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Departments Recruiting for Executive Leadership Roles

Those with active recruitments include the Financial Information System for California, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, and the Office of Data and Innovation.

State government departments handling financial regulation, state finances and technology are recruiting for several high-level positions.

The Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) is recruiting for a chief deputy director (Career Executive Assignment) to provide the leadership and organization to transform the state’s business processes and to develop and maintain a financial management solution for the state’s business office.

The job posting states: “The chief deputy director is required to have an extensive knowledge of principles, practices and trends of public finance and technology, governmental budgeting and accounting; program budgeting techniques; exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action, creativity and originality; demonstrate tact and exercise sound judgment that recognizes the best interests of the state; communicate effectively; develop and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships; supervise a large matrix team of employees; work under pressure to meet deadlines; and maintain consistent, predictable attendance in the performance of these functions.”

The chief deputy also “advises and consults with the statewide project governance and oversight organizations, state departments and agencies and the Legislature; (and) provides statewide leadership and direction, technical knowledge and advice regarding the FI$Cal system and statewide issues of significant policy impact.”

Additional details, including desirable qualifications and experience, are available in the posting and in the duty statement. The position has a monthly salary range of $7,976 to $19,321, and the application deadline is Saturday.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) is recruiting for a chief information officer (Career Executive Assignment) to provide “executive-level leadership on department-wide IT issues, including network services, architecture, operations, security, policy and direction.”

The job posting states: “The CIO leads the IT Division in innovation and progress in support of the department’s mission and vision.” Desirable qualifications, according to the job posting and duty statement, include:
  • Demonstrated experience and ability addressing the IT needs of an organization and developing a digital transformation plan. Experience advocating for resources and redistributing resources to support identified plan and goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience establishing strategic goals for an IT program.
  • Demonstrated experience with vendor and selection management and managing technology support after vendor support has concluded.
  • Demonstrated ability balancing program needs, IT needs, and control agency oversight to deliver a digital transformation project.
  • Demonstrated ability in leveraging private-sector technology and expertise to transform a government process.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with stakeholders, executive staff, departmental staff, other agencies and departments, the Legislature, and the public.

The position has a monthly salary range of $11,102 to $13,226, and the application deadline is Nov. 28.

The Office of Data and Innovation, part of the California Government Operations Agency, is recruiting for a deputy director of service innovation. According to the job posting: “You will lead our work on service and product innovation for the CalInnovate team. You will improve the service experience of state government programs. You will be a leading voice in changing how government creates, designs, and puts in place programs and services for the people who use them. You’ll work closely with the deputy director of User Research.”

The position oversees a team of 14 — service designers, content strategists and engineers, among others. Responsibilities of the role include:
  • Leading and developing strategic direction for many cross-department initiatives.
  • Designing services to respond to the needs of Californians.
  • Overseeing the development of product road maps and implementations of digital products.
  • Consulting with state partners to identify systems-level change, opportunities for statewide policy changes, and shared services.

More details about the position are available in the duty statement or by emailing

The role has a monthly salary range of $13,325 to $14,863, and the application deadline is Nov. 22.
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.