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Departments Recruit for Key Roles in Operations, Information Security

The positions are with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California Department of Technology.

Two departments in state government are recruiting candidates for key positions in technology.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is seeking a chief operations manager (IT Manager II) to be “responsible for operational availability, continuity, effectiveness and efficiency of all production systems,” according to the job posting.

“The person in this role will provide leadership and direct teams across multiple disciplines and has full management responsibility for organizing, planning, directing, coordinating and managing all IT operations,” the duty statement says. The incumbent will also oversee the chiefs of Enterprise Services and Telecommunications, among others.

The functions of the role include operational management (30 percent), oversight of Enterprise Services (20 percent) and Telecommunications (20 percent), operational administrative activities (15 percent), strategy and planning (10 percent) and other duties (5 percent). Applicants will be asked to complete a supplemental questionnaire with six points:
  • Describe your knowledge and experience at the managerial level with IT operations of statewide emergency services involving large-scale complex production and development environments.
  • Describe your knowledge of and experience in maintaining effective business relationships internally and externally with executives, management, staff and uniformed peers across diverse program areas and disciplines.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience with developing and creating policies and applying them to IT standards, procedures and related documentation.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience at the managerial level in conflict resolution concerning disagreements between multiple stakeholders at various levels.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience in managing organizational change, including the ability to develop and maintain effective teams, build staff capacity and increase technical skills.
  • Describe your knowledge and experience with IT operating and personnel budgets by showing how it relates to the development of spending plans, tracking contractual term dates and the creation of funding documents.

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Aug. 23.

The California Department of Technology (CDT) is seeking an IT Manager II to oversee the daily operations of the statewide Security Risk and Governance unit within the department’s Office of Information Security (OIS) and provide backup to the state deputy chief information officer and the state CISO.

The OIS provides direction to state agencies for information security and is responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures statewide.

The job posting states: “The incumbent should have knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of public and business administration, including management, organization, planning, cost/benefit analysis, budgeting, project management and evaluation; employee supervision, training, development and personnel management; current computer industry technology and practices, principles of data processing systems design; programming, operations and controls; state-level policies and procedures relating to electronic data processing [and] the office’s goals and policies.”

In addition, according to the posting and the duty statement: “The incumbent should possess the ability to develop and evaluate alternatives, make decisions and take appropriate action; establish and maintain priorities; effectively develop and use resources; identify the need for and assure the establishment of appropriate administrative procedures; plan, coordinate and direct the activities of a data processing staff; make effective use of interdisciplinary teams; reason logically and creatively and use a variety of analytical techniques to resolve managerial problems; present ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing; [and] consult with and advise administrators and other interested parties on a variety of subject-matter areas, translating technical data processing terms into everyday language.”

The position has a monthly salary range of $10,421 to $12,668, and the application deadline is Aug. 19.
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.