Job Description :
Direct End Client: State of New York
Job Title: IT Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planner
Duration: 24 Months
Start Date: 04/21/2017
Location: 395 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
Position Type: Contract
Interview Type: Telephonic/ Skype/ In-Person
Requirement ID: SNY_BCDR325_BR


State of New York – The City University of New York (CUNY)

Project: CUNY’s Enterprise Technology Resiliency (ETR) Program

The program’s mission is to “Build Plans and Processes needed to achieve: Operational resiliency and sustainability through Contingency Planning and Recovery Capabilities for technologies that support essential academic and business functions, and deliver IT Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) guidelines and recommendations for Best Practice University-wide.”

The projects and tasks required to support the mission include: Identification, Setup, Testing and Implementation of a viable Business Continuity Management (BCM) Tool to support IT planning, document creation and plan repository, automation of processes and procedures; Systematic roll-out of BC component plans (e.g., Disaster Recovery, Incident Management & Communications, IT Contingency, and Cybersecurity Incident Response Plans) across the University (25 schools and central IT administration), Testing, Training, Awareness Programs and Exercises.

Reporting to the ETR Program Director, the IT Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planner is responsible for planning, coordination and oversight on the projects listed in the Project description section above, over a 3 year period.
Provide Subject Matter Expertise for IT contingency and recovery planning, development, and execution in support of CUNY’s Central Office and 25 Colleges.
Serve as a senior-level consultant on IT focused Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery matters concerning college’s essential functions, systems, applications and data, working closely with CUNY’s IT BC&DR Coordinators (Coordinators) at each college.
Conduct or oversee major undertakings related to the college’s BC and DR planning, which requires extensive background knowledge gleaned through IT baseline development.
Perform highly complex professional work in the technology-related continuity of operations for cybersecurity incident response planning, IT infrastructure and application recovery disciplines.
Contribute to the decision process for IT contingencies and technical guidelines and standards.
Support enterprise DR planning, testing, exercises and annual schedules.
Manage the implementation and daily requirements for BCM Tool administration.
Support DR remote site and Data Center continuity and recovery planning.
Conduct training sessions, document instructions, and produce communications related to Planner’s area(s) of expertise.
Make formal presentations and submit written reports.
Vendor Management - support vendor engagement and the ETR Program Team by:
– Working with CUNY Coordinators and vendor to establishing a Baseline for Information Technology used across the University
– Working with the vendor conducting Business Impact Analysis and assessing risks
– Assisting with development of templates & models for BC Component plans
– Reviewing the quality of work delivered and provide instruction on areas needing improvement
Assist in data gathering, organizing and analyzing large amounts of complex data, concerning IT BC and DR operations and functions, needed for BC strategy planning and development.
Support 25 CUNY colleges in Plan development and testing with Coordinators and CUNY Technical Teams.
Development Metrics for IT BC and DR program performance, exercises and improvement programs.
Contribute to awareness programs and monitoring of global events relevant to IT BC & DR practice, and keep abreast of BC and DR trends, new technologies and related training opportunities.
Participate in the preparation of agendas, presentations and meeting minutes for regularly scheduled meetings.

Required Skills:
36 months experience working as a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planner or IT BC&DR Program leader in a University or College setting.
60 months working in the area of technology focused BC and DR Plan activations and execution.
60 months experience working with Enterprise-level IT infrastructure, including: systems, telecommunications, applications, networks, Data Centers and virtual environments.
24 months experience conducting Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessments.
24 months experience leading or managing the implementation and daily requirements of a BCM and Automation tool.
Relevant business continuity, disaster recovery, or risk management certifications such as: MBCP, CBCP, ABCP, CRISC or CISA.
Bachelor’s degree in the areas of Computer Science, Research and Analysis, and/or Management.


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Client : State of New York – The City University of New York (CUNY)