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Agencies Seek Candidates for Tech Leadership Positions

Four state departments are seeking to fill several key roles, including chief technology innovation officer, assistant deputy director, section chief and office manager.

Four key state agencies are recruiting for key leadership positions.

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is recruiting for a chief technology innovation officer (Career Executive Assignment) to lead and provide policy guidance to the Enterprise Solutions Development Division and the IT Services Branch, according to the job posting.

The CTIO, according to the job posting, focuses on automation of business processes and information access, holding broad authority and responsibility “for achieving synergies between custom-developed applications, modified off-the-shelf (MOTS) applications, low-code/no-code platforms, dynamic portal content, intelligent forms, and data.” Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Excellent skills in communication, interpersonal relationship management, time management and research/information-gathering.
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills.
  • Ability to lead meetings with stakeholders and present to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Ability to describe complex technical concepts in terms business leaders can understand.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness in varying responsibilities and changing priorities.
  • Experience with establishing policies and standards, process improvement, etc.

More information can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is July 7.

The California Department of Technology is seeking an assistant deputy director (IT Manager I) to oversee strategy for the department’s Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy, leading policy and program development, data and legislative management, and broadband strategic planning.

“This position requires an expertise in project management concepts, principles and practices, as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills, executive leadership ability and political sensitivity,” the job posting says. The incumbent “will oversee the management and implementation of the Broadband for All Action Plan, the development and implementation of the state’s Digital Equity Plan, and other digital equity initiatives that address Internet accessibility and access to affordable and reliable connectivity. They will furthermore oversee teams responsible for managing broadband and digital equity projects through all project phases, including managing scope, cost management, schedule, resources, stakeholder communication, risks and issues.”

Among the many desirable qualifications listed in the job posting and duty statement are these:
  • Knowledge of the state’s Executive Order N-73-20, Broadband for All Action Plan, Senate Bill 156 and other digital equity initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the broadband industry and issues related to the state’s digital divide.
  • Experience running operations of a high-profile office.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including high ranking government officials, Tribal leaders, statewide advocacy groups and digital equity-focused nonprofits.
  • Experience implementing complex statewide programs and initiatives.

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

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is seeking a Data Quality Planning and Reporting Section chief (IT Manager I) to serve as the point of contact for data quality planning and reporting support for data used within the department and within its parent organization, the California Health and Human Services Agency.

Essential functions of the position, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Participate in procurement activities including oversight of statements of work, requirements, minimum qualifications, proposal evaluation and scoring vendor demonstrations.
  • Assist in budgetary, contractual and administrative requirements.
  • Consult with DHCS management and expert consultant staff on specific program objectives with respect to data quality planning and reporting to ensure priorities and schedules remain consistent with management priorities.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is June 26.

The Department of Water Resources is seeking “a talented, enthusiastic and motivated individual” to serve as manager (IT Manager I) of the Enterprise Development and Database Services Office, providing “expert-level support for the department’s custom developed software applications.”

The duty statement notes: “The position is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling all work activities for the office. The position will provide critical data services in support of the department’s programs, strategic goals and business objectives.”

Desirable qualifications for the position, according to the duty statement and job posting, include:
  • Strong, demonstrable work experience in the following areas: custom software development; Microsoft development technologies, such as .NET Core, Power Platform and Azure DevOps; managing large, cross-functional teams; working in cloud, on-prem and hybrid development environments; Oracle and SQL Server Database; excellent writing, analytical, communication and research skills.
  • Creative thinker with a demonstrated history of applying excellent analytical, communication and leadership skills to solving complex problems.
  • Ability to effectively complete competing workloads and projects in a timely manner.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is June 26.
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.