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Departments Open Recruitments for Chief Technology Officer, Supervisor, Security Analyst

The positions are in the California Department of Social Services and the California High-Speed Rail Authority.

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Two state departments are recruiting for key leadership positions in the technology area.

The California Department of Social Services (DSS) is seeking “a proactive, service-oriented and strategic-minded” chief technology officer/assistant deputy director (CTO/ADD) with strong leadership, motivational and collaborative skills and who has “an open-minded approach to come up with creative solutions to solve problems.”

According to the job posting and duty statement, the CTO/ADD (Career Executive Assignment) will be responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the server and network infrastructure and enterprise software applications. The duties include planning, organizing and directing the development, implementation and maintenance of IT application and network services.

“This includes developing and implementing policies, standards and procedures to ensure statewide hardware, software and internal and external facing services keep pace with IT advances and provide users with optimum interactive experiences,” the posting says. “The CTO/ADD manages highly technical operations that have a direct impact on the department’s ability to deliver mission-critical services to state, county and other (DSS) partners.”

The desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Proven experience as a CTO or similar leadership role;
  • Extensive knowledge of automated information systems and the latest technology advances in the information systems industry;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state policies, rules and standards for the state’s IT and digital services practices;
  • Strong leadership and management team experience demonstrating an ability to create clear goals and expectations, encourage leadership, and use sound judgment in managing complex and varied programs;
  • Experience building collaboration across various stakeholder groups who have different, sometimes conflicting, priorities;
  • Knowledge of strategic and innovative practices in the IT field;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a customer-focused culture;
  • Experience fostering an inclusive work environment where diversity of thought is valued and encouraged.

The monthly salary range is $9,471 to $13,301 and the application deadline is Aug. 18.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority is recruiting for two specialty positions: network operations supervisor (IT supervisor II) and information security analyst (IT specialist I).

The network supervisor “provides expert consultation on complex, technical IT-related issues and provides leadership and direction to a diverse group of IT professionals and contract staff with varying skill sets,” the job posting says. “The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the complex enterprise network, which includes switches, firewalls, wireless access points, wireless controllers, remote access solutions, etc.” The posting and duty statement note that “the incumbent must promote and maintain a motivated, informed, and collaborative workforce where teamwork is valued and rewarded.”

The list of desirable qualifications is a long one and includes:
  • Knowledge and experience with the IT procurement process to justify and secure goods and services;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive tasks or assignments;
  • Ability to independently analyze and resolve issues;
  • Project management and lead experience;
  • Knowledge of Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls and Benchmarks;
  • Knowledge of networking within cloud computing platforms such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure;
  • Experience with networking concepts and practices including routing protocols, site-to-site virtual private networks, remote access virtual private networks, wireless, packet captures and network access control;
  • Experience with Cisco switches including Catalyst and Nexus models, and experience with Palo Alto Networks physical and virtual firewalls;
  • Knowledge of cabling design and specifications;
  • Ability to manage multiple high-priority initiatives in a fast-paced achievement-oriented environment;
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

In addition, one or more of the following certifications is desirable: AWS Certified Advanced Networking; Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA); Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP); CompTIA Network+; and Wireshark Certified Network Analyst.

More information is available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $7,783 to $10,428, and the application deadline is Aug. 9.

The rail authority is also recruiting for an information security analyst (IT specialist I) who’s “looking for a different type of state government job” with “an opportunity to be part of one of the most remarkable transportation projects in California’s history.”

“The information security analyst must be able to work independently and collaboratively with other IT office staff to produce deliverables and implement/affect change,” the job posting says. The position has elements of the following IT domains: Business Technology Management, Information Security Engineering and System Engineering.

Key duties of the position, according to the duty statement, include:
  • Risk and compliance management: Ensure Authority compliance with state and federal information security risk management requirements, including SAM § 5300, et seq., SIMM, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • Security policies, standards and procedures: Develop, maintain and conduct information security and privacy awareness training/phishing campaigns.
  • Recommend, create and manage an enterprise privacy, data classification, and data loss prevention program to ensure compliance with state, federal, and other regulatory requirements, as well as ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of authority data.
  • Perform FIPS 199 information systems and data classification to assess the potential impact on authority assets and operations should the information or information system become compromised through unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction.
  • Serve as the authority’s Technology Recovery Plan coordinator.
  • Develop, manage and lead an enterprise Technology Recovery program to ensure timely operations recovery following an interruption in service caused by a technology system outage or a declared disaster.

This position has a monthly salary range of $5,960 to $9,643, and the application deadline is Aug. 9.
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.