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  • 515001
  • Full-time


The Arizona Department of Homeland Security was established in 2006 by the Arizona State Legislature to support the mission of providing strategic direction and access to federal homeland security grant program resources that will further enable the stakeholders' collective goals to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks and other critical hazards that affect the safety, well-being and economic security of Arizona.


*This position will serve as a team lead to others performing the same type of work*

Job Location:

1700 West Washington, Suite 210

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Posting Details:

Annual Salary Range: $84,823 - $110,000   

Grade: 29

This position will remain open until filled

Job Summary:

The Information Security Architect plays an essential role in protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of State of Arizona information and information systems.

This position ensures that the security requirements necessary to protect the State's mission and business processes are adequately addressed in all aspects of enterprise architecture including reference models and frameworks, solution architectures, and the resulting systems supporting those missions and business processes.

The Information Security Architect also provides guidance to both cybersecurity and IT personnel on the appropriate security architecture, standards, and ensures that security controls in place are resilient enough to withstand and/or recover from issues caused by known and unknown internal or external threats.

Job Duties:

• Provides leadership and subject matter expertise on various department and statewide strategic security initiatives. Participates in establishing and driving the statewide cybersecurity strategy and the road map of statewide Enterprise Security controls. Develops and maintains the Information Security and Enterprise Security Controls planning process

• Provides oversight and support ensuring operational integrity and holistic integration of multiple department and statewide cybersecurity solutions and controls that detect and protect the State from cyber attacks and data loss, and support incident response efforts. Partners with other agencies, advisory councils, and committees in evaluating, reviewing and recommending security solutions, as well as IT infrastructure and applications as they relate to information security architecture

• Analyzes and designs enterprise information security systems and services, and ensures their compliance with State policies and standards. Coordinates and directs the configuration and management of a variety of enterprise information security systems and controls while responding promptly to customer needs. Proactively solves complex problems and cybersecurity related issues

• In coordination with the Chief Compliance Officer, ensures the State's networks, cloud environments, and information systems are designed and implemented in compliance with Statewide Information Security policies, NIST, CIS Controls, and other required standards, guidelines, frameworks, and best practices. Implements and interprets Statewide Policies and procedures, and participates in defining enterprise-wide security standards

• Provides input into the development and preparation of the Cyber Command and Enterprise Security budget; identifies opportunities and implements solutions to improve statewide cybersecurity efficiencies and reduce waste

• Other duties as assigned as related to the position

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):


• Thorough working knowledge of information security technologies, industry trends and best practices in the areas of risk assessment, compliance and vulnerability management

• Considerable knowledge of specific information protection standards (HIPAA, CGIS, IRS, etc. as appropriate)

• Mastery with the concepts of NIST 800, CIS, and other security standards in the organization


• Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills

• Strong customer service skills


• Demonstrated ability to apply creative solutions to business problems to ensure business needs are most effectively met

• Demonstrated ability to architect, build and implement large information security systems

• Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships inside and outside the organization

• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and across organizations

• Demonstrated ability to synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly

• Demonstrated ability to balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks

• Demonstrated ability to evaluate and test emerging technologies

• Demonstrated ability to create and write policies and standards

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor's degree plus 10 years of extensive experience in information security systems engineering (or equivalent experience)

• Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) preferred

Pre-Employment Requirements:

• Proof of U.S. Citizenship Required


The State of Arizona offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

• Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

• Life insurance and long-term disability insurance

• Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year

• Health and dental insurance

• Retirement plan

• Sick leave

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

• Note that enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment

Contact Us:

• If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ariel Gonzalez at agonzalez@az.gov for assistance


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.