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Agencies Seek Technology Director, Principal Cybersecurity Architect

Both positions are with entities within the California Health and Human Services Agency — one in the Office of Systems Integration, and the other in the Department of Child Support Services.

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The state Office of Systems Integration (OSI) is recruiting for a director of technology (IT manager II) to work in Child Welfare Digital Services, a joint operation of OSI, the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the state’s counties and tribal governments.

The director of technology will lead the Information Technology Group for Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) and is responsible for “the overall technology approach, strategic planning, and implementation for the CWDS project and ensure alignment with the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California Department of Technology (CDT) and other key stakeholders,” according to the job posting.

OSI performs project management, oversight, procurement and support services for a multibillion-dollar portfolio of “high-criticality projects,” including delivery of a new Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS).

The director of technology will report to and work closely with the CWDS deputy director “to support the CWDS during development and implementation of the CWS-CARES as well as maintenance and operations of CWS/CMS and CARES-Live,” according to the job posting and duty statement. The director of technology will oversee CWDS’ IT portfolio and proposed solutions in the areas of IT platform, security infrastructure, digital services, cloud strategies and policies, and IT project intake of the CWDS.

Responsibilities of the position include:
  • Provide leadership and be responsible for CWDS’ technology direction with a focus on operational outcomes. Be knowledgeable on various technologies, architectural styles, design patterns, coding best practices, and development environments and methodologies. Make policy-level decisions about technologies that meet the business needs and performance requirements of the CWDS.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that the IT support needs of the CWDS portfolio are met efficiently and effectively. Provide technology guidance and support for project-related work. Develop policies and implement technologies that will optimize the delivery of IT systems and services for the CDWS project.
  • Develop operational strategies and adopt technologies to meet project requirements and ensure alignment with control agencies, and represent the CWDS on state technology forums to assure the program complies with state policy and direction. Develop new policies and procedures in response to changing state technology policy and direction.

This position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is April 10.

CDSS is also recruiting for a key position: principal cybersecurity architect (IT specialist III) in the Enterprise Architecture & Security Branch (EASB).

“We are looking for a motivated individual who is enthusiastic about information security, is a passionate self-starter and interested in maturing DCSS information security posture,” the job posting states.

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Professional information security certification, such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and professional IT risk certification, such as Certified Information Systems Risk and Compliance Professional (CISRCP), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).
  • Working knowledge of the state and federal laws, rules, policies and guidelines relevant to the health and human services sector, and the ability to communicate security-related concepts clearly and effectively to management, staff, customers, vendors and others.

Responsibilities of the role, according to the duty statement, include:
  • Architect, design, implement and oversees overall DCSS security architecture to ensure securely designed systems, applications and solutions. Lead the design and execution of the tactical security strategies and the DCSS cybersecurity operating model.
  • Direct projects and coordinate duties to ensure proper security and privacy controls across on-premise and cloud infrastructure environments to effectively manage IT risks. Assume responsibility for implementation and maintenance activities of IT security solutions, systems installation, operations, maintenance, repairs and upgrades of IT security appliances and infrastructure.
  • Develop and lead the publication of the security policies, standards and controls aligned with state, federal and DCSS requirements, as well as security industry best practices. Establish IT security and IT risk policy governance models including security policy intake criteria, alignment with child support oversight agencies’ requirements, policy implementation prioritization, compliance processes and risks assessment criteria.
  • Develop and document methodologies to evaluate IT risks in alignment with the IT risk governance framework. Perform security reviews, discover gaps in the security architecture, and develop a security risk management plan.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is April 8.
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.