Policy Analyst III

13 May, 2021


Policy Analyst III

Texas A&M University
College Station, TX

Job Description

Our Commitment

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.

Who we are

The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international research collaboration that coordinates seagoing expeditions to study the history of the Earth recorded in sediments and rocks beneath the ocean floor. The JOIDES Resolution Science Operator (JRSO) operates the scientific drillship JOIDES Resolution on behalf of the National Science Foundation. We are committed to exceeding the expectations of the scientific ocean drilling community by maximizing the science the JOIDES Resolution delivers.

What we want

The Policy Analyst III (IODP Title: Policy Analyst) is responsible for providing technical leadership to develop and implement IODP IT policy, practice, and regulatory compliance supporting IT strategy, projects, and operations. Serves as subject matter expert, oversees IT policy and practice administration operations, serves as the chair of the IODP IT Risk & Compliance Committee, and is responsible for setting technical standards and direction. Works both collaboratively and independently on projects and university initiatives. Assists department management in day-to-day administration and high-level business functions. The selected candidate will subscribe to and support our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) as stated above. If the description sounds interesting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity.

What you need to know

This position is grant funded; future employment may be contingent upon future funding. This position is NOT required to sail. But this position will be required to travel and work on the research vessel once or twice per year while in port.

COVID-19 information:  Texas A&M University monitors and updates our recruiting, hiring and onboarding processes to align with local, state and federally mandated health guidelines to keep employees, prospective employees, and visitors as safe as possible.  Each department has established both remote and in-person procedures for conducting these processes, which include sanitizing common spaces, a mask policy, and maintaining safe physical distancing to the extent possible.  Departments will provide the procedures to be followed at each step of the recruiting process.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years of information technology support experience

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others
  • Proficient in desktop computing applications including word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Knowledge of troubleshooting and problem-solving, client relations, and requirement assessment and analysis
  • Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and interpersonal skills
  •   Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • High organizational and time-management skills

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • Ability to obtain a passport and international visas on a continuing basis

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree
  • Comprehensive knowledge of TAMUS and TAMU IT security policy
  • Recent TAMU IT risk assessment process experience
  • Excellent knowledge of IT enterprise architecture components, including Linux, MacOS and Windows operating systems
  • Experience using audit scripting tools, such as Windows PowerShell, to collect system information

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Understanding of the IT security and policy landscape
  • Working knowledge of IT Security controls
  • Knowledge of the ITIL framework
  • Team-based management skills
  • Familiarity with NIST 800-53 controls, Texas Administrative Code section 202, and the Texas DIR Security Control Standards Catalog
  • Experience in writing technical documentation
  • Excellent oral, written, and public communication and customer service skills
  • Ability to interact with a diverse workforce
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information in a confidential manner

Preferred Licenses and Certifications:



Risk Assessment

Establishes IT regulatory compliance metrics and standards. Coordinates the assembly, drafting, publication, and review of IT regulatory compliance reports. Provides IT regulatory compliance data and analysis summaries to IODP leadership. Assesses, documents, and analyzes IT regulatory compliance results against established metrics and standards. Administers compliance tools. Manages and completes IODP’s annual Risk and Compliance reporting. Coordinates approvals of annual Risk and Compliance reporting with supported customers. Coordinates compliance communication with customers such as SSN scanning communication. Coordinates internal review studies and assessing risk in project planning. Identifies potential areas of compliance vulnerabilities and risk. Develops and implements corrective action plans for resolution of problematic issues, and provides general guidance on how to avoid or deal with similar situations in the future. Administers and monitors data security profiles on all platforms. Conducts audits, reviews security violation reports, and investigates security exceptions. Monitors operating system and software product lifecycles, including patching requirements. Informs IT staff about critical updates and tracks compliance with TAMU IT security policy. Oversees the IODP System Compliance Spot Check Program.

IT Security Policy Administration

Oversees IT policy and practice administration operations. Serves as a subject matter expert. Establishes IT policy and practice administration procedures. Delegates and assigns IT policy and practice administration tasks. Coordinates IT policy and practice research and analysis. Collects and analyzes data to formulate and improve security and policy practices. Reviews, critiques, and revises IT policy drafts to confirm that they meet all-purpose and scope requirements. Coordinates the IT policy review process for final approval. Participates in mentoring, training, and development of other employees. Composes initial drafts of IODP IT protocols and procedures. Provides advice, training, interpretation, and guidance on routine IT policy and practice issues. Reviews state and university IT rules for compliance. Collaborates with supervisors to direct compliance issues to appropriate existing channels for investigation and resolution.


Participates with IT supervisors in planning, direction, and coordinating operational and/or procedural matters to meet goals and objectives. Represents IODP at National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored cybersecurity workshops and weekly NSF Major Facility Security meetings. Participates in university-level committees related to IT policy and practice issues. Serves as the chair of the IODP IT Risk & Compliance Committee. Participates in training and professional development sessions. Completes reports and summaries for management and/or users including status reports, problem reports, project/progress summaries, and utilization reports. Works both collaboratively and independently on projects and university initiatives. Assists department management in day-to-day administration and high-level business functions. Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University and TAMHSC, must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Job posted: 2021-05-13