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Agencies Recruit for Deputy Directors, Project Manager

These key openings are with the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Technology and the Office of Systems Integration.

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Departments in state government are recruiting for key leadership roles — two deputy directors and one project manager.

The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) is seeking a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for its new Data Exchange Framework (DxF). The job posting describes DxF as “a single data-sharing agreement and common set of policies and procedures that will govern the exchange of health and human services information among health care and social services entities and government agencies.”

The agency’s Center for Data Insights and Innovation (CDII) deputy director will oversee and manage statewide DxF implementation, including the establishment of a governance infrastructure. The deputy director will serve as a key adviser to the administration on issues related to electronic health information technology and exchange. Candidates are asked to respond to the following questions:
  • Describe your knowledge and experience with California’s emerging Data Exchange Framework, Data Sharing Agreement and Digital Identities Strategy.
  • Describe your experience demonstrating an understanding of state and federal health exchange information on governing laws, regulations, policies and programs. Provide examples of your ability to implement financing mechanisms to support related health information exchange (HIE) and health information technology (HIT) capacity building.
  • Describe your experience with data privacy and security requirements, data transmission and storage standards and requirements, and data standards and field standardization needs, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability status.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience with common legal/regulatory, operational and technical barriers to health data exchange, including health and human service data exchange, linkage and use to support whole-person care.
  • Describe your experience and ability to work successfully with California state government financing, procurement and IT systems development processes.
  • Describe your experience working with health-care advocates, stakeholders and legislative leadership in formulating and implementing procedures and processes related to the federal legislative process.
  • Describe your experience representing the department at federal, national and stakeholder meetings regarding HIE/HIT matters. Provide specific experience leading and facilitating stakeholder groups with diverse perspectives.

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Dec. 1.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is recruiting for a deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) for the Project Management Office, part of CDT’s Office of Statewide Project Delivery. The deputy director is responsible for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of state government’s management of IT projects and improving the overall success of the state’s IT project portfolio.

Responsibilities of the role, according to the job posting, include:
  • Develop, implement and maintain statewide project management policy, methodology and standards to strengthen and mature project and portfolio management practices and improve delivery of state services.
  • Develop strategic and tactical planning documents which provide for the continued maturation of statewide project management and portfolio management practices.
  • Establish the complexity/risk ratings that trigger whether a project will be managed by the California PMO through the State Project Approval Lifecycle (PAL).
  • Establish and maintain industry best practice-based frameworks, processes and templates as needed for statewide use relating to all aspects of project delivery, including project management, change management, business process re-engineering and Systems Development Lifecycle disciplines.
  • Ensure consistency and implementation in the application of overarching project management framework and methodologies to state IT projects. Lead efforts to solicit, compile and report on information relating to the Statewide Project Portfolio to ensure the CDT leadership has an accurate, current and meaningful understanding of the status and progress of the state’s IT projects.
  • Ensure that portfolio-related reports and websites are compiled, received, analyzed and published in an efficient, effective and accurate manner.
  • Lead and manage the provision of centralized management of IT projects so that strategic business benefits are realized through standardized methodologies, tools and techniques.
  • Ensure that CDT effectively provides project and portfolio management leadership, expertise, experience and training to teams from project initiation through delivery.
  • Ensure the availability of the most highly skilled, experienced and well-trained project management staff that can manage projects to successful completion for various state entities.

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Extensive experience managing large, complex projects that have statewide impact.
  • Knowledge and experience in program and portfolio management with project portfolios of significant size and complexity, including portfolio governance and reporting functions.
  • Knowledge of organization and functions of state government, including the organization and practices of control agencies, the Legislature and the executive branch.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others as demonstrated by strong written and verbal communication skills, strong negotiating skills, and particularly the ability to represent CDT effectively with the administration, control agencies, Legislature, key customers, stakeholders and internal staff.

More information is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Nov. 21.

The Office of Systems Integration (OSI), part of CHHS, is recruiting for a manager (IT Manager I) to oversee the new Electronic Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (ePOLST) Registry Project.

The California Emergency Medical Services Authority and its stakeholders seek “to establish an electronic registry for POLST documentation and supporting processes to inform emergency treatment of Californians with advanced illnesses that is concordant with their wishes,” according to a CDT document. “The resultant solution will support an interconnected and interoperable solution that reduces the risk that providers, with a focus on emergency services teams, will give either less or more care than patient’s desire ultimately enhancing patient care outcomes.”

The job description says: “Under the general direction of the project director … (the manager) will plan, organize and direct the full project life cycle activities of a new project management team,” in accordance with state policies and procedures, federal regulations and stakeholder requirements, for a new IT project, the Electronic Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (ePOLST) Registry Project.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Experience managing large-scale IT project activities throughout the full project management life cyle.
  • Experience with contract/vendor management and procurement activities for large technology projects.
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective relationships with executives, managers and staff from diverse program areas that includes representatives from all levels.
  • Experience developing and maintaining effective teams and building staff capacity.
  • Experience in effectively managing and communicating with project stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the state project management processes and the development of associated documentation.
  • Experience working with state oversight partners and control agencies, including CDT, the Department of Finance and the Department of General Services.

More information about the position is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Nov. 27.
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.