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California Lottery Recruiting for Chief Technology Officer

The CTO will also serve as assistant deputy director of the Lottery’s Information Technology Services Division, with responsibility for managing the policy development, technical implementation, maintenance and support of the Lottery’s IT systems and supporting infrastructure.

The California State Lottery is recruiting for a chief technology officer/assistant deputy director (IT Manager II) for the department.

The chief technology officer “is responsible for managing the policy development, technical implementation, maintenance and support” of the California State Lottery’s IT systems and supporting infrastructure.

The California Lottery describes itself as “a multibillion-dollar enterprise headquartered in Sacramento,” one of the few state organizations that is a revenue generator; it does not accept taxpayer dollars from the state’s general fund. (The Lottery’s chief information officer, Jennifer Chan, provided more detail about the Lottery in an Industry Insider — California Member Briefing in November.)

According to the job posting, “The incumbent serves as a technology generalist and acts as a representative of the Lottery for internal and external contacts related to the maintenance and support of the Lottery’s mission-critical infrastructure and technical environments.” The job posting and duty statement list the desirable qualifications for the position, which include:
  • Proven track record of leading and managing technical teams effectively. Ability to inspire and motivate teams to achieve goals, foster innovation, and maintain a positive work culture. Strong leadership skills including the ability to engage, inspire, empower, develop, and mentor staff.
  • Proven deep technical knowledge and understanding of system architecture, network infrastructure, databases, and cloud computing.
  • Proven ability to identify and mitigate technical risks, including cybersecurity threats, compliance issues, and scalability challenges. Knowledge of best practices for ensuring data security and privacy.
  • Proven experience with emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Proven ability to develop and articulate a clear technology vision aligned with the organization’s overall goals and objectives. Capable of translating this vision into actionable strategies and initiatives.

The functions of the position, according to the duty statement, include:
  • Provide overall management, strategic vision, leadership, and direct supervision to the subordinate managers over the Infrastructure and Administration; Operations Support; Network Engineering and Administration; and Cybersecurity and Engineering units. (35 percent)
  • Establish, implement and monitor policies and procedures by using knowledge of, and having access to, current and changing technology practices and trends gleaned from the private sector, local, other state departments and state and federal government. (20 percent)
  • Partner with the program areas, vendors and ITSD management in response to customer requests to assist in developing project objectives and priorities, and to identify technologies that support the department’s business needs. (20 percent)
  • Assist with strategic planning of future policy and direction setting of ITSD. Work with the ITSD deputy director and ITSD management team to define the strategy or direction of the division based on business needs and Lottery vision and direction. (10 percent)
  • Regularly meet with staff and monitor, evaluate, document and report on staff activities and project status to ensure the highest level of performance in meeting staff performance and workload service-level objectives/agreements. Recommend, develop, propose and plan high-level sensitive projects or studies. (10 percent)
  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships as an effective liaison with all levels of the Lottery management team and staff, other state and public agencies, and established Lottery vendor community. Act as a backup to the deputy director of ITSD when designated. (5 percent)

This position has a monthly salary range of $10,734 to $13,048, and the application deadline is March 8.
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.