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Agencies Seeking Candidates for Chief, Manager, Architect Roles

The departments with key recruitments include the California Department of Technology, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Office of Systems Integration and Covered California.

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Four major state entities are recruiting for key leadership positions in IT.

The California Department of Technology is seeking a chief project officer, a position requiring appointment by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Applications must go through the Governor’s Office.

“The chief project officer oversees the Office of Statewide Project Delivery, which is comprised of Project Approvals and Oversight (PAO), Statewide Technology Procurement (STP) and the California Project Management Office (CA-PMO),” the job posting notes. “The chief project officer is responsible for program management, portfolio management, risk management, remediation and attendant methodologies of highly complex and sensitive IT projects and procurements, as well as oversee the governance process for enterprise IT policy development and tactical planning.” The position reports to Russ Nichols, CDT’s chief deputy director and deputy state chief information officer.

The Project Management Office “establishes IT project management frameworks and manages IT projects on behalf of state departments and agencies that need technology systems (or upgrades) but lack the level of experience and/or expertise needed to manage IT projects,” the posting notes. “The chief project officer is also responsible for working with other areas of CDT to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and overall success of the state’s IT procurement process.” More details about the role are available in the duty statement.

The position has a monthly salary range of $13,715 to $15,279, and the application deadline is July 15.

Covered California is recruiting for a chief of Applications Service Design and Operations (IT manager I) “to manage and implement enterprise applications solutions to meet Covered California’s business and technical objectives.”

Desirable experience, according to the job posting, includes the following:
  • 3-5 years of experience overseeing and leading the discovery, design, development, implementation, and operational excellence of enterprise applications and development teams.
  • 3-5 years of experience leading challenging projects and project resolution.
  • 3-5 years of experience leading staff to develop and maintain an application database.
  • Strong experience in IT procurement and acquisitions, IT budget and cost management, and administration operations.
  • Experience with agile methodology for application development.
  • Experience managing vendors and their contracts on mid-size to large projects.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,016 to $10,742, and the application deadline is Friday. More detail about the position can be found online.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is recruiting for an IT manager I who will be “responsible for managing and overseeing the overall desktop engineering” of the department, according to the job posting.

“The incumbent is responsible for the acquisition, implementation, security and maintenance and support of CDCR’s IT desktop device and virtual infrastructure to support and advance CDCR programs (both current and future). Management functions include, but are not limited to, assigning and coordinating the work related to service disruptions and incidents, hardware and software installation, the enforcement of IT standards, asset inventory management, problem management, reporting, and mobile (wireless) device administration for device and VDI access, as well as personnel related administration.”

More information about the position is available in the duty statement. The monthly salary range is $8,016 to $10,742, and the application deadline is June 28.

The Office of Systems Integration (OSI) is seeking a data integration architect (IT specialist II) to work on “delivering a new Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) with Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), a unique collaboration involving the Office of Systems Integration (OSI), California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and California’s counties and tribes.”

“The data integration architect serves in a key state role in the iterative development and operation of the Child Welfare Services - California Automated Response and Engagement System (CWS-CARES),” the job posting notes. “CARES is a highly regulated, safety-critical, and data-intensive system that comprises Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Platform as a Service (PaaS)-based applications and data/analytics services provided through the CARES Data Infrastructure (CDI). The incumbent provides architectural steering to multi-disciplinary Product Delivery Teams (PDTs), with a focus on the flow, storage, and use of data across PaaS-based applications and the CDI.”

More specifics about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $7,365 to $9,869, and the application deadline is June 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.