Business Continuity Disaster Recovery Specialist

Department: Information Systems

Location: Chicago, IL

Travel Requirements: N/A

Job ID:  278

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Description: The Business Continuity Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) Specialist will assist the NFA DR Coordinator in developing, maintaining and implementing NFA's BC/DR plans according to guidelines, pertinent standards and frameworks, industry best-practices and applicable laws and regulations. In addition, the BC/DR Specialist will also assist in identifying potential business disruptions and developing safeguards for systems, workflows, operations and work spaces.


  • Plan, conduct, and assess semi-annual, in-house computer DR tests.
  • Participate in internal and externally-sponsored tabletop exercises.
  • Collaborate with staff to maintain and update NFA's BC/DR-related content and materials.
  • Monitor the status of NFA's existing BC/DR-related contract providers and assist with the negotiation of new contracts when necessary.
  • Assist with the production of internal BC/DR trainings.
  • Ensure NFA's BC/DR policies and procedures are in compliance with NIST controls.
  • Provide input during system designs or redesigns to foster awareness of appropriate DR Time Objectives and DR Point Objectives.
  • Assist with emergency communications during a crisis.
  • Identify issues and assist with recovery and rebuilds, if necessary.


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Systems (IS), Information Technology (IT) or Business
  • Four or more years' experience with corporate or enterprise-level BC/DR planning and coordination
  • Experience with data backup and replication technologies
  • Familiarity with network topology, server configurations, personal computers and database principles
  • Experience developing and maintaining a BC/DR plan, documentation, manuals and reports
  • Working knowledge of Information Security Standards such as NIST Special Publication 800-53 or the Cybersecurity Framework and CIS ™ controls
  • Experience with the NIST SP 800-53 control: Contingency Planning Policy and Procedures or NIST SP 800-34 Contingency Planning Guide for Federal Information Systems
  • Certification as a Business Continuity Professional preferred

NFA is the industrywide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. derivatives industry. NFA strives every day to safeguard the integrity of the derivatives markets, protect investors and ensure Members meet their regulatory responsibilities.

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