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Departments Recruit for Leadership in Cybersecurity Roles

The Employment Development Department and the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration are seeking candidates with management experience.

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Two important state agencies are recruiting for IT professionals with leadership skills to work in the area of information security.

The Employment Development Department (EDD) is seeking a division chief (Career Executive Assignment) to lead the Cybersecurity Division. The chief “provides vision and leadership for developing and supporting security and fraud initiatives,” the job posting says. The chief will direct the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems, business operations and facility defenses against security breaches, vulnerability and fraud, to prevent, restrict and address sources of disruption ranging from natural disasters to malicious acts.

“The Cybersecurity Division chief is designated as the information security officer and privacy officer” of EDD, the posting says. “The position has extensive decision-making authority and works with senior level stakeholders across multiple functions and programs to ensure cohesive and timely implementation of IT-related strategies and mission-critical projects to meet current and future organizational needs.”

Desirable qualifications for this position include:
  • Executive leadership experience with demonstrated ability to create and implement enterprise cybersecurity policies to meet ISO/IEC standards.
  • Experience with strategic and business planning with demonstrated ability to collaborate across multiple departments to integrate an enterprise cybersecurity plan.
  • Experience with evaluating risk and fraud assessments to execute continual improvement processes and develop action plans to reduce future exposure.
  • Knowledge of the structure, organization and function of technology disciplines, as well as local, state and federal initiatives and programs.

The role has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Dec. 1.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) is seeking a manager (IT manager I) to lead the Security Operations Team (SOT) in intrusion detection, security incident response and compliance monitoring.

“The incumbent will have technical responsibility for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and controlling the direction of the SOT,” the job posting says. “The incumbent will also lead the team in researching and identifying information security trends and technologies.”

Desirable qualifications for the role include:
  • Technical knowledge of cybersecurity controls and standards.
  • Technical knowledge of security vulnerability assessments, security event analysis, security incident response, and deployment and administration of security technology tools.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to report on sensitive or critical risks and issues to executive management and communicate clearly, promptly and effectively with executive leadership in support of leadership’s policy decisions.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to engage, inspire, empower, develop and mentor staff.

“New employees, new ideas, and new creative perspectives are needed in all areas at CDTFA,” the job posting adds. More details about the position are available in the duty statement.

The position has a monthly salary range of $8,591 to $11,512, and the recruitment will remain active until the role is filled.
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.