UW Medicine has retained Kirby Partners to conduct a nationwide executive search for candidates for their Chief Information Security Officer.

UW Medicine is Washington’s only health system that directly connects care with a top-rated medical school and an internationally recognized research center. 

UW Medicine’s health system includes three hospitals, the region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center, as well as more than 300 outpatient sites of care.

Chief Information Security Officer Job Overview

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) will provide leadership for planning, developing, directing, and operating an innovative, trusted, and reliable information security program to support the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic institutional information at UW Hospitals and Clinics. 

The CISO Reports to the CIO at the University of Washington (UW) Medicine Information Technology Services and has a dotted line reporting relationship to the President of UW Medicine Hospitals and Clinics. 

Collaboration will be a key part of this position, both with key stakeholders at UW Medicine and the university.  As a federated system, being able to influence, as well as develop and maintain relationships will be critical to success.  The three-year vision for the IT department is orientated towards service and people.  

The CISO will provide leadership to the security team of approximately 27 staff, which includes identity and access management, risk and security operations.  While the team is high-performing, there is plenty to be accomplished and the ideal candidate will bring a blend of technical acumen, strategic focus, and strong leadership.  

Some of the key projects in which the CISO will play an integral role will be:

  • Helping to streamline IAM
  • Providing information security recommendations during the implementation of Workday
  • Improving security awareness training
  • Reviewing current third-party contracts for liability issues
  • Leading IT security governance

The CISO chairs the Tier 2 governance committee on security and attends the Tier 1 committee.

The CISO also serves as the UW Medicine HIPAA Security Official and will advise UW Medicine and UW Medicine IT Services leadership on enterprise security strategies, best practices, security architecture, and security design work. 

The CISO will be responsible for initiatives that affect the UW Medicine enterprise and its entities that include:

  • Harborview Medical Center
  • UW Medical Center Montlake
  • UW Medical Center Northwest
  • UW Neighborhood Clinics
  • UW Physicians
  • UW School of Medicine
  • Airlift Northwest

UW Medicine has recently become co-owner of the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center.

In addition, UW Medicine ITS Security collaborates closely with the UW Office of the Chief Information Security Officer, UW Medicine Compliance, UW School of Medicine and UW IT to synchronize policies, clarify roles and responsibilities, assess risks and coordinate mitigation efforts.



  • Bachelor’s degree required


  • Ten or more years of IT leadership experience with significant responsibilities in IT security
  • Five or more years in a senior level leadership role
  • Relevant security industry certifications (i.e., CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CHPS)
  • Demonstrated familiarity with HIPAA requirements and broad knowledge of integrated healthcare delivery administration  

Please note that Kirby Partners exclusively represents this job opportunity and all candidates will be presented through our team of executive recruiters. If you have questions about this position, please email Bryan Kirby.