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Department of Health Care Services Seeks Deputy Director/CIO

DHCS is recruiting for an executive to oversee its Enterprise Technology Services program and to assume responsibility for departmentwide IT, enterprise project management, information security and strategic innovation efforts.

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has opened recruitment for a deputy director/chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment).

DHCS, part of the California Health and Human Services Agency, finances and administers numerous health-care service delivery programs, including Medi-Cal.

The CIO will serve as deputy director over DHCS’ Enterprise Technology Services program and is responsible for departmentwide IT, enterprise project management, information security and strategic innovation efforts. In addition, according to the job posting and duty statement, “The incumbent ensures adequate IT support is available to departmental programs to meet programmatic needs and manages a large, multi-disciplinary organization.”

The duty statement adds: “The incumbent ensures departmental IT practices and procedures comply with state and federal policies and industry best practices.” The CIO serves as principal adviser to and is a member of the executive staff and will report to DHCS’ new chief operating officer for programs (COOP), Chris Riesen, who was deputy director/CIO from July 2018 until his promotion to his current role in October.

According to the duty statement, the duties of the deputy director/CIO include:
  • Provide oversight and leadership on IT operations, staffing, as well as allocation for system changes and service development. (40 percent)
  • Direct and monitor progress, scope and costs of system maintenance and system projects in development to meet deliverables and ensure IT service delivery and customer experiences are modern, efficient and aligned. (25 percent)
  • Participate in departmental budgetary processes and work with state and federal control agencies to ensure that resources are obtained and allocated to meet DHCS program needs by using an understanding of department IT needs and translating those needs into planned budgets, and developing and submitting federal and state budget requests. (20 percent)
  • Represent DHCS and serve on inter- and intra-departmental committees, workgroups, etc., including serving as the technology lead on the Medicaid Information Technology Architecture to ensure technology is aligned with business and other duties. (15 percent)

The job posting lists numerous desirable qualifications including:
  • Knowledge of large-scale IT operations that span on-premise and remote data centers and cloud environments.
  • Knowledge of application development methodologies necessary including iterative approaches, product management, human-centered design and DevOps.
  • Knowledge and experience in project management, particularly with agile development and digital service teams.
  • Expert capabilities in managing large, complex contracts and vendor relationships in support of organizational priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor progress, scope, quality and costs of systems in development and maintenance.

More information about the position can be found in the posting and the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $15,182, and the application deadline is Dec. 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.