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Departments Recruiting for Leadership, Specialty Roles

Positions in recruitment by key state departments include deputy director, section chief and procurement analyst/specialist.

Departments in state government are recruiting to fill several leadership and specialty positions.

The California Department of Technology is seeking a deputy director for Data Center Support Services (Career Executive Assignment) to be responsible for the oversight of the Service Management Operations, Computer Room Management, and the Office of Technology Services (OTech) Business Support organizations. General responsibilities include strategic and operational planning; development and implementation of high-level IT policies and procedures addressing production support of distributed computing and client services such as client server operational support, systems administration, connectivity of systems, and product and service delivery; and departmental and program security and recovery for OTech customer agencies and departments on a statewide basis, according to the job posting.

In addition, according to the posting and duty statement, the deputy director will be “responsible for policies that have statewide and department impact associated with the day-to-day operations, including business support services, computer rooms, planning and operations, service desk 24x7 support services, mainframe computer operations, ITIL service management support, and operational support for Data Center managed services.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Feb. 19.

The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is seeking a section chief (IT Manager I) for the Information Systems Security Management Section (ISSMS) within the Enterprise Security Services Office of the Information Technology Division (ITD). The chief “shall have full management responsibility, including direct oversight of nine IT specialists and consultants, for organizing, planning, and directing all activities associated with this section,” the job posting says. “This ISSMS is responsible for (FI$Cal’s) governance, risk, and compliance.”

FI$Cal is a partnership of the state Department of Finance, the State Treasurer’s Office, the State Controller’s Office and the Department of General Services to transform the existing budgeting, accounting, procurement, and cash management systems to optimize the financial business management of the state.

Responsibilities of the role, according to the duty statement, include governance, risk and compliance management; system security and privacy and data management; and staff management.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Feb. 24.

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is recruiting for a principal data analytics specialist (IT Specialist III) with “deep, hands-on experience in the data/information, programming, business analysis, enterprise architecture, and software design domains [to] help drive [the] CalPERS mission through achieving pervasive data acumen for all CalPERS team members,” according to the job posting.

“The incumbent serves as the most senior data analytics professional on a team of experienced data professionals and is responsible for various strategic, planning, architecture, governance, technology, business support, and data delivery tasks,” the posting says. “We are seeking a perpetual learner and coach. Help us bring the highly successful CalPERS data platform to the next level.”

CalPERS, the nation’s largest public pension fund, seeks candidates with the following desirable qualifications:
  • Ability to design and deliver user-friendly data solutions
  • Experience building a data community and enabling users to solve problems using data
  • Experience in data mining and/or machine learning
  • Hands-on knowledge of data methods, architectures and technologies including DevOps, DataOps, data mining, machine learning, self-service data capabilities, data warehousing, and data analytics
  • Ability to quickly learn and comprehend large data landscapes and the applications that collect data across the enterprise.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is March 6. More details can be found in the duty statement.

Covered California, which works to improve the health of all Californians by assuring their access to affordable, high-quality health care, is seeking a lead business analyst (IT Specialist III) to “develop, plan, manage, and oversee all aspects of critical, complex IT projects and programs that include a wide variety of IT functions,” according to the job posting.

The posting says: “Are you an analytical person that has expertise in complex systems such as CalHEERS (California Healthcare Eligibility, Enrollment, and Retention System) or Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS)? Do you have experience handling changing priorities? If you are looking for an exciting new experience, then please see below for more information regarding this position!” Duties of the job, according to the posting and duty statement, include working with CalHEERS to develop the system architecture and advise management and executive-level staff on governance and policy that support forward movement.

Duties include:
  • Develop, plan, manage, direct and oversee all aspects of critical, complex IT projects and programs that include a wide variety of IT functions, information systems, technology development, planning and consulting, and systems integration.
  • Lead operational and administrative functions related to business analysis including providing direction to each business lead, ensuring customers have the capability to perform required business functions and ensuring all data requirements, schedule dates, etc. are monitored.
  • Develop policies, procedures, and multi-departmental systems.
  • Plan, develop and document policies, requirements, and methodologies. Enforce compliance with policies and requirements and make recommendations.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Feb. 21.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is seeking an IT procurement analyst or specialist (IT Specialist I).

The analyst’s responsibilities include assisting the specialist staff and management in leading efforts to develop, plan, organize, coordinate and maintain procurement documents that include solicitations and amendments. The specialist’s duties include leading those efforts and performing more complex tasks. Both roles act as department liaisons to internal and external entities.

Desirable qualifications for both positions include:
  • Experience with all phases of state procurement and contracting processes related to IT consulting/personal services contracts.
  • Experience in applying Public Contract Code (PCC), Government Code (GC), State Administrative Manual (SAM), Statewide Information Management Manual (SIMM), and State Contracting Manual (SCM).
  • Experience working with control agencies.
  • Experience working with procurements on a non-delegated IT project.
  • Experience in the nomenclature of the IT industry to provide procurement direction to technical staff.

More information about both roles is available in the job posting and duty statement. The roles have a monthly salary range of $5,960 to $9,643, with an application deadline of Feb. 21.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.