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Navient Director of Security - Remote, US in Phoenix, Arizona

Earnest’s mission is to make higher education accessible and affordable for everyone. We empower past, present, and soon-to-be students to maximize their financial futures through thoughtful guidance and impactful products.

We build tools that help people feel in control of their financial future, including:

  • Private student loans - low rates, people-first service, and flexible payments.

  • Student loan refinancing - break free from high interest rates or monthly payments.

  • Scholarships - access to thousands of scholarships to help students pay less.

The Director of Security position will report to the Chief Technical Officer.

As the Director of Security, you will:

  • Create a strategic security program approach (based on risk assessment, acceptance, and management) for Earnest across security, privacy, and compliance and translate that into a roadmap to execute.

  • Be responsible for designing, implementing, managing, and reporting on security and technical compliance controls throughout the company which align with our security and compliance maturity expectations.

  • Manage the delivery of all day-to-day information security operations, policies, architecture, and governance.

  • Regularly provide the leadership team with useful measurement of security risks and mitigation plans.

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to understand their needs and workflows to keep abreast of how Earnest business operates when assessing security and compliance for our company.

Your Impact:

  • Be responsible for creating the overall security and privacy programs at Earnest.

  • Create a security program that advances our security maturity along multiple facets based on both internal and external assessments and which enables and supports business growth and agility.

  • Build strong partnerships with the rest of the organization, in particular with the Navient security and compliance teams, Earnest engineering, Data and Product teams, and Earnest leadership team.

  • Create and foster a culture of early partnership and thoughtful risk management to appropriately balance risk and growth.

About You:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience leading corporate information security and compliance programs and an ability to contribute at both strategic and tactical levels.with experience in a lead role or supervisory experience.

  • Certifications: CISSP, CISM, CISA, or CRISC are a PLUS

  • Experience with SOX compliance.

  • Experience with AWS, Kubernetes, networks, and modern technology stacks and SDLCs.

  • Familiarity with regulatory standards such as SOC 2, PCI DSS, and ISO 27001/2.

  • Expertise in developing and managing a security vision and documentation of security controls.

About Us:

What makes an “Earnie” culture:

  • Drivers – Drivers are satisfied by making things happen, not coming along for the ride. They feel a strong sense of ownership for their projects and teams and demand high standards from themselves and others.

  • Humility – Humble team players check their egos and consider the team’s needs above their own. They are self-aware of their strengths and opportunities for improvement.

  • Growth Mindset – People with a growth mindset approach challenges and failures as learning opportunities. They seek feedback to improve, give feedback to others, and genuinely want to perform well.

Earnies are committed to helping students live their best lives, free from the stress of student debt. If you’re as passionate as we are about our mission, read more below, and let’s build something great together!

Earnest believes in enabling our employees to live their best lives. We offer a variety of perks and competitive benefits, including:

  • Health, Dental, & Vision benefits plus savings plans

  • Work anywhere in the U.S.

  • Mac computers + work from home stipend to set up your home office

  • Monthly internet and phone reimbursement

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • RSUs

  • 401(k) plan to help you save for retirement plus a company match

  • Robust tuition reimbursement program

  • $1,000 travel perk on each Earnie-versary to anywhere in the world

  • Competitive days of annual PTO

  • Annual “my day”

  • Pet insurance!

  • Competitive parental leave

  • Plenty of Earnest swag, optional in person team gatherings, picnics, celebrations, and plenty of fun virtual events

At Earnest, we are committed to building an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging enables us to move forward with our mission. We are dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage anyone to apply if your experience is close to what we are looking for.

Earnest provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status disability or genetics. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the Fair Chance Ordinance.


A little about our pay philosophy: We take pride in compensating our employees fairly and equitably. We are showcasing a range of your potential base salary, determined primarily based on a candidate’s location. Earnest takes a market-based approach, categorizing U.S. locations into one of five zones based on a cost of labor index for that geographic area. The successful candidate’s starting pay will also be determined based on job-related qualifications, internal compensation, and budget. This range may be modified in the future.

Pay Range

$233,000—$291,000 USD