Privacy Practice Lead - Public Sector

Grant Thornton 11/22/2019 8:07:07 AM
JOB ID: 045218 Specialty:
Arlington, Virginia




Grant Thornton is seeking a Senior Manager to join its Risk Advisory service line and take an active role in engagement execution, project management and key business development activities.

Grant Thornton Public Sector helps executives and managers at all levels of government maximize their performance and efficiency in the face of ever tightening budgets and increased demand for services. We give clients creative, cost-effective solutions that enhance their acquisition, financial, human capital, information technology, data analytics, and performance management. For more information, visit

At Grant Thornton, our professional staff applies traditional, cutting-edge approaches and methods to a variety of analyses. As part of our team, the Senior Manager will utilize various methodologies and models to execute client projects.

Lead the privacy practice, within Grant Thornton Public Sector’s Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (IA/Cyber) service area, and be responsible for developing the go to market strategy for privacy within the Public Sector which includes Federal and State & Local governments.
Development of strategy for leading privacy Public Sector engagements and manage multiple projects supporting clients in the information protection area.
Assist clients in defining the intersection of IT Governance, Information Lifecycle Management and Information Protection for effective implementation of privacy solutions.
Provide focused risk management strategies to comply with key regulatory information frameworks relating to privacy, data protection, records retention, and data classification.
Development and execution of the Public Sector privacy solutions and service offerings, with a special emphasis on operationalizing privacy programs to satisfy NIST, OMB, E-Government Act, Privacy Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy-related laws and regulatory requirements through a total privacy management framework of strategy, policy, awareness, assurance and compliance.
Identify and develop service offerings to address emerging international, national, and state privacy laws and regulations, such as GDPR, CCPA, and other proposed legislation nationwide.
Collaborate with GT Privacy Team to assess proposed rules, draft legislation, and interpret new laws and regulations to develop or revise Public Sector Privacy service offerings.
Development of a proactive compliance program to validate public sector client privacy practices and effectiveness in safeguarding personally identifiable information (PII).
Help identify performance improvement opportunities for clients using automated solutions for Privacy Compliance, Data Governance, and Records Management.
Oversee engagements with an emphasis on quality standards and timely completion
Ensure that all work products are complete, accurate and conform to defined standards.
Interface with the client and understand a client's business and technology in order to identify, pursue, and ultimately win additional service opportunities.
Help identify performance improvement opportunities for clients and lead client presentations.
Lead proposals and business development calls.
Represent the Firm at business and community functions in order to maintain current, acquire new and expand existing client relationships.
Attend public and private sector organization conferences and meetings as a recognized Information Protection and Privacy leader in establishing and implementing a large-scale information protection strategy.

Provide SME input to internal Grant Thornton proposal teams regarding compliance with federal, state, and local privacy laws and regulations.
Participate in the hiring and terminating of team members as well as planning staffing levels and implementing new Firm initiatives.
Interface with client and understand client's business & technology in order to identify, pursue & win additional services.
Acquire new & expand existing client relationships.
Perform engagement management responsibilities, including performance reviews, task delegation, project scheduling, project financials, quality review and client management

Meet or exceed sales targets for new and follow-on work.
Manage business development activities, such as proposals, capture, account teams, whitepapers, conferences, and/or other thought leadership materials.
Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).
Act as performance manager (coach) for up to four coachees outside of engagement responsibilities.
Interview campus and/or experienced candidates.


Bachelor's degree & 15yrs of experience required. Secondary Degree in Law, Cybersecurity, IT Auditing, or Program Management preferred.
Minimum 12yrs of experience in one or more of the following capabilities: Privacy Program Development, Privacy and Security Control Implementation, and Privacy Continuous Monitoring.
Active International Associated of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) Certification required (e.g. CIPP/US, CIPM, CIPT).
Eligible to receive a U.S. Federal Government Top Security Clearance.
Experience with FISMA & NIST CSF, RMF, SP 800-53 and other related NIST publications.
Knowledge of FISMA, NIST SP 800-53 Security and Privacy Controls, & OMB Circular A-130, documentation, testing, and reporting requirements.
Demonstrated experience with the direction and implementation of privacy, cyber security and IT Governance programs.
Extensive knowledge of enterprise privacy, cyber security and IT Governance best practices, such as NIST SP 800-53 (Rev. 4 & Rev. 5), NIST SP 800-37, NIST SP 800-171, and the HITRUST Common Security Framework.
Extensive knowledge of industry privacy, cyber security and IT Governance trends issues and future trends.
Advanced understanding in one or more of the following areas: privacy, risk management, cyber security, and/or IT governance.
Ability to obtain and maintain certain job-related certifications if no job-related advanced degrees.
Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and experience in supervising a project team.
U.S. citizenship may be required. Ability to work in the United States indefinitely required.
Travel may be required.
Coach and mentor junior staff members.
Ability to work overtime required on occasion.
Ability to sit in an office environment for long periods of time.
Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.
Ability to obtain and maintain firm independence and abide by firm ethics requirements.
Meet or exceed continuing professional education (CPE) requirements.

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Grant Thornton’s Public Sector, based in Alexandria, VA, is a global management consulting business with the mission of providing responsive and innovative financial, performance management and systems solutions to governments and international organizations. Visit Grant Thornton’s Public Sector at

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Requisition ID: 045218

Arlington, VA
Arlington, Virginia