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3 Departments Recruiting for Key IT Leadership Roles

Two of the openings are in the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; others are in the California Department of Technology and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Three departments in state government are recruiting for directors and managers.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) is seeking a section chief (IT manager I) for the Information Technology Acquisitions & Projects (ITAP) Section. This position is responsible for the Information Technology Procurement & Administration (ITPA) Unit, the Project Management Office (PMO) Unit, the CalVet Health Informatics Program (CHIP), and the Enterprise Architect (EA) Program within the Information Services Division (ISD).

CalVet’s mission is to ensure that California veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services to which they are entitled. The duties of the section chief are focused in the Business Technology Management, Client Services, IT Project Management, and System Engineering domains, according to the job posting and duty statement. Essential functions of the role include:
  • Provide leadership, supervision, mentoring and guidance for the section, and develop and implement plans in accordance with the agency’s mission, vision and strategic plan as well as the Statewide Technology Strategic Plan.
  • Perform administrative activities, which include managing the ISD budget and ensuring compliance with state reporting requirements; manage the ISD budget; provide budget reports to ISD managers and supervisors; and develop budget change concepts and budget change proposals.
  • Manage the activities of the ITPA Unit; monitor work assignments; and provide expert-level procurement, contracting and technical guidance to staff to ensure assignments are completed timely.
  • Oversee the activities of the PMO. Monitor work assignments and provide expert-level project management and technical guidance to staff to ensure timely completion of assignments.
  • Manage the activities of the CalVet Health Informatics Program. Monitor work assignments and provide guidance to staff to ensure timely completion of assignments.
  • Oversee the activities of the EA Program; monitor work assignments; and provide technical guidance to staff to ensure timely completion of assignments.

This position has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is March 6.

The California Department of Technology is recruiting for a network service management manager (IT manager I) with a variety of responsibilities, including “fulfilling network provisioning requests for multiple network services; providing network project management; vendor management; ServiceNow CID development and maintenance; resolution of network billing discrepancies; and operation of the Network Services Data Management (NSDM) system,” according to the job posting.

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Strong supervisory and management skills to perform in a complex environment.
  • Strong team leadership, staff development, interpersonal, problem-solving and negotiation skills.
  • Experience with network provisioning and provisioning tools and technologies.
  • Ability to analyze data and situations, reason logically and creatively, identify problems, draw valid conclusions, and develop effective solutions.
  • Ability to communicate and work productively with technical staff, vendors, Office of Technology (OTech) management and OTech customers in a professional consulting role.
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques of effective personnel management and supervision.
  • Ability to effectively use project management techniques and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of Information Technology Infrastructure Library.
  • Knowledge of state policies and procedures governing procurement and the use of technology.

More details about the position are available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,381 to $11,231, and the application deadline is March 11.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is recruiting for two key leadership positions: the director (program manager III) and deputy director (program manager II) of the State Operations Center (SOC). Both positions provide leadership to the Incident Support Team within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure, which is used to respond to emergencies and disasters within the state.

Incumbents in both positions are “required to complete emergency response-related training, including both training in general response functions/structure and on their specific role within the ICS, and achieve and maintain the appropriate credentialing level,” the duty statements say. “This team will participate in emergency drills, training, and exercises outside of activations. This position will coordinate with the appropriate Cal OES directorates and/or offices to ensure the broader organizational vision, policies, and procedures are fully integrated into response activities and to develop appropriate paths of communication for critical information sharing during incidents.”

More details are available in the job posting and duty statement for the director position and in the job posting and duty statement for the deputy director position. The monthly salary range for the director position is $9,945 to $11,287, and the application deadline is March 4. The monthly salary range for the deputy role is $8,254 to $10,274, and the application deadline is Feb. 25.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked as a reporter and editor at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies in California, Nevada, Texas and Virginia, including as an editor with USA Today in Washington, D.C. He lives in Northern California.