DSHS TIA Senior IT Security Specialist

US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services

IT Security – Senior/Specialist
Join our new Technology Innovation Administration (TIA) as a Senior IT Security Specialist.
You’ll maintain the IT Security program for the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) and ensure IT security vulnerabilities are identified and addressed.
This job is currently mostly telework.

Some of what you’ll do

  • Research and provide technical background for administration information security policies, standards, procedures, and training
  • Coordinate vulnerability scans across all administration locations and consult with site Network Administrators; present patterns identified within the scans for review
  • Subject Matter Expert on Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager (MECM) in planning, architecture, implementation, and maintenance of security related components at our institutions and offices; leverage MECM mechanisms to push software patches and security updates
  • Perform security audits, assessments, and reviews and determine mitigations to address security audit findings; develop, maintain, and execute remediation plans for BHA IT Leadership Team review
  • Provide recommendations on information security for projects and teams, support new security control initiatives and major administration projects; participate in Security Design Reviews

Who should apply
Professionals with a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems/Technology, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Data Analytics, Statistical Analysis, Engineering, or a closely related field and 7 years of experience in an Information Technology field.
An associate’s degree (or two years of undergraduate studies) with the same focus as above and 9 years of experience in Information Technology.

As well as: 

  • Three years of consultative administrative IT Security experience, which may be concurrent with the above experience
  • Three years of experience in a large, complex IT Security environment


  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or other IT Security certification
  • Experience working in a healthcare or social services environment
  • Knowledge of IT principles/practices, principles of process management, and legislative/regulatory body requirements for IT security
  • Ability to employ IT Security tools to identify, assess, and interpret security threats

Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values, and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring an equity, anti-racism, and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
If you have questions about the application process, email Anthony Distefano, Recruiter, at distear@dshs.wa.gov and reference job number 15680
Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.

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