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Departments Recruit for CIO, CISO, Assistant Deputy Director

The leadership roles are in the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Technology.

Departments of state government are recruiting for key executive and leadership technology positions.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is seeking a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) to lead the IT Division. “The CIO is responsible for the development of departmental IT strategic direction, technology operations, and technology recovery plans and programs that support and align with the business goals and objectives of the DPR,” the job posting notes.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Experience formulating, implementing, and evaluating IT initiatives and policies.
  • Experience at the managerial level in strategic planning, including experience with performance management, benchmarking and organizational development.
  • Strong leadership and management team experience demonstrating an ability to create a clear vision, set goals and expectations, motivate initiatives at all levels, and exercise sound judgment in developing and managing IT systems in support of departmental mission, vision and goals.
  • Demonstrated extensive IT governance experience including knowledge of project management and IT portfolio management practices.
  • Experience at the managerial level in establishing collaborative relationships internally and externally, and resolving disagreements between and/or among multiple stakeholders at various levels.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,831 to $12,903, and the recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) is seeking a chief data and innovation officer (IT Manager II) to direct the Security, Data, and Geospatial (SDG) Branch and lead a technical staff including data architects, geospatial data scientists and information security engineers.

The chief data and innovation officer (CDIO) “will establish an enterprise data framework to exploit and maximize the business use of intelligence to transform CalOES into a data-driven organization,” the job posting says. The CDIO works with the enterprise solutions chief and enterprise services chief to advise the CIO and ensure data, geospatial, and security architectural platforms and systems are protected and can scale to meet the current and future needs of the organization.

Desirable qualifications include:
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective and beneficial relationships on behalf of CalOES with state, local, and federal government entities, and the vendor community as it relates to IT.
  • 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.
  • High degree of experience and knowledge in the practices, principles and techniques of IT project and portfolio management.
  • Experience architecting and evaluating various cloud platforms (i.e., MS Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, Esri), data platforms (Azure Synapse, Snowflake, Databricks, MS SQL Server, DataOps & API services, etc.), and on-premise infrastructure services.
  • Experience with architecting, evaluating, and the alternative analysis of various enterprise-scale solutions, including solutions that work on-premises, PaaS, IaaS or SaaS environments.
  • Knowledge of the Data Management Body of Knowledge (DMBoK)

More details are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Feb. 9.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is recruiting for a chief information security officer (IT Manager II) to serve as “principal information security policy and governance adviser to the director’s office, program deputy directors and the IT Services Division deputy director.”

The CISO “serves in an executive management role in setting, influencing, and directing the security aspects of the initiation, design, development, testing, operation, and defense of (IT) data and environments to address sources of disruption, ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts,” the job posting says.

The CISO is the primary information security point of contact for state and federal agencies including the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Technology and the FBI, according to the posting and the duty statement. In addition, “the CISO coordinates and directs information security protection and compliance activities with the Security Operations Center and multiple data center management units.”

Desirable qualifications include knowledge of:
  • Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 administrative and security modules
  • Computer forensics and eDiscovery technologies and best practices
  • Information security governance strategies and methodologies
  • Information security technical and administrative controls audits and assessments
  • Enterprise data loss protection
  • NIST 800-53 and FBI CJIS frameworks and policies
  • California and federal IT security, forensics, evidentiary and eDiscovery laws, rules and regulations

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Feb. 9.

The California Department of Technology is seeking an assistant deputy director (IT Manager I), working under the deputy director of the Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy (OBDL), to perform all strategic functions needed to ensure that OBDL’s operations run effectively by leading policy and program development, data and legislative management, and broadband strategic planning.

“This position requires expertise in project management concepts, principles, and practices, as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills, executive leadership ability, and political sensitivity,” the job posting says. The incumbent “will oversee the management and implementation of the Broadband for All Action Plan, the development and implementation of the state’s Digital Equity Plan, and other digital equity initiatives that address Internet accessibility and access to affordable and reliable connectivity. … They will furthermore oversee teams responsible for managing broadband and digital equity projects through all project phases, including managing scope, cost, schedule, resources, stakeholder communication, risks and issues.”

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Knowledge of the state’s Executive Order N-73-20, Broadband for All Action Plan, Senate Bill 156 and other digital equity initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the broadband industry and issues related to the state’s digital divide.
  • Experience running operations of a high-profile office.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including high-ranking government officials, tribal leaders, statewide advocacy groups, and digital equity focused nonprofits.
  • Experience implementing complex, statewide programs and initiatives.
  • Project and program management experience.
  • Experience working with government entities to enhance processes related to broadband deployment (permitting, right of way management), or broadband adoption (ACP).

More details about the role are available in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the application deadline is Feb. 5.
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.