• Application Platform Specialist

    Job Locations US-VA-Richmond
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  • Overview

    Reporting to the Manager of System Applications, the Application Platform Specialist is a senior level analyst position that will be under moderate supervision and will be responsible for a broad range of tasks to help strengthen the enterprise information security posture and ensure regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, NIST and/or Commonwealth of Virginia (VITA) standards. This position will be a liaison between the Risk Governance & Security Department and the ITS Applications Teams, and will ensure that security vulnerabilities identified by the Security Team are resolved in a timely and efficient manner.


    This position will perform auditing, risk assessments and various remediation activities. This position is also be responsible for the implementation and validation of standards, processes, and controls. The Senior Application Platform Specialist performs ongoing applications security vulnerability assessments and provides solutions to mitigate security risks. This position will also work closely with other team members and management on a variety of tasks as assigned.


    The ideal candidate should be able to multitask and give equal attention to a variety of functions, while displaying excellent communications skills. Communication duties will include documentation of analysis and/or research results in the form of briefings or reports. The ideal candidate will also display a proven aptitude in solving problems independently and sound decision-making ability.


    Candidate must be detail oriented, well organized, thrive in a sense-of-urgency environment, leverage best practices, and most importantly, innovate through any problem with a can-do attitude. A familiarity of server software architecture is essential.


    • Leads evaluation of IT systems involving software, hardware, configuration, and proposed changes to ensure IT security posture is in compliance with existing information security policies and regulations.
    • Leads independent security risk assessments and systems audits, as required
    • Partners with Security & Governance to create procedures that create secure server environments in accordance with VITA Section 501-9.
    • Works to ensure security controls in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia (VITA) controls and help generate compliance status reports to management.
    • Adhere to and ensure compliance for IS Security standards, including VITA Sec501 Information Standard.
    • Coordinate with Virginia Premier Risk Governance and Security and ITS Operations Teams to ensure that security vulnerabilities are addressed and remediated in a timely manner.
    • Communicate with VCU Health Systems to address security vulnerabilities exposed in security scans.
    • Communicate with software vendors to assess impact of removing or upgrading ancillary software, such as Adobe Reader or Java SE.
    • Maintains documented logs on all work performed and processed.
    • Participates and sometimes facilitates incident response and remediation activities for IT security events.
    • Participates in preparation and facilitating enterprise Change Management Activities
    • Ability to develop and execute IT project plans and provide regular status reports to management.
    • Ability to learn and collaborate with each departmental area.
    • Ability to resolve application issues regarding Information Systems security.
    • Collaborates with and supports the ITS Operations and VCUHS Teams to resolve security issues.
    • Possesses ability to work in rapidly changing environment and desire to learn technologies as needed.
    • Team player required: must be able to interact with peers, management, and executives in a constantly evolving environment to ensure a positive customer experience and atmosphere in the workplace.
    • Meets deadlines and works under pressure in a fast paced organization.
    • Occasional travel as needed
    • Responsibilities sometimes require working evenings and weekends.



    • Bachelor’s Degree is preferred, in Business, Mathematics, or Information Systems, OR relevant work experience in lieu of degree


    • Experience in server configuration setup, including Microsoft Server OS and port setup.
    • Configure secure server-to-server communication including TLS 1.2 and SSL3.0.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft patch management and application implications.
    • Experience in Windows Event Log research and mediation.
    • Experience with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), Visual Studio, and data connections.
    • Experience configuring, logging, and troubleshooting IIS 7.0 and greater.
    • General knowledge of firewall, load balancers, and IP networking.
    • Strong customer service skills
    • Familiarity with any vulnerability management tools.
    • Knowledge of information systems security and standards.
    • Business acumen to be able to engage business process owners throughout the organization.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to learn quickly and ability to multitask in a constantly changing workplace
    • Excellent communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal and consultative skills.


    • 5 years of Information Technology experience preferred
    • Healthcare Information Technology experience is a plus.
    • Any Defense, Financial or Utility Information Technology industry experience is a plus.
    • Any industry standard security certifications is a plus.


    • Physical health sufficient to meet the ergonomic standards and demands of the position.


    About Us

    Virginia Premier is a managed care organization which began as a full-service Medicaid MCO in 1995. Partnered with VCU Medical Systems we strive to meet the needs of the underserved and vulnerable populations in Virginia by delivering quality driven, culturally sensitive and financially viable Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs.  Headquartered in Richmond, VA we also have offices in Roanoke, Tidewater and Bristol with additional satellite locations allowing us to serve over 200,000 members across eighty counties throughout Virginia. 


    We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package to include excellent Medical, Dental and Vision Plans, Tuition Assistance, Infant-At-Work Program, Remote Work options and generous vacation and sick leave policies. Our culture supports an environment where employees can continuously learn and gain professional growth through various development programs, education, exciting projects and career mobility.  


    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. EOE


    Our mission is to inspire healthy living within the communities we serve!


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