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Cybersecurity Enterprise Architect

Nelnet Highlands Ranch, CO

Job Description


Designs significant cybersecurity components of enterprise-wide technical solutions. Serves as the evangelist of the security architectural vision, strategy, and principles to internal staff, customers, analysts, and executive leadership. Displays leadership both within the Corporate Security Group as well as the IT division.  Mentors and teaches other individuals in both technical and non-technical skills.


This position requires work in support of the Company's contract with the United States Department of Education (œED). As such, the United States Government requires that any applicant for this position must complete United States Government security clearance. Effective June 1, 2018, ED has informed Nelnet that security clearance applications for foreign nationals are not being accepted or processed. In light of this direction from ED, Nelnet will be unable to hire applicants without United States citizenship for such positions.


  1. Architects and directs implementation of cybersecurity-relevant technical components of enterprise-wide technical systems.
  2. Addresses problems of systems security, integration, compatibility, and multiple platforms.
  3. Serves as technical expert in design, development, and integration of security solutions across the enterprise.
  4. Demonstrates highest technical competency in all phases of systems or applications security.



Bachelors degree in Information Security or related field and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.



  1. At least 10 years of experience in an information technology or security engineering department, preferably as a Lead Engineer.
  2. At least 5 years of experience working with network architectures in heavily regulated environments.
  3. Experience managing cross-functional engineers as well as a demonstrable knowledge and interest in new and emerging technologies.
  4. Strong technical experience with the implementation of cybersecurity technologies in diverse, enterprise environments to include IDS, IPS, EDR, DLP.



  1. Effectively manage objectives, priorities, tradeoffs and risks for the organization.
  2. Ability to foster an environment of experimentation and continual improvement.
  3. Provide both technical leadership and mentorship of people managers.
  4. Organize, plan, prioritize and follow through on work.
  5. Use good judgement, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  6. Work in a fast-paced environment where deadlines are essential.
  7. Strong communication and interpersonal skills with technical & non-technical clients as well as executive staff.
  8. Build strong relationships between cybersecurity, IT and business users.
  9. A working knowledge of industry security best practices.

EEO Statement

Nelnet is an Equal Opportunity Employer, complies with Executive Order 11246, and takes affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed, and that employees are treated during employment, without regard to race, color, religion/creed, national origin, gender, or sex, marital status, age, disability, use of a guide dog or service animal, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, or any other status protected by Federal or State law or local ordinance. Qualified individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations in order to apply or compete for positions at Nelnet may request such accommodations by contacting Nelnet Talent Acquisition & Recruiting.
Nelnet is a Drug Free and Tobacco Free Workplace.

Job Details

Date Posted August 15, 2019
Date Closes September 14, 2019
Requisition 2019-8687
Located In Highlands ranch, CO
SOC Category 00-0000.00