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Agencies Seek Project Director, Lead Architect, Information Security Officer

The recruitments are being conducted by the California Department of Social Services, the Employment Development Department and the California Energy Commission.

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Three state agencies are recruiting for specialty leadership positions involving technology.

The California Department of Social Services is seeking a project director (IT manager II) to lead and direct the statewide CalSPARK and Statewide Verification Hub (SVH) projects. The essential duties and responsibilities of the project director position, according to the job posting, include:
  • Oversee and manage scope, resources and schedule all aspects related to the projects;
  • Develop and establish policies, strategies and operating objectives consistent with those of the organization to ensure efficient and effective implementation of statewide projects tied to CDSS’s strategic priorities;
  • Review, evaluate and approve project plans, deliverables, and vendor and/or contractor performance, including advising the project sponsors and stakeholders on recommendations made by the vendor and/or contractor concerning system architecture and implementation strategies and plans;
  • Plan, implement and coordinate project activities with internal and/or external stakeholders, oversight agencies and vendor teams;
  • Participate in and oversee the planning, development, implementation and maintenance of individual project objectives and short- and long-range plans, and develop tracking and evaluation programs to assist in the accomplishment of established project goals and objectives;
  • Manage the working relationships and collaboration among project leadership, the agency, department directorate, business partners, stakeholders and advocacy groups;
  • Provide expert knowledge in implementation services evaluation and selection, and manage contract negotiations with software, hardware and service vendors.

Additional details about the position are available in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $10,421 to $12,668, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

The California Employment Development Department is seeking a lead solution architect (IT specialist III) to “help lead the technology strategy in Enterprise Architecture and build out the end state architecture aligning with the business goals and future state vision for the EDD’s program.”

“Working under the general direction of the EDDNext chief, the incumbent will be responsible for helping to lead design efforts; define end-to-end architectures; oversee and perform research studies and presentations that include recommendations and instructions for proposed implementations; formulate logical descriptions of problems; and recommend optimum solutions,” the job posting says.

A long list of desirable qualifications is available online. It includes:
  • State of California program knowledge;
  • IT and business/industry work experience including architecture design and deployment, systems life cycle management, and infrastructure planning and operations;
  • Experience in Salesforce, Okta or other low-code platforms;
  • Experience in workflow design and document management systems; and
  • Experience in DevSecOps and CI/CD including code merging and branching design, automated release process.

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The job has a monthly salary range of $8,700 to $11,659, and the application deadline is Oct. 1.

The California Energy Commission is recruiting for an information security officer (IT specialist II) to serve as a high-level specialist responsible for the commission’s information security framework, policies and training to ensure the security and integrity of mission-critical systems and data.

“The incumbent demonstrates a high level of organizational skills utilizing methodologies, processes, and best practices based on the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), State Administrative Manual (SAM), the California Department of Technology (CDT), California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) policies, and the CNRA Security Operation Center (SOC),” the job posting says.

The commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency, and it’s “leading the state to a 100% clean energy future,” the job posting says. More details are available in the duty statement. Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Knowledge of NIST and FIPS security standards, practices, and their practical application.
  • Understanding of system backup, recovery and disaster preparedness.
  • Technical report writing, research and analysis.
  • Knowledge of security best practices and standards, concepts, practices, methods and principles.
  • Experience monitoring and optimizing application systems.

Preferred certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) or GIAC security certifications.

The position has a monthly salary range of $7,893 to $10,894, and the application deadline is Oct. 10.
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.