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Departments Are Recruiting for Specialty IT Positions

Positions are available with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the Secretary of State’s Office and the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Three state agencies are recruiting for senior technology professionals in a variety of specialty areas.

The California Department of Veterans Affairs is recruiting for a chief project officer (IT manager II) to assume responsibility for all agency IT projects, functions and technologies supported by the Information Services Division (ISD), with a focus on meeting strategic business objectives through projects, according to the job posting and duty statement.

“Oversight responsibilities encompass all project and system lifecycle activities including initiation, planning, analysis, design, development, implementation, testing, maintenance and closing phases,” the duty statement notes. Additional responsibilities include:
  • Serve as the project director for the most complex efforts;
  • Oversight of all IT procurements and contracts;
  • Provide leadership, supervision, mentoring and guidance of the Information Technology Acquisitions and Projects (ITAP), Application Development and Support (ADS), and Information Security Office (ISO) sections within ISD;
  • Administrative activities including managing the ISD budget and ensuring compliance with state reporting requirements;
  • Oversight and guidance of the information security function, setting policy for IT security.

Desirable qualifications include Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and knowledge of and experience with:
  • Providing state IT operational and project oversight;
  • Managing a complex, multi-program IT project portfolio;
  • Implementing Organizational Change Management (OCM) within a multi-location agency;
  • IT Information Library (ITIL), Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) or similar framework;
  • Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) standards and guidelines for project management;
  • The state’s annual budget cycle, including Budget Change Proposals and legislative hearings.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,167 to $12,359, and the application deadline is Dec. 7.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is recruiting for a senior project manager (IT specialist III) who can ensure that Cal OES’s most complex projects meet their schedule, scope and budget objectives.

The senior project manager plans and directs the identification, prioritization, design, development or procurement, and deployment of IT solutions, the job posting says. The manager “has extensive decision-making authority and directs the most critical/complex projects.

“The incumbent provides specialized consulting regarding the alignment of the enterprise technology environment with strategic business needs,” the job posting says. “The incumbent must be a project management expert and facilitate large meetings and workshops with staff, management, and executives. The senior project manager will lead a team to complete complex, related tasks and activities on aggressive timelines.”

Desirable qualifications for the position include:
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and beneficial relationships on behalf of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services with state, local and federal governments and the vendor community;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others as demonstrated by strong written and verbal communication skills, strong negotiating skills, and particularly the ability to represent the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services effectively with the other agencies, key customers, stakeholders and internal staff;
  • Experience in obtaining buy-in and providing leadership to a large group of multi-disciplinary team members who do not report directly to the incumbent;
  • Knowledge of the structure, organization and function of a variety of technology disciplines as well as local, state, and federal initiatives and programs;
  • Ability to anticipate and manage complex issues affecting many organizations, including the ability to develop policy and integrate all aspects of a strategy to ensure resolution of issues.

More information about the position is available in the duty statement. The role has a monthly salary range of $8,488 to $11,375, and the application deadline is Dec. 6.

The California Secretary of State’s Office is recruiting for a budget/contract manager (IT specialist I) to initiate, plan, execute, control and close IT projects for the office, according to the job posting.

The manager “provides project management for the most complex and medium/high-risk IT projects,” the posting says, “including preparing and maintaining all project management documentation such as project charters, project plans, issue logs, change logs, risk assessments, Requests for Proposals, Requests for Offers, Statements of Work, Feasibility Study Reports, Special Project Reports, Economic Analysis Worksheets, Post Implementation Evaluation Reports and a variety of other documentation and reports as needed or required.”

In addition, the manager “builds stakeholder project teams, schedules and chairs team meetings, and delivers oral and written progress reports to be used by the secretary of state, chief information officer, division chiefs and Project Management Office (PMO).” The manager assists the PMO and divisions in preparing budgetary and IT reports as required by the California Department of Technology, the Department of Finance and the Department of General Services.

Additional details can be found in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $5,815 to $9,408, and the application deadline is Dec. 15.
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.