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#109117 CMMC Program Manager

Initial Review Date: Wed 5/12/2021

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UC San Diego is ranked the 9th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report and is the largest employer based in San Diego County. Reporting to the VC-CFO, Information Technology Services (ITS) delivers Enterprise information technology services to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of the campus Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Information Technology Services (IT Services) uses world-class services and technologies to empower UC San Diego's mission to transform California and the world as a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university. As a strategic member of the UC San Diego community, IT Services embraces innovation in their delivery of IT services, infrastructure, applications, and support. IT Services is customer-focused and committed to collaboration, continuous improvement, and accountability.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion are core values at UC San Diego and within Information Technology Services. Crafting a culture around these values allows us to more deeply connect with and appreciate our employees, students, and campus partners. Information Technology Services is continuously working to build a community where we all feel safe, empowered, and encouraged to bring our authentic selves to work. We do this not only because it is what’s right, but because we know that diversity drives insight and innovation. We are proud to partner closely UC San Diego’s Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, as their dedication to this mission helps us all to drive change.

The Office of Information Assurance (OIA) (a department within ITS) is responsible for the infrastructure, policies, standards and training necessary to ensure the achievement of the security and privacy goals of the University. Collaborating closely with various campus resources and partners, the department identifies, responds to and mitigates information security/privacy risks, threats and vulnerabilities.

Uses advanced operational concepts and objectives to resolve highly complex issues. Regularly works on issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors. Exercise’s judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. Primarily deals with programs and proposals with broad impact across the function, research initiative, program and / or organization. Develops and oversees the implementation of new programs and processes.

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, aka CMMC, is the Department of Defense's standard for the securing of data and systems funded by DoD sponsored contracts. UC San Diego, as a significant recipient of DoD contracts is establishing a program for the provision of CMMC certified services to UC San Diego and UC researchers. UC San Diego is establishing itself as a Center of Excellences for CMMC services, anchored by our existing investment in the Sherlock environment at San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) This position, reporting to the CISO, oversees and manages the UCSD CMMC Program.

The candidate will provide vital support and management for the CMMC Program, including coordination between SDSC and ITS, division IT staff providing local support for researchers, and various units throughout the University who support elements of CMMC compliance. These include, for example, Human Resources (ensuring the process of personnel screening is being adhered to and if it is not being addressed, work with the appropriate party to document and collect evidence), the Office of Contracts and Grant Administration, and Research Affairs. The candidate will own the task of overseeing and guiding the entire CMMC program under the direction of the CISO, leadership from SDSC and Research Affairs.

The candidate will also contribute to development of the business model to ensure CMMC services are self-sustaining, by marketing of UC San Diego's CMMC services to institutions throughout the University of California (UC) as well as helping develop external Universities as customers for UCSD CMMC services.

Administers all finance and other operational activities for small research infrastructure program. Administers major program components, and some or all of the program's operational requirements. Develops and organizes conferences and other public forums. This position will act as work-lead for several individuals but not as a formal supervisor.

• Directs and administers an independent program with complete responsibility for administrative and programmatic activities. Administers a small sized program with primary responsibility for administrative and programmatic activities.
• Provides overall guidance to steer the program, assess if the program needs to evolve and if the program is not having financial success, propose a recommendation to Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
• Responsible for strategic coordination of CMMC services as CMMC evolves and ensuring changes get implemented.
• Leads the planning effort for development and deployment of new services as CMCC evolves, including project schedules and estimating resource needs. Tracks project progress, ensure effective communication within the project team, translate researcher needs into information easily understood by technical staff designing solutions to meet those needs.
• Makes high level contacts of a sensitive nature, internally and externally, requiring discretion and diplomacy in order to negotiate with or persuade officials to adopt the proposed solution or program/process recommendations. Identifies and pursues funding opportunities and revenue streams.
• Works with program leadership to identify and pursue funding opportunities and revenue streams.
• Participates and guides the development of a sustainable business model for the CMMC Program.
• Facilitates the efforts of various departments, managers and outside constituencies to ensure interdisciplinary collaboration.
• Oversees collaboration among team members in ITS, SDSC, Research Affairs, and divisional staff. Assists in the coordination of technical activities and the development of new or expanded CMMC services.
• Leads efforts to conduct highly complex analyses across a broad spectrum of programs, policies and initiatives or provides in-depth, complex analyses as a specialist in one policy field.
• Assesses program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and procedures accordingly.
• Develops proposals and recommendations to guide and support a broader strategic direction for the function, research initiative, program and/or organizational unit.
• Maintains existing collaborations with existing researchers, ITS' Research IT unit, and develops new collaborations with researchers in order to achieve the critical aim of this program.
• Establishes success metrics for the CMMC program that measure the impact on research and research success at UCSD.


  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff and influence, both verbally and in writing. Ability to provide comprehensive recommendations and solutions that address project needs.

  • Proven experience managing a IT compliance (i.e. PCI) or infrastructure program (i.e. FISMA).

  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly regulated environment.

  • Ability to use discretion and maintain all confidentiality. Strong interpersonal skills including tact, diplomacy, flexibility, and skills in dealing with politically sensitive situations.

  • Advanced knowledge of common organizational- or research-specific and other computer application programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Expert familiarity with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework and standards.


  • Job offer is contingent on clear background check.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce. This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) Life insurance
e) UC Retirement Plan
f) Pet Insurance For more information about UCSD Benefits please click here and visit UCSD Work/Life.

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$120,000 - $150,000 /year
Torrey Pines Center South
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon-Fri