Northern Illinois University is a world-class, research-focused public institution that attracts students from across Illinois, the country and the world and currently serves more than 15,600 students. NIU’s vision is to be an engine for innovation to advance social mobility; promote personal, professional and intellectual growth; and transform the world through research, artistry, teaching and outreach. Our mission is to empower students through educational excellence and experiential learning as we pursue knowledge, share our research and artistry, and engage communities for the benefit of the region, state, nation and world.
Join the Huskie family as the Director of Privacy for an opportunity to make an impact and add value as our institution accomplishes these goals.
The Director of Privacy is located within the Ethics and Compliance Office. The Ethics and Compliance Office is led by the Ethics and Compliance Officer who reports to the President of the university. This position frequently collaborates with many academic and administrative departments on campus, such as Information Security, Internal Audit, the College of Health and Human Sciences, and the Office of General Counsel. Reporting Directly to the Ethics and Compliance Officer, the Director of Privacy provides leadership, oversight, and coordination to build a strategic and comprehensive privacy program which ensures campus-wide compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations. Hybrid remote work is possible.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting Directly to the Ethics and Compliance Officer, the Director of Privacy provides leadership, oversight, and coordination to build a strategic and comprehensive privacy program which ensures campus-wide compliance with applicable privacy laws and regulations.
- Build a strategic and comprehensive privacy program that defines, develops, maintains, and implements policies and processes that enable consistent, effective privacy practices which minimize risk and ensure the confidentiality of university customer information.
- Maintain current knowledge of applicable federal and state privacy laws and accreditation standards.
- Participate in the development, implementation, and ongoing compliance monitoring of all business associates, business associate agreements, and contracts to ensure all privacy concerns, requirements, and responsibilities are addressed.
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Minimum Required Qualifications (SPS)
- Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology or related field or three years of equivalent experience and Industry Recognized Privacy certification; or J.D.
- Five years of progressively responsible experience addressing privacy issues, or complex issues within a highly regulated field.
- Excellent writing and attention to detail.
Additional Requirements (SPS)
Preferred Qualifications (SPS)
- Knowledge and experience in state, federal, or international privacy laws, including Illinois privacy laws, HIPAA, GDPR.
- Experience working in the public sector.
- Proven commitment to and experience working with diverse populations.
- Strong organizational skills and the flexibility to work independently as well as in a team environment are a must.
- Ability to exercise independent sound judgment and reasoning
- Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills
- Regular office related duties.
- Ability to meet with individuals in-person or virtually.
- Ability to perform sedentary work involving sitting the majority of the time.
- May include minimal travel.