Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Website San Francisco International Airport

Cyber Security Career Opportunity of a Lifetime!

A truly rare opportunity to join an award winning and progressive organization, the San Francisco International Airport (SFO), has become available. This position focuses on cyber security, information technology, and telecommunications in an extraordinary organization serving the traveling public to all corners of the world. This career capstone awaits interest from only the best-of-the-best professionals in the cyber security field on a national or global basis. We invite you to present your qualifications and career history for consideration.

San Francisco International Airport

SFO is a world-class airport that serves nearly 58 million passengers annually. SFO offers nonstop flights to 51 international cities on 43 international carriers. The Bay Area’s largest airport also connects nonstop with 86 U.S. cities on 12 domestic airlines.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport service and experience. SFO’s core values are Safety and Security, Teamwork, Excellence, and Care. The airport is committed to redefining air travel by providing the highest level of service to their guests.

The Airport, an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, has a workforce of approximately 1,700 City employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer. For more information, visit and watch this video about careers at SFO.

The Position

SFO is looking to add an exceptional leader to its information technology team to serve as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).  SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities, and its core values are safety and security, teamwork, excellence, and care. The CISO is a vitally important position to ensure the overall cyber security and safety of the airport and will report to the Chief Information Officer.  The CISO will be charged with supporting each of the Airport’s eight divisions to further strengthen and uphold the security integrity of the organization.

Leadership and communication are key in this role and the ideal candidate will have a unique blend of people skills and an uncanny ability to move swiftly in a fast-paced, dynamic, complex environment.  SFO needs a forward-thinking leader who gets things done with cyber security and management experience. A CISO who engages with a multitude of stakeholders would be the perfect archetype.  Airport related experience is beneficial, but not essential. To learn more about this opportunity and to apply, visit:

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates will be expected to meet (and preferably “exceed”) the minimum qualifications listed below required at time of submittal:

Experience: Six (6) years of recent and verifiable managerial experience in the cyber security domain of a multi-faceted and complex operational environment. Beyond airport specific experience, candidates may draw from experience in a multi-faceted environment such as hospitals, universities or other large, complex environments dealing with protection of critical national infrastructure.  Supervision and oversight of staff is required within the operational setting of the dynamic and robust environment.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in information technology, telecommunications, management information systems, computer science, computer engineering, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience as described above may be substituted for the education requirement on a year for year basis for up to two (2) years. (One year of work experience is equal to 30 semester or 45 quarter units).

Certifications: Industry certifications are highly desirable and should be suitable to the managerial level of this position. An example of this may be the Certification of Information Systems Security Management Professional (CISSP-ISSMP) awarded by International System Security Certification Consortium (ISC2). Other certifications obtained should be detailed and presented in the applicant’s submitted material for review and evaluation.


The normal salary range is $155,948 to $199,030. Appointments above this range, up to $230,412 annually based on experience/qualifications, may be considered for a top candidate and requires a special approval process. The City & County of San Francisco’s (CCSF) benefits package can be found at:

Other outstanding benefits offered with this position include:

  • Medical, Dental and Life Insurance; Long-term Disability Plan;
  • Defined Retirement Plan; Deferred Compensation; and Social Security;
  • Paid Management Training Program; Wellness Program including free onsite gym facility; and
  • Vacation/Holiday/Sick Time; and Administrative Leave.

How to Apply

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) position is being conducted on a national basis by our executive search consultants, The Hawkins Company. They will review all written materials submitted and will screen and evaluate all candidates. The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to participate in a formal selection process. This is a confidential process and will be handled accordingly throughout the various stages of the recruitment. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. Candidates are encouraged to apply by June 12, 2020.  This position will be considered “open” until a final selection is made. Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a letter of interest, including major accomplishments, and resume, electronically to Preference is for electronic submissions however materials may be mailed to:

8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., #110-216
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Confidential inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to: Bill Hawkins, (310) 348-8800, or Todd Hawkins, (213) 300-9342, or Tisa Jones, (213) 309-7984,

The candidate selected for employment will be required to undergo a Management Assessment and obtain Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance.



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