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Chief Technology Officer, Project Director Roles in Recruitment

The California Housing Finance Agency is seeking a CTO, and the California Department of Technology is recruiting for a project director.

State agencies have begun recruiting candidates for a chief technology officer and a project director.

The California Housing Finance Agency is seeking a chief technology officer (CTO) for the Technical Support Unit who would also serve as infrastructure manager (IT Manager I). The incumbent will supervise the technical staff and is responsible for architecting, designing, implementing and maintaining the agency’s IT enterprise architecture across multiple platforms to best align technology solutions with business strategies.

Those business strategies are intended to serve the mission of CalHFA, which was chartered in 1975 as the state’s affordable housing lender.

“The incumbent is responsible for the complex, mission-critical IT infrastructure projects and interacts with other agencies on multi-agency projects or issues and performs as the expert in resolving complex network and mission-critical system problems,” the job posting says. According to the duty statement, the essential functions of the position include:
  • Foster and implement the agile culture for processes, tools and working environment to continually improve services to CalHFA business units. Establish goals, objectives, priorities, strategies and plans for the unit. (40 percent)
  • Define and manage the overall agency IT infrastructure by documenting the current versus the future of the agency’s infrastructure. (30 percent)
  • Advise the IT Manager II on IT-related matters and assist in developing short- and long-term plans that anticipate and satisfy the agency’s current and projected technology needs. Identify the resources necessary to implement the plans and initiatives within the IT Division. (15 percent)
  • Evaluate staffing resources and training needs to ensure quality support to the agency’s infrastructure. Develop, manage and coach IT professionals by providing mentorship and daily guidance to staff and provide hands-on assistance to team members where applicable. (10 percent)

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is March 21.

The California Department of Technology is recruiting for a project director (IT Manager I) to oversee IT projects that are defined as “high priority” by CDT guidelines, which are based on the categories of strategic risk, financial risk, project management risk, and/or technology risk.

“Assignments will involve large size to enterprise projects needed for continued operation of state business processes, tight time constraints, several interfaces with existing systems, proficient experience with the technology architecture, and/or high visibility,” the job posting says. The director “will typically be responsible for concurrent management of multiple projects (and) is intimately involved in planning processes relative to the analysis and investigation of information processing systems and may be actively involved in cost control functions as it relates to projects.”

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Knowledge of project management concepts, principles, practices and processes prescribed by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).
  • Experience with project management charters, WBS, plans, schedules, risk and issue analysis.
  • Previous experience managing large-size enterprise projects of high risk and visibility.
  • Previous experience managing projects that establish new IT service offerings.
  • Knowledge of IT Systems Development Life Cycle work processes.
  • Knowledge of CDT platforms, telecommunications network and CDT service offerings.
  • Knowledge of IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) methodologies depending upon area of specialty.
  • Experience with budget and cost recovery analysis and contracts and procurements.

The duty statement notes that this position includes responsibility for project planning, implementation and closeout.

The role has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is March 17.
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.