virtual Desktop and Applications Environment.
  • Collaborating with UMGC Grants Office.  Manage the Graduate School Grants Specialist, and contractual support for grant writing, website development and other supporting activities.
  • Supervising CSS center assistant, scholarship recipients, contractors, TUS and TGS CAE support staff in all endeavors related to the CAE.


  • Terminal degree, preferably in a field related to cybersecurity, information assurance, and/or management and leadership.
  • Five (5) years of professional leadership experience in areas related to IT and educational grant administration.
  • Three (3) years of teaching experience, preferably including online with adult students.
  • Excellent administrative, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in managing diverse teams and projects.



All submissions should include a cover letter and résumé. UMGC offers competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits for qualifying positions, such as tuition remission, generous leave and healthcare.  For detailed benefits information, please visit:

The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination. UMGC is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, ancestry, political affiliation or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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