Chief Security Officer (CSO)

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA 02421


The Security Services Department’s overall mission is to ensure a safe and secure environment and protect MIT Lincoln Laboratory at all facilities in which staff members perform their mission of research and development. To accomplish this mission, this department formulates and implements policies, plans, and actions designed to protect facilities against threats of vandalism, accidental destruction, and sabotage; and safeguards personnel, classified and unclassified information systems, personal identifiable information, property, and other assets from exploitation and recruitment by foreign intelligence agencies.


Job Overview

The CSO serves as the executive responsible for the identification, development, implementation and management of security strategies, staff, and programs for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and its 4,500 badged personnel. This position leads and directs all aspects of the Laboratory’s security program including Information Security, Physical Security, Government Security including Compartmented Programs. Additionally, the CSO oversees the security aspects of the entire MIT national security program. The CSO reports to the Laboratory Assistant Director for Operations (Chief Operating Officer) and is a member of Laboratory Senior Management.



·         Senior executive responsible for providing security services to protect the Laboratory’s integrity, people, processes and assets from harm and loss.

·         Leads and manages the Security Services Department consisting of nearly 300 personnel including physical security, administrative security staff and information technology/cybersecurity professionals.

·         Leads the development, implementation and maintenance of Laboratory security practices, policies and procedures to reduce risks, respond to incidents, and limit exposure and liability in areas of information, physical, personal, and reputation.

·         Co-chairs the Laboratory Emergency Action Team and Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to respond to, and recover from, a wide range of incidents while maintaining critical operations.

·         Participates as a member of the Operational Risk Management Board implemented to identify, evaluate and mitigate Laboratory operational risks.

·         Develops and maintains relationships with external high-level law enforcement, Defense Department and Intelligence Agency officials including in-country security, intelligence and private sector counterparts.

·         In collaboration with security team personnel, coordinates and implements site security, operations, and activities to ensure protection of executives, managers, employees, customers, stakeholders, visitors, etc. and physical and information assets, while ensuring optimal use of personnel and equipment.

·         In partnership with the Laboratory Chief Information Officer (CIO), responsible for evelopment and enforcement of enterprise wide Information Security policies. Co-chairs the Laboratory’s Information Technology Security Council.

·         Determinesmanagement actions in response to adverse behavior by Laboratory personnel and residents as a member of executive level Personnel Security Assurance Committee

·         Responsible for the security for Laboratory remote facilities throughout the USA including administering the National Industrial Security Program for MIT Campus.

·         Serves as Senior Insider Threat Official for MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Responsible for overseeing the counterintelligence and investigations office including the Laboratory’s Forensic Analysis Center (FAC).


·         Active TS/SCI clearance required.

·         Minimum of 15 years of experience in security related roles including management positions of increasing responsibility required.

·         Experience leading large complex security related organization that includes oversight of highly classified compartmented programs required.

·         Demonstrated ability to develop and manage functional capital and expense budget.

·         Demonstrated ability to develop partnerships and consensus within an organizational climate of diverse operational activities and often-conflicting regulations.

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to a wide range of audiences, including briefings to executive management and governance committees.

·         Demonstrated ability to successfully lead change including organizational transformations, policy changes, and introduction new security related programs.

·         Bachelor’s degree required;Security related area preferred.

·         Master’s degree in Business Administration, Security Management or related field strongly desired.


Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.


To Apply:

For a full position description and to apply, please visit https://careers.ll.mit.edu and search using requisition #33423.


For Benefits Information, click http://hrweb.mit.edu/benefits


About MIT Lincoln Laboratory

MIT Lincoln Laboratory (MIT LL) is a Federally-Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) chartered to develop advanced technology in support of national security. Research and development activities focus on long-term technology development as well as rapid system prototyping and demonstration. These efforts are aligned within key mission areas: Biotechnology and Human Systems, Air, Missile & Maritime Defense; Homeland Protection & ATC; Cyber Security & Information Sciences; Communications Systems; Engineering; Advanced Technology; Space Systems & Technology; ISR & Tactical Systems. The Laboratory works with government and industry to transition new concepts, technology and prototypes into future system development and deployment.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.